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CBC Digital Archives

The Archives Project was launched in 1998. The first phase, funded entirely by CBC, concluded in March 2002. As a result of this work, hundreds of thousands of hours of radio and television history - at both the CBC and Radio-Canada - have been restored, preserved and catalogued for safe-keeping and future generations' use. Still more material was brought up to speed in a couple of related CBC radio and TV preservation projects started a few years earlier. Together, they've helped the operation complete its transformation from shadowy, overlooked dumping ground into an active, valuable and trusted resource both inside and outside the corporation.

The Archives Project stemmed from a 1997 CBC/SRC joint task force on the preservation of CBC/SRC's Audio-Visual Heritage. That task force recognized that despite the efforts of some CBC archivists and librarians, age and neglect were having a devastating effect on national broadcasting heritage. Specifically, it warned the CBC Board of Directors that "Canada's audio-visual legacy is fading away - taking essential traces of our culture and society with it."

To restore and preserve the CBC's vast radio and TV heritage before many treasures were lost forever.

To store and catalogue this material in ways that enable the CBC to realize its full historical and economic potential.

To make available this historical and cultural legacy to the people of Canada

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