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WSLS: Rare News Footage Saved and Digitized

Unique footage from Roanoke, Virginia’s WSLS-TV was slowly deteriorating and destined for obscurity when staff of the local station thought to call the Library’s Robertson Media Center.

The Library’s goal is to preserve, digitize, and offer online streaming video of these valuable clips of American life.

The rescued collection of 12,500 tapes and 20,000 transcript pages is now the only known surviving news film archive of the civil rights era in Virginia, and it is now being included in studies of this period of American history.

Please consider making a gift to the Library’s Capital Campaign to help support our preservation efforts.


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