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Founded in 1976, the Media Access and Preservation Center has a mission to acquire, organize, preserve and provide access to the WGBH Educational Foundation's production assets and historical records, whether paper-based, magnetic or digital in nature. The Archives holds extensive footage from WGBH news programming, including nearly 10,000 tapes from The Ten O'Clock News library, and from its predecessor, Evening Compass.
A grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has allowed the Archives to preserve and digitize a portion of its Ten O'Clock News collection. The 523 tapes included in this project focus on coverage of the local and national African American community and related civil rights issues from 1974 to 1991. The Archives has been making a concerted effort to identify and preserve materials in the WGBH collection that document the local and national African American community. The justification for this focus is based on the dearth of historical moving image collections by, for, and about the African American community in Boston. Television news collections, such as The Ten O'Clock News, are important because they serve as primary source material for the study of regional history, and they document local attitudes on national and international news stories. The Ten O'Clock News project focuses on significant events, and coverage of important personalities and changing attitudes on important issues in our society.
Evening Compass programs and Ten O'Clock News library tapes were chosen for inclusion in The Ten O'Clock News project. The news stories on the tapes cover a wide variety of topics, including local and national politics, education, health care, racism, housing, economics, youth issues, the arts, and African American identity. It is estimated that the project has preserved about 5% of the entire Ten O'Clock News collection.
Approximately 100 tapes included in the project focus on the events surrounding the desegregation of Boston's public schools starting in 1974. Highlights of the collection include the following:
The Ten O'Clock News project allows researchers, students and others interested in local history to explore these news stories through a Web-based guide to the collection. A portion of the streaming video clips on the Web site are enhanced with universal access tools to provide access for people who are blind or visually impaired and people who are deaf or hearing-impaired. The technical enhancements used in this Web access model could be adopted by other archives, museums and libraries interested in broadening access to their Web sites. We believe that The Ten O'Clock News project is the first of its kind to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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