UC Berkeley Library

American Women project completed!

Over 1,900 historic broadcast recordings available streaming online!

We are pleased to announce that our “American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982” project is completed! All of the grant project deliverables have been met. These include:

  1. A searchable finding aid available on the Online Archive of California.
  2. Over 1,900 recordings streaming freely on the Internet Archive and the UC Berkeley Library catalog OskiCat.
  3. Item level descriptions of recordings available on the Pacifica Radio Archives online catalog.
  4. A manual for completing similar digital preservation projects.
  5. Reports and more. Visit the project’s official webpage here: http://www.pacificaradioarchives.org/nhprc1/home

We invite you to listen to these historic recordings and share with fellow students, researchers, professors, librarians, archivists, and media creators far and wide.

We want to say a special thanks to the National Historic Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives and Records Administration for their matching funds making this project possible, and to our partners: the Internet Archive, UC Berkeley Library, and George Blood, LP.

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Yoko Ono: interviewed by Liza Cowan and Jan Albert.

by Jolene Beiser, Project Archivist

I’m LOVING this interview with Yoko Ono from September 11, 1971! It’s part of our NHPRC grant project:  American Women Making History and Culture and is currently being preserved through the UC Berkeley Library.  In the interview, Ono talks about her art, her life, and discusses the question “what is art” (John Lennon pipes in on this question). Plus the interview is by two women, which sets a unique tone. You can listen to it streaming through the UC Berkeley Library here. (Please be patient while the Real Player loads).




Pacifica awarded NHPRC grant!!

American Women green button(1)by Jolene Beiser, Project Archivist

The Pacifica Radio Archives is proud to announce it has been awarded a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration to save 1644 recordings described as American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982.

From our Press Release: “The American Women two year project will document the emergence and evolution of the Women’s movement in cities across the United States, and the unique role listener sponsored non-commercial Pacifica Radio played by providing a communications hub to create and broadcast programs expressing their struggles, philosophies, and victories.”  Read the rest here or download the press release here.

Our grant category, Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records promotes the preservation and use of the nation’s most valuable archival resources and expands our understanding of the American past by facilitating and enhancing access to primary source materials.

We congratulate our archivist team, Jolene Beiser, Joseph Gallucci and the Pacifica Radio Archives preservation and access coordinator consultant, Adi Gevins for their astounding work.


– See more at: http://womenmakinghistory.org/american-women-making-history-and-culture-1963-1982