September 15, 2015: MVHS to unveil new home of Business & Media Archives Collection

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is announcing the upcoming relocation and opening of the Business & Media Archives Collection to the Carriage House at 648 Wick Ave., behind The Arms Family Museum.

The new location seeks to allow greater public access to the collection, including a research room, viewing/listening stations, and exhibit space, as well as proximity to the University community.

Members of the Williamson Family (Lynn Williamson and Lowry Stewart) will be in attendance during a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The Business & Media Archives will open to MVHS members and guests at MVHS’ annual Founders Day Celebration at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.  The public is invited to a free open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.

About the collection: 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. Fully realizing and appreciating the tremendous historical and educational value of the materials his company had accumulated since its founding, 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.

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