FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A center focusing on Arkansas' oral and visual history has received $1.5 million to digitize old television news footage.

The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History announced the gift Thursday from Barbara Tyson and the Tyson Foods Foundation. The gift will be used to catalog, index, digitize and archive a collection of footage that Little Rock television station KATV donated to the center in 2009.

The TV station donated about 26,000 hours of video and film, and much of it has not been seen by the public since it was first broadcast.

The Pryor Center is part of the University of Arkansas' J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.