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Program National Recording Preservation Plan

Current RPTF Projects

The Radio Preservation Task Force is working on multiple educational projects with archival and historical institutions. By identifying curricular goals as a part of the process of preservation, accessibility will encourage sustainable material appropriation of sound history.

Cold War Communication Project

Representatives from over 15 universities (and growing) are exploring of the history of federal and international radio recordings. We're looking at Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, and related recordings such as public service announcements, propaganda broadcasts, refugee radio, and documentaries, in collaboration with the following institutions:

  • Hoover Institution Library and Archives
  • Library of Congress
  • U.S. National Archives
  • Wilson Center - Cold War International History Project
  • Voice of America


  • Jane Curry (Santa Clara University)
  • Brandon Burke (Hoover Institution Library and Archives)

Endangered Collections Initiative

We are currently identifying sites to receive endangered radio collections when they come to our attention. More information will be available on this initiative by summer 2017.

Radio Recording Metadata Interface

The RPTF is working with the Association for Recorded Sound Collections and Indiana University on developing a national finding aid to search for, and in some cases access, historical radio audio recordings.

Public Media Research Project

Public media archives are working with representatives from 17 universities (and growing) to study the history of educational and public broadcasting from the 1920s to today. Our founding archival collective includes:

  • American Archives of Public Broadcasting
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Fresh Air Archive
  • NPR
  • Studs Terkel Radio Archive
  • University of Maryland - Special Collections in Mass Media and Culture
  • WBEZ
  • WGBH
  • WNYC


  • Allison Perlman (University of California-Irvine)
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