May 28, 2022

From “Rock & Roll” to “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age”, The American Archive of Public Broadcasting Announces Four New Special Collections to Stream Online

Ed. Note: As the year comes to a close we want to once again give a shoutout to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, an infoDOCKET favorite resource. The work they’re doing and the resources AAPB provides access to are, as always, important, impressive, and interesting. Well done AAPB!!! 

From the AAPB

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) contains more than 100,000 items of digitized public broadcasting programs and original materials. Some notable collections are featured in Special Collections with a finding aid that provides detailed information about the content, recommended search strategies, and related resources.

Below are four collections preserved and recently contributed by ThinkTVWGBH, and the University of Maryland Digital Collections. These collections include historic interviews and public broadcasting coverage of local, national, and global topics spanning the 1940s to 2010s.

The New Collections

The National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) Programs Collection contains approximately 600 radio broadcasts, made available in the University of Maryland Digital Collections.


The Rock & Roll Special Collection features 166 raw interviews from the 10-part series of the same name, also known in the UK as Dancing in the Street: a Rock and Roll History. The series, which focused on the progression of rock music from its beginnings in the 1950s to its contemporary forms in the 1990s, was co-produced by WGBH and the BBC.


The Traditions: Ohio Heritage Fellows Special Collection features elements from the first three seasons of the ThinkTV series of the same name, which celebrates the arts in Ohio and provides a spotlight for artists engaging in folk and cultural artistic traditions from the US and abroad. The collection includes a total of 223 files, including seven full 30-minute episodes, 139 raw interviews, and 77 performances.


The War and Peace in the Nuclear Age Interviews Collection includes 334 full interviews from the PBS series of the same name. The series, originally broadcast in thirteen parts in 1989, examined the nuclear competition between the US and the Soviet Union spanning the period between World War II to 1989.

Learn More About Each Collection, Read the Complete Blog Post

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