The American Archive of Public Broadcasting, a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress (LOC), was instituted in 2013 with a long-term vision to identify, preserve, and make accessible as much as possible the historical record of publicly funded broadcasting in America. The American Archive Content Inventory project (AACIP) was an initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), in which approximately 120 public broadcasting entities surveyed their holdings and created 2.5 million inventory records. CPB funded the digitization and preservation of 40,000 hours of content identified in the AACIP as the initial preservation effort of the AAPB. In addition, CPB has funded WGBH and the LOC for 2 years to complete the digitization project, incorporate the digital files into the LOC collection, develop a website for the public to view the inventory records and the proxies from the digital files when rights permit, and develop a sustainability plan to support the American Archive into the future.
For more information about the project and our future goals, view this slideshow that the team presented at the 2013 Association of Moving Image Archivists conference: