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Fifteen years of Current available on microfilm

Back issues of Current, the primary news medium among public broadcasting's professionals and leaders, can now be acquired on microfilm. The first set includes the newspaper's first 15 years of biweekly issues, covering 1980-95, a period of great growth, controversy and challenge for the field.

It's a valuable reference resource for station archives, university communications departments and metropolitan libraries.

NPBA logoThe National Public Broadcasting Archives at the University of Maryland, College Park, is selling the set of seven 35mm rolls for $450. To order, contact the Broadcasting Archives, 301-405-9160. Email:

You may also visit the archives' website, with its online listing of much of the archives' collection at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Web page updated May 10, 2011
Copyright 2011 by American University School of Communication,
Washington, DC
Office in Takoma Park, MD

What if I want back issues?

We'll generally send you a single copy of a back issue from the past 12 months without charge, if copies are available. Copies of earlier issues are $3.50 each.

Contact Frances Kemper at Current, 301-270-7240, ext. 31. If there's no answer and your call is urgent, press 0 and ask someone else to help you.

You're welcome to consult back issues at Current's office. (Call before you come.)

Many back articles are accessible on this website through our search page.