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About the MPR Archive

Reels in the MPR Archive
MPR Photo / Josh Kubasta

Minnesota Public Radio began as a classical music station in 1967 at KSJR in Collegeville, Minnesota.  There are a few recordings from 1970 and 1971, but reels of MPR daily news became a regular part of the workflow in 1972.  

This treasure trove of historic content has endless potential applications for educators, researchers, journalists and history buffs, but was left untapped sitting in MPR's basement. With support from the Minnesota Legacy Amendment, MPR is now able to make this priceless content available for the general public to listen to, learn from and enjoy.

The MPR Archive has holdings in four locations:

1. Digital Media Archive (DMA): Currently all regional and national broadcasts are archived in the DMA in .wav format. It also holds digitized audio from show tapes and CDs.

2. Gary Comer Audio Archive: A temperature controlled holding facility in the basement of the MPR building, which stores a large collection of show reels, DATs and CDs going back to 1972.

3. The Keep: Selections of MPR broadcasts, which are stored off-site in an environmentally controlled rental facility called The Keep, Inc.

4. The Corporate Archive: A physical collection of marketing material, images and other memorabilia, located in the MPR facility.

Please feel free to send us your questions or comments!