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Wartburg College (Waverly, IA 50677-2200)
Curtis Brundy (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

A Preservation Assessment for the Archive of Iowa Broadcasting at Wartburg College

A preservation assessment of the 14,000 audiovisual items in the Archive of Iowa Broadcasting, which not only documents nearly a century of Iowa history including agriculture, athletics, education, politics, economics, and business, but also the evolution of broadcast technology and some of the early pioneers of radio and television broadcasting.  Major broadcasters represented in the collection are WMT radio and KGAN/WMT television (Cedar Rapids), KWWL television (Waterloo), KCRG television (Cedar Rapids), WHO radio and television (Des Moines), and KCCI television (Des Moises).  The oral history collection contains interviews with over 100 Iowa broadcasters, including Bill Bolster, manager of KWWL-TV, who later founded CNBC; Iowa’s first female TV news anchor, Carole Custer; and Jimmie Porter, civil rights leader and founder of KBBG, one of the few African-American-owned radio stations in the country.

Wartburg College requests a grant of $6,000 to support an assessment and preparation of a report on the condition of the audiovisual collections held by the Archive of Iowa Broadcasting (AIB) at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. Mr. Joshua Ranger, Senior Consultant, AVPreserve of New York, NY, will conduct the assessment and prepare the report. The AIB is a collection of nearly 14,000 audiovisual items, and papers of broadcasters, oral histories, and ephemera from 1930 to the present. It is a rich resource for the history of broadcasting in Iowa and the Midwest as well as a unique primary source for the last 80 years of Iowa history. The goal of this project is to conduct a preservation assessment as the basis for ongoing work to ensure that these materials will be preserved and accessible to students, scholars, and the public.

Project fields:
American Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016