The Broadcasting Archives consists of extensive holdings of local television
and radio programming. Currently, the television collection includes WAVE-TV
(Channel 3, Louisville), WLKY-TV (Channel 32, Louisville), WKYT-TV (Channel
27, Lexington) and generally span the dates from 1965 through 1988. The Broadcasting
Archives also contains selected programs from Kentucky Educational Television
such as the "Distinguished Kentuckians" series and gubernatorial debates. The
news material in these collections is stored on 16mm film and 3/4 inch videotape.
radio collections include selected programs from WBKY/WUKY (University
of Kentucky Radio), WHAS (Louisville), WAVE (Louisville), WVLK
(Lexington), WBLG (Lexington) and WLAP (Lexington). Also featured in
our radio collections, the Al Smith collection contains the public
affairs program, Primeline. The WHAS collection is a major
collection of public affairs and political programming dating primarily
from the 1930s and 1940s. The WVLK and WLAP collections consist
primarily of public affairs programming from the 1970s and 1980s.
Online finding aids available for individual collections:
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The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Materials are acquired regardless of format and include both primary and secondary sources; Kentuckiana is collected comprehensively. Special Collections maintains the records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.