In Los Angeles, the heart of the entertainment world, the Paley Center for Media houses a collection of more than 160,000 television and radio programs. The center works to preserve the artistic and cultural contributions of these programs, operating as a sort of database and forum for continued discussion. Radio programs date back to the 1920s, while television shows go back to 1939.
The archives function almost like a library of media. Most are available to watch or listen to in screening rooms or on individual consoles. In addition to original materials, there are also recorded seminars from prominent television and radio figures ranging from hosts and creators to actors.
The archives serve both as a resource for media professionals and as a catalog for the public to engage with. The center is expanding into emerging media, including Internet video and mobile content. There’s also a branch of the center located in New York City.
The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles is located on North Beverly Drive on Beverly Hills. Get there via the Santa Monica Boulevard exit, or take Metro Bus route 704 or 4. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 to 5 pm (closed Monday and Tuesday.) Admission to the center is free, as are the guided tours for the general public.