WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection


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Collection Details

Collection Dates: 1948 – 1981
Scope and Content Note: Consists of over 5 million feet of newsfilm from WSB-TV, Atlanta, Georgia. Footage covers the Civil Rights Movement, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the political careers of Jimmy Carter, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, Maynard Jackson, Herman Talmadge, Lester Maddox, Carl Sanders, George Wallace, Richard Russell, William Hartsfield, and other prominent politicians. Some highlights from the footage are the 1961 desegregation of the University of Georgia, the 1961 Albany Movement, footage from the Orly Airport crash which killed 106 Atlanta arts patrons in Paris, and the 715th home run hit by Hank Aaron in 1974 to break the major league home run record. Other footage about transportation, the arts, business, people, land, sports, politics, and local events are also covered. Contains edited and raw footage. No televised newscasts are included.
Biographical Note: On September 29, 1948 WSB-TV became the first television station in the South with call letters that stand for, "Welcome South, Brother" and is a partner with WSB radio which began broadcasting in 1922. No other Atlanta television stations saved their newsfilm from this time period, making this collection a unique historical resource. In addition, WSB was the largest television station in the region and routinely was able to provide more reporters taking more newsfilm than the other television stations based in Atlanta.
Extent: 5,000,000+ feet of film : si. and sd., b&w and col. ; 16 mm.
Genre: News;Documentaries and factual works
Subject Headings: King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968;Carter, Jimmy, 1924-;Bond, Julian, 1940-;Young, Andrew, 1932-;Jackson, Maynard, 1938-2003;Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002;Maddox, Lester, 1915-2003;Sanders, Carl, 1925-2014;Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998;Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971;Hartsfield, William Berry;Aaron, Hank, 1934-;United States--History--20th century;Georgia--History--20th century;Atlanta (Ga.)--History--20th century;Segregation in education--Georgia--Athens;College integration--Georgia--Athens;Segregation--Georgia--Albany;Civil rights movements--Georgia--History--20th century;Civil rights movements--Georgia--Albany--History--20th century;African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia;Georgia--Politics and government--20th century;AeÃÅroport d'Orly--History;Aircraft accidents--France--Paris;News.
Provenance: News footage was donated to the University of Georgia by WSB in 1985 and became part of the Walter J. Brown Media Archive in 1997.
Cite Collection As: Consists of over 5 million feet of newsfilm from WSB-TV, Atlanta, Georgia. Footage covers the Civil Rights Movement, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the political careers of Jimmy Carter, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, Maynard Jackson, Herman Talmadge, Lester Maddox, Carl Sanders, George Wallace, Richard Russell, William Hartsfield, and other prominent politicians. Some highlights from the footage are the 1961 desegregation of the University of Georgia, the 1961 Albany Movement, footage from the Orly Airport crash which killed 106 Atlanta arts patrons in Paris, and the 715th home run hit by Hank Aaron in 1974 to break the major league home run record. Other footage about transportation, the arts, business, people, land, sports, politics, and local events are also covered. Contains edited and raw footage. No televised newscasts are included.

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