Special Collections

From the Vault

The steel shelves of the WGBH vault hold six decades of radio and television programs, an exuberant collection of finished shows and outtakes, successes and missteps, all stored at a constant, cool 62 degrees. “From the Vault,” launched in 2011, is an ongoing collaboration with WGBH Radio (89.7), and WGBH.org, bringing treasures from the archive to new audiences, when rights permit.

While most of the Open Vault collections are designed for scholarly research, “From the Vault” is meant for a wider viewership. Selections to date give a sense of the range of the WGBH collection, from a rare, unedited 1990 interview with Steve Jobs, to interviews with Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and James Baldwin for a 1963 program called “The Negro and the American Promise,” a 1967 film featuring Dr. Timothy Leary making the case for LSD, and clips from the first ZOOM series in the early 1970s.

Check back with us from time to time to see what new gems we’ve brought off the shelves and back out into the world.

Bargello Bean Sprouts, Home Grown Beef and Vegetables Bell Pulls, Borders And Bandings Bengtz on Drawing Bill Cosby Interview Bill Gates, 1990 Bill Lee Bob Seay introduces a clip of Dr. Alfred Worcester Boston School Committee Report On Sit-ins Boston Symphony Audience Learns of the Death of JFK Boston Symphony Audience Learns of the Death of JFK: Radio Spot with Interview Bouillabaisse A La Marseillaise Boycott Report Cancer Case of the Frozen Addict, The Chains Childhood Chinese Soups Christmas Tree Civil Rights Panel With Louis Lyons Cold Cures Cone, The Crewel Point Cross Stitch David Ferry Death Of Patroclus, The Designing Needlepoint Designs from China Duel Between Paris And Menelaus, The; Helen and Aphrodite Ecstasy, The, Part I Ecstasy, The, Part II Egg Foo Yung Embassy To Achilles, The First Patriots' Day, The: An Eyewitness Account By Dr. Alfred Worcester Fluoridation For Fussy Eaters Freedom Stay-Out: What Happened This Afternoon Garden, The, Part I Garden, The, Part II Geometric Needlepoint Gods Graphics A To Z Heart Disease Hector And Andromache Here's How You Do It How Big Do Things Look? Is Man Free To Choose? James Baldwin Interview James Brown and Mayor Kevin White Address the Crowd at the Boston Garden James Brown Speaks to the Crowd at the Boston Garden Japanese Temple Sculpture Jilting of Troilus, The John Ciardi John Updike Just Ties Larry Tesler, 1992 Lasagne a la Francaise Lautrec in Paris Let's Dance! Light, Dark and Daumier Line Dancing and Disco Fashion Lion Head Live Broadcast [1 of 4] Live Broadcast [2 of 4] Live Broadcast [3 of 4] Live Broadcast [4 of 4] Love and Marriage LSD: Lettvin Vs Leary A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continues) Made in Japan: Ukiyo-e Prints