The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The Paley Center for Media in conjuncture with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is displaying the exhibit titled The U.S. Olympic Archive Presented by Gordon Crawford, which is centered around archival recordings of U.S. broadcasts of the Olympic Games, beginning with the 1960 Winter Games in Squaw Valley through the 2012 Summer Games in London.
Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of The Paley Center, discusses the importance of this partnership with the USOC, as well as the importance of this unique exhibit.
“This partnership between The Paley Center for Media and the USOC will give the public access to the first comprehensive archive full of historic Olympic moments, including The United States’ ‘Miracle on Ice’ win over the Soviet Union in 1980 among many other inspiring feats and memorable events – on and off the field of play,” said Mitchell.
The exhibit contains over 1,300 hours of Olympic coverage as was broadcast on American television. The footage is presented as full blocks of programming and not as isolated competitions.
Gordon Crawford, trustee emeritus and presenter of the exhibit, talks about the importance of such archives being available to the public.
“The Paley Center for Media is the country’s premier archive of television history, and I’m thrilled that this collection of U.S. Olympic broadcasts will now have a home at the Paley Center, in addition to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, so the public will always have access to this shared cultural history,” he said.
Crawford is also the chairman of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation.
Visitors will experience the television broadcasts in their entirety as they initially aired, along with the original commercials, providing not only an exposure to Olympic history, but television history as well.
The first 40 visitors to the exhibit will receive an official gift from the USOC.
For more information, visit www.paleycenter.org.
Edison Millan contributed to this story.