Guide to the Pacifica Foundation Ephemera Collection M0425

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
1999 ; revised 2017
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Pacifica Foundation ephemera collection
creator: Pacifica Foundation
Identifier/Call Number: M0425
Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet : 1 box
Date (inclusive): 1949-1984

Scope and Content

Documents on Pacifica Foundation, with emphasis on KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California. Primarily printed articles about KPFA, programming schedules, information fliers and other publicity materials. Some of the material is in the form of photocopies, and most have been annotated by the donor, who was probably Pacifica's Vera Hopkins, a long-time staffer and unofficial historian. More detailed contents notes (also probably by Hopkins) are available from department.

Historical Note

Lew Hill founded the Pacifica Foundation and its flagship radio station KPFA in 1949. KPFA began broadcasting April 15th, 1949, and was was the first listener-subscription FM educational radio station in the country. Stations KPFK in Los Angeles and WBAI in New York were to follow in 1959 and 1960, respectively.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Pacifica Foundation ephemera collection, M0425, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


Gift of Pacifica Foundation, 1985.

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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Public broadcasting
Radio broadcasting
Pacifica Foundation
KPFA (Radio station : Berkeley, Calif.)

box 1, folder 1

Pacifica publicity, etc.

Scope and Contents

Items corresponding to original listing numbered 3, 11, 11c, 11d, 12, 13, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 28a, 31.
box 1, folder 2

articles re: Pacifica (publicity reprints)

Scope and Contents

Items corresponding to original listing numbered 5a, 5b, 7, 10a, 11a, 13b
box 1, folder 3

KPFA publicity

Scope and Contents

Items corresponding to original listing numbered 2, 4, 5, 10, 11b, 12a, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33
box 1, folder 4

KPFA internal

Scope and Contents

handwritten listener charts 1982 ; orientation manual 1983
box 1, folder 5

KPFA folios

Scope and Contents

v.1. n.1 June 5-18, 1949 (photocopy)
v.6 n.13 September 18-October 1, 1955
v.25 i.4 April 1974 (25 year anniversary issue)
box 1, folder 6

WBAI folio, KPFK & KPFT publicity etc.

Scope and Contents

WBAI folio v.1. n.1 January 10-14, 1960 ; KPFK folio v.8 n.3 September 1-30, 1966 and items corresponding to original listing numbered 6 and 9 ; KPFT Houston program guide April 1973
box 1, folder 7

Pacifica Radio Sampler 1949-1984 KPFA

Scope and Contents

bound volume assembled May 1984, containing both internal and distributed documents.