AAPB Spring 2019 Newsletter


American Archive of Public Broadcasting to Preserve Fifty Years of Sesame Street for Posterity

PHOTO CREDIT – Sesame Workshop

This year Sesame Street celebrates its 50th anniversary, and 4,500 episodes of Sesame Street will be incorporated into the American Archive of Public Broadcasting over the next year! Read our press release for more information about this collaboration.

NEW Special Collections and Curated Exhibits

Since our last newsletter in October 2018, the AAPB has added over 11,000 programs to the Online Reading Room. There are now more than 47,000 programs and original materials contributed by stations and archives across the United States available to view online from anywhere in the US. View a list of the new special collections and exhibit titles below!

New Special Collections

View all these special collections and more at http://americanarchive.org/special_collections!

New Curated Exhibit

Education Reporting on Public Television

Using public radio and television programs produced across the nation, this online exhibit highlights documentaries, news magazines, talk shows, and special reports in the AAPB collection dedicated to learning in America.

View this curated exhibit and more at http://americanarchive.org/exhibits!

A message from the AAPB Project Manager!

We are nearing completion of the PBS NewsHour
Digitization project, and every found episode from
October 1975 – October 2018 will be available in the next
few months, including the more than 13,500 episodes
that are already online. To experience this collection
in your living room, I’ve written a post on how to
watch this historic collection at home on your television set!

– Casey Davis-Kaufman

Upcoming Sessions

May: AAPB Breakout Session at the PBS Annual Meeting

Engage Your Community to Celebrate Your History: The American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) will present a session at the PBS Annual Meeting in Nashville, taking place May 29-31. Panelists will include Judy Woodruff from the PBS NewsHour, Chris Alexander from WETA, Kevin Crane from Nashville Public Television, and Karen Cariani from WGBH and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. They will talk about successful, funded preservation of American news and media reporting.

June: AAPB Panel Discussion at Remaking American Political History Conference, Purdue University

Public Media History and Political History

Purdue University will be hosting a conference on “Remaking American Political History.” AAPB’s Project Director, Alan Gevinson, will be joining a panel of historians familiar with AAPB’s collections to discuss the intersections between media history and political history. This panel will include Allison Perlman, University of California, Irvine; Kathryn Ostrofsky, Angelo State University; Thomas Jackson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


How to FIX IT+ and Why: Crowdsourcing to Save Public Media Materials

WGBH Transcribe-a-Thon at the Boston Public Library

Public radio and television organizations are at risk of losing their archival materials due to deterioration and the high costs associated with digitization. In an effort to engage the public in preservation, the AAPB is collaborating with George Blood L.P., a digitization service provider, in the Transcribe to Digitize Challenge! Learn how YOU can directly help stations receive free digitization from the comfort of your own home here.

Educators Webinar: How to Use the AAPB as a Resource in the Classroom

Educators from across the nation joined AAPB staff for an informational webinar on how to take advantage of historic local and national news and cultural programs, talk shows, documentaries, and raw interviews produced by hundreds of public media organizations across the nation, covering many of America’s most historical and culturally significant events of the 20th and 21st centuries. Learn more here!

NEW Guest Blog Series

In this series of curated posts, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) invites researchers, educators, industry professionals and collaborators to highlight the diversity of topics, interests, and perspectives preserved and made accessible in the public radio and television collections of the AAPB.

March: “African American Women during the Activist Movements of the 1950s-1970s” by Marine Robbez

April: “WGBH and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the early 1960s” by Michael Grasso

Want more? Browse our topical blog posts!

AAPB Takes It Back to the 1980s with WGBH BostonTalks!

• Commemorate Presidents’ Day through AAPB Programming

Remember George H.W. Bush through Public Broadcasting

Commemorate the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Through Public Media



The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to coordinate a national effort to preserve at risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 70 years. To date, over 100,000 television and radio programs contributed by more than 120 public media organizations and archives across the United States have been digitized for long-term preservation and access.

The entire collection is available on location at WGBH and the Library of Congress, and more than 47,000 programs are available online at americanarchive.org.

Sign up for our newslettter at http://americanarchive.org/about-the-american-archive/newsletter!

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