Audio Archives

UC Berkeley Library: Social Activism Sound Recording Project: The Black Panther Party

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010) ; Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

N (Speeches and radio broadcasts)

Sponsoring Person or Institution

UC Berkeley Library, The Pacifica Foundation.

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

This is a historical archive of speeches, radio and audio clips from the 60's and 70's pertaining to the Black Panther Party in California. The main page is essentially a list of dates in chronological order, with historical events and important moments of the Black Panther Party. Sound clips are added to the page by date and its relevance is explained.


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Archive has been relocated to

Description of archive history or URL

The Social Activism Sound Recording Project is a collaborative project by radio station KPFA-FM (Berkeley, Ca), the Pacifica Radio Archives (Los Angeles) and the UC Berkeley library. Goal: to make recordings of significant people and events from the 60's available to the public. This information was updated on 7/28/2000.

Contact information

Pacifica Radio Archives, 3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West, North Hollywood, CA 91604, (800) 735-0230, Fax (818) 506-1084; email:

Searchable options

Unfortunately there is no search.

Relation from the audio to the text

When the recording is of a speech (rather than a radio recording) the transcript of the speech is often available. However, in many cases, the recording is just an excerpt of the whole speech.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Date the recording was made is usually found underneath the subheading of the date in chronological history. Time of the recording is noted on the page, but exact time is shown on the play bar. Context is great on this site: focus on context and historical reasons and implications of this recording.

Author bios and context within literary history

Bios are not provided, but links to other websites are available. The context is provided through a chronological historical account of the party's activities.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

mp3, streaming.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

Photos and videos are available, but as links (part of the archive material).

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

Real Player Pop-up play bar.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Mobile access is possible, but the website does not cater to mobile devices. Functionality may vary depending on the device.


Browsing is done through chronological listings of date and history. This is good because it paints a very vivid picture of what the party was like at that time, as well as offering many venues for further research.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features


Other notes

The fact that there is an organization of the audio files by date and historical relevance creates a more rounded and fuller historical and contextual view of the recordings.