The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
WBIR (Knoxville) television archive
Repository: Knox County Public Library. East Tennessee History Center
Collection Description (CRHP): This collection includes digital video recordings of the television news coverage of WBIR in Knoxville from 1956 to 1990. It originally was a CBS affiliate before becoming an NBC affiliate. Thousands of video recordings have been digitized of which at least 178 clips deal with civil rights and race relations from 1956 through the early 1980s. These clips address a wide range of topics and particularly are focused on civil rights and race relations in Tennessee. There is extensive coverage of the civil rights movement in Knoxville, including the 1960 sit-ins at the lunch counter and 1963 protests at the movie theater. In addition, there is much coverage of the Clinton (Tenn.) school desegregation crisis and segregationist John Kasper. Video clips on the civil rights movement in Nashville, Little Rock, Dallas, and Memphis are also included. Video clips also exist on Knoxville College, the historically black college in the area, as well as black political activists and black ministers. Interviews exist with a wide variety of people connected to the civil rights movement including both those who supported and opposed the movement. NAACP activists, governmental investigators of the Clinton (Tenn.) bombing, John Kasper, and others were interviewed.
Access Copy Note: A database exists at the East Tennessee History Center where the footage can be searched by title, keyword, year, and so forth. Also, a PDF summary of the civil rights clips is available.
Digital Status: Yes
Extent: digital video recordings (digitized from 16 mm film and obsolete videotape)
Rights (Extant): WBIR retains the rights to the material.
African Americans--Civil rights--Tennessee
Civil rights demonstrations--Tennessee
Civil rights movements--Press coverage
Civil rights movements--Southern States
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Television broadcasting of news