Media Archives

The Business & Media Archives project is the legacy of Warren P. Williamson, Jr. (1900-1996), a pioneer radio and television broadcaster in the Mahoning Valley who founded WKBN Broadcasting Corporation in 1926. WKBN operated AM and FM radio stations and a UHF television station in the Mahoning Valley market until 1997. All of these stations were affiliates of the CBS Radio and Television Network. Fully realizing and appreciating the tremendous historical and educational value of the materials his company had accumulated since its founding, Mr. Williamson made the initial contribution of funds to start the Business and Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley in 1994. In 1995 WKBN Broadcasting Corporation began to donate its corporate archives, which included business records, marketing materials, broadcasting equipment, radio air check recordings and extensive television news film and videotape libraries. Since then other local media outlets and individuals have contributed historical materials to the Business and Media Archives the Mahoning Valley collection.

The collection started as a partnership between the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Youngstown State University and the shareholders of the former WKBN Broadcasting Corporation.  In 2006 members of the Williamson Family formally transferred ownership of the collection to MVHS and established a fund within their family foundation for the Historical Society to maintain the collection into perpetuity.

Location & Contact Info

The Collection

  • Over 2.5 million linear feet of 16mm news film from WKBN TV-27, covering the years 1955-1978.
  • More than 500,000 linear feet of news video in 3/4″, 1″ and Betacam formats covering the years 1978-1989
  • More than 21,000 phonograph records from the WKBN radio music library on 33-1/3 RPM; 45 RPM and 78 RPM discs.
  • Thousands of photographs and documents from the corporate records of WKBN Broadcasting Corporation.

A variety of transmitters, playback machines, editing machines, microphones, film and video cameras.

TOTAL Film and Video

The Film & Tape collections are very large files and may take a few minutes to download. 

Please contact BMAMV staff with any questions.

Services & Fees

The Business & Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley film collection may be used for “in-house” purposes such as research or educational films in a private home, educational, religious or charitable institution, or a commercial enterprise (other than broadcast, cable or media) as long as it is used strictly for in-house purposes which are non-public and to which no admission fee is charged. The collection is protected by copyright and, except as provided for above, the images may not be copied, transferred to other media, broadcast, distributed by cable, sub-licensed, sold or used in any commercial manner without a licensing agreement.


Research, dubbing for privateindividuals  (not for use on air) $35/hr. for VHS tape
$15 Extra for S-VHS tape

Research, dubbing for
local broadcasters
$35 for first 2:00 minutes (minimum)
$10 for each 1:00 minute over minimum

Research, dubbing for
national broadcasters
$220/first :60 seconds (minimum)
$40/each :10 over minimum

Repair film: (clean, splice, and fix sprocket holes) $70/hr

Location & Contact Information

648 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44502
Fax: 330-743-7210

Hours: Tuesday-Friday Noon to 4:00 p.m.; Weekend hours by appointment


$4.00 Adults
$3.00 Senior Citizens & College Students
$2.00 Children
MVHS Members Free

Admission includes a same day visit to all MVHS sites


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