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.