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PW-50866-11Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Missouri LibrariesKMBC Audio Preservation and Access5/1/2011 - 9/30/2012$127,536.00BonnieSuePostlethwaite   University of Missouri LibrariesKansas CityMO64110-2235USA2011U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access12753601275360

The cataloging and digitization of 1,731 transcription discs containing 445 hours of radio broadcasting from Kansas City station KMBC dating from 1935 to 1950.

The KMBC Collection consists of radio broadcasts from 1935-50 recorded on 16" instantaneous-cut transcription discs containing a wealth of rare and unique items not held by other institutions or otherwise available. This collection is comprised of hundreds of one-of-a-kind news broadcasts from World War II that document the course of the war and include the voices of many historical figures of the period. To complement the documentary nature of this collection, recordings of locally-produced programming are featured. Cataloging these single discs will unlock their musical, literary, dramatic, and historical contents to researchers, faculty members, students, and the general public who for many years have desired to incorporate rare audio recordings into their research, teaching, and study. This project will digitally preserve fragile recordings and bring full names, correct titles, content, and subject access for the first time to recordings that are not currently accessible anywhere.