January 25, 2022

New Online: American Archives of Public Broadcasting Announces Five New Special Collections

Wonderful! More interesting, useful, and educational content available online from the American Archives of Public Broadcasting (AAPB). Kudos!

From the AAPB Blog:

Now available online, you can access these collections at http://americanarchive.org/special_collections or in person at the Library of Congress and at WGBH [in Boston]…

The AAPB, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and Boston public media station WGBH, has digitized and preserved more than 50,000 hours of broadcasts and previously inaccessible programs from public radio and public television’s more than 60-year legacy.

New Special Collections Available Online


Freedom Riders Interviews

The Freedom Riders Interview Collection contains 124 raw interviews from the American Experience documentary of the same name.

The Murder of Emmett Till

The Murder of Emmett Till Interviews Collection is made up of 40 raw interviews from the award-winning 2003 American Experience documentary, The Murder of Emmett Till. The film, which chronicles the story of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old who was murdered in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white woman, follows Till’s life and transformation into an icon of the Civil Rights Movement.

John Brown’s Holy War

The John Brown’s Holy War Interview Collection is comprised of 41 raw interviews conducted in 2000 for the American Experience film of the same name. The interviews examined the enigmatic life, history, myth, and legacy of abolitionist John Brown, one of the most controversial figures in American history

Jubilee Singers Interviews

The Jubilee Singers Interviews Collection includes 19 raw interviews conducted in 2000 for the American Experiencedocumentary Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory. The film focused on the early years of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, an ensemble of students from Fisk University in Tennessee who created the a cappella group in 1871 in an effort to raise funds for the financially-struggling school.

Africans in America Interviews

The Africans in America Interviews Collection is made up of 53 raw interviews from the award-winning, four-part documentary of the same name, which aired on PBS in 1998. The documentary, the first to fully examine the history of slavery in the United States, focused on the experiences of African people and their transformation of America, beginning with 16th-century enslavement on Africa’s Gold Coast and ending on the eve of the American Civil War in 1861.

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See Also: American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Releases Three Exclusive Collections of Interviews (November 7, 2017)

See Also: Now Available to Stream From the American Archive of Public Broadcasting: Gavel-to-Gavel TV Coverage of Senate Watergate Hearings (November 3, 2017)

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