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NBC 5/KXAS News Morgue Records

Identifier: AR0874

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Scope and Contents

The NBC 5/KXAS News Morgue Records is made up of files for past news stories or people, organizations, and events of interest. These files are used for reference by reporters and were collected by the WBAP station, later KXAS in Dallas, Texas. The subjects of these files are primarily local stories and information involving Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding regions, as well as stories from around the nation. The subjects begin in 1899 and continue into 2000, with a large portion of materials from the 1960s-80s.


  • Creation: 1899-1990
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1960-1990
  • Acquisition: Date acquired: 00/00/2014


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is not restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical or Historical Information

In 1946 Amon G. Carter filed permits with the Federal Communications Commission to construct a television station in Fort Worth, Texas. The NBC affiliate, WBAP-TV, would be the first local television station broadcast in Texas. Carter was already well-known in the publishing world as the owner of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and radio station WBAP. The station first broadcast on September 29, 1948 when they recorded President Harry S. Truman's campaign stop in Fort Worth. This first broadcast also included speeeches by Amon Carter and station manager Harold Hough as well as a dedication film from NBC. In the first years of local television, the station achieved a number of historic firsts including the first professional weather reportig program in the Southwest (1949) the first color broadcast for NBC (1954), and the first station in Texas to feature all color news film (1966). WBAP was sold to LIN Broadcasting on November 8, 1974 and became known as KXAS-TV. The station continued to achieve a number of historic firsts including being the first station to have live intercontinental satellite report (1977), the first commercial network to institute stereocasting (1985), and the first Texas station to debut closed-caption newscasts (1989). In 1998, KXAS became an "owned-and-operated" NBC station, from then on known as NBC-5, and continues to broadcast daily television news.

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These are records of past local and national news stories used for reference purposes.

Arrangement Note

Subjects are arranged in folders from 1 to 3613. The numbers are continuous from box to box, though some are not listed.

Physical Access Requirements

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

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Processing Information

These records were originally processed by members of the special projects team: Savannah Bruce, Connor Flowers, and Morgan Sisk. Kendll Martin made later edits and updates in January 2022.

NBC 5/KXAS News Morgue Records
Robert Lay, Savannah Bruce, Morgan Sisk, Connor Flowers, and Kendall Martin
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Repository Details

Part of the University of North Texas Special Collections Repository

University of North Texas, Willis Library
1155 Union Circle # 305190
Denton TX 76203 US