Milwaukee Journal Stations Records, 1922-1997


Summary Information
Title: Milwaukee Journal Stations Records
Inclusive Dates: 1922-1997

Creator:
  • Milwaukee Journal Stations
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 203

Quantity: 214.7 c.f. (61 boxes and 5,865 canisters of 16 mm film reels)

Repository:
Archival Locations:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Abstract:
Materials pertaining to the Milwaukee radio and television stations owned by the Journal Company (now Journal Communications Inc.). The stations operated for many years under the call letters WTMJ. The paper records include scripts for editorials read on radio and television, audience surveys, photographs, promotional materials, scripts for newscasts, as well as materials pertaining to the personnel, history, and operation of the radio and television stations. The approximately 2 million feet of 16 mm newsfilm is the original edited footage used on the air to illustrate news stories from 1950 to 1980. The collection includes footage of the Milwaukee Braves; the civil rights movement in Milwaukee during the 1960s; local businesses such as Allis-Chalmers, the Pabst, Schlitz, and Miller Breweries; and national and international politicians and celebrities who visited Milwaukee.

Note:

There is a restriction on access to and use of this material; see the Administrative/Restriction Information portion of this finding aid for details.



Language: English

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Biography/History

The Journal Company was founded by Lucius Nieman in 1882 when he purchased a newspaper which became the Milwaukee Journal.

In 1924, the Journal Company, in partnership with Marquette University, owned and operated radio station WHAD. The Journal Company built complete remote control facilities and a modern studio in their plant at 4th and State Streets and purchased a license from the American Telephone and Telegraph Company for remote broadcasts. The station did regular remote broadcasts from the Milwaukee Athletic Club and the Hotel Wisconsin as well as band concerts from Washington Park and Little Symphony Concerts from the Milwaukee Turnverein.

In 1927, on the advice of the Federal Radio Commission, the Journal Company dissolved its partnership with Marquette University and purchased radio station WKAF. A new transmitter was built in Brookfield, and WKAF became WTMJ radio.

In 1929, the Journal Company filed a lawsuit against the Federal Radio Commission for the destruction of WTMJ's service area. The Federal Radio Commission had assigned radio stations in Florida and Cleveland, Ohio to the same channel as WTMJ and had increased the evening power of a station in Maine, also on the same channel, which greatly disrupted the ability of people to clearly receive WTMJ's signal. This lawsuit was resolved in 1931. The station is now known as AM 620 WTMJ Newsradio.

The Journal Company applied for and was granted a permit by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1939 to construct an experimental FM transmitter. The transmitter, control rooms, studios, and workshop for the station, W9XAO, were located on the 22nd floor of the Wisconsin Tower at N. 6th and W. Wisconsin Avenue. The station went on the air on February 11, 1940 and was the first FM station west of the Alleghenies and one of the first five FM stations in the country. In April 1941, the Journal Company launched one of the first commercial FM stations in the country, W55M. By 1948, W55M had become WTMJ-FM and was the most powerful FM station in the United States thanks to its 50,000 watt transmitter in Richfield. However, the Journal Company suspended operation of WTMJ-FM on April 2, 1950 because of the lack of FM radio receivers, the reduction of broadcast hours, and competition from television. By 1958, FM radio was attracting more listeners and advertisers and WTMJ-FM went back on the air on June 1, 1959. The station would eventually change its call letters to WKTI-FM which it still uses today.

Starting in April 1929, The Journal Company began experimenting with television and was granted a construction permit and license for station W9XD in September 1931. The Company's early experiments took place in the corner of the garage used to house the newspaper circulation trucks. The television laboratory was later relocated to the 25th floor penthouse of the Schroeder Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Experiments on television as well as radio newspapers or facsimiles, were continued until 1938 when the licenses were allowed to expire.

In 1941, construction permits were received for an experimental television station, W9XMJ, and a television relay station, W9XCV. By late 1941, the station received permission to change its permit from experimental to commercial and the station became WTMJ--the second commercial television license issued by the FCC. The development of television was delayed by World War II but progressed rapidly after the war. WTMJ-TV 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 Journal Company is now known as Journal Communications Inc.

Scope and Content Note

The Milwaukee Journal Stations collection is arranged in the following seven series:

Series 1. Editorial Scripts, 1964-1977 : This series includes scripts for editorials read on WTMJ-TV, WTMJ-AM, and WTMJ-FM between September 1964 and May 1966 along with incomplete sets from 1969 and 1972, and from 1974 to 1977. Editorials were read primarily by Bob Heiss and Rod Synnes. Other readers included Gordon Hinckley, Ed Hinshaw, and Don Parcher.

Series 2. Radio Stations Records, 1922-1993 : This series consists of audience surveys, photographs, material pertaining to a lawsuit filed by the Journal Company against the Federal Radio Commission in 1929, promotional materials, a broadcast contract, sound recordings, and material documenting the history, personnel, and operation of the radio stations owned and operated by the Journal Company.

Series 3. Radio/Television Stations Records, 1927-1988 : This series contains material that relates to the operation and history of both the radio and television stations and includes several written histories, photographs, promotional materials, staff memos, employee-produced newsletters, an employee handbook from 1966, and information on employees. The employee files contain photographs and occasionally biographical information and press. Materials relating specifically to the radio station may be found in Series 2; materials relating specifically to the television station may be found in Series 4.

Series 4. Television Station Records, 1946-1997 : This series consists of audience surveys, broadcast contracts, photographs, administrative files of the Special Assignment and Special Reports programs, promotional materials, examples of early television graphics, a CD copy of the 50th anniversary website, several videos, and material relating to the operation and history of the television station.

Series 5. Subject Files, 1949-1987 : This series contains photographs and some newspaper clippings providing information about various local politicians, prominent community members, and department stores in the area. They were used by the Journal Company staff for background information.

Series 6. Scripts and Rundowns, 1948-1988 : This series contains the scripts used by on-air announcers during television broadcasts. The scripts provide the voice-over narration for the film as well as cues for the announcer. There are four subseries: scripts for the Milwaukee Newsreel program from October 1950 through February 1955; the Special Assignment program from September 1959 to May 1969; and, listed together in a third group, the Around the Town program, various Special Reports, Year Enders, and miscellaneous scripts from special events and nightly newscasts, 1948-1988.

The daily rundowns are the fourth subseries and give the order of stories for each day's newscasts. The rundowns, 1962-1980, indicate the length of time of film footage and the studio anchor reporting the story. Some rundowns include the phrase that introduces and closes a story. Some rundowns indicate stories that were cut for time.

Series 7. Newsfilm, 1950-1980 : This series consists of an estimated 2 million feet of 16mm film. The film is the original edited footage used on the air to illustrate stories broadcast by the news department of WTMJ-TV. Besides footage of daily and weekly news stories, there are a number of special news programs which examine topics such as traffic safety, garbage collection, and the duties of the mayor of Milwaukee. The collection does not contain any footage of WTMJ-TV's locally produced programs (such as Beulah Donahue or Foreman Tom B-Square Ranch Club) or of special programs such as Christmas concerts.

Included are Milwaukee Newsreel programs which ran from October 4, 1950 to February 2, 1955. The program was a weekly review of the past week's news and was broadcast on Wednesday nights. The Milwaukee Gas and Light Company sponsored the program from its beginning until May 1954; Wisconsin Ice and Coal took over the sponsorship of the program until it ended in February 1955.

Special Assignment programs examined specific topics in-depth; many topics were divided into multi-part series. Special Assignments were about five minutes in length and were shown at 6:25 p.m. Monday through Friday. This series began in May 1959 and ran until 1970. The collection includes film and scripts for Special Assignments from May 1959 through December 1967.

Also in Series 7 is footage shown on daily newscasts dating from 1964 to 1980. This footage contains daily news stories as well as some sports stories; there are no weather forecasts. There are no scripts for this film, but Series 6 contains rundowns for each day.

Other newsfilm is from Special Reports, programs that examine topics in depth; these programs are longer in length, lasting 30-60 minutes. Topics include alcoholism, divorce, traffic safety, and the 32nd Division.

Alternate Format

Selected news film clips are included in the UWM Libraries' digital collection The March On Milwaukee: Civil Rights History Project.

Newsfilm Databases

The UW-Milwaukee Libraries / Milwaukee Area Research Center provides a detailed online database of the newsfilm segments at WTMJ-TV News Search. The database is a catalog of nearly 50,000 news stories broadcast from 1950 to 1980 by WTMJ-TV, an NBC-affiliated station located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Stories cover all aspects of Milwaukee history including politics, business and industry, sports, entertainment, and social justice movements.

Administrative/Restriction Information
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law. However, researchers wishing to view newsfilm not transferred to an access copy must make arrangements with the UW-Milwaukee Libraries / Milwaukee Area Research Center prior to their visit.


Use Restrictions

WTMJ-TV retains ownership of its copyright to all material in the collection, but grants to the Wisconsin Historical Society and UW-Milwaukee a limited, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to reproduce the material for non-commercial, scholarly or educational purposes. Researchers who receive copies must sign a Use and Indemnification Agreement. Use of the newsfilm by another commercial television station requires prior written consent from WTMJ-TV, which the station may withhold at its discretion.


Acquisition Information

The paper records were presented to the Wisconsin Historical Society in the 1960s. Accession Number: MCHC64-096, MCHC65-084, MCHC68-023, MCHC70-049, MCHC76-018, and MCHC67-144. The newsfilm was presented by WTMJ-TV to the Wisconsin Historical Society in October 2001. Accession Number: M2004-163 Additional records and photographs were presented by WTMJ-TV in October 2003. Accession Number: M2004-164


Processing Information

The collection was processed at the Milwaukee Area Research Center from Fall 2001 to June 2007.


Contents List
Milwaukee Mss 203
Series: 1. Editorial Scripts, 1964-1977
Box   1
Folder   1-21
1964 September-1966 May
Box   1
Folder   22
1969, 1972, 1974-1977
Series: 2. Radio Stations Records, 1922-1993
Attitudes and Opinions Toward Radio in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Area, 1965
Box   2
Folder   2
Executive Digest
Box   2
Folder   3-4
Volumes I-II
Box   6
Folder   1
Contract, 1925-1927
Box   2
Folder   7
“Experimental FM Stations W9XAO-W9XK-W9XJC,” undated
Box   41
The First 40 Years [Fortieth Anniversary Souvenir Record], 1967
Physical Description: Record album 
Access Restrictions: Use access copy
Box   2
Folder   8
Fortieth Anniversary, 1967
Box   2
Folder   9
“The Growth of FM Broadcasting: A Brief History of WTMJ-FM,” 1966
Box   2
Folder   10
History of Radio Station WTMJ Owned and Operated by the Milwaukee Journal, 1965
Box   2
Folder   1
“History of the Directional Antenna in the Standard Broadcast Band for Purpose of Protecting Service Area of Distant Stations,” 1957
Box   41
“Joe Szot and His Hot Shots,” undated
Physical Description: Audio reel 
Access Restrictions: Use access copy
Box   2
Folder   6
The Journal's “Radio City” [Booklet], circa 1942
Lawsuit
Box   2
Folder   11
Exhibits, 1929-1930
Box   2
Folder   12
Journal Company v. Federal Radio Commission, 1931
Box   2
Folder   13
Newspaper clippings and exhibits, 1929-1930
Box   3
Folder   1
Lutheran Radio Church Service, 1958, 1963, 1968
Box   3
Folder   2
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Teddy Bear Presentation, 1993
Box   3
Folder   3
“Materials Relating to the History of Station WTMJ-FM, 1939-1965”
The Milwaukee Journal's Broadcast Service to Wisconsin
Box   3
Folder   4
Parts I and II, 1925-1929
Box   3
Folder   5
Part III, 1929-1930
Photographs
Box   3
Folder   6
Broadcasters, 1954, undated
Box   3
Folder   7
Equipment, undated
Box   3
Folder   8
Give and Take, 1966, undated
Journal Building, 1929
Box   3
Folder   9
Equipment
Box   3
Folder   10
Interior
Box   3
Folder   11
Studios
Box   3
Folder   12
Music Library, undated
Box   44
Folder   1
Oversize, 1925, 1929, 1934, undated
Box   4
Folder   1
Point at Issue, 1956
Box   4
Folder   2
Remote Broadcast Locations, 1929
Box   4
Folder   3
State Fair, undated
Box   4
Folder   4
Studio, 1967, undated
Box   4
Folder   5
Thirtieth Anniversary, 1957
Box   4
Folder   6
Those Who Serve, undated
Transmitter House
Box   4
Folder   7
Equipment, 1929
Box   4
Folder   8
Interior and Exterior, 1929
Box   4
Folder   9
WTMJ Orchestras, 1929
Box   4
Folder   10
“Programming and Personnel,” 1961-1967
Box   4
Folder   11
Promotion sheets, undated
Box   2
Folder   5
Report Showing Destruction of Service Area of Station WTMJ by Recent Actions of the Commission [Booklet], 1929
Box   41
WTMJ 62nd Anniversary Broadcast with Jack Baker, 1989
Physical Description: Audio cassette 
Box   4
Folder   12
“WTMJ Audience Surveys,” 1933-1939
Box   4
Folder   13
“WTMJ Coverage Maps,” 1927-1965
Box   5
Folder   1-2
“WTMJ Materials: Parts I and II,” 1922-1965
Box   5
Folder   3
“WTMJ-FM: FCC Documents,” 1939-1965
Box   5
Folder   4
Year Ender, 1964
Series: 3. Radio/Television Stations Records, 1927-1988
Box   6
Folder   2
A History of Partners in Ownership 1943-1971, 1971
Box   7
Folder   1
'27-'47-'67...Forty Years of Leadership, 1967
Employees
Box   7
Folder   2-28
Aldridge-Gibbons
Box   8
Folder   1-34
Godsey-McCollough
Box   28
Folder   1-14
McCormick-Peck
Box   29
Folder   1-30
Pendergast-Vonier
Box   30
Folder   1-8
Walet-Wright
Box   30
Folder   9
History - WTMJ, WTMJ-TV, WTMJ-FM, 1927-1969
Box   30
Folder   11
The Journal Company Broadcasting Department Manual of Good Practice, 1966
Box   30
Folder   10
“Journal Broadcasting Materials,” 1945-1967
Box   30
Folder   12
“Journal Radio-TV Chronology,” 1922-1967
Box   44
Folder   2
Newspaper section, “WTMJ - A Pioneering Tradition,” 1966
Photographs
Box   31
Folder   1
Anniversaries, undated
Box   31
Folder   2
Awards, 1958-1959, 1962-1964, 1966-1969, undated
Box   31
Folder   3
Celebrities, 1953, undated
Box   44
Folder   3
Employees, Oversize, 1952, 1991, undated
Box   31
Folder   4
Home Show display and programs, 1964, 1974
Box   30
Folder   13
The Little Journal, 1948, 1953
Box   31
Folder   5
Milwaukee Press Club, 1972, 1974, 1975, undated
Box   31
Folder   6
Miscellaneous, undated
Radio City
Box   31
Folder   7
Construction, 1941, 1965-1966, 1988, undated
Box   31
Folder   8
Exterior, undated
Box   44
Folder   4
Exterior, Oversize, undated
Box   31
Folder   9
Interior, undated
Box   31
Folder   10
Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), Midwest Regional Conference, undated
Box   31
Folder   11
Sales Department, undated
Box   31
Folder   12
Stadium Advertisements, undated
Box   31
Folder   13
Promotion Material, undated
Box   31
Folder   14
Sales-Aid newsletter, 1962-1966
Box   31
Folder   15
Staff Memos, 1953, 1961, 1965, 1968-1973, 1977-1978, undated
Box   31
Folder   16
Tour Information, undated
Box   31
Folder   17
Traffic Safety Code, 1963, 1966, undated
Box   31
Folder   18
WTMJ Ink, 1974, 1976-1979
Box   31
Folder   19
WTMJ-AM-FM-TV Firsts, undated
Box   31
Folder   20
Year Ender, 1962-1963
Series: 4. Television Station Records, 1946-1997
Box   33
Folder   12
A New Day, 1979-1980
Box   32
Folder   1
Anniversaries, 1982, 1986
Box   32
Folder   2
Around the Town, 1948
Attitudes and Opinions Toward Television in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Area, 1965
Box   32
Folder   3
Executive Digest
Box   32
Folder   4-6
Volumes I-III
Box   32
Folder   7
Bowling with the Champs, 1968-1969, undated
Box   32
Folder   8
Contracts, 1949
Box   32
Folder   9
“Current TV Personnel and Programs,” 1961-1967
Box   32
Folder   10
Election Coverage, 1968
Box   32
Folder   11
Fall Premiere Party, 1971
Graphics
Box   42
Braves' Scorecard, undated
Box   42
Channel 4 Color WTMJ TV Milwaukee Journal Television, undated
Box   42
Channel 4 WTMJ-TV Color The Milwaukee Journal Television Station, temperature reading, undated
Box   42
The Handy Workshop, undated
Box   43
Let's Remember, undated
Box   32
Folder   12
Slides, 1989
Box   43
Time Out With Thomas, undated
Box   43
WTMJ-TV News Bulletin, undated
Box   43
WTMJ-TV The Milwaukee Journal Station, undated
Box   32
Folder   13
Gridiron Dinner Skits, 1965
Box   33
Folder   1
The History of WTMJ-TV, 1947-1977
Box   33
Folder   2
The Human Relations Test, 1976
Box   41
Inside News Four, 1989
Physical Description: Videocassette 
Box   61
Folder   8
Kennedy Library, undated
Box   33
Folder   3
Magazine Articles, 1946-1966
Box   33
Folder   4
Market Information, 1958, 1960-1963, 1965-1966, 1968, undated
“Materials Relating to WTMJ-TV”
Box   33
Folder   5
1940-1957
Box   33
Folder   6
1957-1967
Box   33
Folder   7
Milwaukee Newsreel, 1950-1955
Box   33
Folder   8
Milwaukee Press Club Awards, 1965
Box   33
Folder   9
Milwaukee Television Audience Viewing Habits, 1948
Box   33
Folder   10
The Milwaukee Wave Soccer Weekly, 1993
Box   33
Folder   11
Murl Duesing Safari, 1964, 1967, undated
Box   33
Folder   13
Newscape, 1983-1984, undated
Box   33
Folder   14
Newsmakers, 1966-1968
Box   33
Folder   15
Newsweek 4, 1972-1973, undated
Box   33
Folder   16
Nite Talk, 1970-1973
Box   34
Folder   1
Palm Sunday Concert, 1968, undated
Photographs
Box   34
Folder   3
At Random, 1962, undated
Box   34
Folder   4
Broadcast Teams, 1973-1974, undated
Box   34
Folder   5
Cameras, 1965-1966, 1973, undated
Box   34
Folder   6
Community Affairs Programs, 1957, 1961, 1964, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, undated
Box   34
Folder   7
Control Rooms, 1953, 1966, 1970, undated
Box   34
Folder   8
Early Television, 1947, undated
Box   34
Folder   9
Election Coverage, 1948, 1952, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1974
Box   34
Folder   11
Film Department, 1970, undated
Box   34
Folder   12
Graphics, undated
Box   34
Folder   14
Hotline, undated
Box   34
Folder   15
Kids Klub, 1968-1969, undated
Box   34
Folder   17
Milwaukee Public Affairs Forum, 1960, 1962
Box   34
Folder   18
Music Programs, 1965, undated
NBC Correspondents
Box   35
Folder   1
1966, 1968
Box   35
Folder   2
1983
Box   35
Folder   3
News Department, 1958, 1964, undated
Box   35
Folder   4
Open Question, 1964-1967
Box   35
Folder   5
Outdoor Studio, 1953, undated
Box   45
Folder   1
Oversize, 1947, 1973, undated
Box   35
Folder   6
Parades, 1984, undated
Box   35
Folder   7
Promotions, Miscellaneous, 1947, 1957, 1967, 1973, undated
Box   35
Folder   8
Return to Titletown, 1997
Box   35
Folder   9
State Fair, undated
Box   35
Folder   10
Studio Sets, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1968, undated
Box   35
Folder   11
Summerfest, 1973, undated
Box   34
Folder   10
The Executives, undated
Box   34
Folder   13
The Hot Shots, 1958, undated
Box   34
Folder   16
The Making of . . ., 1974
Box   35
Folder   12
Transmitter Tower/Satellite, 1953, 1967, 1984, undated
Box   35
Folder   13
Trucks, 1959, undated
Box   35
Folder   14
Polish Millennium Concert, 1966-1967, undated
Box   35
Folder   15
Program Schedules, 1965-1968, 1972-1975, 1977-1979, undated
Box   36
Folder   1
Promotion Material, Miscellaneous, 1977-1978, 1993, undated
Promotion Sheets
Box   36
Folder   2
Color Television, 1953-1966, 1967, undated
Box   36
Folder   3
General, 1965-1967, undated
Box   36
Folder   4
Newscasts, 1962, 1966-1967, 1972, undated
Box   36
Folder   5
On Air Talent, 1960, 1964-1966, undated
Box   45
Folder   2
Oversize, 1972, 1983, undated
Box   36
Folder   6
Programs, 1965-1967, 1978, undated
Box   36
Folder   7
Sports Programs, 1967, 1978, 1982, undated
Box   36
Folder   8
Weather, 1972, undated
Box   36
Folder   9
Rating Reports, 1960, 1965-1967, 1977, undated
Box   36
Folder   10
Red Cross Programs, 1961, 1964, undated
Box   36
Folder   11
Retail Rate Card No.1, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1964, 1970
Box   36
Folder   12
Runic Society, 1973-1976
Box   36
Folder   13
Script Forms Book, 1967
Box   36
Folder   14
Sentinel Sports Show, 1966
Special Assignments
Administrative Files
Box   36
Folder   15-19
1959-1963
Box   37
Folder   1-7
1964-1970
Special Reports
Box   38
Folder   3-4
Administrative Files, 1964-1965
Box   37
Folder   16
“The 32nd Division,” 1961
Box   37
Folder   17
“The 32nd Division Returns,” 1962
Box   61
Folder   9
“After Taxes: Reaction to Revision,” 1962
Box   37
Folder   8
“Alcoholism,” 1961-1964
Box   37
Folder   9
“Cue-In State Patrol,” 1961
Box   61
Folder   10
“Death of a Railroad,” 1963
Box   37
Folder   10
“Drive Alive: A Lesson in Living,” 1966
Box   37
Folder   11
“Heart,” 1961
Box   37
Folder   12
“The Milwaukee Braves Strike Out,” 1965
Box   37
Folder   13
“One Thousand More - Wisconsin's Traffic Deaths,” 1961
Box   37
Folder   14
“The Sales Tax,” 1961
Box   37
Folder   15
“Spirit of '53,” 1965
Box   37
Folder   18
“Water Pollution,” 1962
Box   37
Folder   19
“What Young America Thinks,” 1967
Box   38
Folder   1
“Wisconsin State Government, 1963: A House Divided,” 1963
Box   38
Folder   2
“Wisconsin's New County, The Menominee Indian Reservation,” 1961
Box   34
Folder   2
“A Station Examines Its Audiences TV Viewing Preferences in Milwaukee,” 1967
Box   38
Folder   5
“Television Audience Surveys,” 1947-1967
Box   6
Folder   3
“A Window to the World” [Musical Score], circa 1968
Box   41
WTMJ-TV Fifty Years on the Air, 1997
Physical Description: Videocassette 
Series: 5. Subject Files, 1949-1987
Box   5
Folder   5
Department Stores, 1954-1962
Box   5
Folder   6
Goetsch, Herbert, 1962
Box   5
Folder   7
Goodman, Julia, 1968
Box   5
Folder   8
Gordon, Myron, 1960-1961, 1963
Box   5
Folder   9
Grant, Harry Johnston, 1949, 1957, 1961, 1963, undated
Box   5
Folder   10
Maier, Henry, 1964
Box   5
Folder   11
Maier, Irwin, 1961-1963
Box   5
Folder   12
Reuss, Henry, 1975, 1987
Box   5
Folder   13
Zeidler, Frank, 1959
Series: 6. Scripts and Rundowns, 1948-1987
Subseries: A. Milwaukee Newsreel Program
Box   9
Folder   1-9
1950 October-1951 June
Box   10
Folder   1-9
1951 July-1952 March
Box   11
Folder   1-11
1952 April-1953 February
Box   12
Folder   1-12
1953 March-1954 February
Box   13
Folder   1-11
1954 March-1955 February
Subseries: B. Special Assignment Series
Box   14
Folder   1-5
1959 May-December
Box   15
Folder   1-12
1960 January-December
Box   16
Folder   1-9
1961 January-September
Box   17
Folder   1-3
1961 October-December
Box   18
Folder   1-8
1962 January-August
Box   19
Folder   1-4
1962 September-December
Box   20
Folder   1-9
1963 January-September
Box   21
Folder   1-3
1963 October-December
Box   22
Folder   1-9
1964 January-September
Box   23
Folder   1-3
1964 October-December
Box   24
Folder   1-9
1965 January-September
Box   25
Folder   1-3
1965 October-December
Box   26
Folder   1-9
1966 January-September
Box   27
Folder   1-11
1967 January-December
Box   60
Folder   1-8
1968 January-November
Box   61
Folder   1
1968 December
Box   61
Folder   2-3
1969 January-May
Subseries: C. Special Reports and Miscellaneous, 1948-1988
Around the Town
Box   39
Folder   1
1948
Box   39
Folder   2
1949
Box   39
Folder   3
undated
Box   39
Folder   4
Ed Murrow Contest, 1984
Box   39
Folder   5
Evening Newscast, 1988 April 1
Box   39
Folder   6
HMO Series, 1985 May 13-17
Box   39
Folder   7
Kalmanovitz Series, 1985 April-May
Box   39
Folder   8
Pearl Harbor, 1958
Special Reports
Box   40
Folder   1
“The 32nd Division,” 1961
Box   40
Folder   2
“The 32nd Division Returns,” 1962
Box   61
Folder   4
“After Taxes: Reaction to Revision,” 1962
Box   39
Folder   9
“Alcoholism,” 1963
Box   39
Folder   10
“Camping,” 1961
Box   39
Folder   11
“Cue-In State Patrol,” 1961
Box   39
Folder   12
“Death of a Railroad,” 1963
Box   61
Folder   5
“Echo of Change,” 1968
Box   39
Folder   13
“GMO (Greater Milwaukee Open) Special,” 1976
Box   39
Folder   14
“Migrant Workers,” 1961
Box   39
Folder   15
“The Milwaukee Braves Strike Out,” 1965
Box   39
Folder   16
“One Thousand More--Wisconsin's Traffic Deaths,” 1961
Box   61
Folder   6
“Room 201,” 1960
Box   39
Folder   19
“Spirit of '53,” 1965
Box   39
Folder   17
“The Sales Tax,” 1961
Box   39
Folder   18
“The Seaway Story,” 1956
Box   40
Folder   3
“The Threatened Heritage--Wisconsin's Conservation Crisis,” 1964
Box   40
Folder   4
“Water Pollution,” 1962
Box   40
Folder   5
“What Young America Thinks,” 1967
Box   40
Folder   6
“Wisconsin State Government, 1963: A House Divided,” 1963
Box   40
Folder   7
“Wisconsin's New County, The Menominee Indian Reservation,” 1961
Box   61
Folder   7
Special Topic: Open Question, 1968
Year Ender
Box   40
Folder   8
1959
Box   40
Folder   9
1961
Box   40
Folder   10
1962
Box   40
Folder   11
1963
Subseries: D. Daily Newscast Rundowns, 1962-1980
Box   46
1962 January-1963 December
Box   47
1964 January-1965 December
Box   48
1966 January-1967 May
Box   49
1967 June-1968 December
Box   50
1969 January-1971 March
Box   51
1971 April-1972 April
Box   52
1972 May-1973 August
Box   53
1973 September-1974 September
Box   54
1974 October-1975 October
Box   55
1975 November-1976 December
Box   56
1977 January-October
Box   57
1977 November-1978 July
Box   58
1978 August-1979 May
Box   59
1979 June-1980 February
Series: 7. Newsfilm, 1950-1980
Scope and Content Note

The newsfilm series contains nearly 50,000 news stories broadcast from 1950 to 1980 by WTMJ-TV, an NBC-affiliated station located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The stories cover all aspects of Milwaukee history including politics, business and industry, sports, entertainment, and social justice movements. Of special interest are segments on the Milwaukee Braves, civil rights activities in Milwaukee during the 1960s, local businesses such as Allis-Chalmers and the Pabst, Schlitz, and Miller breweries, and of politicians and celebrities who visited Milwaukee. The program series include the daily news, special reports, and The Milwaukee Newsreel and Special Assignment programs. A detailed online database of the newsfilm segments can be found at WTMJ-TV News Search. The database is a catalog of over 50,000 news stories broadcast from 1950 to 1980 by WTMJ-TV, an NBC-affiliated station located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

A small amount of news footage has been digitized and may be viewed without appointment in the Archives of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. Most of the collection is not digitized but is available for viewing in its original 16mm format by appointment only .