January 18, 2022

Walter J. Brown Media Archives/University of Georgia Libraries Awarded Funding to Digitize, Preserve, and Provide Access to 4,000 Hours of Local Public Television Broadcasts Submitted to Peabody Awards

From UGA Libraries:

Some 4,000 hours of programming produced by public radio and television stations between 1941 and 1999 will be digitized and made available to the public, thanks to a federal grant for the Brown Media Archives at the University of Georgia Libraries.

2018-06-26_12-17-43UGA’s archives and the WGBH Educational Foundation will partner with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting to administer the grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to preserve and provide access to the programs, all of which were submitted to the George Foster Peabody Awards.

By adding the programs to the archive, this project will ensure that preservation copies are maintained at the Library of Congress for posterity. This will also expand access from only on-site at the Brown Media Archives to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting’s public website and on-site research locations.


This collection contains programs created by over 230 different radio and television stations in 46 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia; 173 of the included programs are Peabody winners.

“As a collection, this group of titles presents an unparalleled archive of public broadcasting diversity and excellence, not accessible elsewhere. By expanding public access to this collection, we will broaden understanding of our collective past. The collection also will be an important source for the study of public media,” said Mary Miller, Peabody Awards archivist.

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: New Online: American Archives of Public Broadcasting Announces Five New Special Collections (June 9, 2018)

See Also: National Archives (NARA) Awards $4.1 Million in Grants for Digitization, Archival, and Documentary Editing Projects (June 13, 2018)

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