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From The WGBH Vault Articles

by Elizabeth Deane

This collection of articles highlights content from the WGBH Media Library and Archives that are of historical or cultural significance. They were composed by longtime WGBH producer and writer, Elizabeth Deane.


Boston’s 1960s Civil Rights Movement: A Look Back

by Audrea Dunham

The Boston’s 1960s Civil Rights Movement: A Look Back collection was created in the spirit of the African symbol Sankofa that in the Akan language of Ghana is loosely translated as “Go Back to Fetch It,” meaning to learn from one’s past. It consists of more than 14-hours of WGBH radio and televis... read more


Considering Our Tech-nostalgia

by John Campopiano

A hundred years ago nostalgia was thought to be a psychological affliction, something that had a pronounced impact on an individuals cognition and ability to function in everyday life. Typically associated with geographical displacement, nostalgia was (and to a certain degree still is) synonymous wit... read more


Eric Jackson’s Radio Legacy

by Leonard Brown

The Eric Jackson Interviews with Master Musicians A research project conducted by Leonard Brown, associate professor of African American Studies and Music, Northeastern University, Boston, MA Introduction Over the last three decades, I have been involved in researching and sharing knowle... read more


Mediating the Art of Asian Cooking: Joyce Chen Cooks and the Upscaling of Chinese Food in America in the 1960s

by Dana Polan

The astounding renown that WGBH had had by the mid-1960s achieved with Julia The French Chef is now well known and has been studied in depth from a variety of angles. But much less known, and much less attended to in many histories of television cooking, is the fact that Julia Child's success spu... read more


New Critical Television

by Mark Cooper

I. A. Richards’s Sense of Poetry (October-December 1957) and its sequel Wrath of Achilles (January-March 1958) added poetry appreciation to the diverse televised lectures broadcast by WGBH-TV in its first years on the air. Harvard professor Richards was an interesting choice. He ranks among the most ... read more


Nine Poets Walk Into An Institute of Technology

by Jim Cocola

Nine poets walk into an institute of technology. If this sounds like a joke, that's by design, for in modern times there seems to be something funny about the poet who moves among technologists—not funny ha ha, but funny strange. And yet, in 1962-3, nine poets did walk into an institute of techn... read more


Pan-African Liberation

by R. Joseph Parrott

In May of 1972, tens of thousands of African Americans gathered in Washington, D.C. Young and old, radical and moderate, they united not in protest of the government’s treatment of blacks in the United States, but rather on behalf of their distant kin fighting revolutions in Africa. At the first ... read more


Showing Status: WGBH and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women during the Kennedy Administration, 1961-63

by Maureen Mann Tannetta

October 11, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of American Women, the final report requested by President John F. Kennedy at the inception of the 26 member President’s Commission on the Status of Women on December 14, 1961. WGBH and Massachusetts played an important role in the pubic history of the... read more


Television on Television Violence: Perspectives from the 70s and 90s

by Daniella Perry

On January 10, 1995, PBS’s Frontline aired an episode provocatively titled “Does TV Kill?” The show investigated television viewing habits of average families in upstate New York, and promised to “reveal unexpected conclusions about the impact TV has on Americans’ world view.” But if one looks at... read more


The Advocates: a retrospective on an important— and still relevant—innovation in public affairs television

by Lisle Baker

Before Roger Fisher founded the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, he was nationally recognized for having created an award-winning public affairs television show, The Advocates, which aired on the Public Broadcasting System. Over the course of its five year season, beginning in 1969 (... read more


The Edwin G. Boring and Hanns Sachs Collection

by Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

In his book A history of psychology in autobiography, Dr. Boring admits that in 1933,at the suggestion of his friends and family, he began psychoanalysis treatment with a former colleague of Freud, Hans Sachs. Boring remained in psychoanalysis for a year, doing 5 sessions a week, but he found it to b... read more


The Grete L. Bibring Collection

by Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Grete Lehner Bibring was born in Vienna on January 11, 1899. Inspired by Sigmund Freud's work in psychoanalysis, she became one of the very few female medical students at the University of Vienna in 1918, and one of the first psychiatrists to champion the need to incorporate psychoanalysis into the p... read more


The Julia Child Project: The Cold War, France, and the Politics of Food

by Tracey Deutsch

Relations between the US and France were at a lowpoint in the spring of 1966. The country was still a popular tourist destination, and a cherished resource of guidelines for cosmopolitan food, art, and even sex. But things were changing. Anti-American sentiment appeared with increasing frequentl... read more


The Julia Child of Needlework: Erica Wilson’s Legacy in Stitches and on Television

by Amanda Sikarskie

Erica Moira Susan Wilson (1928-2011) has been called the “Julia Child of Needlework,” and her impact on the field of sewing and craft-related television has arguably been as great as that of Julia Child on the TV cooking program genre. Like Child, who made archaic aspects of French cookery access... read more


“Come on and ZOOM!”: ZOOM and 1970s American Childhood

by Leslie Paris

From 1972 through 1978, WGBH produced one of the nation’s most celebrated and best-loved children’s television shows, ZOOM. Aimed at an audience of children from about seven to twelve years of age, ZOOM reached millions through the expanding national public television network of the 1970s. ZOOM’s con... read more