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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.

Credit: NYC Municipal Archives

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The Construction of the Great Bridge, Uniting Brooklyn and New York

Friday, May 08, 2015

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A "heavenly crossing between stars," the Brooklyn Bridge united the cities of New York and Brooklyn in 1883. Hear from the bridge's devotees of the 1960s.
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Remembering Singer and Folklorist Guy Carawan

Friday, May 08, 2015

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Guy Carawan, who died Saturday at the age of 87, introduced "We Shall Overcome" to the Civil Rights movement.  We remember him with an in-studio performance on our station from 1966.  

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May 8, 1945: Victory in Europe

Friday, May 08, 2015

The war in Europe is over!
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The Golden Age of the Carnegie Hall Studios

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WNYC
The Carnegie Hall studios have been transformed, but listen to the voices of those artist who once lived there.
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An Exclusive Unearthed Track by Blues Legend Reverend Gary Davis

Monday, April 20, 2015

WNYC
Reverend Gary Davis, a.k.a. Blind Gary Davis, was an actual blind minister from South Carolina and one of the greatest blues musicians of all time. He recorded this song at WNYC in 1966.

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The New York City Landmarks Law: Saving the Past for Half Century

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Before the fall of Penn Station there was movement to protect city landmarks.  
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A Wigwam in Brooklyn

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Boerum Hill was once nicknamed Little Caughnawaga for the Mohawk community that lived there as they braved great heights constructing the Empire State Building and more.
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The U.N. and the Challenge to Provide an International Education

Friday, April 10, 2015

WNYC
The formation of the United Nations was the perfect impetus for an international school in New York, but what goes into shaping an international "citizen of the world"?
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Do You Have What it Takes to Be a WNYC Announcer?

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

WNYC
Take an announcer's exam from 1948 to find out if you would have made the cut!
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Mad Men and the End of Cigarette Advertising

Monday, April 06, 2015

WNYC
The mid-season premiere opens in April of 1970, the same month Nixon signed a law banning cigarette ads on television and radio.
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Sidney Farber, Chemo Crusader

Friday, March 27, 2015

WNYC
In Early Therapy, Equal Doses of Caution & Optimism.
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The Ticker of Times Square

Friday, March 20, 2015

WNYC
"Times square would never be the same if anything happened to its one serious note in a sea of frivolity."
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Post Post, A Sampling and Tribute to Some Classic Live Morning Music Moments

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Speaking of......you're listening to WNYC, New York.
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Pete Seeger in Conversation with Steve Post

Monday, March 16, 2015

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Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger reminisces about life, politics and narrow escapes.
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Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.: Has the Constitution Outlived Its Usefulness?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Constitutional crisis?  Not yet.
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Whisperings and Musings: Fan Mail from 1937

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

WNYC
In 1937, our leading Sunday morning program was dedicated to the “shut-ins” of New York City. Read the fan mail here.
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WNYC holds together through WWII

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

WNYC
The "City Station" holds its community together through World War II, corresponding via newsletter with former WNYC-ers who were enlisted in the armed forces.
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What Lies Below New York’s East River, and the Diver Who Braved its Depths

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

WNYC
Diver Barney Sweeney tells tales of the murky depths of New York's East River in the 60s.
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The Voices of Coney Island in the 1960s

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WNYC
Coney Island barkers from all around the park invite you to experience a variety of attractions.
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The Fall of Washington Market

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WNYC
For over 100 years, Washington Market was the most import wholesale produce market in New York City. Hear the sounds of the market just before it was demolished in the name of progress.
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