If you’ve visited the website of The Museum of Broadcast Communications lately you will have noticed it has a new layout. You may have also noticed that nowhere on the new website is a link to search the museum’s archives or view the thousands of hours of digitized content. Also missing is the online version of the Encyclopedia of Television (1st Ed.) that used to be available.
I e-mailed John Gieger, the Museum’s librarian/archivist, to ask whether online access to the archives would be restored. Here’s his response:
Unfortunately we have been having server issues for some time now and are working to correct the problem (hence the new site layout). The archives and other resources will be available as soon as we can get them working, but it will still be some time.
So that’s good news even if it may take some time to get everything up and running again. This isn’t the first time the Museum has had trouble with its website. Online access to the archives was unavailable for four or fives months back in 2011 before being restored. The ability to search the Museum’s archives online has been an invaluable resource for me, as I am sure it has for countless other researchers and historians. Hopefully access will be back sooner rather than later.