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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Will Barnet

Tuesday, November 14, 1972

Host Ruth Bowman interviews artist Will Barnet. 

Charles F. Brannan

Saturday, December 01, 1951

US Secretary of Agriculture quotes Woodrow Wilson on self-sovereignty, and speaks about material and spiritual abundance.

Hazel Scott

Monday, January 01, 1951

The famous pianist on bigotry and responsibility.


Gordon Dean

Friday, January 13, 1950

Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission quotes Walt Whitman.


Elmer Holmes Davis

Thursday, January 12, 1950

In his famous Hoosier accent. the former Office of War Information Chief boldly speaks about "Freedom of the mind".

Hoyt S. Vandenberg

Wednesday, January 11, 1950

The potential date with Marylin Monroe speaks about keeping peace with strength, and safeguarding freedom with power and foresight.


Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, January 10, 1950

Former First Lady speaks about opportunity and about taking America for granted.

Robert Taft

Sunday, January 08, 1950

U.S. Senator from Ohio speaks about decentralization and liberty.

Sigmund Romberg

Saturday, January 07, 1950

Shortly before his death, the Hungarian-born composer speaks about building bridges with music,

Helen Keller

Friday, January 06, 1950

The first deaf and blind  college graduate speaks, fluently and beautifully, about her travels, articulation, and democracy.

Robert Montgomery

Thursday, January 05, 1950

The famous screen actor and director, famous for his witticism, proclaims his "Free Man's Manifesto".

Cardinal Spellman

Wednesday, January 04, 1950

The controversial New York cardinal speaks passionately about the physical and spiritual America.

Harold Edward Stassen

Tuesday, January 03, 1950

The quintessential "perennial candidate" speaks about God and freedom.

William L. Green

Monday, January 02, 1950

The President of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) speaks about the practical attainment of international peace and freedom.

Eric Johnston

Sunday, January 01, 1950

The MPAA chief speaks about America's defining characteristic: "The chance to have a chance."