Guide to the Radio/Television/Film Department Radio Guild Scripts

Collection Title: Radio/Television/Film Department Radio Guild Scripts
Dates: 1946-1948
Identification: 20/34
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Radio, Television, and Film
Extent: 2 Volumes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: About The Radio Guild:
The Radio Guild was begun in 1946 to provide an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in radio production. Guild productions were adaptations of literary classics and were broadcast over Chicago station WBBM.

About The Collection:
This series consists of two bound volumes, one each for the academic years 1946-47 and 1947-48, containing mimeographed or spirit-duplicated copies of Radio Guild scripts. See also: Marked production copies of scripts and production reports for most Radio Guild broadcasts in Record Series 20/32.
Acquisition Information: These volumes were transferred to the University Archives by Professor Martin Maloney of the School of Speech on March 21, 1979 (Accession #79-44).
Processing Information: James G. Carson, May 8, 1985.
Separated Materials: None.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: See also: Marked production copies of scripts and production reports for most Radio Guild broadcasts in Record Series 20/32.
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 consists of two bound volumes, one each for the academic years 1946-47 and 1947-48, containing mimeographed or spirit-duplicated copies of Radio Guild scripts.

Arrangement of Materials

Scripts are bound chronologically by broadcast date.

Subjects

Corporate Name

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

Subjects

Radio scripts