WTMJ TV News Collection

WTMJ-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. WTMJ went on the air on December 3, 1947. It was the seventeenth television station in the country to go on the air, the first television station in Wisconsin, and the first commercial station in the Midwest.

The WTMJ-TV news collection is the largest surviving body of television news footage in Wisconsin. It dates from 1950 to 1980 and consists of approximately two million feet of 16mm film.

The Journal Broadcast Group donated the WTMJ-TV collection to the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) in October 2001 with the provision that it remain in Milwaukee where it could be readily accessed by WTMJ-TV staff and made publicly available for research and study. The Archives of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, which operates the Milwaukee Area Research Center of the WHS, agreed to inventory, preserve and provide access to the collection.

Stories cover all aspects of Milwaukee history including politics, business and industry, sports, entertainment, and social justice movements.

The Wisconsin Broadcasting Museum presents this small sampling of content available in their catalog of nearly 50,000 news stories broadcast from 1950 to 1980. Content courtesy Journal Broadcast Group, Wisconsin Historical Society and University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

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