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Richard C. Garofalo (1953- ) Papers

Identifier: 31/6/173

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Scope and Contents

The Richard Garofalo Papers fill three boxes and approximately 1.73 gigatbyes and span the period of 1970-1984 (bulk dates 1971-1974). The majority of the papers consist of materials from Garofalo’s time at Northwestern, both as a Cherub in the National High School Institute’s Speech Program in Radio-Television-Film (RTVF) and as a college student. The materials from the Cherub Program include his acceptance letter, correspondence, paperwork, a group photo, group work, and other assignments. Included in the materials from his time at Northwestern are class notes, assignments, and exams. Box 3 contains cardstock sheets with images and program titles used for several of Garofalo’s class assignments. Digitized files consist of a video recording of portions of the 1973 WAA-MU show, audio interviews with WGN staff by Garofalo, and two radio programs: The Reviewing Stand (reporting from Northwestern's Theatre and Interpretation Center’s Dedication Gala), and Frazier and Friends featuring Frazier Thomas. All digital files in this collection are digital surrogates (digitized content of unavailable or destroyed originals).


  • 1970-1984


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


3 Boxes

1.73 Gigabytes (5 optical discs; compact disc (CD), digital video disc (DVD))

Language of Materials



Richard Garofalo (1953- ) was a broadcast radio and television engineer with WGN Chicago for 40 years. His papers fill three boxes and approximately 1.73 gigabytes of digitized files, mostly reflecting his time at Northwestern from 1970-1974.


Materials are arranged in rough chronological order, with undated materials from Garofalo’s college years following dated college-related files. Materials from the 1980s appear at the end of the container list. The digital files of digitized content are arranged within the overall chronology of the collection. File names, originally generic titles, have been renamed to reflect the titles found on the CD discs.

Custodial History

Digital materials in this collection were transferred to extract the content without altering its data to the best of our abilities. Files had previously been digitized, but not by Northwestern University Libraries. Preservation files extracted from the discs by Northwestern University Libraries have undergone a checksum algorithm and have been transferred to preservation stroage for future data integrity and authenticity checking and repair according to the Libraries’ digital preservation policy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Richard Garofalo Papers were donated to the University Archives on January 31, 2017 as Accession #17-32, and on April 13, 2019 as accession #2019-77. Material from the University Archives Biographical Files was incorporated into this series as Box 2, Folder 16 and Box 2, Folder 17.

Digital files had previously been digitized and saved to optical discs, but not by Northwestern University Libraries. The original medium the files were digitized from is unknown. Data from the optical discs were transferred in March 2020 to create master copies for digital preservation storage.

Separated Materials

Two duplicate discs were discarded. Approximately 263 megabytes of video files were removed from the collection as they were of poor quality for playback and out of scope with the rest of the collection.

Processing Information

Charlotte Frank, May 2018, revised by Robin Steuteville, 2020, edited and finalized by Jill Waycie, 2021. Born-digital materials processed by Anshul Vyakarnam, 2020.

Guide to the Richard C. Garofalo (1953- ) Papers
Charlotte Frank, Robin Steuteville, Jill Waycie
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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