UMass Boston and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The history of and access to public broadcasting recordings dating back to the 1950s (from radio broadcasts to television shows) is the focus of a recent article in the Boston Globe. The article describes the partnership between the Library of Congress and WGBH to establish the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Through this partnership, the Library of Congress and WGBH are working to digitize and make openly available over sixty years of public broadcasting history.

University Archives & Special Collections in the the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston was an early contributor to this project. In early 2013, University Archives & Special Collections allowed a sample set of recordings from the archives of WUMB, the radio station of the University of Massachusetts Boston, to be digitized for inclusion in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. First established in 1968, WUMB has been a public radio affiliate of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) since 1986.

Radio broadcasts that University Archives & Special Collections contributed for inclusion in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting include talk radio show recordings such as Black PerspectivesCommonwealth Journal, and From the Source, as well as live in-studio and concert performances by a number of musicians.

The digitized recordings are still being processed by the American Archive and University Archives & Special Collections. Keep visiting this blog for more information.


University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston collects materials related to the university’s history, as well as materials that reflect the institution’s urban mission and strong support of community service, notably in collections of records of urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, and local history related to neighboring communities.

University Archives & Special Collections welcomes inquiries from individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in donating materials of an archival nature that that fit within our collecting policy. These include manuscripts, documents, organizational archives, collections of photographs, unique publications, and audio and video media. For more information about donating to University Archives & Special Collections, click here or email library.archives@umb.edu.

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