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Recorded Sound Section--Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division



Women on the Radio
Beyond the Microphone
Daytime Programming
World War II
NBC Radio Collection
Programs for and by Women
Meet the Press Collection
NPR Collection
WOR Collection
Pacifica Radio Archive
CBS Collection
AFRTS Collection
Women on AFRS
OWI Collection
VOA Collection
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Music Recordings
Drama and Literature Recordings
The Spoken Word




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).

Researching BBC

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.

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