Programs Aren’t Enough: We Need to Save Our Websites, Too!
The Library of Congress, charged with the long-term preservation of America’s history and cultural heritage, has funded Preserving Digital Public Television specifically to design an archive for long-term preservation of public television programs being produced in a ‘born-digital’ environment.
Websites are where the public now turns for up-to-date information, resources and background materials, and they have become required as key components for every public television production, both local and national. Websites provide expanded information about any given program, and increasingly, they also reflect large amounts of original information, video and other cultural expression in their own right.
Public broadcast stations themselves also have active websites, which provide more than scheduling information, but also offer local news, features, commentary and other content that ties them directly to their communities.
Because these sites contain far more content and audience engagement than any single broadcast can possibly squeeze onto the air, saving them as part of the broadcast record is as central to preserving our national culture as saving the television programs themselves.
As part of our digital preservation initiative, we have begun saving the majority of websites related to the public television system – both stations and program productions. Our goal is to expand the archives of resources that will preserve digital public television offerings by capturing and preserving these key internet-based program materials used widely by the public.
These web crawls are a collection of snapshots made once a month, based on a list of stations and organizations current as of the end of 2007.
What you see here is the historical record of the web site.
* Lists of selected organizations, stations, and programs are below;
* Alternatively, you may browse or search the full collection.
Over time, we’ll be updating the lists, highlighting some of the websites in the collection, and making these materials more accessible. We thank the Internet Archive for partnering with us on this project and providing technical support.
National Service Organizations
- American Public Television (APT)
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
- National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC)
- Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
A Sample of Public Broadcasting Station Websites
- Thirteen/WNET New York, NY
- Alabama Public Television
- Howard University Washington, DC
- KBDI Denver, CO
- KCET Los Angeles, CA
- KET Kentucky Educational Television
- KNME University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
- KQED San Francisco, CA
- KUAC Fairbanks, AL
- MPT Maryland Public Television
- NET Nebraska Educational Television
- Prairie Public Broadcasting Fargo, ND
- WETA Arlington, VA
- WGBH Boston, MA
- WGCU Fort Myers, FL
- WHRO Norfolk, VA
- WHYY Philadelphia, PA
- WILL The broadcasting service of the University of Illinois
- WLAE New Orleans, LA
- WLIW New York, NY
- WOSU Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
- WVIZ Cleveland, OH
Representative Programs and Series
- African American Lives
- American Experience
- American Masters
- Antiques Roadshow
- Austin City Limits
- Bill Moyers Journal
- The Civil War
- Duke Ellington’s Washington
- Evening at Pops
- Eyes On The Prize
- The Forgetting
- Great Performances
- Guns, Germs and Steel
- Healthcare Crisis: Who’s at Risk?
- Independent Lens
- Islam: Empire of Faith
- Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire
- Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Adventures
- The Jewish Americans
- Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening
- Kennedy Center Presents: Speak Truth to Power<!–
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Live From Lincoln Center
- Mark Twain
- Martin Luther
- Masterpiece Theatre
- Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
- Monty Python’s Flying Circus
- Moyers on America
- New York Goes to War
- New York Online
- The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer
- Nightly Business Report
- Queen Victoria’s Empire
- Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
- Remembered Earth: New Mexico’s High Desert
- Searching for Asian America
- The Six Wives of Henry VIII
- A Taste of Louisiana
- The War
- This Old House
- Thomas Jefferson
- Triumph of the Nerds
- Walking the Bible
- The War
- The War That Made America
- Washington Week
- World War II on PBS