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In the 1950s, the Ford Foundation and the Fund for the Advancement of Education recognized television as “the most powerful medium of communication yet devised by man.”  In that decade, the number of home television sets skyrocketed from 50,000 to 50 million, and educators, government...

On May 17, 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public education is unconstitutional and that separate educational facilities were "inherently unequal".  Overturning the 1896 case Plessy v. Ferguson in which “separate but equal” facilities were allowed and often encouraged, Brown v....

One of the most unexpected collections in the Audio-Visual Archive is the Blair Dean Utah Natural Bodybuilding Video Collection (A0077), http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv99673/. Featured above are Paula Kid and Ron Lee Kid competing in the 1983 Utah Bodybuilding Championships.Over the course of a long career promoting drug...

Footage from the Audio-Visual Archive in Special Collections is featured prominently in KUED’s new special, “National Parks - Beyond the Crowds,”  which airs Tuesday April 26 at 7PM.This documentary, which explores some of Utah’s less visited National Parks and Monuments, places archive footage almost in...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text][gallery type="slideshow" link="file" ids="1935,1936,1937,1938,1939,1942,1941,1961,1944"][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The first transcontinental railroad was built by the Western Pacific, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad Companies and officially opened on May 10, 1869 with the driving of the last spike in a ceremony at...