Pacifica Radio Archives has an amazing collection of audio recordings perfect for a Women's History Month tribute! Let's start the month off by featuring selections from of a trio of Hollywood actresses, recorded in the 1960's and 1970's on-stage at the San Francisco International Film Festival: Shelly Winters, Ruth Gordon, and Bette Davis.
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From the Vault 407: The Dispute over the Ownership of Anthony Burns
This week on From the Vault we conclude our celebration of Black History Month with a 1967 recording titled The Dispute over the Ownership of Anthony Burns. Conceived by Baird Searles and the 99.5 Radio Theater at WBAI studios in New York, this play was performed in response to the events of the 1960's, at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Adapted from original court documents and letters by playwright and historian Jonathan Ned Katz and directed by Lois Adler, this radio performance tells the story of Anthony Burns, a slave born in Stafford County, Virginia in 1834. After escaping the slave masters on a ship bound for Boston, Massachusetts in 1853, Burns was captured a year later and became the center of the 1854 court case using the newly enacted 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.
Voice talent includes Niger Akoni, Susan Batson, Alan Becker, Gerald Fritz, Robert Lander, Margot Lewitin, Frank MacFee, David Margulies, Eric Nord, Douglass Ross, and Baird Searles.
This program was recently restored thanks to a grant funded in part by the GRAMMY foundation. This is the first rebroadcast of The Dispute over the Ownership of Anthony Burns since its original airing in 1967.
From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.
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American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 Project Underway!
Pacifica's largest grant preservation project "American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982", awarded from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grant for $128,000, launched October 1 and is underway! Our first batch of 450 tapes to be digitized and preserved are currently being pulled from their shelves and moved to the processing area in our climate-controlled vault. The box labels will soon be scanned, descriptions will be updated, and tape conditions assessed before being shipped to our digitization guru George Blood, LP in Philadelphia, PA. While you wait to hear more from this collection, consider making a $25 donation to receive our "American Women Sampler CD" available here: PZ0904
Wrapping up GRAMMY Foundation Grant work
The Pacifica Radio Archives thanks the GRAMMY Foundation for its assistance in funding our preservation of two terrific series of historical radio programs from WBAI-FM: The Free Music Store, an eclectic free concert series from the 1970s, and the Mind's Eye Theatre, WBAI's unique experiment in radio theatre from the late 1960's. Everything in our vaults from these two series has now officially been digitized and will be available as a pledge gift during our upcoming annual Pacifica Radio Archives Fund Drive!