The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
WGN [Chicago] newsfilm collection
Repository: Chicago History Museum. Research Center
Collection Description (Extant): Primarily includes aircuts and outtakes from WGN television newscasts. Newscasts show coverage local to Chicago (Ill.) and some national news. Chicago news includes accidents, disasters, and fires; education; public, cultural, and sports events; the Chicago Transit Authority, mass transit, and O'Hare International Airport; public housing, Mayor Richard J. Daley, politics and government; the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King. National issues include NASA and the space program, relating to Apollo II, Apollo 16, and Apollo 17 missions. Also includes Chicagoland newsreels from the 1950s and some United Press International (UPI) news footage that is not related to Chicago.
Access Copy Note: In order to view original motion picture film, a research copy must be made.
Some rolls also available as 3/4 in. master copy videotape.
Some rolls also available as 1/2 in. reference/viewing copy videotape.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: WGN newsfilm
Extent: ca. 10,000 rolls (ca. 4,000,000 feet) 16 mm.
Finding Aid: A card index file created at WGN and arranged by people and events is available at the Chicago History Museum, Research Center. There is a separate card file for UPI material.
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions
Chicago Housing Authority
Civil rights demonstrations--Illinois
Civil rights movements--Illinois
Civil rights movements--Press coverage
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Television broadcasting of news