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September 24, 2007

Stanford acquires historic audio archive; includes interviews with Dalai Lama, Joseph Campbell, Buckminster Fuller

Stanford has acquired the entire archive of New Dimensions Broadcasting Media Network, comprising 35 years of recordings heard on public radio throughout the world. The recordings include interviews with the Dalai Lama, Krishnamurti, Linus Pauling, Joseph Campbell, Timothy Leary, Deepak Chopra, Bill Moyers, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou and about 3,000 others.

"This is one of the most extraordinary archival collections I have encountered in my 35 years as a curator," said Roberto Trujillo, the Frances and Charles Field Curator and head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at the Stanford University Libraries.

New Dimensions' guests have included leaders whose papers are archived at Stanford, including utopian architect and thinker R. Buckminster Fuller and Stewart Brand, creator of The Whole Earth Catalog. The New Dimensions archive comprises about 6,000 hours of audio recordings.

The New Dimensions Broadcasting Media Network is an independent, listener-supported organization founded in 1973 to address cultural shifts on a wide range of topics. It spotlights radical thinkers, spiritual leaders, indigenous voices, artists, scientists, ecologists and social architects, among others.

The flagship program of the broadcasting network, New Dimensions, is heard in more than 500 communities on public and community radio stations around the United States, and many more around the world. New Dimensions is also heard by millions of listeners through podcasts and on New Dimensions Internet Radio.

Stanford and New Dimensions intend to fundraise to digitize as much of the archive as possible so that anyone interested in a particular recording can hear it online.



Cynthia Haven, News Service: (650) 724-6184,


Glynn Edwards, Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries: (650) 725-3478,

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