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Television news of the civil rights era

Repository: University of Virginia. The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities

Collection Description (CRHP): Fourteen oral histories are on this web site that were used for the film, 'Massive Resistance,' the 2000 Emmy Nominee of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which was shown nationally on PBS in February 2002 for Black History Month. The interview transcripts are part of the 'Civil Rights in U.S. and Virginia History' website. This course examines the civil rights movement in U.S. and Virginia history from the origins of segregation to the 1970s. Links are provided to this course's website as well as the website on the film on massive resistance.

Collection Description (Extant): Television News of the Civil Rights Era, 1950-1970, aims to collect, digitize, and present in streaming video format over the World Wide Web television news footage from the period and to make these valuable materials available to scholars, teachers, and students. The current archive contains films from the nightly news from two local television stations in Virginia--WDBJ (CBS) Roanoke and WSLS (NBC) Roanoke. In this initial installment we have digitized over 230 films. This rare footage includes full speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, the governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as original footage of school desegregation, public meetings, local debates over civil rights matters, and interviews with citizens.

This project is currently a research work in progress. We have received generous support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Virginia Department of Education as well as support from the University of Virginia Alumni Association's Mead Endowment. We have worked with the Robertson Media Center at the University of Virginia, especially Michael Tuite and Bruce Johnson.

Access Copy Note: All of our films are delivered as streaming video from a Quick Time server. Each film has a high and low bandwidth version. The films were captured in MPEG-4 format.

The digital versions of the WSLS news segments were derived from the original 16mm films by VCDH staff. The original 16mm film is deposited at the Robertson Media Center at the University of Virginia (see separate database record on the center).

The versions of the WDBJ news segments on our site were derived from digital versions created by WDBJ from their own film.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1950-1970

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: circa 230 digitized video recordings; transcripts; manuscripts

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The American Archive Pilot Project also contains digitized footage of local news coverage of the civil rights movement as does the Rhode Island Historical Society.

Interviewees: Edwilda Allen Isaac, Vera Jones Allen, Calvin Nunnally, Oliver Hill, J. Harry Michael, A. E. Dick Howard, D. B. Marshall, Hovey S. Dabney, George Tremontain, Raymond Bell, Ruth Eggleston, Carl Eggleston, David F. Cooke, Nancy Manson

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African Americans--Civil rights
Civil rights movements--Press coverage
Civil rights movements--Southern States
Civil rights movements--Virginia
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Roanoke River Valley (Va. and N.C.)
School integration--Massive resistance movement
School integration--Virginia
Television broadcasting of news
Virginia--Politics and government




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