A 1960 protest of denial of service at Woolworth's lunch counter in Roanoke.

The University of Virginia Library has digitally preserved what is believed to be the only surviving TV news archive of original film clips from Virginia’s civil rights era. The audiovisual archive includes an estimated 13,000 clips and 18,000 pages of anchor scripts from Roanoke’s WSLS-TV news broadcasts from 1951 to 1971.

The archive is prized for its coverage of the civil rights movement and Virginia’s “Massive Resistance” response, but it also features a wide selection of stories depicting mid-20th-century life within the state, ranging from footage of a soap-box derby to a raid on an illegal moonshine distillery.