2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act. Join Current for Get with The Program!: Shows that Shaped Public Television, a series of online events looking at some of the most influential public TV programs of all time. First up: Firing Line, the legendary public affairs program hosted by conservative intellectual William F. Buckley. Watch clips of Firing Line, courtesy of the Hoover Institution Archives, and discuss the impact of this groundbreaking show on American culture and public TV itself. Guests include Heather Hendershot, author of “Open to Debate: How William F. Buckley Put Liberal America on The Firing Line” and former ABC News analyst Jeff Greenfield. This free event is Wednesday, May 24 at 1 pm ET. Reserve your spot here: bit.ly/pba50-firingline.
In our last blog post (click for link) on managing the PBS NewsHour Digitization Project, I briefly discussed WGBH’s digital preservation and ingest workflows. Though many of our procedures follow standard practices common to archival work, I thought it would be worthwhile to cover them more in-depth for those who might be interested. We at WGBH are responsible for describing, providing access to, and digitally preserving the proxy files for all of our projects. The Library of Congress preserves the masters. In this post I cover how we preserve and prepare to provide access to proxy files.
Before a file is digitized, we ingest the item-level tape inventory generated during the project planning stages into our Archival Management System (AMS – see link for the Github). The inventory is a CSV that we normalized to our standards, upload, and then map to PBCore in MINT, or “Metadata Interoperability Services,” an open-source web-based plugin designed for metadata mapping and aggregation. The AMS ingests the data and creates new PBCore records, which are stored as individual elements in tables in the AMS. The AMS generates a unique ID (GUID) for each asset. We then export the metadata, provide it to the digitization vendor, and use the GUID identifiers to track records throughout the project workflow.
For the NewsHour project, George Blood L.P. receives the inventory metadata and the physical tapes to digitize to our specifications. For every GUID, George Blood creates a MP4 proxy for access, a JPEG2000 MXF preservation master, sidecar MD5 checksums for both video files, and a QCTools report XML for the master. George Blood names each file after the corresponding GUID and organizes the files into an individual folder for each GUID. During the digitization process, they record digitization event metadata in a PREMIS spreadsheets. Those sheets are regularly automatically harvested by the AMS, which inserts the metadata into the corresponding catalog records. With each delivery batch George Blood also provides MediaInfo XML saved in BagIt containers for every GUID, and a text inventory of the delivery’s assets and corresponding MD5 checksums. The MediaInfo bags are uploaded via FTP to the AMS, which harvests technical metadata from them and creates PBCore instantiation metadata records for the proxies and masters. WGBH receives the digitized files on LTO 6 tapes, and the Library of Congress receives theirs on rotating large capacity external hard drives.
For those who are not familiar with the tools I just mentioned, I will briefly describe them. A checksum is a computer generated cryptographic hash. There are different types of hashes, but we use MD5, as do many other archives. The computer analyzes a file with the MD5 algorithm and delivers a 32 character code. If a file does not change, the MD5 value generated will always be the same. We use MD5s to ensure that files are not corrupted during copying and that they stay the same (“fixed”) over time. QCTools is an open source program developed by the Bay Area Video Coalition and its collaborators. The program analyzes the content of a digitized asset, generates reports, and facilitates the inspection of videos. BagIt is a file packaging format developed by the Library of Congress and partners that facilitates the secure transfer of data. MediaInfo is a tool that reports technical metadata about media files. It’s used by many in the AV and archives communities. PREMIS is a metadata standard used to record data about an object’s digital preservation.
Now a digression about my inventories – sorry in advance. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I keep two active inventories of all digitized files received. One is an Excel spreadsheet “checksum inventory” in which I track if a GUID was supposed to be delivered but was not received, or if a GUID was delivered more than once. I also use it to confirm that the checksums George Blood gave us match the checksums we generate from the delivered files, and it serves as a backup for checksum storage and organization during the project. The inventory has a master sheet with info for every GUID, and then each tape has an individual sheet with an inventory and checksums of its contents. I set up simple formulas that report any GUIDs or checksums that have issues. I could use scripts to automate the checksum validation process, but I like having the data visually organized for the NewsHour project. Given the relatively small volume of fixity checking I’m doing this manual verification works fine for this project.
The other inventory is the Approval Tracker spreadsheet in our Google Sheets NewsHour Workflow workbook (click here for link). The Approval Tracker is used to manage reporting about GUID’s ingesting and digital preservation workflow status. I record in it when I have finished the digital preservation workflow on a batch, and I mark when the files have been approved by all project partners. Partners have two months from the date of delivery to report approvals to George Blood. Once the files are approved they’re automatically placed on the Intern Review sheet for the arrangement and description phase of our workflow.
Okay, forgive me for that, now back to WGBH’s ingest and digital preservation workflow for the NewsHour project!
The first thing I do when we receive a shipment from George Blood is the essential routine I learned the hard way while stocking a retail store – always make sure everything that you paid for is actually there! I do this for both the physical LTO tapes, the files on the tapes, the PREMIS spreadsheet, the bags, and the delivery’s inventory. In Terminal I use a bash script that checks a list of GUIDs against the files present on our server to ensure that all bags have been correctly uploaded to the AMS. If we’ve received everything expected, I then organize the data from the inventory, copying the submission checksums into each tape’s spreadsheet in my Excel “checksum inventory”. Then I start working with the tapes.
Important background information is that the AAPB staff at WGBH work in a Mac environment, so what I’m writing about works for Mac, but it could easily be adopted to other systems. The first step I take with the tapes is to check the them for viruses. We use Sophos to do that in Terminal, with the Sweep command. If no viruses are found I then use one of our three LTO workstations to copy the MP4 proxies, proxy checksums, and QCTools XML reports from the LTO to a hard drive. I use the Terminal to do the copying, which I leave run while I go to other work. When the tape is done copying I use Terminal to confirm that the number of files copied matches the number of files I expected to copy. After that, I use it to run an MD5 report (with the find, -exec, and MD5 commands) on the copied files on the hard drive. I put those checksums into my Excel sheet and confirm they match the sums provided by George Blood, that there are no duplicates, and that we received everything we expected. If all is well, I put the checksum report onto our department server and move on to examining the delivered files’ specifications.
I use MediaInfo and MDQC to confirm that files we receive conform to our expectations. Again, this is something I could streamline with scripts if the workflow needed, but MDQC gets the job done for the NewsHour project. MDQC is a free program from AVPreserve that checks a group of files against a reference file and passes or fails them according to rules you specify. I set the test to check that the delivered batch are encoded to our specifications (click here for those). If any files fail the test, I use MediaInfo in Terminal to examine why they failed. I record any failures at this stage, or earlier in the checksum stage, in an issue tracker spreadsheet the project partners share, and report the problems to the vendor so that they can deliver corrected files.
Next I copy the set of copies on the hard drive onto other working hard drives for the interns to use during the review stage. I then skim a small sample of the files to confirm their content meets our expectations, comparing the digitizations to the transfer notes provided by George Blood in the PREMIS metadata. I review a few of the QCTools reports, looking at the video’s levels. I don’t spend much time doing that though, because the Library of Congress reviews the levels and characteristics of every master file. If everything looks good I move on, because all the proxies will be reviewed at an item level by our interns during the next phase of the project’s workflow anyways.
The last steps are to mark both the delivery batch’s digital preservation complete and the files as approved in the Approval Tracker, create a WGBH catalog record for the LTO, run a final MD5 manifest of the LTO and hard drive, upload some preservation metadata (archival LTO name, file checksums, and the project’s internal identifying code) to the AMS, and place the LTO and drive in our vault. The interns then review and describe the records and, after that, the GUIDs move into our access workflow. Look forward to future blog posts about those phases!
The long history of Americans exercising their right to speak, assemble and petition is brought to life in a vibrant new online exhibition from the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB). “Speaking and Protesting in America” explores the role of dissent in American life, ranging from peaceful marches to acts of civil disobedience. This digital look into how Americans have demanded the attention of governing powers brings each movement to life through the rich collection of audio and visual materials preserved and digitized by AAPB, a collaboration between Boston-based public broadcaster WGBH and the Library of Congress.
The exhibit, curated by AAPB Digital Exhibits Intern Michelle Janowiecki, includes a diverse range of public radio and television content from 1956 – 2009, pulling from more than 40 historic radio call-in shows, local news, raw footage, and interviews that document the profound impact of the First Amendment on American life.
The exhibit is accessible online at http://americanarchive.org/exhibits/first-amendment.
On Saturday, January 21, in conjunction with the exhibit’s launch, AAPB and PBS’ flagship history documentary series American Experience held a Facebook live event to discuss how protests throughout American history have been documented and preserved. AAPB Project Manager Casey E. Davis Kaufman, exhibit curator Michelle Janowiecki, American Experience Historian in Residence Gene Tempest, and American Experience Managing Editor for Digital Content Lauren Prestileo participated in the “Documenting Protest” panel discussion, which was held at the WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library. The recording of the event is available online at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanExperiencePBS/videos/10154919655949122/.
Listen to a sample recording from the exhibit, courtesy of WYSO-FM:
On March 8, 1973, women met at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio to hold a rally celebrating International Women’s Day. This rally was part of an annual worldwide celebration to recognize the achievements of women and to call for the end of sexism in the work force. Listen to the full recording online: http://to.wgbh.org/61838Ryuz.
For more information and to explore the exhibit visit http://americanarchive.org/exhibits/first-amendment.
In 2015, the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded a generous grant to WGBH on behalf of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) to develop the AAPB National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR). Through this project, we have placed seven graduates of master’s degree programs in digital stewardship residencies at public media organizations around the country.
AAPB NDSR has already yielded dozens of great resources for the public media and audiovisual preservation community – and the residents aren’t even halfway done yet! As we near the program’s midpoint, we wanted to catch you up on the program so far.
We started off in July 2016 with Immersion Week in Boston, which featured presentations on the history of public media and the AAPB, an overview of physical and digital audiovisual materials, an introduction to audiovisual metadata, and instructional seminars on digital preservation workflows, project management, and professional development. Attendees also participated in a full-day session on “Thinking Like a Computer” and a hands-on command line workshop.
Several sessions from Immersion Week were filmed by
WGBH Forum Network, including:
- Why Archive Public Media
- The History of Public Media and the AAPB
- Mastering Project Management
- Growing Your Professional Profile
- Negotiating at Work
- Think Like a Computer
- Get To Know Your Audiovisual Media
In August 2016, the residents dispersed to their host stations, and began recording their experiences in a series of thoughtful blog posts, covering topics from home movies to DAM systems to writing in Python.
AAPB NDSR blog posts to date include:
“Digital Stewardship at KBOO Community Radio,” Selena Chau (8/9/16)
“Metadata Practices at Minnesota Public Radio,” Kate McManus (8/15/16)
“NDSA, data wrangling, and KBOO treasures,” Selena Chau (8/30/16)
“Minnesota Books and Authors,” Kate McManus (9/23/16)
“Snapshot from the IASA Conference: Thoughts on the 2nd Day,” Eddy Colloton (9/29/16)
“Who just md5deep-ed and redirected all them checksums to a .csv file? This gal,” Lorena Ramirez-Lopez (10/6/16)
“IASA Day 1 and Voice to Text Recognition,” Selena Chau (10/11/16)
“IASA – Remixed,” Kate McManus (10/12/16)
“Learning GitHub (or, if I can do it, you can too!)” Andrew Weaver (10/13/16)
“Home Movie Day,” Eddy Colloton (10/15/16)
“Snakes in the Archive,” Adam Lott (10/20/16)
“Vietnam, Oral Histories, and the WYSO Archives Digital Humanities Symposium,” Tressa Graves (11/7/16)
“Archives in Conversation (A Glimpse into the Minnesota Archives Symposium, 2016),” Kate McManus (11/15/16)
“Inside the WHUT video library clean-up – part 1: SpaceSaver,” Lorena Ramirez-Lopez (11/21/16)
“Is there something that does it all?: Choosing a metadata management system,” Selena Chau (11/22/16)
“Inside the WHUT video library clean-up – part 2: lots of manual labor,” Lorena Ramirez-Lopez (12/20/16)
“Just Ask For Help Already!” Eddy Colloton (12/22/16)
August also kicked off our first series of guest webinars, focusing on a range of topics of interest to audiovisual and digital preservation professionals. Most webinars were recorded, and all have slides available.
AAPB NDSR webinars to date include:
“Metadata: Storage, Modeling and Quality,” by Kara Van Malssen, Partner & Senior Consultant at AVPreserve
“Studs Terkel Radio Archive: Tips and Tricks for Sharing Great Audio,” by Grace Radkins, Digital Content Librarian at Studs Terkel Radio Library (slides)
“From Theory to Action: Digital Preservation Tools and Strategies,” by Danielle Spalenka, Project Director of the Digital POWRR Project (slides)
The residents also hosted two great panel presentations, first in September at the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Conference, and in November at the Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference. The AMIA session in particular generated a lot of Twitter chatter; you can see a roundup here.
To keep up with AAPB NDSR blog posts, webinar recordings, and project updates as they happen, follow the AAPB NDSR site at ndsr.americanarchive.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WGBH Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Support Public Media Content Management Tools and Training
$345,000 will support training materials for PBCore metadata management
Boston, Mass. (December 14, 2016) – WGBH Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded WGBH a $345,000 Preservation and Access Research and Development grant to pursue the PBCore Development and Training Project. Short for “Public Broadcasting Metadata Dictionary,” PBCore is a metadata schema – a standard for organizing information – for the management of public media collections in the United States.
WGBH will use the grant funds to develop tools, methodologies and training workshops to make the standard more accessible to archivists and public media organizations over the course of this 27-month project. Deliverables for the project will include a PBCore cataloging tool, updates to the website, webinars and other training materials, sample records and more.
WGBH’s Media Library and Archives (MLA) has been responsible for the ongoing development of PBCore since 2013, when the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) selected WGBH and the Library of Congress as the permanent stewards of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB). The AAPB coordinates a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and manages digital access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 60 years. Using PBCore to describe public media content enables anyone managing media content to easily organize and share what is being created today. WGBH is honored that the NEH, which awards grants to top-rated proposals for the preservation of America’s rich history and cultural heritage, has chosen to support this work.
The $345,000 grant award will fund a number of initiatives designed to enhance PBCore’s accessibility among archivists, public media organizations, and archival educators. Deliverables for the project will include:
- a new widely available open-source PBCore cataloging tool
- improvements and updates to existing PBCore tools
- metadata crosswalks and sample integrations with a number of commonly-used metadata standards
- updated PBCore-based Excel templates, sample records, and use cases that expand upon existing guidelines and put them in plain language for non-archivists
- updates to the PBCore website that incorporate the new tools and documentation in an accessible and user-friendly manner
- a set of free webinars explaining the use of the new tools
- a printable PDF manual collecting all PBCore documentation and cataloging guidelines
- PBCore user training workshops held at major conferences
- two fully-funded PBCore train-the-trainer workshops which will fund public media professionals and archival educators to learn about training others in PBCore
WGBH looks forward to working with the PBCore user communities to lower barriers around the description and preservation of public media materials.
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a leader in educational multimedia, including PBS LearningMedia, and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards…even two Oscars. Find more information at www.wgbh.org.
About the American Archive of Public Broadcasting
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 60 years. To date, over 40,000 hours of television and radio programming contributed by more than 100 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 16,000 programs are available online at americanarchive.org.
About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.
The Council on Library and Information Resources‘ Digital Library Federation (DLF) is holding the 2016 DLF Forum in Milwaukee this week! As part of the conference, DLF hosted an awards ceremony to honor the recipients of the inaugural DLF Community/Capacity Award. Selected by DLF members from across the country, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) and co-recipient The Biodiversity Heritage Library were honored as the recipients of this prestigious award. Karen Cariani, AAPB Director at WGBH, accepted the award on behalf of the AAPB team at WGBH and the Library of Congress.
About the DLF Community/Capacity Awards:
“Unlike many honors in technology-related fields, DLF Comm/Cap Awards recognize collective action over individual achievement, socially-responsible creativity over pure innovation, and acts of care, maintenance, thoughtful growth, and repair over the tools and practices of disruption. They honor constructive, community-minded capacity-building in digital libraries, archives, and museums: efforts that contribute to our ability to collaborate across institutional lines and work toward larger goals and a better future, together.
Most of all, they’re about inspiration. This year’s 16 inspiring nominees spanned disciplines and fields. They included projects of greatly varied longevity and size, expert teams and community organizers, and people making deeply valued contributions to DLF practitioner communities and the publics and missions driving them.”
More about the award is available here: https://www.diglib.org/archives/12231/
Our thanks go to the DLF, CLIR and to the broader DLF community and membership for voting for AAPB as a recipient of this award! We are incredibly honored!
About the AAPB, The Biodiversity Heritage Library, and the Digital Library Federation:
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting, led by WGBH and the Library of Congress, has coordinated a national effort to preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media and are preserving at-risk public broadcasting before its content is lost to posterity. To date, more than 40,000 hours of content contributed by more than 100 organizations across the country have been digitized. The entire collection is accessible on location at WGBH and the Library of Congress. Together, WGBH, the Library, and participating organizations have made more than 13,500 programs available online for research, educational and informational purposes, becoming a focal point for discoverability of historical public media content. Learn more.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library
An international consortium of over two dozen organizations, the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) stands out not only in service to its partners, but also in its collaborative approach to making open access, often rare and unique biodiversity content available to 120,000+ monthly users worldwide. A signatory of the Bouchout Declaration, BHL’s commitment to open access extends beyond placing scanned pages on its website. Content is available via Internet Archive, Digital Public Library of America, and Europeana; over 100,000 scientific illustrations via Flickr; and BHL’s suite of APIs brings data directly to users. To build capacity among partners, BHL also provides intensive digitization workshops, reaching participants from across Sub-Saharan Africa, Mexico, the U.S., and beyond, and supporting participation by institutions large and small. Learn more.
Digital Library Federation
The Digital Library Federation is a robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, learning, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies. DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among its institutional members, and all who are invested in the success of libraries, museums, and archives in the digital age. DLF serves its parent organization, the Council on Library and Information Resources, as the place where CLIR’s broader information-community strategies are informed and enriched by digital library practice. DLF connects CLIR’s vision and research agenda with our active practitioner network, and brings the insights of the DLF community to bear. In addition, we partner closely on key CLIR initiatives related to DLF’s mission, in order to provide advice and expertise to CLIR from the digital library community, as well as connections and opportunities for our members. DLF currently includes 151 institutional members. Learn more.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) News Media Section held a two-day satellite session on “News, New Roles, & Preservation Advocacy: Moving Libraries Into Action” in Lexington, KY on August 10-12, 2016, hosted by the University of Kentucky Libraries. AAPB Library of Congress project director Alan Gevinson participated remotely with a PowerPoint that surveyed news-related materials in the AAPB collections and discussed the project’s history and goals.
The Library of Congress has released its latest version of the Library of Congress’ Recommended Formats Statement, including for audio-visual media. These recommendations are useful for organizations that are planning digitization projects or are developing methods to digitally preserve their “born digital” programming.
The Library of Congress is pleased to announce the release of the 2016-2017 Recommended Formats Statement (http://www.loc.gov/preservation/resources/rfs/). The proliferation of ways in which works can be created and distributed is a challenge and an opportunity for the Library (and for all institutions and organizations which seek to build collections of creative works) and the Recommended Formats Statement is one way in which the Library seeks to meet the challenge and take full advantage of the opportunity. By providing guidance in the form of technical characteristics and metadata which best support the preservation and long-term access of digital works (and analog works as well), the Library hopes to encourage creators, vendors, archivists and librarians to use the recommended formats in order to further the creation, acquisition and preservation of creative works which will be available for the use of future generations at the Library of Congress and other cultural memory organizations.
The engagement with the Statement that the Library has seen from others has been extremely heartening. In response to interest in our work from representatives in the architectural community who see their design work imperiled by insufficient attention to digital preservation, we have updated the Statement to align more closely with developments in this field. Most importantly of all, we now include websites as a category of its own in the Statement. Websites are probably the largest field of digital expression available for creators today, yet most creators tend to take a passive role in ensuring the preservation and long-term access of their websites. By including websites in the Recommended Formats Statement, we hope to encourage website creators to engage more fully in digital preservation, as we aim to do with all the other forms of digital works included in the Statement, by making their websites more preservation-friendly.
The Library remains committed to acquiring and preserving digital works and to providing whatever support it can to other similarly committed stakeholders. We shall continue to build our collections with their preservation and long-term access firmly in mind; and we shall continue to engage with others in the community in efforts such as the Recommended Formats Statement. We encourage any and all feedback and comments (http://www.loc.gov/preservation/resources/rfs/contacts.html) others might have on the Statement that might make it more useful for both our needs and for the needs of anyone who might find it worthwhile in their own work. And we shall continue to engage in an annual review process to ensure that it meets the needs of all stakeholders in the preservation and long-term access of creative works.
August 20 is National Radio Day!
National Radio Day “is a time to honor one of the most longstanding electronic media and its role in our lives.” To celebrate National Radio Day, we have added more than 500 historic radio programs to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Online Reading Room, now accessible from anywhere in the United States. With these new additions, there are now more than 14,000 historic public radio and television programs available for research, educational and informational purposes in the Online Reading Room.
The following radio series are now available for listening online:
Cross Currents from Vermont Public Radio (1978 – 1980)
Cross Currents is a series of recorded lectures and public forums exploring issues of public concern in Vermont.
Hit the Dirt from WERU Community Radio (1990s)
Hit the Dirt is an educational show providing information about a specific aspect of gardening each episode.
Herbal Update from WERU Community Radio (1990s)
Herbal Update is an educational show providing information about the health and nutrition benefits of a specific herb each episode.
The following series were contributed to the AAPB by the University of Maryland’s National Public Broadcasting Archives as part of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB) collection. NAEB was established in 1934 from a precursor organization that formed in 1925. In 1951, NAEB established a tape duplication exchange system in Urbana, IL, where programs produced by university radio stations across the country were copied and distributed to member stations, an early networking scheme that influenced the history of later public radio and television systems. The more than 5,500 NAEB radio programs available in the AAPB were produced between 1952 and 1976, and include radio documentaries, coverage of events (hearings, meetings, conferences, and seminars), interviews, debates, and lectures on public affairs topics such as civil rights, foreign affairs, health, politics, education, and broadcasting.
WRVR | Riverside Church
The American People (1964 – 1965)
Series examines contemporary issues through interviews and personal essays.
Automation and Technological Change (1964)
Documentary series on automation and technological change.
Conversations on Public Relations (1967)
Series of informal half-hour discussions on the nature and ethics of public relations.
WMUK | Western Michigan University
Where Minds Meet (1962 – 1963)
Discussions explore world of speech, conducted by Professors John Freund and Arnold Nelson of Western Michigan University.
WMUB | Miami University
As We See It: Vietnam ‘68 (1968)
Lecture/debate series on aspects of the war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
WBFO | SUNY Buffalo
The Only Way to Fly (1968)
Series about the safety aspects of commercial airlines and commercial air transport in the United States.
WUOM | University of Michigan
News in Twentieth Century America (1959)
A series of documentaries on the gathering, writing and dissemination of news in this country today, compiled from interviews with journalists.
Medical Research (1960)
Series about behavioral sciences and medicine.
Behavioral Science Research (1961)
Documentary series on the role of behavioral sciences.
The Challenge of Aging (1961)
Nine segments on aging within the series Behavioral Science Research.
Aspects of Mental Health (1962)
Documentary series about behavioral sciences and medicine research.
Wingspread Conference (1966)
Three programs of the major speeches given at the Wingspread Conference on Educational Radio as a National Resource, held Sept. 26-28, 1966, at Johnson Foundation in Racine, Wisconsin.
The American Town: A Self-Portrait (1967)
Historical documentary series drawn from the recollections of senior citizens in a variety of American towns.
The Truth about Radio (1967)
Interview by Richard Doan with Edmund G. Burrows, chairman of NAEB and manager of WUOM at U. of Michigan. He discusses his station and educational radio and television programming.
Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 (1967)
Panel discussion on Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.
University of Iowa
Russia Revisited (1959)
An informal talk by John Scott, assistant to the publisher of Time, Life and Fortune, recounting his recent trip to the Soviet Union.
Space Science Press Conference (1962)
Press conference at Univ. of Iowa at conclusion of 1962 Space Science Summer Study Program, hosted by National Aeronautic and Space Administration.
University of Florida
Revolution in Latin America (1961)
Documentary series on problems facing Latin America.
University of Denver
Indian Country (1957)
The problems of social adjustment in the attitudes and through the words of the modern American Indian.
Michigan State University
The Tender Twigs (1958)
Discussions of problems affecting today’s youth: mental health, delinquency, crime, social pressures; it considers solutions.
Hold Your Breath (1963)
Series about the impacts of air pollution.
The Music Makers (1965 – 1966)
Distinguished Americans discuss their profession of music, from composition to criticism; the business of music and its current place in our national culture.
San Bernardino Valley College
Politics in the Twentieth Century (1957)
Moderated panel discussion on American political affairs in mid-20th century.
Man is not a Thing (1958)
Discussion of the discoveries and errors of Sigmund Freud and his impact on the American family, politics and religion.
WGUC | University of Cincinnati
Interview with Dr. Albert B. Sabin (1961)
Interview with Dr. Albert B. Sabin, developer of the anti-polio vaccine.
Metaphysical Roots of the Drama (1968)
Lectures given at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at Cincinnati by Robert Brustein, Dean of the Yale School of Drama.
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress, is delighted to preserve for posterity more than 800 previously unreleased full-length interviews that were originally filmed for the iconic documentary PBS series American Masters, produced by New York public television station THIRTEEN for WNET. The interviews, digitized for In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive and the American Masters Podcast, will be archived for long-term storage at the Library of Congress to ensure their survival for future generations.
For 30 years, American Masters has consistently produced high-quality, award-winning documentaries showcasing the pantheon of artistic and cultural figures in American history. This collection will be an amazing addition to the AAPB.
As a central web portal for researchers to discover historic public media content, the AAPB provides information on more than 2.5 million public television and radio programs stored at stations and archives across the nation. Users searching American Masters interviews in the AAPB catalog at americanarchive.org will be directed to the In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive website to view the material.
Read more about this new American Masters project below:
THIRTEEN’s American Masters Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Launch of Digital Video Archive and Podcast at pbs.org/americanmasters
Features previously unreleased interviews with David Bowie, Gloria Steinem, Herbie Hancock, Bernadette Peters, Mike Nichols and others from the series’ award-winning documentary films
(NEW YORK – June 23, 2016) On this day in 1986, THIRTEEN’s American Masters made its series debut on PBS with Private Conversations: On the Set of “Death of a Salesman,” a cinéma vérité documentary about the making of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece for network television, and its stars Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich.
Today, American Masters celebrates its 30th anniversary with the launch of In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive and the American Masters Podcast, featuring previously unreleased interviews filmed for the documentary series: 2,156 tapes, approximately 1,388 digitized hours, 800-plus interviews and counting.
A selection of short-form videos showcasing interviews with David Bowie, Gloria Steinem, Herbie Hancock, Bernadette Peters, Mike Nichols and other luminaries discussing America’s most enduring artistic and cultural giants are available now on the American Masters website (http://pbs.org/americanmasters). New videos will be released on an ongoing basis as the archive is digitized.
The American Masters Podcast, hosted by series executive producer Michael Kantor, will feature long-form interviews from In Their Own Words. The first season, “Women on Women,” presents interviews with influential women discussing women cultural icons. Episode one features Gloria Steinem in conversation with the late, multiple Emmy-winning filmmaker Gail Levin taking a critical look at the life and career of Marilyn Monroe from 2006’s American Masters – Marilyn: Still Life. New episodes will be released biweekly on the American Masters website, iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher.
All full-length, digitized interviews will be archived by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress to preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media.
“I’m thrilled that the National Endowment for the Arts has provided major funding to get this project off the ground so we can finally share gems from the cutting room floor with the public,” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters. “Series creator Susan Lacy built a rich library of more than 200 documentary films, which is a treasure trove of American arts, culture and intellect, and the amazing interviews that informed these films are largely unseen. While we are still seeking funds to create a comprehensive, interactive digital archive website, we are confident that In Their Own Words and the American Masters Podcast will inspire and entertain a broad audience both today and in the future.”
Pending funding, the In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive dedicated website will eventually house all full-length, digitized interviews and be a public research-and-learning tool with an emphasis on usability, discoverability and comprehensive indexing to make American Masters interviews easily accessible and available to all.
To further explore the lives and works of masters past and present, the American Masters website currently offers streaming video of select films, outtakes, filmmaker interviews, photos, educational resources and more. American Masters has earned 28 Emmy Awards — including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special — 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. The series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel.
In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive and the American Masters Podcast is produced by Joe Skinner. Michael Kantor is executive producer.
Major funding for In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for American Masters is provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Lenore Hecht Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, and public television viewers.
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (KidsThirteen, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET’s groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the daily multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender identity, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox with Kevin and Grandma Lill. In 2015, THIRTEEN launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival THIRTEEN and PBS programming anytime, anywhere: www.thirteen.org/passport.
About the American Archive of Public Broadcasting
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to preserve at-risk public media and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 60 years. To date, over 40,000 hours of television and radio programming contributed by more than 100 public media organizations and archives across the United States have been digitized. The entire collection is available on location at WGBH and the Library of Congress, and more than 13,000 programs are available online at americanarchive.org.