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WGBH Media Library and Archives Vault
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Media Library and Archives
On The Front Lines Of History

WGBH has been on the front lines of history for nearly seven decades. The station went on the air with a radio broadcast of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in October of 1951, and broadcast its first television program, “Come and See,” in May of 1955. The WGBH Media Library and Archives ensures the long-term preservation and access to WGBH’s vast archive of programming and original materials. The MLA makes WGBH’s historic materials accessible to producers, scholars, researchers, educators, students, lifelong learners and the public. The MLA also offers footage licensing. Research is open to the public by appointment in our Brighton, Mass. offices.

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Additional Information and Updates

For over 60 years WGBH has produced and created thousands of programs that have touched many people across the country. We are at the forefront of the archive profession to assure that this cultural record is accessible for the future.
Karen Cariani, The David O. Ives Executive Director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives and Project Director of the AAPB