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Collecting Area

The archives of Mass Media & Culture (MMC) contain wide-ranging collections documenting the history of both commercial and public broadcasting in the United States. Materials cover the business of radio and television, the histories of corporations and trade organizations, the operations and programming of stations and networks, and the careers of executives, writers, performers, producers and engineers.

Digital Collections

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Commercial Broadcasting

Digitized print content from our commercial broadcasting collections is mostly comprised of photos from the Parks Johnson collection on Vox Pop, in addition to a few images and promotional materials from other collections.

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Commercial Broadcasting (AV Collection)

The Commercial Broadcasting audiovisual collection consists of hundreds of commercial radio and television programs, as well as interviews, news reports, and speeches spanning the years 1952-1982. 

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Public Broadcasting

Digitized print content from our public broadcasting collections contains some photos and promotional materials from National Public Radio, Maryland Public Television, and the George Geesey papers. 

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Public Broadcasting (AV Collection)

The Public Broadcasting collection consists of hundreds of noncommercial radio and television programs spanning the years 1959-2004.

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Group W (Westinghouse Broadcasting Company) audio tapes

The Group W collection provides a comprehensive look at worldwide events delivered over the radio from 1957-1982, including the Civil Rights movement, the Cold War, the Space Race, the Vietnam War, the anti-war movement and the Watergate crisis.

Digital Exhibits

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Made Possible by Viewers Like You: Maryland Public Television Turns 50

In 2019, MPT celebrated its 50th anniversary with an exhibit that illustrates the station’s origins, showcases the best of its programs through artifacts and digitized videos, and gives visitors behind-the-scenes glimpses into the impressive array of ideas, people, and technology that have helped make MPT a national leader in public television and a treasured resource for the state.

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Taking a Leading Role: Women in Broadcast History

This exhibit offers a glimpse into the lives and careers of sixteen American women who worked in broadcasting during its most crucial years of development and expansion in the mid-20th century.

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The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation

The LABF has been a crucial partner of the broadcast archives since 1994 and continues to support the commercial broadcast collections in MMC through advocacy and fundraising. This site contains special feature pages highlighting important collections, information about the annual Giants of Broadcasting event, and a link to make donations.

Other Resources 

These might also interest researchers looking at the Broadcasting collections.

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The American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The AAPB, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston to preserve the history of public broadcasting in the U.S., includes over 7,000 public radio and television programs available for streaming. Content from MMC includes Maryland Public Television (MPT), the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB), and the National Association of Educational Broadcasting (NAEB). 

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Unlocking the Airwaves

Unlocking the Airwaves is a comprehensive online collection of early educational public radio content from the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB), which includes all the digitized content from MMC’s NAEB audio tape collection as well as exhibit pages, interactive timelines, maps and content trees.

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Radio Preservation Task Force

The RPTF was created by the Library of Congress’s National Recording Preservation Board in 2014 to facilitate preservation of, research on, and educational uses of radio recordings held by archiving institutions and private collectors in the United States.

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