Muhammad Ali discussing his refusal to fight in Vietnam; African American students arriving at school during Boston’s court-ordered de-segregation; Bill T. Jones performing a monologue and solo dance; Robert McNamara reading from a letter sent by Nikita Khrushchev to President Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis — that’s just a taste of the resources available on Open Vault.
Launched by the WGBH Media Library and Archives (MLA), the Open Vault (http://openvault.wgbh.org) Web site offers access to select video clips and interview transcripts drawn from WGBH’s award-winning programming created between 1968 and 1993. Designed to encourage educators and scholars in higher education to incorporate these materials into classroom curricula and outside study, Open Vault includes over 500 streaming video clips and more than 1,000 interviews drawn from: New Television Workshop, an experimental video art series that supported the creation and broadcast of experimental works by artists from 1974 to 1993; Say Brother (now Basic Black), an African American public affairs series with programs from 1968 to 1982; and Ten O’Clock News, a Boston-based nightly news program including stories on the African American community and busing from 1974 through1991.
Users can search by keyword or browse by topic (Arts; Business; Education; Humanities; Massachusetts; Science and Technology; Social Science) and view data alphabetically by person and by series. Advance search allows for narrowing keyword searches within a single series and/or subject. Resource management tools allow educators (after logging in) to annotate and tag records, create topical lists and send information to students for further study or classroom discussion...more