About the collection
A pioneer television station, KSTP-TV was the first station in the Midwest to air a daily newscast and became the first full-color television station in the world. Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. gave the KSTP-TV Archive to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1994 and it holds over 3 million feet of news film (1948–1980) and 5,600 videotapes (1976–1993). Over a period of ten years, with support from the Hubbard Family Foundation, the news film was cleaned, spliced, cataloged, and rehoused in a secure and climate-controlled storage area. The news video has been digitized and is also housed in a secure and climate-controlled storage area.
This premier television news film collection covers the social, political, economic, and natural landscape of Minnesota for the second half of the 20th century.
Examples from the collection
The clips in the KSTP-TV collection provide a glimpse into Minnesota and national history, and they highlight some of Minnesota’s people, events, tragedies, and triumphs. Click on each of the images below to see specific examples of footage from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, respectively.