Pacifica Radio Archives Offers Audio Documents of People’s Histories and Voices June 25, 2013

pacificaradioarchiveslogoThe Zinn Education Project recently received the complete The Campus Campaign: From the Vault to the Classroom from Pacifica Radio Archives. Myla Kabat-Zinn, daughter of Howard Zinn, generously sponsored this gift. In four volumes, these archives document people’s histories and voices, covering topics from wealth and poverty to arts and literature to civil rights.

Since 1949, Pacifica Radio Archives has worked to chronicle the progressive voices of the political, cultural, and artistic movements in the twentieth century. With a commitment to social justice and providing audio documentation of a people’s history, Pacifica presents their recordings through their weekly radio series, From the Vault, available for free online. One recent From the Vault program is a memorial to Medgar Evers, which “seats the listener front and center at his funeral, the mourning procession, and the demonstrations and near-riot that ensued in its aftermath.” This can be used alongside Zinn Education Project materials on Evers.

fromthevault_logoPacifica Radio Archives also offers an array of free programs listed here through a National Endowment of the Arts Grant and many more for purchase from their website. These programs document the people’s voices: for example, one program examining “The Triangle Fire” includes an interview with a survivor of the fire, materials on the shirtwaist makers strike of 1909, and an interview with Pauline Newman, the first woman organizer of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. These can be used in conjunction with the teaching resources on the Zinn Education Project website about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.

Samples of other audio recordings from the Pacifica Archives:

To learn more about the Pacifica Radio Archives and find more audio recordings, visit


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