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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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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

WNYC

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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A Report to Listeners

Monday, May 12, 2014

When WQXR was a commercial station sponsorship was a selective affair.
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A Very Weird Song About Adolf Hitler

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Decades before Mel Brooks made it okay to sing about Hitler, an obscure singer recorded this defiant song about the Fuhrer. Just a two weeks later, in September 1940, the Germans bombarded London.

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Listen to Rare, Beautiful Music from the Robeson Archives

Monday, April 28, 2014

WNYC
In 1976, Paul Robeson Jr. came to the WNYC studios to share rare recordings from his father's influential life and singing career.
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Remembrance of Themes Past

Monday, April 28, 2014

From the February, 1944 WQXR Program Guide.

Dr. Edman, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and known for his many books, including the popular Philosopher's Holiday, is one of WQXR most ardent fans. This philosophical reaction to music is one which we feel sure is shared by many of our listeners.

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Calypso on WNYC

Friday, April 25, 2014

WNYC
Did you know WNYC was one of the first U.S. broadcasters of calypso music? Neither did we, until we dug up this clip from 1941 and started dancing.
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Nicholas Pileggi, The Mafia in New York City

Thursday, April 24, 2014

In a one-hour talk that has the easy-going feel of a conversation in a diner, Nicholas Pileggi provides an account of how the Mafia came to power in New York City.
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We Know What You Like

Monday, April 21, 2014

"WQXR's listeners who make themselves articulate to us have more influence in shaping our programs than many non-writing fans realize."
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Happy Earth Day - Now Move Your Car

Monday, April 21, 2014

WNYC
On the first Earth Day - that would be April 22, 1970 - Mayor John V. Lindsay implores New Yorkers to be more thoughtful with their parking.
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A Walking Tour of Don Draper's New York

Friday, April 11, 2014

WNYC

The year is 1971. Manhattan's Fur District is booming and Mad Men's Don Draper is about to enter a decade of possibilities (or not).

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Music For American Youth

Monday, April 07, 2014

From the January, 1941 WQXR Program Guide:

Mr. Ganz is conductor of the Young People's Chorus of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society. He is a pioneer in the field of children's concerts, having directed such concerts for the past eighteen years. The Young People's Concerts from Town Hall, New York, January 13th and February 17th at 3:45 P.M. will be broadcast by WQXR.

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Why Are These Men Twisting a Fish?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

WNYC
Exploring the lively scene of the 1960s Fulton Fish Market
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Paul Fussell: The Poetry of Three Wars: World War I, World War II and Vietnam

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Poetry and the fighting man.

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What a New Cold War Could Sound Like

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

One thing about the Cold War: It made for some great radio. 

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The Place of Radio in Musical Education

Monday, March 31, 2014

"As head of the Juilliard School of Music I am naturally especially interested in the effect of broadcasts of serious music on students and teachers of music."
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The Classics on Broadway

Monday, March 24, 2014

From the October, 1944 WQXR Program Guide:

The success which has attended the presentation on Broadway of new forms of music of great composers such as Bizet, Johann Strauss and Grieg has aroused a certain amount of resentment among music purists. As one of them remarked about Carmen Jones: "The orchestration of Bizet's music was expert and adequate, but I still prefer my Bizet straight, if you don't mind."

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Hello Future, Can You Hear Me?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last week we presented an allegory for retrieving audio, where we compared it to listening to a distant radio station. Of course, that is only half of what audio archivists do: the other half is to try to extend the reach of that signal into the future.

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Who Likes Good Music?*

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Of course some letters come from "cranks"...but most of our letters come from people who are deeply interested in radio as the newest means of mass communication."
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