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LPB Contributes Content to Public Media’s American Archive

Station’s contribution is part of 40,000 hours of local and national public media content that will be preserved and protected.

LPB has announced that it will contribute a portion of its archival television footage to the initial collection of public media’s American Archive.

The American Archive, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) initiative, is a comprehensive effort to inventory, digitize and preserve local and national public media content produced over the last six decades. The Archive will ensure that the public investment in non-commercial media, totaling billions of dollars over the years, is fully protected for, and accessible to, generations to come.

“The American Archive is one of the most important responsibilities facing our public media system,” said Patricia Harrison, President and CEO of CPB. “Taxpayers have funded more than half a century of local, regional and national television and radio programming, and the American Archive will serve as a return on that investment.”

Since the project launched two years ago, public television and radio stations across the country have identified nearly 2.5 million records, including completed local and national programs, raw footage, unedited interviews, recorded speeches, scripts and photos. This totals more than one million hours of video, film, and audio recordings from more than 100 stations.

LPB will contribute historic archival content to the American Archive including excerpts from Uncle Earl, its award-winning documentary about former Governor Earl K. Long; episodes from Louisiana’s only statewide newsmagazine Louisiana: The State We’re In; and With All Deliberate Speed, its 1983 documentary about school segregation efforts in Louisiana. The station also found boxes of footage from its1984 documentary called Cradle of the Stars: The Story of the Louisiana Hayride that featured excerpts from the country music radio and television show that was broadcast from Shreveport from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. The show is best known for launching the career of Elvis Presley.

This material will be digitized and included as part of the Archive’s first 40,000 hours of content.

“We are proud to have a role in creating the American Archive,” said LPB President/CEO Beth Courtney. “I think it is important for radio and television stations around the country to join forces to help create a historical record of public media in the 20th century.”

Public radio and television stations participating in the initiative have completed the initial phases of the project, including inventorying their archives and selecting the content to be preserved. As a next step, CPB is preparing to transition the American Archive to a new permanent home that will sustain and expand the work of the Archive moving forward.

About Louisiana Public BroadcastingNow in its 37th year, LPB is the public television network for the state of Louisiana with seven stations around the state. Part of LPB’s mission is to tell Louisiana’s story through its documentaries and preserve the state’s historical video through its archiving activities.

About CPBThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,300 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

Published: October 16, 2012
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