The collection is arranged in 14 series as follows:
Series 1, 35mm Motion Picture Film, 1948-1982, Film Clips 1-8,
Series 2, Festivals, 1955-1986, Film clips 9-95,
Series 3, Community Events, 1943-1984, Film clips 96-328 and Film clips 1808-1811 Addendum,
Series 4, News Events, 1955-1983, Film clips 329-375,
Series 5, Sports, 1942-1981, Film clips 376-439,
Series 6, Parks and Recreation, 1955-1981, Film clips 440-581,
Series 7, Regional and Rural, 1942-1981, Film clips 582-639,
Series 8, Coal Mining Companies, 1971-1983, Film clips 640-722,
Series 9, Mine Rescue Training, 1958-1984, Film clips 723-753,
Series 10, West Virginia, 1972-1980, Film clips 754-762,
Series 11, Business, 1953-1984, Film clips 763-1730,
Series 12, Friends and Family, 1972-1983, Film clips 1731-1760, and Film clips 1812-1816 Addendum,
Series 13, Miscellaneous and Reference, 1956-1980, Film clips 1761-807,
Series 14, Audio Recordings, 1969-1975, Tapes 1-4.
Series 15: Certificate
The films have been arranged alphabetically by state and town within each series, and then further arranged chronologically by subject matter, date and year within each series. Dates were taken from information provided by Wacks on the original film boxes. When no date was available, the Kodak edge codes on the motion picture film were used to approximately date the film, although actual filming may have taken place at a later date. Unidentified footage is placed at the end of each series. Motion picture film donated by Quinton Wacks after processing was included in two addendums.
Each reel of motion picture film was arranged chronologically on a core. The cores were then transferred to Beta SP videotape for preservation masters, and VHS videotape for public access copies. There are a total of 70 Beta Sp masters and VHS copies. Film clips 1, 2,139,316,627, and 639 have been preserved through a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation and can be found on Videotape 69 in both digital and analog copies.