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“The addition of television news archives is extremely valuable in helping us preserve and share the history of our state,” said Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

The collection includes more than 34,000 tapes with real-time, eyewitness accounts depicting historical events from the 1950s through the 1990s.

The videos, films and other artifacts will be transferred into a digital format for preservation at the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, otherwise known as OKPOP. The facility tentatively is scheduled to open in Tulsa as early as 2017, pending state legislative approval of a $42.5 million bond issue.

Visitors to the 7,500-square-foot, four-story museum in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District would be able view the archived collection via an innovative finder’s guide.

While most of the donated footage was produced by KWTV and KOTV, it also contains some materials from other media entities owned or operated by Griffin.

“Our family has been involved in the Oklahoma broadcasting business since the beginning,” said David Griffin, the company’s chairman and CEO. “We grew up with a sense of history instilled in us at a very young age and feel very strongly about the donation of our archives to the historical society and OKPOP.”

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