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Directed by archivist Andy Lanset, the department provides a central repository for thousands of audio recordings, photographs, memorabilia, reports, news items, program guides, institutional records, and promotional materials.

Among its holdings are more than 50,000 recordings in a variety of formats, from early lacquer and acetate discs, to reel-to-reel tapes, to digital audio tapes and compact discs.

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From The Archives

For more than 90 years, WNYC has been a witness to the news, politics and cultural events of New York City. We've combed our archives to bring you some of the most notable highlights from our rich broadcast heritage.

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Thomas Wilfred and the Music of Light

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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How a turn of the century lute player came to influence an entire generation of club VJs and video artists.
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A Musical Tribute to Edgar Varèse, April 17, 1981

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

How a Frank Zappa-hosted concert of music by Varèse was resurrected
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Edwin Fancher: Change and Continuity in Greenwich Village

Friday, September 05, 2014

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Homosexuality. Mixed-race couples. Narcotics on MacDougal Street. This archived conversation from a WNYC broadcast gives an incredible sense of what's changed--and what hasn't.
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We Gave Joan Rivers a Tape-Lift

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Even tape of Joan Rivers needs a face lift, of sorts. Our archivists restored this 1999 recording of Rivers cracking wise on The Leonard Lopate Show.
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A Tour of 1970s Central Park

Monday, August 11, 2014

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A Casual Summertime Journey Through a Sprawling Municipal Treasure
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Before Portable Electronic News Gathering: Re-enactments in the Studio

Monday, August 11, 2014

Before reality TV, there was reality radio - well, sort of.
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Jimmy Hoffa Speaks Out on His Way to Jail

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nearly 40 years later the bones have disappeared but the voice is still defiant.

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The Flexner Incident: Not One of Our Finer Moments

Monday, July 21, 2014

James Flexner's first appearance on WNYC in 1931 could have gone better. He tells the story of the announcer with the wandering hands.

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WNYC and WQXR: Pioneer Broadcasters of Latin American Music

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It started at WNYC, ended up at WQXR and packed a south of the border beat.

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A. Bartlett Giamatti: Baseball as a Meditation and Narrative On Life

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Baseball as a metaphor for life.

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Losing a Husband to the Freedom Summer

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rita Schwerner's husband Michael was one of three civil rights workers murdered by the KKK in Mississippi during 1964's Freedom Summer. Hear her talk about staying the course after his death.

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Thomas B. Morgan, Former Head of WNYC, Dies

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thomas B. Morgan, the President of the WNYC Communications Group from April 1990 to April 1994, died today. Morgan was an honorary trustee of New York Public Radio. He had not been well for some time.

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How Geopolitics Shaped WNYC’s Iconic Station Identification

Friday, June 13, 2014

Every radio station has a government mandated station identification - a host is required to announce a station's call letters every hour, on the hour. Here's a look back at some of the most unique station IDs from the past 90 years. 

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Kurt Vonnegut: "Fates Worse Than Death"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

His humorous and edgy 1982 “sermon” took on the question of whether hydrogen bombs would deliver us from more terrifying circumstances. A literary classic, the full audio recording is now available for the first time.

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Hear the Men Who Saw D-Day from Both Sides

Friday, June 06, 2014

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the largest amphibious invasion in history, where 156,000 Allied troops landed on five French beaches. But there’s a lot to learn from individual soldiers — American and German — who saw it happen. Their voices are preserved in this special from our Archives.

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Listen to the First Detailed Account of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Monday, June 02, 2014

Shen Tong was one of China's most famous dissident leaders. Six days after the bloody suppression of student protesters at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, he walked out of the country, came to America, and gave this press conference.

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The Man Who Fought For and Founded WNYC

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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WNYC's founding: A story from the dawn of the Radio Age.

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Beautiful and Disturbing 'Peter and the Wolf' Album Covers

Friday, May 23, 2014

The most popular children's piece ever spawned some pretty wild art — and many surprising celebrity cameos. Take a look and tell us your favorites.

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It's been 23 Years Since this Live Sun Ra Concert Has Been Heard

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Senior Concert Recording Engineer Ed Haber, recorded Sun Ra in 1991 and has this recollection.

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Leader of American Anthropology Launches WNYC Series

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

American scientists and intellectuals in the fight against fascism before World War II.

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