The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection

The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection is home to more than 90,000 titles and 5,000,000 feet of newsfilm, making it the third largest broadcasting archive in the country, behind only the Library of Congress and UCLA. The Archives comprise moving image and sound collections that focus on American television and radio broadcasting, and the music, folklore, and history of Georgia. There are more than 50,000 television programs and more than 39,500 radio programs in the Archives, in addition to audio folk music field tapes and home movies from rural Georgia. Their mission is to preserve, protect, and provide access to the moving image and sound materials that reflect the collective memory of broadcasting and the history of the state of Georgia and its people.


Viewing Rooms 2 and 3

$50,000 (each)


The Viewing Rooms will provide space for researchers to access the resources of the Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. Outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, these rooms are also designed to accommodate small classes so that instructors from the University’s colleges, schools, and programs can incorporate media into their classroom instruction.


Marquee Galleries (2)

$100,000 (each)


These galleries will allow for eye-catching displays, showcasing powerful images and works from the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. The position of these galleries on either side of the entrance to the Media Archives gallery provides an opportunity to draw visitors from the large, highly traveled common area. The temporary nature of these spaces provides ample opportunity to remain responsive to issues and interests of the visiting public and also enables the Library to collaborate and coordinate with the other UGA Libraries special collections.


"[This collection is] not just the history of radio and television but of the United States and the world, from 1941 to the present. Every major event is here. It's astounding."

-- Ruta Abolins, Director, Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection.