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About the Archives

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Pacifica Radio Archives (PRA) is considered by historians and scholars to be one of the oldest and most important audio collections in the world. Chronicling the political, cultural and artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century, Pacifica radio programs include documentaries, performances, discussions, debates, drama, poetry readings, commentaries and radio arts.

 Our Mission

The Pacifica Radio Archives appraise, collect, organize, describe, and preserve the creative work generated by or produced in association with Pacifica Radio, and we make it available for research and reference use.

The Pacifica Network stations are:

We focus on materials that reflect the memory, traditions and evolution of Pacifica Radio.The intellectual content of the collection emphasizes a common thread of social justice covering cultural, health, historical, political, psychological, racial, religious, philosophical and social aspects of our society over a variety of subjects.

PRA also assesses and serves the programming, production and research needs of Pacifica Radio (including Pacifica personnel, listeners, the media and the research community).

"The archives of Pacifica Radio ... must be consulted by anyone conducting research on post-World War II history." --Gerald Horne, The Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising and the 1960's