2010-2013 National Endowment for the Humanities-Funded Preservation Project

In September 2010, WNYC's Archives and Preservation Department initiated a 2.5 year archival digitization project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its goal was to reformat 660 hours of choice recordings from the NYC Department of Records/Municipal Archives' WNYC collection found on lacquer disc and open reel tape. We've actually put up about 700 hours of material and have included some WNYC World War II broadcasts generously loaned to us for digitization from the City College's Division of Archives and Special Collections.

Offered below are the results of this undertaking: the best of WNYC’s unedited radio legacy digitized from 13,000 lacquer transcription discs and 10,000 tapes, featuring arts programming, notable interviews, WWII coverage, and much more. For more information about this project, please visit