Library to Preserve Archive of Public Broadcasting

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013  |  Updated 7:14 AM EDT
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Library to Preserve Archive of Public Broadcasting

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A collection of public broadcast recordings from radio and television dating to the 1950s will be preserved at the Library of Congress.

Under a project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 40,000 hours of content is being digitized for long-term preservation and will become the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. It will be housed at the library's National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Va.

The project being announced Thursday will make the recordings available to the public through both the library and WGBH in Boston.

The recordings include interviews with John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey when they were presidential candidates. There's also a commentary by George Lucas on his first ``Star Wars'' movies.

Curator Alan Gevinson says the collection includes an impressive collection of local and regional history.

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