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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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Doc Watson Philadelphia Folk Festival circa 1970

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WNYC

Join the Archives department in celebrating the life of Doc Watson with this rare interview and performance at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. 

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Wolf Kahn, November 17, 1971

Friday, May 25, 2012

WNYC

Painter Wolf Kahn discusses his own work and artistic process in this 1971 installment of Views on Art with host Ruth Bowman.

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Robert Moog Interview Circa 1980

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WNYC

The Archives Department celebrates Robert Moog's 78th birthday with this 1980s episode of WQXR's This is My Music.  Host Lloyd Moss talks with the inventor and musical pioneer and plays selections from Moog's library of compositions and influences. The program includes a virtuosic performance of Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 adapted for theremin and piano.  

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Dan Flavin, March 3, 1970

Friday, May 18, 2012

American artist Dan Flavin is well known for his often temporary, site-specific installations composed of fluorescent light tubes. In this 1970 episode of Views on Art, host Ruth Bowman interviews the artist about his work and the roles played by critics, museums and galleries.

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The Irascible Hedda Sterne, April 23, 1970

Monday, May 07, 2012

WNYC

Though a working artist for the span of some 80 years, Hedda Sterne may be best known for simply being in a photograph featuring some of the brightest stars of the Abstract Expressionist movement in America. In this interview with Views on Art host Ruth Bowman we gain some insight into the artist behind the photograph, midway through a long and successful career.

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The Reader's Almanac with Walter James Miller

Friday, May 04, 2012

Walter James Miller (1918-2010) was Professor Emeritus at New York University and host of WNYC’s Reader’s Almanac (1970-1985) and WNYC-TV’s Book World (1968-1970). He conducted early interviews with writers such as Nadine Gordimer, Erica Jong, Kurt Vonnegut, Dorothy Gallagher and Jerzy Kosinski.

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National Gallery Director J. Carter Brown, 1971

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Views on Art host Ruth Bowman interviews J. Carter Brown (1934-2002), the director of the National Gallery from 1969 to 1992. 

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Larry Rivers Interviewed at the Tibor de Nagy Art Gallery, 1951

Saturday, April 28, 2012

In 1951, as part of WNYC's annual American Art Festival, arts commentator (and future host of WQXR's "This Is My Music"!) Lloyd Moss wandered through the rooms of the Tibor de Nagy Gallery at its original location, 206 E. 53rd Street. Along with gallery co-director John Myers, Moss explores the work of "unknown" artists and even runs into a young Larry Rivers, who explains to the WNYC audience the importance of the New York School of Painting and his own place within that movement.

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Brooklyn Museum Director Duncan Cameron, 1972

Thursday, April 26, 2012

WNYC

Views on Art host Ruth Bowman discusses the Brooklyn Museum with its newly hired director, Duncan Cameron. Cameron served as director from 1971 to 1974.

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Julia Child on WQXR's "Kitchen Classics", 1990s

Thursday, April 26, 2012

WQXR

Listen to the irrepressible June LeBell as she chats with the grand dame of French cooking in America, Julia Child.

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Bob Sherman interviews Natalia Makarova, 1977

Monday, April 23, 2012

WQXR

This week the Leonard Lopate Show interviews Natalia Makarova. Listen to a WQXR interview Bob Sherman did with Makarova in 1977, when she was prima ballerina at American Ballet Theatre.

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Titanic: 'A Night to Remember,' 1956

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

One hundred years after the sinking of the British passenger liner RMS Titanic, the tragic story of the unsinkable ship fascinates as much today as it did on that fateful day, April 15, 1912. Though many today are most familiar with James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film "Titanic,"  the story was first mass-popularized by acclaimed author Walter Lord, whose 1955 book A Night to Remember was drawn from first-hand accounts of 63 survivors on that maiden voyage.

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WebWise 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

WNYC

What do Fugazi, Star Trek, and Illinois farmers have in common? The preservation of culture, with an eye toward the future.

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WNYC Vintage Microphone Slide Show

Friday, March 16, 2012

Some of the ways to reach the air.
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I'm Changing My Name to Chrysler

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WNYC

On the eve of the 2012 Michigan Republican presidential primary, Tom Paxton reminds us that people are corporations too.

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Al Arkus: The Music Maestro

Friday, February 24, 2012

Al Arkus started at WNYC by producing, directing and reading newscasts. He also directed and announced for Edward Tatnall Canby, David Randolph and Oscar Brand. Children’s programming became one of his favorite genres: he wrote, produced and narrated The Music Maestro, a weekly educational music program, and appeared regularly on The Children’s Story Fair, a show with a cast of 'kids' wandering on a magic midway to adventures in an opera house, a record room, a side show, a concert hall and similar locations. Al also wrote, directed and produced Here's Heidy, a children's program with storyteller Heidy Mayer that moved to WOR in 1949.

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WNYC Director Seymour N. Siegel: Public Radio Visionary

Friday, February 10, 2012

On January 3, 1934, Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia swore into office Seymour N. Siegel as WNYC's Assistant Program Director.  Immediately after Siegel affirmed his commitment to the people of the City of New York, the mayor promptly ordered him to "go across the street and close down the joint." The "joint" was WNYC. One of La Guardia's campaign promises was to close the station and just a few days earlier he had released his cost-cutting program of ten major reforms. Number nine on the list was "abolition of the municipal broadcasting station, WNYC." But after carefully surveying the situation Siegel determined there wasn't anything a little good management and TLC couldn't fix. A panel of experts was convened, a thorough study was done and recommendations were made and implemented.  Because of Sy Siegel, WNYC became a political asset for the mayor and a ground-breaking public broadcaster.

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WNYC's Resident Man of Words, 1926-1929

Friday, January 20, 2012

Long before language mavens Patricia T. O'Conner or Richard Lederer ever matched puns with Leonard Lopate, WNYC had Frank Horace Vizetelly (1864-1938).  Known in his day as the "Dean of Lexicographers," Vizetelly was a major force behind the Funk and Wagnalls Dictionary.  The etymologist, however, was not limited  to the discussion of words and their origins: on WNYC he covered a wide range of topics. Among his talks were "The Ant and Its Ways," "The Story of the Sneeze," and "The Story of the Garter." Before WNYC he was on WOR, and after WNYC he moved to WJZ and WABC.

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964

Monday, January 16, 2012

On December 17, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King was honored by the people of New York for his unparalleled contributions to the civil rights movement in a City Hall ceremony presentation of the Medallion of Honor.

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WNYC and the Land of Mu

Friday, January 13, 2012

Between 1924 and 1925, world traveler, inventor, geologist, archeologist, metalurgical chemist and researcher James Churchward delivered more than two dozen lectures over WNYC. A former colonel in the British Army, Churchward gave talks based on decades of research that focused on what he called, 'the motherland of man,' the lost continent of Mu.

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