Guide to the Radio/Television/Film Department Departmental Administrative Records

Collection Title: Radio/Television/Film Department Departmental Administrative Records
Dates: 1939-1968
Identification: 20/30
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Radio, Television, and Film
Extent: 12 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: This series fills twelve boxes and is arranged in four major subseries: general files; financial records; records relating to the Summer Radio and Television Institute (1942-1958); and records relating to the summer National Defense Education Act Media Specialist Institutes (1965 and 1967).
The general files occupy two boxes and span the period 1939-1968. They include correspondence and other materials related to a variety of topics including the establishment of radio station WNUR; the operation of the Department's film lending library; and the taping and distribution of the radio series “Lessons in Learning,” narrated by Dean Lindley J. Stiles of the School of Education.
The financial records occupy one box and consist of five account books documenting transactions in the department's accounts over the period 1952-67, arranged in chronological order.
The records of the Summer Radio and Television Institutes (1942-1958) fill four boxes and include correspondence, completed application forms, schedules, lecture outlines and class handouts, and financial records.
Records of the 1965 and 1967 NDEA Media Specialist Institutes occupy five boxes and include correspondence of the Institute director, Charles L. Hunter, and his assistants; letters of inquiry; completed applications; and handouts and information sheets.
Acquisition Information: The bulk of this series was transferred to the University Archives in November, 1977, by Professor Martin Maloney of the Department of Radio, Television, and Film (Accession #77-27). Smaller accretions were received from Professor John Gartley of the Department on October 9 and November 26, 1979 (Accession #s 79-191 and 7Q-228); from Cynthia Gottschalk, on behalf of the Department, on July 17, 1979 (Accession #79-125); and from the Department prior to July 1, 1974 (Accession #74-52). One folder of correspondence was transferred from the Archives' general reference files.
Processing Information: James G. Carson, May 7, 1985.
Separated Materials: Approximately four linear feet of blank forms and duplicates were discarded. Ten photographs of the 1954 Summer Radio and Television Institute were separated to the Archives' photograph collection. Five boxes of academic and course materials were separated to form Record Series 20/31: eleven boxes of radio and television scripts were separated to form part of Record Series 20/32.
Conditions Governing Access: Financial records and records of the Summer Radio and Television Institutes and the NDEA Media Specialist Institutes may be used only with permission of the University Archivist.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Instruction in radio was begun at Northwestern during the 1931-32 academic year, when a course entitled “Radio Advertising Copy” was offered by the School of Journalism. The School of Speech entered the field of radio in the fall of 1935 with courses in radio acting and writing taught by Albert Crews, who received his M.A. from the School of Speech in 1937 and chaired its Department of Radio until 1943.

The Department began offering graduate degree programs in 1946, and added instruction in television in 1949, when its name was changed to the Department of Radio and Television. The first television courses were taught by Donley F. Fedderson. In 1956, instruction in film was added to the curriculum, under the direction of Jack C. Ellis; the Department's name was changed to the Department of Radio, Television, and Film in 1957.

Throughout most of its history, the Department's academic programs have been supplemented by practical experience in radio at the University radio station, WNUR-FM, which went on the air on May 8, 1950. Other Departmental activities include the Radio Playshop (1939-53), a workshop specializing in the production and broadcast of student-written scripts: the Radio Guild (1946-48), devoted to adaptations of literary classics; and a series of public service programs beginning in 1947, produced for various social service agencies and other non-profit groups in the Evanston/Chicago area.

As of the fall of 1983, the Department was organized in two divisions, Radio/Television and Film; offered degree programs at the bachelor's, masters', and doctoral levels; and listed approximately fifty courses and sixteen full- and part-time faculty members.

Scope and Content

This series fills twelve boxes and is arranged in four major subseries: general files; financial records; records relating to the Summer Radio and Television Institute (1942-1958); and records relating to the summer National Defense Education Act Media Specialist Institutes (1965 and 1967).

The general files occupy two boxes and span the period 1939-1968. They include correspondence and other materials related to a variety of topics including the establishment of radio station WNUR; the operation of the Department's film lending library; and the taping and distribution of the radio series “Lessons in Learning,” narrated by Dean Lindley J. Stiles of the School of Education. Also in the general files is a series of papers presented at a symposium entitled “Broadcasting and Public Opinion” sponsored by the Department in 1961.

Material in this subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject.

The financial records occupy one box and consist of five account books documenting transactions in the department's accounts over the period 1952-67, arranged in chronological order.

The records of the Summer Radio and Television Institutes (1942-1958) fill four boxes and include correspondence, completed application forms, schedules, lecture outlines and class handouts, and financial records. Materials in this subseries are arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically by type of material thereunder. Also included is one box of registration cards listing each participant's name, address, and course enrollment; this run of cards is complete for the years 1942-1950 and incomplete (O-Z only) for 1951.

Records of the 1965 and 1967 NDEA Media Specialist Institutes occupy five boxes and include correspondence of the Institute director, Charles L. Hunter, and his assistants; letters of inquiry; completed applications; and handouts and information sheets. These records also are arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically by type of material thereunder.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Radio, Television, and Film


Container List / Contents

  • General Files
    • Broadcast Schedules & Reports, 1947-49Box 1, Folder 1
    • Broadcasting and Public Opinion Symposium, 1961Box 1, Folder 2
    • Closed Circuit TV Studio -Correspondence and Plans, 1954-56Box 1, Folder 3
    • Commercial Operator Exams, n.d.Box 1, Folder 4
    • Correspondence, 1939-55Box 1, Folder 5
    • Distribution Materials, n.d.Box 1, Folder 6
    • Equipment & Policy Manuals, 1949-58Box 1, Folder 7
    • FM Station Costs, 1948-51Box 1, Folder 8
    • FM Station Publicity, 1950-51Box 1, Folder 9
    • FCC Correspondence, 1949-53Box 1, Folder 10
    • Federal Radio Education Committee Reports, ca. 1952Box 1, Folder 11
    • Film Library Brochures & Forms, n.d.Box 1, Folder 12
    • Film Library Correspondence, 1964-66Box 1, Folder 13
    • Film Library Rental Reports, 1958-66Box 1, Folder 14
    • Film Library Requests & Correspondence, 1959-60Box 1, Folder 15
    • Film Library Requests & Correspondence, 1960-61Box 2, Folder 1
    • Film Library Requests & Correspondence, 1961-62Box 2, Folder 2
    • Hearing Survey Report, 1949Box 2, Folder 3
    • Intra-University Correspondence, 1964-67Box 2, Folder 4
    • Kresge 22 Lighting Plans, n.d.Box 2, Folder 5
    • Lessons in Learning - Advertising, 1967-68Box 2, Folder 6
    • Lessons in Learning - Big Ten Network, 1967-68Box 2, Folder 7
    • Lessons in Learning - Financial Records & Corresp, 1966-68Box 2, Folder 8
    • Lessons in Learning - General Correspondence, 1967-68Box 2, Folder 9
    • Lessons in Learning - Scripts & Outlines (1), 1967-68Box 2, Folder 10
    • Lessons in Learning - Scripts & Outlines (2), 1967-68Box 2, Folder 11
    • Lessons in Learning - Station Inquiries & Corresp, 1967-68Box 2, Folder 12
    • Lessons in Learning - Station Questionnaires, 1968Box 2, Folder 13
    • Lessons in Learning - Weekly Schedules, 1967-68Box 2, Folder 14
    • National Center for School and College Television, 1967Box 2, Folder 15
    • Record Library, 1949, 1954Box 2, Folder 16
    • Record Library Lists, 1948-52Box 2, Folder 17
    • Summer Interns, 1966-68Box 2, Folder 18
    • WNUR Correspondence & Regulations, 1956-58Box 2, Folder 19
  • Financial Records
      Conditions governing access:  Restricted.
    • Account Book, 1952-58Box 3, Folder 1
    • Account Book, 1958-60Box 3, Folder 2
    • Account Book, 1960-63Box 3, Folder 3
    • Account Book, 1963-65Box 3, Folder 4
    • Account Book, 1965-67Box 3, Folder 5
  • Summer Radio and Television Institutes
      Conditions governing access:  Restricted
    • Enrollment Lists, 1942-55Box 4, Folder 1
    • Inquiries, Mailing List, 1953-56Box 4, Folder 2
    • Mailing List Background, 1956-59Box 4, Folder 3
    • Radio Institute, 1942-43Box 4, Folder 4
    • Radio Institute, 1947-51Box 4, Folder 5
    • Applications (1), 1952Box 4, Folder 6
    • Applications (2), 1952Box 4, Folder 7
    • Cancelled Applications, 1952Box 4, Folder 8
    • Correspondence & Information Sheets, 1952Box 4, Folder 9
    • Intern Applications, 1952Box 4, Folder 10
    • Applications (1), 1953Box 4, Folder 11
    • Applications (2), 1953Box 4, Folder 12
    • Applications Rejected, Withdrawn, 1953Box 4, Folder 13
    • Budget, 1953Box 4, Folder 14
    • Bulletin Copy, 1953Box 4, Folder 15
    • Correspondence, 1953Box 4, Folder 16
    • Grades, 1953Box 4, Folder 17
    • Information Sheets & Schedules, 1953Box 4, Folder 18
    • Internship Applications, 1953Box 5, Folder 1
    • Scripts, Exercises, 1953Box 5, Folder 2
    • Applications Accepted, 1954Box 5, Folder 3
    • Applications Rejected, Withdrawn, 1954Box 5, Folder 4
    • Budget, 1954Box 5, Folder 5
    • Bulletin Copy, 1954Box 5, Folder 6
    • Correspondence, 1954Box 5, Folder 7
    • Forms, Schedules, 1954Box 5, Folder 8
    • Grades, 1954Box 5, Folder 9
    • Handouts, Forms, 1954Box 5, Folder 10
    • Internships, 1954Box 5, Folder 11
    • Lecture Outlines, 1954Box 5, Folder 12
    • Acceptances (1), 1955Box 5, Folder 13
    • Acceptances (2), 1955Box 5, Folder 14
    • Acceptances (3), 1955Box 5, Folder 15
    • Applications Rejected, Withdrawn, 1955Box 5, Folder 16
    • Bulletin Copy, 1955Box 5, Folder 17
    • Correspondence, Plans, 1955Box 6, Folder 1
    • Information Sheets, 1955Box 6, Folder 2
    • Schedules, Registration Materials, 1955Box 6, Folder 3
    • Symposium Series, 1955Box 6, Folder 4
    • Applications Accepted, 1956Box 6, Folder 5
    • Applications Rejected, Withdrawn, 1956Box 6, Folder 6
    • Budget, 1956Box 6, Folder 7
    • Plans, Schedules, 1956Box 6, Folder 8
    • Internship Applications, 1957Box 6, Folder 9
    • Color Symposium Correspondence, 1957Box 6, Folder 10
    • Color Symposium Report, 1957Box 6, Folder 11
    • Correspondence, 1957Box 6, Folder 12
    • Internship Inquiries, 1957Box 6, Folder 13
    • Bulletin Copy, Reading List, 1958Box 6, Folder 14
    • Correspondence, 1958Box 6, Folder 15
    • Registration Cards
      • Registration Cards, 1942-51Box 7
  • NDEA Media Specialist Institutes
      Conditions governing access:  Restricted
    • Alternates, A-K, 1965Box 8, Folder 1
    • Alternates, L-Z, 1965Box 8, Folder 2
    • Applications, A-D, 1965Box 8, Folder 3
    • Applications, E-I, 1965Box 8, Folder 4
    • Applications, J-M, 1965Box 8, Folder 5
    • Applications, N-S, 1965Box 8, Folder 6
    • Applications, T-Z, 1965Box 8, Folder 7
    • Applications Accepted, A-G, 1965Box 9, Folder 1
    • Applications Accepted, H-M, 1965Box 9, Folder 2
    • Applications Accepted, N-Z, 1965Box 9, Folder 3
    • Clippings, 1965Box 9, Folder 4
    • Correspondence, 1965Box 9, Folder 5
    • Correspondence (Charles Hunter, Director), 1965Box 9, Folder 6
    • Correspondence (Robert Pirsein, Administrative Asst), 1965Box 9, Folder 7
    • Credit Forms, 1965Box 9, Folder 8
    • Handouts, Reading Lists, 1965Box 9, Folder 9
    • Information Sheets, 1965Box 9, Folder 10
    • Inquiries, 3/8-3/12/65Box 9, Folder 11
    • Inquiries, 3/15-3/19/65Box 9, Folder 12
    • Inquiries, 3/22-3/26/65Box 9, Folder 13
    • Inquiries, 3/29-4/2/65Box 10, Folder 1
    • Inquiries, 4/5-4/9/65Box 10, Folder 2
    • Inquiries, 4/12-5/10/65Box 10, Folder 3
    • Instructions and Procedures, 1965Box 10, Folder 4
    • Participants by State, 1965Box 10, Folder 5
    • Unaccompanied Recommendations, 1965Box 10, Folder 6
    • Acceptances - Correspondence and Forms, 1967Box 10, Folder 7
    • Alternate Applications (Elementary, Junior High), 1965Box 10, Folder 8
    • Alternate Applications (High School, A-L), 1967Box 10, Folder 9
    • Applications Accepted (Elementary, Junior High), 1967Box 10, Folder 10
    • Applications Accepted (High School), 1967Box 10, Folder 11
    • Applications Rejected (Elementary, Junior High - A-G, 1967Box 10, Folder 12
    • Applications Rejected (Elementary, Junior High - H-N), 1967Box 11, Folder 1
    • Applications Rejected (Elementary, Junior High - P-Z), 1967Box 11, Folder 2
    • Applications Rejected (High School, A-L), 1967Box 11, Folder 3
    • Applications Rejected (High School, M-Z), 1967Box 11, Folder 4
    • Correspondence (Alternates), 1967Box 11, Folder 5
    • Correspondence (Charles Hunter, Director), 1967Box 11, Folder 6
    • Correspondence (Jeanne Baxter, Assistant Director), 1967Box 11, Folder 7
    • Correspondence (Rex Walford), 1967Box 11, Folder 8
    • Final Report, 1967Box 11, Folder 9
    • Form Letters, 1967Box 11, Folder 10
    • Incomplete Applications, 1967Box 11, Folder 11
    • Inquiries (1), 1967Box 11, Folder 12
    • Inquiries (2), 1967Box 12, Folder 1
    • Inquiries (3), 1967Box 12, Folder 2
    • Inquiries (4), 1967Box 12, Folder 3
    • Inquiries (5), 1967Box 12, Folder 4
    • Proposals, Schedules, 1967Box 12, Folder 5
    • Refusals by Accepted Applicants, 1967Box 12, Folder 6
    • Rejections, Late Inquiries, 1967Box 12, Folder 7