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PW-258991-18

Wartburg College (Waverly, IA 50677-2200)
Amy M. Moorman (Project Director: July 2017 to October 2020)
Fred D. Ribich (Project Director: October 2020 to November 2021)
Kay Grigsby (Project Director: November 2021 to present)
Implementation Project: Archives of Iowa Broadcasting Creation of Online Media Library

Improved public access for the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting through the cataloging of 28,000 items and digitization of over 2,000 broadcast tapes from KWWL-TV, a flagship public news station in eastern Iowa. The collection documents the history and development of community radio and television in the state and includes oral histories, documents, photographs, and artifacts dating from 1922 to 2007.

The Archives of Iowa Broadcasting (AIB) contains oral histories, documents, photographs, promotional materials, artifacts and over 28,000 audiovisual recordings (1922-2007) that document the history and development of radio and television in Iowa. These represent a unique body of records all too often lost due to the ephemeral nature of original broadcasts and the degradation and obsolescence of the media carriers that captured them. This grant project would create an online media catalog of the more than 28,000 items in the AIB audiovisual collection. The grant would also involve digitization of 2,230 videotapes of broadcast footage from KWWL-TV, a flagship news station in eastern Iowa. Digitizing these materials will allow for their preservation.  The files will be made available online through the media catalog. Creating an online catalog of Iowa Broadcasting materials and beginning to digitize our fragile media holdings are essential to expanding future use of the AIB collection.

Project fields:
American Studies; Cultural History; Journalism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$165,276 (approved)
$165,276 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2023


PG-258278-18

Wartburg College (Waverly, IA 50677-2200)
Amy M. Moorman (Project Director: April 2017 to March 2021)
Stabilizing Film Collection Materials at Wartburg College/AIB and Improving Environmental Monitoring

The purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment (and training for staff in its use), to help preserve approximately 23,000 film, video, and audio resources. The Archive of Iowa Broadcasting’s holdings include news broadcasts from local radio and television stations, as well as some archival materials. Together, they cover a wide range of political, economic, and cultural developments in Iowa since the 1920s.   

The Archives of Iowa Broadcasting (AIB) contains oral histories, documents, photographs, promotional materials, artifacts and over 23,000 audiovisual recordings dating back to the early 1920s that document the history and development of radio and television in Iowa. These materials provide a wide variety of resources for research related to media and broadcasting, as well as 20th century regional and national social, political and cultural humanities topics. This project would provide equipment and supplies to rehouse the most at-risk items in the AIB’s film collection as well as purchase environmental monitoring equipment and provide training on its use. These tasks address specific concerns raised in a previous collection assessment and will further efforts to stabilize and preserve the AIB’s extensive audiovisual and other holdings for future researchers.

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Project fields:
American Studies; Cultural History; Journalism

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,942 (approved)
$5,942 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019


PG-52421-15

Wartburg College (Waverly, IA 50677-2200)
Curtis Brundy (Project Director: May 2014 to September 2016)
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

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016