Pacifica Foundation Records, 1949-2006

Summary Information

Title: Pacifica Foundation Records
Inclusive Dates: 1949-2006

  • Pacifica Foundation
Call Number: U.S. Mss 153AF; Audio 1585A; MCHC84-003; M85-573; M87-309; M2016-067

Quantity: 23.0 cubic feet (12 archives boxes and 19 records center cartons); plus additions of 44.4 cubic feet, 22 tape recordings, 3 discs, 100 photographs, 57 negatives, 12 transparencies, and 1 poster

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Records of the Pacifica Foundation, a non-profit foundation which pioneered listener-sponsored broadcasting and which operates five FM stations: KPFA, Berkeley, California; KPFK, Los Angeles, California; WBAI, New York City; KPFT, Houston, Texas; and WPFW, Washington, D.C. Coverage is best for programming and operations of the individual stations; these files include a fairly comprehensive collection of program guides for KPFA, KPFK, and WBAI, and operational material chiefly for KPFA and KPFK. Also pertaining to KPFA are 19 cartons of partially-processed news scripts, 1963-1973. Although the remainder of the collection pertains to Pacifica in general, there is little documentation on overall policymaking. Also included is material concerning investigations of Pacifica by the U.S. Senate and the FCC over alleged communist infiltration and the use of obscenity on the air.

Language: English

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