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.
The RPTF is charged by the NRPB with a five-point mission statement:
- To support collaboration between faculty researchers and archivists toward the preservation of radio history
- To develop an online inventory of extant American radio archival collections, focusing on recorded sound holdings, including research aids
- To identify and save endangered collections
- To develop pedagogical guides for utilizing radio and sound archives
- To act as a clearing house to encourage and expand academic study on the cultural history of radio through the location of grants, the creation of research caucuses, and development of metadata on extant materials
Execution of this charge is overseen by a national director and several executive-level committees.