Film & Video Collections
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Accessing Film & Video Collections
Saturday access to film & video must be requested by 4:00pm on Friday.
OHS Film & Video Collection YouTube Channel
Selected films from the OHS Research Center collection are now online. Explore Oklahoma's past through historic footage featuring American Indians, family films, community activities, sports, political events, iconic figures, and more.
Highlights from the Collection
WKY KTV KFOR Archives Now Online
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 these archives capture 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 archives of The Oklahoman newspaper. This makes the archives more accessible and easier to search for the public and researchers alike. KFOR and the Oklahoma Historical Society are proud to make these films available. New films will be added weekly.
Watch on YouTube.
*The Foreman Scotty show and the 3D-Danny Show were shot 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.
The Daughter of Dawn
Historic Silent Film Restored by OHS
Daughter of Dawn was filmed in the summer of 1920 in the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma, and featured an all-Indian cast of more than 300.
The film was believed lost for many years until a copy recently resurfaced. OHS has worked to preserve and restore this historic silent film.