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Archives of Iowa Broadcasting: KWWL 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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KWWL Television Collection


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 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 duplicated or transferred before access can be provided.



Abstract: Video recordings (1940; 1966; 1970; 1972-2008) – Contains broadcasts from the KWWL-TV new station that broadcasted all across Northeastern Iowa.


Scope and Content Note

Extent: 7,765 audiovisual items

Physical Description: Contains audiovisual items (film, U-matic, Betacam, MII, VHS, DVD, DVCPRO) of broadcasts.

Dates: 1940; 1966; 1970; 1972-2008

Subjects: Subjects include broadcasts from Grant Price, and Craig Johnson. Some broadcasts about R.J. McElroy, the founder of the station, and Harry Slife, a prominent station director.

Related Material:

  • Blackhawk Broadcasting Corporate Collection
  • KXEL Radio Collection
  • Liz Mathis Collection
  • Ron Michaelson
  • Grant Price Collection
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Video Collection


Administrative Information

Restrictions: Some materials in this collection may be restricted under copyright. The Archives provides access to these items for the purpose of research, instruction, and private study under the provisions of Faire Use, outlined in section 107 of copyright law. User assumes all responsibility for obtaining permission for reproduction or use.

Preferred Citation: [item title/description], [date]; KWWL Television Collection; Wartburg College Archives, Waverly, Iowa.

Acquisition Information:  Donation

Processing Information: Processing completed by GC and LY on 9/4/19.


Biographical Sketch/Agency History

History: KWWL-TV began as KWWL-AM in 1947. The company became a TV station in 1953. The station was an NBC affiliate station for years of its broadcasting until the company was bought by AFLAC in 1980. KWWL-TV continued to progress with the times switching from analog to digital and now to high definition. The station continues to provide news for Northeast Iowa.

Timeline: KWWL-AM is founded – 1947. KWWL-TV is founded – 1953. KWWL-TV is bought by AFLAC – 1980. KWWL-TV begins broadcasting in digital – 2002. KWWL is sold to Raycom Media – 2004. Quincy Newspapers Incorporated buys KWWL – 2006. KWWL broadcasts the first high definition broadcast in eastern Iowa – 2010.


Sloan, Travis. “KWWL History,” News 7 KWWL,


Series Description

  1. Promo
  2. News
  3. Sports
  4. Iowa Illustrated
  5. Caucuses
  6. Historic
  7. IA Child
  8. Weather
  9. Entertainment
  10. Politics
  11. 9/11 Tapes

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For more information, contact:

Kay Grigsby, MSLIS
Grant Price Endowed Archivist
(319) 352-8457




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