The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
KVOS Channel 12 film records
Repository: Western Washington University. Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Collection Description (Extant): The KVOS Channel 12 Film Records comprise select reel-to-reel footage from KVOS television programs The Webster Reports and Channel 12 Specials, broadcast between 1961-1967. A monthly show hosted by Vancouver, B.C. newsman Jack Webster, The Webster Reports programs combine human interest stories with more serious reporting about regional news and events in British Columbia. Channel 12 Specials contain interviews and documentaries, many pertaining to current affairs and local issues in Washington State.
The Webster Reports include 'Century 21' (1962), regarding the Seattle World's Fair, as well as programs 'A Case of Terror' (1962) and 'Road to Nowhere' (1963), about the activities of the Doukhobor sect, The Sons of Freedom, in British Columbia. 'The Eye of the Storm' (1963) focuses on the B.C. Prison hostage crisis, in which Webster was both a negotiator and hostage. The Webster Reports also contain interviews with such noteworthy persons as Native American activist Kahn-Tineta Horn, authors Farley Mowat and Pierre Berton, actor Raymond Burr, and Christian Fundamentalists Billy James Hargis and Leighton Ford.
Channel 12 Specials include a feature on the Seattle World's Fair entitled 'Girls, Glitter and Gracie' (1962), footage of the 1964 Alaska Earthquake and programs about issues affecting local public schools and colleges in Bellingham, Washington. 'The Color of Black' (1965), features an interview with James Leonard Farmer, Jr, founder and head of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Other significant interviewees include actor Arthur Treacher, civil rights activist Dick Gregory, Georgia Congressman and civil rights activist Julian Bond, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, Israeli politician Benad Avital, playwright Marc Connelly, and Senator Warren G. Magnuson. Many of the Channel 12 Specials programs were broadcast live and later taped to video. Many were produced by Al Swift, U.S. Congressman and former News Director of KVOS. The majority were recorded in black and white, with a few later episodes in color.
Access Copy Note: All the reel-to-reel recordings have been converted to DVD or VHS format. Nearly all are in DVD format.
The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies at Western has made available on YouTube several filmed interviews done here over the years by the local television station, KVOS-TV. These include an interview with Dick Gregory from 1966 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75ajExLNU9k&feature=channel) and an interview with James Farmer from 1965 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXVcUZZQZRA&feature=channel). The Western Washington University special collections department also has the video recording of an interview with Julian Bond, conducted when he visited the WWU campus in 1967. This has been made available via YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZSO9L_L8qY.
Digital Status: Partial
Extent: reel-to-reel recordings (16mm film format); videotapes (VHS); DVDs
Finding Aid URL: http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/cpnws/kvos/kvostitle.htm
Related Archival Items: The Rogan Jones Papers at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies contain additional information about KVOS television.
Interviewees: Dick Gregory, James Farmer, Julian Bond
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American civil rights workers
African American entertainers
African American politicians
Congress of Racial Equality
Television broadcasting of news