Papers of Dore Schary, a playwright, motion picture executive, and activist in Jewish and liberal political causes documenting both his personal and professional life. Included are general correspondence; microfilmed scrapbooks; scripts and production material for plays and motion pictures; records pertaining to MGM; non-dramatic writings, speeches (many in recorded form), and an autobiography and a family memoir; home movies and photographs; correspondence, reports, lists, financial records, and speeches from his tenure as national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League and subject files on other organizations with which he was involved such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Jewish Committee, and the Democratic Party; and personal and biographical information. Documentation in the production files varies but may include correspondence, notes, variant drafts of scripts, clippings, financial records, publicity, stills, designs, and casting information. Records of Schary's years as executive producer, studio head, and vice-president at MGM include reports of executive meetings, correspondence and memoranda, and scattered financial reports. Also present are papers pertaining to the career of Schary's wife Miriam, painter M. Svet. The collection is arranged in four parts: the Original Collection, the 1968 Additions, the 1977 Additions, and the 1981 Additions. The Original Collection dates 1923-1962 and is organized in these categories: Biographical and Personal Material, General Files, General Writings, and Production Files. The 1968 Additions date 1933-1952 and consist of Production Files only. The 1977 Additions date circa 1920-1980 (though primarily 1956-1977) and again contain Biographical and Personal Material, General Files, General Writings, and Production Files, as well as a new category, Anti-Defamation League Files. Finally, the 1981 Additions date 1924-1980 (primarily 1974-1980) and include the same categories as the 1977 Additions plus a separate category for Disc Recordings. The Original Collection includes other disc recordings, and tape recordings are present in all but the 1968 additions. Some records are present only in microfilm format.
Still image, Two-dimensional moving image, and Spoken word
Acetate open reel tape, Lacquer disc, Pressed LP disc, Photographic print, and Microfilm
74.2 c.f. (203 archives boxes, 1 record center carton, and 1 flat box), 37 reels of microfilm (35 mm), 26 tape recordings, 231 disc recordings, 55 reels of film, and photographs
The Agnes Moorehead Papers, 1923-1974, include material, mainly scripts, on her work as an actress. They are organized in the categories Radio, Motion Pictures, Television, and Theatre. There are also 104 scrapbooks, whose contents overlap the materials in the other series and include all Moorehead's correspondence (including greeting cards for all occasions), clippings, programs, photographs, and miscellany, 1928-1973. In addition, the collection includes files of materials submitted to Moorehead for her review but rejected by her, and miscellany. This collection extensively documents Moorehead's exceptional career, in which she was continuously employed as an actress, often in several media simultaneously, for forty-five years.
Listed as two separate collections, the first collection features Salute to Radio, a review of the highlights in radio broadcasting history, narrated by H.V. Kaltenborn, broadcast May 15, 1956, on NBC's Recollections at 30 series celebrating the network's 30th anniversary. The second collection, done for the same Series, includes H.V. Kaltenborn's 35th anniversary in radio, April 3, 1957, and other highlights of early radio programs and personalities such as Rudy Vallee, Clark and McCulla, Lum and Abner, Al Jolson, Frances Langford, Fred Allen and Portland Hoffa, Tom Cokely, Fanny Brice, Joe Penner, Ginger Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hope, Brenda and Cobina, Bob Burns and Judy Garland.
A Wisconsin broadcasting executive, the 1958-1969 portion of the collection includes correspondence and subject files relating to Bartell's personal business ventures in the field of radio and TV. Includes some unidentified sound recordings, possibly of Bartell's radio scripts, n.d.
Papers of an educational broadcaster associated with WHA and WHATV, Madison, WI, 1931-1968. Engel was an assistant director in charge of legislative and public relations. The collection deals exclusively with educational broadcasting and contains articles, clippings, surveys and reports. Most documentation concerns the development of WHA, particularly its early history. The balance deals with Engel's other activities in educational broadcasting with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the National Association of FM Broadcasters, the University of Wisconsin Radio and Television Committee and other Wisconsin educational stations.
Includes papers dealing with The 40's: The Great Radio Comedians, a television documentary Adato produced and directed in 1972. Includes progressive script drafts and transcripts of interviews with Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, George Burns, Bing Crosby, Jim Jordan and Arch Oboler.
Records of an association of radio stations, networks and sales representatives founded in 1951 as the Broadcast Advertising Bureau, Inc. to promote the use of radio as an advertising medium. The collection consists of reports, lists, reprints of articles, radio spot announcements, summaries of research findings and some RAB publications. In addition, there are by-laws, minutes of an early membership meeting and a report on operations in 1951. The material illustrates the attempts to maintain the attraction of radio as an advertising medium in competition with newspapers, magazines and television. Particularly noteworthy are the files on car radio listening entitled "Listeners on Wheels," the files on television, and the series of twelve reports on the cumulative audience of advertising. There are also files on such targets of radio advertising as women and businessmen. Newsletters cover a wide variety of topics on radio advertising, from general promotion of the medium to specific advice on how to increase advertising effectiveness.
Papers relating to her work in radio, television, motion pictures and theater. Over half the collection is comprised of scrapbooks, 1928-1973, containing correspondence and fan mail, clippings, programs, photographs and memorabilia. Included are materials on her frequent radio appearances on Cavalcade of America and Ceiling Unlimited.
Two broadcasts of the program recorded in Madison, WI and sponsored by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Reel 1 contains "La Follette Liberalism: In Retrospect," June 26, 1954 (broadcast June 29th). Reel 2 contains "The Role of Businessmen in American History," September 14, 1954.
Papers of a capital reporter and radio commentator, including correspondence, biographical material and writings for publication and broadcast. Includes CBS scripts of general news and scripts for Army Hour for which Warner was a regular commentator. Includes recordings of Army Hour and Three Star Extra.
Papers of the founder of the National Academy of Broadcasting, Inc. and a teacher of music in schools and on the radio. Includes correspondence, articles and addresses, scrapbooks, press releases, printed materials, scripts and sound recordings. The correspondence is largely of a personal nature but letters written during the 1930s occasionally display her efforts to become recognized as a pioneer in educational broadcasting. Scripts and teachers' manuals relate to her position as broadcasting director for CBS's American School of the Air. Also includes scripts and recordings for several radio series used to promote NAOB as well as other instructional materials such as "How to Speak and Write for Radio," 1944, which she developed to teach broadcasting techniques.
Papers of a broadcaster associated with WHA, Madison, WI relating chiefly to the Homemaker Program which she supervised. Includes listener correspondence, annual reports, committee minutes, 1938-1955, and a subject file containing scripts, circulars and information on program content.
Papers relate to the beginnings of educational radio broadcasting. Includes minutes, 1926-1938, of the University of Chicago Radio Committee and papers on the Rocky Mountain Radio Council, Denver, 1945-1949, the University Broadcasting Council, Chicago, 1935-1938, and the University of Chicago Roundtable, 1938-1963.
Papers of a writer of dramatic series, specials and quiz programs for radio and television. Includes scripts and drafts for Big Town and some television programs. Also includes script for "Summer is Forever" aired on the Children' s Hour.
Fragmentary records of the labor union which represented motion picture, television and radio writers and of its predecessor, the Screen Writers Guild. Records consist of agreements negotiated between members and the television industry, a constitution, by-laws, a code of working rules and a bulletin of credits for 1949.
Reports on radio listening by Crossley, Inc., a market research firm known for its "Crossley Ratings." The reports concern network programming, advertising in selected cities and audience composition and behavior.
Microfilm of sponsor's corrected copies of scripts, including commercials, preserved by Johnson's Wax, a client of the advertising agency Needham, Harper and Steers. Also mcludes scripts for the series Hap Hazard, 1941.
Papers document the personal and professional activities of two radio and television personalities. Johnny Olson worked as an announcer at WTMJ, Milwaukee, 1933-1944, and WJZ, New York, 1944, before going on to emcee, with Penny as hostess, a number of radio shows, including Ladies Be Seated and Rumpus Room. Papers include scripts, correspondence, gag material and audience letters and response cards relating to Olson's radio career. The collection also includes unprocessed sound recordings of Olson's early radio program The Price ls Right.
Only a small portion of the sound recordings in the collection have been processed. These include recordings of "The First 50 Years of University of Wisconsin Broadcasting, 1919-1969" and coverage of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Paper records dealing with the station's history are also available in the University of Wisconsin Archives.
Papers of a radio and television producer-director and his actress-wife. Radio material, which is the most complete aspect of the collection, includes files of annotated scripts and correspondence for The Adventures of Sam Spade, Philip Morris Playhouse, Suspense and other series which Spier produced and directed for CBS.
Papers of a prominent Milwaukee Polish announcer for WISN and WRJN and host of The Kuryer Polski Polish Hour. Includes scripts describing his visits to Poland, holiday broadcasts and to commemorate the deaths of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. and Robert Kennedy. Also includes correspondence, photographs and biographical information and background information on WRJN.
Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Some print material dealing with the company's sponsorship of radio programs may be available on a limited basis to qualified researchers. All sound recordings have been donated to the Museum of Broadcasting in Chicago.
Nearly a complete run of newsletters and a flyer from the organization comprised of fans of Old Time Radio. The newsletters contain minutes of their meetings as well as membership lists and information about old time radio in Milwaukee and nationally.
Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Records of a network of Catholic communications professionals which established the Gabriel Awards to recognize programs that "uplift and nourish the human spirit," including correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, photographs, press releases and proceedings of general assemblies and awards banquets. Includes radio scripts and some recordings.
Raynor Memorial Libraries, Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Although most NAB activities concern the establishment of broadcasting codes and support of the industry in matters relating to government regulation, the bulk of the collection pertains to the association's research function. Includes materials on studies and surveys by the Broadcast Measurement Bureau of radio audiences and the National Opinion Research Center on public attitudes toward radio in the 1940s.
Includes correspondence, reports, clippings, speeches of president William G. Harley, files of the Office of Research and Development and of National Educational Radio (a division of the NAEB), a newsletter and a small publication file. The largest part of the collection is a subject file which documents the NAEB's board of directors, committees, conventions, conferences, seminars and workshops. Includes photographs relating to two radio programs, World Neighbors and Report From Europe, and tape recordings.
Papers of a news producer and executive with CBS, 1947-1967, and other stations. Radio related information includes CBS files containing correspondence and office memoranda to and from Fred W. Friendly, Richard S. Salant and others, news scripts, program ideas and clippings and news releases about Westin, programs he produced and CBS in general. Two scrapbooks pertain to radio programs on which he worked as a field reporter: The People Act and Nation's Nightmare of which there are 20 recorded episodes.
Papers of an award-winning news broadcaster with WRC/WRC-TV in Washington, DC consisting chiefly of scripts of human interest stories broadcast on Emphasis, Monitor and other NBC network radio news programs and television editorials on local, national, and international news events.
Papers of a music professor at the University of Wisconsin and pioneer in radio education. Contains correspondence, articles and addresses, books, reminiscences and biographical material. Includes papers relating to Journey in Music Land, a program Gordon developed and directed for WHA, 1931-1955.
Papers of a man who began his career with WHA in 1929 and was appointed the station's program director in 1931. McCarty originated the Wisconsin School of the Air program. For 36 years he was director of the Wisconsin State Broadcasting System and executive director of the Wisconsin Radio and Televisino Council. Papers include correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, budget material, scripts, listener letters, newsletters, organizational material for WHA-TV, State Radio Council meetings, minutes and reports, National Association for Educational Broadcasters newsletters and reports, program schedules for various educational stations and personnel files. Note: Additional collections include material relating to WHA.
Fragmentary papers of radio and television news broadcaster Gunnar Back, including biographical clippings, scripts and other writings, publicity, photographs, sound and video recordings and correspondence. Because of the fragmentary nature of the papers, the value of the collection lies primarily in the events Back covered rather than its biographical information. Includes news and entertainment scripts Back wrote for KFAB/KFOR, Lincoln, NE, WJSV, Washington, DC and for Whatever Happened To, broadcast on WTOP. Also includes recorded transcripts of Crossfire, the ABC news interview program, transcripts of Congress Today, America's Town Meeting of the Air and Americans At Work and recordings of The Lonesome Road, a radio documentary about alcoholism as well as raw tape interviews apparently used in editing the broadcast. Also includes transcripts for a Lonesome Road program dealing with venereal disease. Photographs are primarily snapshots of Back broadcasting; most are unidentified, but there are snapshots of him with some people prominent in politics and entertainment and also of Back at WJNO, FL. Also includes material related to the Officers Conference, an interview program about world affairs that was aired by the military broadcast network (AFRS?) in the 1950s.
Papers of an RCA engineer consisting of a 1921 catalog of Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co. equipment, a booklet issued on the first anniversary of KDKA, a lecture service pamphlet on radio by S. M. Kintner, a Westinghouse engineer and several speeches by Westinghouse executives and engineers, including one by H.P. Davis, "the father of radio broadcasting."
Papers and audio recordings of a director of the American Medical Association's Bureau of Health Education. Consists primarily of radio and television scripts and recordings. The scripts, which were produced under Dr. Bauer's supervision, relate to programs broadcast over the NBC, ABC and CBS networks as well as to numerous programs prepared for local stations. Among the titles represented are NBC's Doctors at War, Doctors at Work, and To America's Schools-Your Health, ABC's Medical Horizons and CBS's Stephen Graham, Family Doctor. There are also scripts, 1931, written for WRJN, Racine, WI and scripts written by Mrs. Bauer for the Wisconsin State Medical Society and produced on WHA.
Papers of a writer, newspaperman and Washington news commentator for NBC and ABC. Contains scripts, journals, speeches and recordings. Scripts and discs relate almost exclusively to Baukhage's regularly scheduled ABC program Baukhage Talking. Among the news events covered in the scripts are World War II, the 1944 political conventions, President Roosevelt's death, Truman's inauguration, the Nuremberg trials, the Cold War and the Berlin crisis.
Sound recording of an interview conducted in April, 1980 by Dale Treleven of the Historical Society with Isabel Baumann, a Dane County, WI farm organization activist. Includes a discussion of Baumann's work with the series, We Say What We Think Club.