Welcome to the MPR Archive portal. This site consists largely of original news reporting and programing from MPR News and related programs, and recordings of regional classical music performances made in partnership with orchestras and symphonies from around the state. While these recordings date back to MPR’s founding in 1967, there are few recordings from 1967 to 1971; reels of MPR daily news were saved regularly starting in 1972. Thanks to generous support from the Comer Science & Education Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the American Archive, and the Minnesota Legacy Amendment, MPR was able to create the backbone of the Archive, leading to the preservation infrastructure you see here.
Through the generosity of granting organizations, we continue the process of digitizing, preserving and presenting hundreds of thousands of stories recorded to analog tape as well as early digitized recordings over the past 50 years on MPR News, Classical MPR, The Current and our affiliated programs. Our dedicated archive staff, funded in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment, focuses on content related to Minnesota’s cultural heritage, Minnesota's literary history, and any tapes requested for digitization by MPR News, other MPR staff or services, or the general public.
To use this site, search using keywords related to the content for which you are looking. Audio archives of past broadcasts are tagged using search terms from the stories or interviews, including guests, hosts, topics covered, etc. Please note that only content that has been cleared for public use or rebroadcast is posted to this site; if the license to use the content does not belong to Minnesota Public Radio or it was broadcast as part of our national partnerships originally (such as NPR), it will not be on this site. In cases where the content is not available you will see an option to contact us for more information; someone will follow up with you on your inquiry as soon as possible.
Please note that most digital content that appeared on MPRNews.org, ClassicalMPR.org or TheCurrent.org can be accessed or searched from those sites if the content is still available for streaming or viewing.
If you would like to request use of our content for publications, broadcast or educational purposes, please use this form to submit your request.
General comments or questions may be submitted here.
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