Monday, August 29, 2016

Corporate And Broadcast Archives

RFE/RL's corporate and broadcast archives were donated to the Hoover Institution and are available at the Hoover Archives. The corporate archives include records of the Free Europe Committee and its non-Radio activities. RFE/RL retains copyright but encourages wide use of the materials.

Collecting information for RFE broadcasts in Munich
Collecting information for RFE broadcasts in Munich


RFE/RL provided copies of its broadcast archives to partner European archive institutions to make them more easily available to users. The National Digital Archives of Poland and Polish Radio, the Hungarian National Szechenyi Library, the Czechoslovak Documentation Center at the National Museum, the National Archives of Estonia, and the National Archives of Latvia have copies of the respective country broadcast archives.

The Inner Asian Uralic National Resource Center of Indiana University maintains an audio archive of selected RFE/RL interviews and stringer reports from the early to mid-'90s in Azeri, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen, and Uzbek.


Research Archive

The archives of the RFE/RL Research Institute and its successor, the Open Media Research Institute, are in the custody of the Open Society Archive in Budapest.


Retained Records

RFE/RL retained its historical personnel and security records. These records remain closed.



Contact information may be found on the linked pages of the archive institutions listed above.

Requests for copyright permission involving materials in RFE/RL archival collections should be addressed to:


Martins Zvaners
RFE/RL Deputy Director of Communications (DC)

Archive News

June 03, 2016

RFE/RL Russian Service Audio Archives -- Now Online

RFE/RL welcomed the publication this week of an online, fully searchable database of audio programs produced over decades by its Russian Service, known as Radio Svoboda.
June 24, 2013

Seven RFE/RL Collections Now Online At Open Society Archives

The majority of OSA’s RFE/RL archival holdings are now available online, totaling 103,265 items -- 3,874 videos, 372 images and 99,019 documents -- and documenting Cold War history from as early as 1951 up until 1994.
March 05, 2013

RFE/RL Latvian Service Audiotapes Digitized

The Hoover Institution has completed the digitization for preservation and access of the entire collection of audiotapes created by RFE/RL’s Latvian Language Service. Use copies of the recordings are available for listening at the Hoover Archives.
February 06, 2013

Polish State Archives Publish Digitized RFE Polish Scripts

The National Digital Archives (NDA) of the Polish State Archives will publish on its Web site digital copies of RFE/RL Polish scripts covering the years 1952-1994, according to an agreement signed in Warsaw on December 10, 2012.
July 13, 2012

Romanian, U.S. Institutions Agree to Digitize RFE Romanian Recordings

RFE/RL, the Hoover Institution and the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile join forces to preserve more than 3,300 studio recordings of RFE's legendary Romanian Service.
April 12, 2012

Declassified U.S. Government Documents About RFE, RL Posted Online

Documents describing the early history of RFE and RL are now available for all to review.
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