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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)

Sound Collections Database External

A collaboration between the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board, Radio Preservation Task Force, and Association of Recorded Sound Collections to locate, assess, and catalog collection-level descriptions of extant radio collections across the United States through a big data interface. The Sound Collections Database was developed and maintained by RPTF Metadata Directors Mark Matienzo (Stanford University) and William Vanden Dries (Indiana University).

Sound Submissions Project

The RPTF is working with the Library of Congress Recorded Sound Division on a new digital humanities project that helps institutions to donate sound recordings to the LOC. This project convenes in 2021, and an update and link to the project will be posted at that time.


  • Josh Shepperd (University of Colorado Boulder)
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