National Archives Launches -Audio Archives- Series on CD
Press Release · Thursday, June 19, 2008

Press Release
June 19, 2008

National Archives Launches “Audio Archives” Series on CD

Washington, DC…In partnership with Topics Entertainment, the National Archives announces the release of four boxed sets of CDs featuring some of the most memorable, and historically significant archival recordings of the 20th century selected from its vast audio holdings. Containing four CDs each, they reproduce—uncut and unedited—speeches and remarks by U.S. Presidents, inventors, scientists, civic leaders, and explorers, as well as thrilling first-person accounts of dramatic events and periods of the past 85 years.

CD: Events That Changed the World  

Events That Changed the World brings to life some of the greatest discoveries, as well as the most horrific tragedies, that took place during the last century, from the harnessing of electricity and the space race to eyewitness accounts of the Titanic and Hindenburg disasters.

CD: Presidential Moments  

Through famed “fireside chats,” inspirational speeches, and intimate conversations in the Oval Office, Presidential Moments presents the leaders of our country, from Herbert Hoover to Ronald Reagan, in uncensored recordings of their most triumphant moments and turbulent times.

CD: War and Conflict  

War and Conflict contains some of the most exceptional and touching sound recordings from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm, including Presidential addresses to the nation and combat actuality recordings direct from the battlefield.

CD: Civil Rights  

In an intensely emotional collection, Civil Rights brilliantly captures through speeches, interviews, and firsthand accounts the hardships that so many have faced and the heroic battles that were fought to guarantee equal treatment of every American regardless of race.

Each collection in the “Audio Archives” series sells for the suggested retail price of $19.95 and is available at Borders, Barnes & Noble, BJ’s Wholesale Club and other major retailers nationwide, as well as at selected National Archives museum shops.

About the National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (, an independent Federal agency, is the nation's record keeper. Founded in 1934, its mission is unique —to serve American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. We ensure continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. We support democracy, promote civic education, and facilitate historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives meets a wide range of information needs, among them helping people to trace their families' history, making it possible for veterans to prove their entitlement to medical and other benefits, and preserving original White House records. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries.

About TOPICS Entertainment

Founded in 1990, TOPICS Entertainment is the largest, privately owned multimedia publishing company in the United States. TOPICS offers more than 300 consumer language‑learning, education, and entertainment multimedia products, and is the exclusive software publisher/distributor for National Geographic, Rand McNally, World Book, Kaplan, Scholastic, and several others. An active supporter of the environment and education, TOPICS donates 5 percent of pre‑tax profits to a variety of conservation and environmental education organizations. Visit the Topics Entertainment web site (www.topics‑

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