For immediate release

Release dated: 
February 25, 2009
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen
Marketing and Communications

Diane Adams-Graf



The KSTP-TV Archive holds over three million feet of news film (1948-1976) and 2,500 videotapes (1976-1993) now housed at the Minnesota Historical Society. This television news film collection covers the social, political, economic and natural landscape of Minnesota for the second half of the 20th-century. A pioneer television station, KSTP-TV was one of the first full-color stations, and the first station in the Midwest to air a daily newscast. A selection of news segments is available for viewing now at including footage of a 1949 U.S. Navy blimp, the 1964 Como Lake ice skating races and the 1979 gas lines, among many others. Later this year, a total of 150 news segments and an index to the full collection will be posted online.

Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc., gave the KSTP-TV Archive to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1994. Over the next 10 years, with support from the Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation, the 16mm news film was cleaned, spliced, cataloged and re-housed in a secure and climate-controlled storage area. The Society continues to promote long-term care, create further information, and provide access to this important collection.

The KSTP-TV Archive is supported by funds from the Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation and by fees for research, copying and use. Reproductions or permissions for use of any material in the collection are provided under license agreement for purposes indicated and agreed upon by the user and the Minnesota Historical Society. Direct requests for research, copy or use, by submitting the KSTP Request Form to the Minnesota Historical Society. Commercial reproductions of the KSTP-TV Archive are also available through CONUS ARCHIVE at

In addition to film, the Society has more than 195,000 photographs, art, posters and fine art photographs available through the Visual Resources Database. These images may be ordered online or through the Library’s Copy Service. Items are continually added to this database as the Society’s collections grow.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.

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