Guide to the Radio/Television/Film Department Academic and Course Files

Collection Title: Radio/Television/Film Department Academic and Course Files
Dates: 1946-1980
Identification: 20/31
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Radio, Television, and Film
Extent: 5 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Academic and Course Files of the Radio/Television/Film Department are arranged in 4 subseries: graduate program materials; course materials; student papers; and grade sheets. They include reading lists; copies of M.A. comprehensive and Ph.D. final examinations; correspondence with and concerning graduate students; reading lists; handouts; quizzes and examinations; and script excerpts used for classroom discussions or class projects.
Acquisition Information: Most of these records were separated from the Radio/Television/Film Department Departmental Administrative Records (Record Series 20/30), received from Professor Martin Maloney of the Department in November, 1977 (Accession #77-27). Two folders of student papers were added from Accession #79-125, transferred to the Archives by Cynthia Gottschalk of the Department on July 17, 1979. Two folders of course handouts and student papers were transferred from the Archives' general reference files.
Processing Information: James G. Carson, May 15, 1985.
Separated Materials: None.
Conditions Governing Access: This series may be used only with the 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 five boxes and is arranged in 4 subseries: graduate program materials; course materials; student papers; and grade sheets.

The graduate program materials occupy about two-thirds of a box and span the period 1948-66, with the bulk of the materials dated prior to 1955. They include reading lists, copies of M.A. comprehensive and Ph.D. final examinations, and correspondence with and concerning graduate students.

Course materials fill about one and one-third boxes and span the period 1946-80. They include reading lists, handouts, quizzes and examinations, and script excerpts used for classroom discussions or class projects. The great majority of materials are from one course, Radio/Television C83 A & B (Advanced Radio Production) and date from the late 1940's and early 1950's.

Student papers occupy about two and one-half boxes and span the period 1947-70. Most date from the late 1940's and early 1950's. At the end of this subseries is a bound volume of papers by student recipients of the Pierre Andre Memorial Scholarship during the 1963-64 academic year.

Grade sheets fill half a box and span the period 1948-66. One or two sheets exist for each course, listing names of students, grades received on individual assignments during the course, and the final course grade. The sheets also include occasional instructor comments.

Arrangement of Materials

The graduate program materials are arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Course materials are mostly arranged numerically by course number and alphabetically by type of material thereunder. At the end of this subseries are two folders of script excerpts which cannot be identified with a particular course; these materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Student papers are arranged alphabetically by the author's surname.

Grade sheets are arranged in chronological order by calendar year.

Subjects

Corporate Name

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

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

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Radio Department

Subjects

Broadcasting--Study and teaching--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Graduate Program Materials
    • Graduate Reading Lists, 1953-57Box 1, Folder 1
    • Graduate Reading List - Revised, 1960Box 1, Folder 2
    • Graduate Reading List - Revised, 1964Box 1, Folder 3
    • Graduate Work - Correspondence, 1948-52Box 1, Folder 4
    • M.A. Comprehensive Examinations, ca. 1946-58Box 1, Folder 5
    • M.A. Comprehensive Examinations, Summer, 1953Box 1, Folder 6
    • M.A. Comprehensive Examinations, 1959-65Box 1, Folder 7
    • New Courses & Reading Lists, ca. 1966Box 1, Folder 8
    • Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations, n.d.Box 1, Folder 9
    • Supplementary Readings & Bibliographies, 1949-52Box 1, Folder 10
  • Course Materials
    • B80a, ca. 1948Box 1, Folder 11
    • B80, ca. 1979Box 1, Folder 12
    • C18 0-1-2 - Indemnity & Rights Agreement, n.d.Box 1, Folder 13
    • C74, 1979Box 1, Folder 14
    • CR3a - Exercises, n.d.Box 1, Folder 15
    • C83a - Fred Waring Production Assignment, 1951-52Box 1, Folder 16
    • C83a - Handouts & Assignments, n.d.Box 1, Folder 17
    • C83a - Henry Toddle Series, 1946Box 2, Folder 1
    • C83a - Reading List, n.d.Box 2, Folder 2
    • C83a - Representative Music Cues, n.d.Box 2, Folder 3
    • C83a - Script Cuttings (1), ca. 1948Box 2, Folder 4
    • C83a - Script Cuttings (2), ca. 1948Box 2, Folder 5
    • C83a - Script Excerpts, n.d.Box 2, Folder 6
    • C83a - Supplementary Readings, 1947-49Box 2, Folder 7
    • C83a - Tests & Quizzes, 1947-51, n.d.Box 2, Folder 8
    • C83a - Tilson-Gretsch Music Aptitude Test, 1948Box 2, Folder 9
    • C90, 1980Box 2, Folder 10
    • C174 (Television in Education), 1954Box 2, Folder 11
    • TV Production Techniques (Course Plan - R. Banner), n.d.Box 2, Folder 12
    • Script Excerpts, A-R, n.d.Box 2, Folder 13
    • Script Excerpts, S-Z, n.d.Box 2, Folder 14
    • Course Materials - Unidentified, n.d.Box 2, Folder 15
  • Student Papers, 1947-1970, n.d.
      Conditions governing access:  Restricted.
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 1
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 2
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 3
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 4
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 5
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 6
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 7
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 8
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 9
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 10
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 11
    • A-KBox 3, Folder 12
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 1
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 2
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 3
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 4
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 5
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 6
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 7
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 8
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 9
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 10
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 11
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 12
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 13
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 14
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 15
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 16
    • K-WBox 4, Folder 17
    • WBox 5, Folder 1
    • WBox 5, Folder 2
    • WBox 5, Folder 3
    • Pierre Andre Scholarship Papers, 1963-64Box 5, Folder 4
  • Grade Sheets
    • Radio/Television/Film Department Grade Sheets
      • Grade Sheets, 1948Box 5, Folder 5
      • Grade Sheets, 1949Box 5, Folder 6
      • Grade Sheets, 1950Box 5, Folder 7
      • Grade Sheets, 1951Box 5, Folder 8
      • Grade Sheets, 1952Box 5, Folder 9
      • Grade Sheets, 1953Box 5, Folder 10
      • Grade Sheets, 1954Box 5, Folder 11
      • Grade Sheets, 1955Box 5, Folder 12
      • Grade Sheets, 1956Box 5, Folder 13
      • Grade Sheets, 1957Box 5, Folder 14
      • Grade Sheets, 1958Box 5, Folder 15
      • Grade Sheets, 1959Box 5, Folder 16
      • Grade Sheets, 1960Box 5, Folder 17
      • Grade Sheets, 1961Box 5, Folder 18
      • Grade Sheets, 1962Box 5, Folder 19
      • Grade Sheets, 1963Box 5, Folder 20
      • Grade Sheets, 1964Box 5, Folder 21
      • Grade Sheets, 1965Box 5, Folder 22
      • Grade Sheets, 1966Box 5, Folder 23
    • Evening Division Grade Sheets
      • Evening Division, 1950-55Box 5, Folder 24
      • Evening Division, 1955-59Box 5, Folder 25