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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty broadcast records
    Dates: 1951-2005
    Collection number: 2000C120
    Creator: RFE/RL, Inc.
    Collection Size: circa 7000 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: American radio broadcasting organization operating Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Includes sound recordings of broadcasts, scripts, correspondence, and memoranda, relating to broadcasts by Radio Free Europe to audiences in Eastern Europe and to broadcasts by Radio Liberty Liberty to audiences in the Soviet Union. For additional information, please see http://hoorferl.stanford.edu/RFE/findingAids/RFE_Broad_Register.pdf 
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, Serbo-Croatian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Armenian, Azeri, Georgian, Belarusian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbek, Pashto, Dari.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research. Portions of the collection in process open only by request. A portion of the collection is stored off-site. It may be possible to have a limited number of boxes brought to the archives reading room for examination. A minimum of two days notice is required. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for information.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty broadcast records, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Inc. Broadcast Archive
    The RFE/RL Broadcast Archive consists of the materials produced by RFE/RL for its radio programs. While the primary elements of this collection are tapes and scripts, arranged by broadcast department or language service, there is also a good deal of derivative and associated documentation created, received or collected in the course of the daily functioning of the broadcasting service. Such documentation includes editorial and research files, program logs and broadcast schedules, special programs, work plans, program lists, listener mail, papers of individual employees, collected or produced in the course of their duties, and other types of documentation.
    The most important set of such derivative documents is the Daily Broadcast Analyses (DBAs), which form the Daily Broadcast Analysis series. The DBAs were used by management and the broadcasing departments and language services to track the quality and content of programming. A special department, the Broadcasting Analysis Department, existed to collect data on programming and compile it into DBAs, which were then distributed to management and back to the appropriate desks. In the collection, they are arranged according to the category of origin: Radio Free Afghanistan, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Europe Baltic, Radio Liberty Nationality Services, Radio Liberty Russian Service. The RFE DBAs contain texts of all the services and departments together for each day. DBAs were not issued every day, so the collection contains gaps. A separate category of translated scripts or parts of scripts is also part of the DBA series and listed at its end.
    The Albanian Monitoring Subsection series consists of the papers of one of its employees, Nicolo Prenushi. An Albanian Language Service as such existed for a brief period of time in the early 1950s, leaving only the Monitoring Subsection thereafter.
    The Azerbaijani Language Service contains scripts and other materials, primarily collected writings and research files created by the service chief, Mirza Michaeli.
    The Bulgarian, Czechslovak, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, and Slovak broadcast departments and language services contain similar material, arranged by physical form and chronologically thereafter, but it should be cited by date as the box numbers will change.
    Many early scripts and programs are available only on microfilm. There is a register for these in a neighboring binder, labeled "Programs on Microfilm," and covering primarily the 1950s.
    The News and Current Affairs series contains the news budget, which includes reports from wire agencies and other sources on events during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and Prague Spring of 1968, as well as certain other topics. The series also contains scripts - printed versions of news events and interviews as read by announcers, with sound bites of the event, speech, or interview on audio tapes.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Radio Free Europe.
    Radio Liberty (Munich, Germany)
    Radio broadcasting, Europe, Eastern.
    Radio broadcasting, Soviet Union.