WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress will begin presenting an award named for Ken Burns, who elevated the craft of historical documentaries. Officials announced on Tuesday the creation of […]
On Feb. 10, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting together with WGBH Boston and the Library of Congress will celebrate the American Archive of Public Broadcasting at the Thomas Jefferson Building […]
Under a project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 40,000 hours of content is being digitized for long-term preservation and will become the Library of Congress’ American Archive of Public Broadcasting. It will be housed at the library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Va.
At a Library of Congress facility in Virginia, an effort is underway to convert old videotapes into digital files, ensuring the long-term survival of a host of 1950s-through-1970s TV shows, including the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Preserving these shows turns out to be a challenging and time-consuming task. But unless the videotapes are transformed, experts say, future generations will have a diminished appreciation of the era of JFK, flower power and Watergate.