British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Sound Archive Collection
The Library is the sole repository of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Collection (1888-1980s) in the Western Hemisphere.
Numbering more than six thousand LPs, the collection contains a selection of the most important recordings of current affairs
and cultural radio programs made by the BBC (see Recorded Sound External Sites) during its existence. Virtually every major twentieth-century political figure is heard on these recordings. Although obviously
primarily British in scope, this collection contains programs on American topics and personalities as well. First ladies Nancy
Reagan (b. 1923), Pat Nixon (1912-1993), and Rosalynn Carter (b. 1927) speak on several programs. American women from varied
walks of life who are featured in broadcasts include singer Mary Travers (b. 1936), actress Shirley MacLaine (b. 1934), evangelist
Ruth Carter Stapleton (1929-1983), Princess Grace of Monaco (1929-1982), politician Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), and feminist
author Betty Friedan (b. 1921).
Microfiche and paper indexes to the collection offer name, subject (e.g., “gynaecology,” “abortion,” and “marriage”), keyword,
and program title access. The program Woman's Hour, for which there are dozens of entries in the index, often features notable American women and addresses a wide range of topics
pertaining to American women. Any entry with a cataloging number beginning with “LP” may be in the Library's collections.