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WAFB Newsreel Collection

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Identifier: brfa077

Scope and Contents

The majority of the films’ content is raw unedited news footage of Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. Political issues: the environment, labor, race relations, politics. Interspersed with “filler video” (cows grazing, trees blowing in the breeze, clouds floating by, etc.)Slice of life reporting: The Mayor and Bigfoot, the Blind Broom Maker, Crop dusters and more.


  • May 16, 1975-March 29, 1979

Biographical / Historical

Sometime in the early 1980’s the Baton Rouge Room Archives received a donation of 1,379 reels of news film from Station WAFB,Baton Rouge’s oldest television station, which began broadcasting on April 19, 1953. The films are 16mm magnetic polyester 6 inch film reels. Also donated at this time were script outlines dating from November 5, 1976 to Novmeber 30, 1977. There was no documentation of content save for the broadcast outlines and masking tape labels with dates on some of the canisters.The films were stored in rusting metal canisters and sat untouched for over 25 years. There was no way to determine the content of the film nor was there any provenance or paper trail.


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Language of Materials



The films are arranged chronologically.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The films were digitized by the Kentucky firm Scene Savers in using a Bosch Quadra Vision telecine and an 8:8:8 color correction system. Two digital files were made for each reel: an MOV archival file and an Mp4 access file. Films were placed on (7) 1 TB external hard drives. Each drive was accompanied by a spread sheet with film condition issues, footage, running time, notes on anomalies like lighting, splicing, etc.

Physical Location

The collection is located on the Y-Server-Digital Archives-WAFB Films

Existence and Location of Originals

The original films are stored in the offsite storage facility.
WAFB Newsreel Collection
Melissa Eastin
July 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Repository

7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge La. 70806 USA