The Brown Media archive at the University of Georgia has received a federal grant to help preserve public broadcasts aired between 1941 and 1999. UGA’s archives and Boston’s WGBH Educational Foundation are partnering with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting to administer the grant, which will allow them to preserve up to 4,000 hours of programming and help expand public access to them.
The grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission will allow online access to radio and television programs that span 46 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, all of which were submitted to the George Foster Peabody Awards.
“This is a great way for us to look back and learn about our history and kind of get a sense of how we got into the situation we are in now,” said Mary Miller, Peabody Awards Collection Archivist at the Brown Media Archives. “I think it’s not only the content we’ll be learning from but the way the content has been presented over time.”
The programs will be made available to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting’s public website and on-site research locations, previously only available on-site at the Brown Media Archives.
The AAPB and the Peabody Media Center will also present two online exhibits which focus on topics of historical significance that present the Peabody Awards Collection alongside local and national news, public affairs, and cultural programming. When complete, the Peabody Media Center will also present a series of public screenings of Peabody.