Mellon Foundation provides $1 million to public broadcasting archive

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The American Archive of Public Broadcasting has received $1 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for work that includes hiring a full-time engagement manager.

The archive, a partnership between Boston station WGBH and the Library of Congress, is working to digitize and make publicly available some 50,000 hours of public broadcasting content from the past 60 years.

The archive team will use the Mellon grant to build technical capacity, develop collaborations, enhance training and support services for content contributors, and create advisory committees for scholars, stations and educators, according to an announcement Thursday.

The engagement manager, a new position, will lead outreach and engagement activities for the archive.

WGBH President Jon Abbott called the archive’s work “crucial for preserving our public media history and making this rich vault of content available to all.”