Paley Center for Media, American archive of radio and television programs, and forum for the discussion of the role and evolution of electronic media as well as the intersections of media and society; opened New York City as the Museum of Broadcasting 1976, renamed the Museum of Television and Radio 1990, moved to midtown Manhattan building designed by Philip Johnson 1991, present name adopted 2007. The center is in effect the first public library devoted to the electronic media, but in addition it sponsors discussions of issues impacting the media. There are three criteria for adding a program to the center's collection: excellence, historical significance, and social impact. A West Coast branch, which duplicates the New York branch's entire collection of more than 140,000 television and radio programs and commercials covering more than 85 years of television and radio history, was opened in 1996 in Beverly Hills, Calif., in a building designed by Richard Meier.
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