Share in our discoveries across three projects as we work to provide the first intellectual access to our hidden treasures relating to work and labor in early 20th Century New England, the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair and its period, and Boston local TV news.

Exposing Unknown Boston Local TV News Collections

Under the direction of Principal Investigator Karen Cariani, Director of WGBH Media Library and Archives, the Boston Local TV News project is a collaboration of four institutions and their local tv news collections— the Boston Public Library (BPL), Northeast Historic Film (NHF), WGBH, and Cambridge Community Television (CCTV). The project will create a shared catalog of 40 years of Boston television news from the collections of the 4 partners. Catalogs for the news film collections of the BPL and NHF, dating from the early 1960 to the 1980s will be created using the existing catalogs from WGBH, CCTV and other sources as appropriate. Local news broadcasts spanning these years reflect the issues and concerns of many communities across the nation: politics both local and national, poverty, antiwar protests, affirmative action, women's rights, anti-apartheid activity, environmental awakening, changes in health care, and new medical advances.  Local sports coverage spotlights the thoughts and reactions of players, coaches and fans and the vibrancy of the community spirit during periods of wins and losses.

Funding for this project is provided through the Council on Library and Information Resources program, Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives.

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