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Overview

The Radio Preservation Task Force was created by the Library of Congress’s National Recording Preservation Board in 2014 to facilitate preservation of, research on, and educational uses of radio recordings held by archiving institutions and private collectors in the United States. Its members include hundreds of scholars, educators, collectors, librarians, and archivists at universities, libraries, museums, archives, and other heritage organizations throughout the country. The RPTF manages several ongoing projects and initiatives and works in partnership with other research and preservation groups in the US and abroad.

As a 2020 article explains, “Over the past six years, RPTF members have conducted a national survey of extant radio holdings at institutions ranging from federal and state archives to colleges and universities, local museums and historical societies, and private collections; developed a publicly accessible national radio recordings database; facilitated successful grant applications preserving thousands of hours of at-risk recordings; and published a series of special issues of academic journals with university presses…the RPTF has currently documented over 3,000 extant radio collections in its national recordings database, which include not only sound recordings, but also paper documents, photographs, and other holdings.”

In 2019, Emily Goodman, Mark Matienzo, Shawn VanCour, and William Vanden Dries wrote an article about the evolution of the RPTF, “Building the National Radio Recordings Database: A Big Data Approach to Documenting Audio Heritage.”