Credits: Open Vault Research

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the WGBH Media Library & Archives Digital Library Project has completed two phases. In the first phase, WGBH conducted an assessment of the value of our archival collections for scholarly use. In the second phase, “Developing a Public Television Content Delivery System for Academic Institutions,” WGBH developed Open Vault Research. Designed in close collaboration with scholars, this prototype web site facilitates research access to the collections. Further, working with Ithaka S+R, we investigated the sustainability of online archives for academic use. Beyond Open Vault Research, lessons from both Phase One and Phase Two of the Digital Library Project also informed the design and development of Open Vault Vietnam.

Principal Investigators

Karen Cariani
Director, WGBH Media Library and Archives

Peter Pinch
Director of Technology, WGBH Interactive


John W. Dower
Ford International Professor of History
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

James Blight and Janet Lang
Watson Institute for International Studies
Brown University

Peter Winn
Professor of History
Tufts University

Project Team

Courtney Michael, Project Manager
Chris Beer, Developer
Mayo Todorovic, Designer
Jim Barton, Business Manager
Paul Plutnicki, Business Manager

Sustainability Research

Ithaka S + R

Laura Brown
Kirby Smith
Matthew Loy

Legal Research

Jill Goldberg

Production Assistance

Michael Delia
Jeffrey Elias
Michael Murasko
Leah Weisse


Jon Alper

Special Thanks to

Marisa Castrini
Karen Colbron
Nancy Dillon
Kim Ducharme
Dov Frede
Sarah Grafman
Philip Landry
Keith Luf
Christopher McNeice
Shigeru Miyagawa
Michael Steadman