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Archives of Iowa Broadcasting: KDPS Television Collection

AIB establishes and maintains a permanent collection of materials relating to the history, development and contribution of radio and television in Iowa.

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Archives of Iowa Broadcasting

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KDPS – TV (now KDIN PBS, Des Moines)

Preface

The purpose of the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting is to establish and maintain a permanent collection of materials relating to the history, development and contribution of radio and television in Iowa.

The Archives is committed to providing access to its holdings. However, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with the donors. Due to the complexity and variety of audiovisual formats, most items will need to be digitally reformatted before access can be provided.

 

Introduction

Abstract: This collection consists of seven educational films on Foundations of Mathematics that were filmed in Des Moines for television broadcast. Created in 1965, they are labeled for release in 1967. These films are examples of the “chalk talk” educational programs where classroom instruction on various topics was presented by teachers.

 

Scope and Content Note

Extent: 3 linear feet, 7 items.

Physical Description: 2 inch quadruplex video

Dates: March 20, 1965 – June 4, 1965

Subjects: Mathematics, Education, Public Television, Iowa Broadcasting

Related Material:

Iowa Public Television Collection, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (http://americanarchive.org/participating-orgs/1770)

Iowa State Archives, RG 041 Iowa Public Television (https://iowaculture.gov/history/research/collections/state-archives/rg-041-iowa-public-television)

 

Administrative Information

Restrictions: None

Preferred Citation: [item title/description], [date]; KDPS – TV Collection; Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, Waverly, Iowa.

Acquisition Information: Donation. Transferred to AIB from custody of University of Iowa Archives.

Processing Information: Processing completed by AMM on November 4, 2016.

 

Station History

History: KDPS-TV (Channel 11) was an educational television station run by the Des Moines Public Schools. It launched in 1959 and had a tower on top of Des Moines Technical High School near downtown. The station produced some of the earliest locally produced educational programming, classroom instruction videos called “chalk talks” intended for broadcast and use in schools across the viewing area. The station was purchased by the State of Iowa in 1969 to become part of the Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network, which later became Iowa Public Television. With the purchase, the station’s call letters changed to KDIN, and the state constructed a new, larger, tower to increase the station’s signal reach in Western Iowa.

Timeline:

1959       KDPS Television station launched from Des Moines Technical High School

1965       Foundations of Mathematics video series produced for KDPS Television

1967       Pres. Johnson signs Public Broadcasting Act, establishing Corporation for Public Broadcasting

1969       State of Iowa purchases KDPS, creates Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network, changes station

call letters to KDIN, moves tower & boosts signal

Bibliography:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_Public_Television
  2. https://www.desmoinesbroadcasting.com/

 

Series Description

  1. Educational Films:
  • Educational films, March 20, 1965 to June 4, 1965. Foundations of Mathematics series, filmed in Des Moines.
  • 7 items (2-inch quadruplex video reels).
  • Arranged chronologically by date.

Container Listing

Format

Content

Date

2-inch quad video

Foundations of Mathematics “A System of Numeration,” Dir.: Gabler

March 20, 1965 (Release 1967)

2-inch quad video

Techniques of Computation (Math Series), Dir.: Gabler

March 31, 1965 (Release 1967)

2-inch quad video

Foundations of Mathematics “The Integers,” Dir.: Gabler

May 1, 1965 (Release 1967)

2-inch quad video

Foundations of Mathematics “Measurement,” Dir.: Gabler (29:30)

May 22, 1965 (Release 1967)

2-inch quad video

Foundations of Mathematics “Coordinate Systems,” Dir.: Gabler (29:30)

May 29, 1965 (Release 1967)

2-inch quad video

Foundations of Mathematics “Problem Solving,” Dir.: Gabler (29:30)

June 3, 1965 (Release 1967)

2-inch quad video

Foundations of Mathematics “Fractional Numbers: Multiplication and Division,” Dir: Gabler (29:30)

June 4, 1965 (Release 1967)

 

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