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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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Song Pluggers: Then and Now

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WNYC
This 1962 episode of New York: A Portrait in Sound looks into the history of the song plugger.
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The Clash of Foils: A look into the Fencers Club of 1962

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WNYC
Interviews with the master and champions of the New York Fencers Club of 1962.
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The Red Cross: Providing Relief Since 1881

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WNYC
This episode of New York: A Portrait in Sound looks into the Red Cross' response to the 1962 Ash Wednesday Storm.
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Shakespeare in the Park in 1962

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WNYC
Various actors and Joseph Papp, producer and director of the Shakespeare Festival in 1962, describe the magic behind the event.
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25 Years Ago Today: Mandela Walks Free from Prison

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela told an audience of over 50,000 that the ideal of a "free society in which all persons live together in harmony" was something he'd die for.
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Talking About Cancer, Then and Now

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WNYC
In the past, doctors suggested that perhaps their patients should not be told they have cancer.

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The Sounds of Washington Square Park in 1962

Thursday, February 05, 2015

WNYC
Folk musicians celebrate their right to perform in Washington Square Park.
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The Brill Building's Hitmakers in Their Own Words

Thursday, February 05, 2015

WNYC
Before the Beatles invaded America and vocal groups dominated the pop charts, much of top 40 music was written by men sitting in an office building in Midtown Manhattan. 
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Ariel Dorfman: Exile and Disappearance

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ariel Dorfman describes his and every caring person’s obligation to not forget those secretly killed by totalitarian regimes.
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Digging the Blizzard of '47

Monday, January 26, 2015

WNYC
The 1947 blizzard in song & satire  
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Shirley Chisholm Declares She is a Candidate for President

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The first African-American to declare candidacy for the Presidency from a major political party.
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WNYC and the NYPD Agree, Don’t Run Away from Home!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In its earliest days WNYC worked closely with the NYPD.
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WNYC and the NYPD: In Search of Criminals

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Long before the FBI's most wanted lists, WNYC was helping the NYPD track down criminals.
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Coretta Scott King Reflects on Martin Luther King Jr., His Philosophy and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Monday, January 19, 2015

In 1961, reporter Eleanor Fischer went to Atlanta to interview Dr. King and his family. In this interview, Mrs. King discusses her husband's commitment to nonviolence. 
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Those Dusty Archives

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A crusading archivist encounters the jungle of his/her own collection.
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The Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. Reflects on His Son, Atlanta and the Movement for Civil Rights

Monday, January 12, 2015

A father speaks of the son, his city and the movement for freedom.
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'Every Man For Himself': In 1961, This Is How the NYPD Trained Cops to Handle Violent Criminals

Friday, January 02, 2015

WNYC
As tensions rise between city officials and union leaders over policing tactics, hear archived tape of a sergeant teaching new recruits about the "guerrilla warfare" of fighting crime.
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The Man Without a City

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

How one leaky faucet led a man to appreciate city services.
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Christmas Hymns from the Bowery Mission in 1961

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

WNYC
In this tape, part of our collection of NYC field recordings from the 1960s, an audience of mostly homeless men at a Bowery Mission Christmas sermon are asked to stand and sing.
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The Rise and Fall of the East Village Art Scene

Friday, December 12, 2014

WNYC
A 1983 interview with three East Village gallerists who tell us what the scene was really like in the early-1980s.
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