About Pacifica and our Partners

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Pacifica Radio Archives is considered by historians and scholars to be one of the oldest and most important audio collections in the world. Chronicling the political, cultural and artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century, Pacifica radio programs include documentaries, performances, discussions, debates, drama, poetry readings, commentaries and radio arts.

Our Mission

The Pacifica Radio Archives appraise, collect, organize, describe, and preserve the creative work generated by or produced in association with Pacifica Radio, and we make it available for research and reference use.

The Pacifica Network stations are:

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Contact information:

Project Director Brian DeShazor: brian at pacificaradioarchives dot org
Project Archivist Jolene Beiser: jolene at pacificaradioarchives dog org

nhprc-logo-jpegPacifica Radio Archives has received a generous matching grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives to preserve 2000 recordings related to the American Women’s movement in our collection.

From their website:  The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States.

Read more about the NHPRC here.

berkeley-textThe University of California at Berkeley Library has generously agreed to ingest our digitized recordings into their online catalog entitled OSKICAT, from where the recordings will be preserved long-term at the California Digital Library. A pilot project of 51 recordings, previously digitized in-house, are available steaming online at OSKICAT. You can view the recordings here.  Click on any of the records, and once in the record, go to “Link to Online version” and click on “American Women Making History and Culture. Freely available for streaming.”

Read more about the UC Berkeley Library here and the California Digital Library here.

Internet_Archive_logo_and_wordmarkThe digitized audio from this grant project will also be available streaming at the Internet Archive. From their website: The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

Pacifica Radio Archives currently has several recordings available for streaming at the Internet Archive. Most of these recordings were digitized thanks to grant funding from the Grammy Foundation, NEA, and more. You can access our recordings at the Internet Archive here. Scroll down the page to see the different collections hosted there.

The Internet Archive has also generously digitized the Pacifica Radio Archives Folio Collection–our collection of station program guides collected from the first (1949) through the 1990s. These have all been digitized and are available for browsing here.

Learn more about the Internet Archive here.

george bloodGeorge Blood, LP in Philadelphia, PA has treated and digitized thousands of Pacifica’s recordings through several grant projects.

Learn more about George Blood, LP here.




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