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Film and Video Archives

Information about the OHS Film and Video Archives can be found in the archives section of the online catalog. Just type "film and video" into the search field.

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Accessing the Film and Video Archives

Saturday access to film and video must be requested by 4 pm on Friday.

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OHS Archives

OHS archives
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Selected films from the Film and Video Archives are available online. Explore Oklahoma's past through historic footage featuring American Indians, family films, community activities, sports, political events, iconic figures, and more.

WKY KTV KFOR Archive

WKY Archive
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Spanning nearly thirty years the WKY, KTVY, KFOR film collection contains the photojournalistic historical record of the state of Oklahoma from 1953 to 1979. In three decades the face of the nation and Oklahoma changed dramatically and the footage contained in the approximately eight thousand film reels tells the story. Through news footage, documentaries, and television specials this archive captures a rare audio/visual view into Oklahoma's past. Each film has been digitized in high definition video, fully described, and given context where available using the archive of The Oklahoman.

Note: The Foreman Scotty Show and The Adventures of 3-D Danny were filmed live in the studio. Unfortunately, other than the occasional promo or random episode, no full record of these shows exist.

Former WKY-TV employee Jon Spence has donated an oral history collection comprised of interviews with past WKY-TV employees. These interviews can be found on YouTube here.

Order Film and Video

To order copies of items in the OHS collections use the links below or contact us directly. The research fee includes two hours of research and is non-refundable.
Diane Wasser, film and video archivist
405-522-6674
dwasser@okhistory.org

Order Online You may also order by mail using our printable order form.

ItemPrice
Research fee: Oklahoma resident$100
Research fee: out-of-state resident$200
Transfer fee $100 per non-digitized item
DVD-R$30 per item
High definition digital file$100 per item
Use fee: In-state/local$50 per minute
Use fee: Non-profit/public television$100 per minute
Use fee: large market$500 per minute

Details on Use

Please send a use request in writing or email in advance of the release of product for sale or broadcast. Payment for use fees must be made in advance of publication or offer for resale is made. A "Permission to Use" letter will be processed and sent after fees are received.

A proper credit line is mandatory. Unless otherwise specified, all materials must be credited as follows: name of oral history source (person), or collection name of audio or video. "Courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society." Producers shall furnish the OHS Research Division, without charge, one copy of each video/audio in which OHS is indicated as being their source. Use fee payments are due prior to the time of release.

The OHS does not give exclusive rights to any publisher, author, producer or photographer, and assumes no responsibility for duplication of subjects by others and no responsibilities for claims by third parties.

Film and Video Use Fees
Item Type and Quantity Price
Video for resale or broadcast documentaries: 1 to 5,000 $25
Video for resale or broadcast documentaries:Over 5,000$75
Interactive CD or DVD$80 each
Exhibitions: commercial use$20
Exhibitions: non-commercial use$10