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Audio Materials, 1975-1986

 Series 8

This series contains recordings of radio programs which were created by community radio producers and then collected, cataloged, and distributed by the NFCB Program Service documented in series 3: Program Service. Part of the original mission of NFCB, the purpose of the Program Service was to establish connections among community radio stations across the country and distribute community radio programs through a national cooperative of producers and stations. Administration of the Program Service was transferred to the Pacifica Radio Archives around 1986. Reels date from approximately 1975 to 1986 and are arranged by NFCB reel number.

Audiovisual materials are also available in Series 1 and 3.


  • 1975-1986

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection contain series that are unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view those portions of the collection.

This collection contains audiovisual materials. Items that cannot be used in the Special Collections reading room or are too fragile for researchers require that a digital copy be made prior to use. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit, so we may determine the proper steps to be taken.


4000 Tape Reels : open reel audio tapes ; tape width: 1/4"

Existence and Location of Copies

600 of 4,000 reels in this series were digitized as part of the Councils of Library and Information Resource's Recordings at Risk grant program. The recordings are available online through the University of Maryland's digital collections. They can be viewed either via this finding or by visiting:

Processing Information

This series lists the NFCB reels that have been digitized and are available to researchers online. This represents only a small portion of the series (600 of 4,000 reels have been digitized). A partial preliminary inventory of additional reels is available as an external document (Preliminary Inventory of Audio Reels from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) records, 1998-030-MMC-NPBA). This represents a small portion of the audio collection.

In addition, the program catalogs in series 3: Program Service may be consulted to identify specific reels by their titles, producers, and originating stations. These catalogs provide subject, producer, and genre indices for the reels, with each reel identified by its NFCB reel number. Although not all reels represented in the catalogs are present in the current collection, the catalogs and other documents in series 3 provide the most complete description of the audio reels in this series. A scanned version of a catalog covering the pre-NFCB years through 1979 is available under additional information (National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) Program Service Catalog, pre-NFCB-1979).

Paper inserts accompanying the physical tape reels have been removed from containers of digitized reels and are available in box 1 of this series. Inserts are arranged by tape number.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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