Tyson Family Gives $1.5 Million Gift To Pryor Center

The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History has received a $1.5 million gift from Barbara A. Tyson and the Tyson Foods Foundation to fund the process of digitizing, cataloging and indexing footage and archives from the Little Rock-based ABC affiliate KATV, Channel 7.

The archives include about 26,000 hours of video and film — more than 50 years’ worth of footage — and were donated to the Pryor Center in 2009, according to a press release from the University of Arkansas, who said it’s one of the largest local television news archives in the country. The Pryor Center rejoined the UA’s J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences in June.

In addition to the digitization and preservation process, the gift will help pay for necessary staff and consultation service hires in addition to potential facility upgrades tied to the project, according the UA.    MORE

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