CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)- Historical researchers, documentary filmmakers and educators now have access to an online archive of television news coverage of Virginia's civil rights era.
The University of Virginia Library says the curated collection of film clips and anchor scripts from WSLS-TV in Roanoke is believed to be the only surviving TV news archive from that era. It includes news stories broadcast by WSLS from 1951 to 1971.
The archive launched Tuesday includes 3,600 news clips. Another 13,000 clips and 18,000 pages of anchor scripts are expected to be posted by the end of the year.
The public can access the collection through Virgo, the library's online catalog.
The National Endowment for the Humanities provided a $254,600 grant to help pay for preserving and digitizing it.
WSLS-TV News Film Collection: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:2214294