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Before social media, the internet or even cable TV, organizations would make promotional films to support their work. Randy Dixon, the director of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, found a few such films from Arkansas spanning several decades.

An interview archived at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History includes a great story from Ronnie Hawkins about "Cowboy" Ray Thornton.

Randy Dixon, Director of Archives and Media at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, brings decades-old archives on long-form political ads to our show. The television specials are a hybrid of documentary and propaganda.  

Randy Dixon, director of the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, returns to share some more clips recently digitized from the vast KATV news film archive. This time, we hear Orval Faubus as he left the Governor's office for the last time, Baltimore Oriole third-baseman Brooks Robinson on his Arkansas roots, Fay Jones talking about the process of a building project, and Burt Reynolds on how posing in Cosmopolitan changed his career.

The process of digitizing a vast trove of Arkansas news footage is beginning to produce results. Randy Dixon, director of the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, returns to Ozarks at Large to give us an update on the digitization of the KATV news archives. He also gives us a sampling of what Arkansas politicians in 1973 thought about proceedings in the Watergate scandal.

The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History captures history, but also collects the present. Bill Schwab, the center's director of education, research and outreach explains new programs, partnerships and projects the center is preparing.

The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is in the process of having thousands of newsreels and videotapes turned into digital content. The first batch is now in Pennsylvania for conversion.

In 2009, KATV in Little Rock donated its vast video archive to the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. Now, a $1.5 million gift from Barbara Tyson and the Tyson Foods Foundation will help the center digitize, preserve, and make available the vast archive of news and sports footage captured over the course of five decades.

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After it had been under the supervision of the University of Arkansas chancellor's office for several years, the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is now back to being part of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. College Dean Todd Shields says the Pryor Center will now feature a speaker series similar to the one organized by the Clinton School of Public Service, as well as an academic component that will allow professors to teach courses at the center.

First Phase of Renovations Complete at Pryor Center

Dec 3, 2015
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After a few years of work to transforming a former bank building on the Fayetteville Square, the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History will soon celebrate completion of its new state-of-the-art facilities.

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