One of UGA’s hidden treasures is about to step into the spotlight. Selected programs from the Peabody Awards Collection are now available for online viewing on the UGA campus.
The Peabody Awards Collection, part of the UGA Libraries Walter J. Brown Media Archives, is one of the largest broadcasting archives in the country. The Collection contains all entries to the George Foster Peabody Awards, with radio programs dating from 1940 and television from 1948, making it an invaluable resource for teaching and research.
Thanks to a grant from Save America’s Treasures at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Media Archives is now able to preserve, digitize, and share part of the Collection online. The titles selected for this project are all locally-produced television programs dating from 1973-1989. Currently over 500 titles are available, with more being added daily.
Among the programs currently on view: local kids’ shows like Hobo Kelly’s Marineland Special from KHJ in Hollywood (1974) and Jack and the Jukebox from WWBT in Richmond, Va. (1978). Local news stories like Angola: Behind Closed Doors From WWL in New Orleans (1977) and Bid Rigging at Boston City Hall from WCVB in Needham, Mass. (1978), not seen since their original broadcasts, are now available.
To view these programs, visit the Peabody Awards Collection database and search for “yes” in the “Digitized Copy Available” field on the Basic search screen. Watch this space for updates as additional titles are added.