Northwestern University Audio Cassette Collection
Scope and Contents
The Northwestern University Audio Cassette Collection consists of 53 boxes of audio recordings dating from 1914-2008, by various creators and relating to various aspects of Northwestern University life and faculty and alumni careers. Collection has been arranged into 31 series based on provenance.
Series 1, General, spans the years 1914 to 2003 and includes tapes from miscellaneous creators and events, including Northwestern University meetings, academic courses, oral history interviews, speeches, lectures, music and performances.
Series 2, Graduate School of Management, spans the years 1965 to 2000 and includes tapes from Northwestern University's Graduate School of Management (in 1979 the school was renamed the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, which was shortened to the Kellogg School of Management in 2001). Recordings includes recruiting, interviews, events, audio for slide shows, commencement, admissions, radio and music.
Series 3, Communication in the Media Culture Lectures, spans the years 1984 to 1985, and includes lectures by various faculty of Northwestern University's School of Communication on "Communication in the Media Culture."
Series 4, Dennis Brutus, spans the years 1970-1978 and includes tapes pertaining to Northwestern University professor of literature and African studies, poet, anti-segregation activist, and South African expatriate Dennis Brutus's work.
Series 5, University Relations, spans the years 1972 to 1996 and includes tapes from University Relations lectures, interviews, events, orientations, admissions, speeches, and "The Reviewing Stand" debate series.
Series 6, Northwestern School of Communication, Department of Radio/Television/Film: Mass Media B01, includes lectures by various speakers at a 1984-1985 Mass Media class.
Series 7, Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research (CUAPR), spans the years 1973 to 1998 and includes recordings of the Center's seminars, workshops, lectures, interviews, and conference events, many to do with children and parenting along with other social issues. The Center was founded at Northwestern University in 1969 by Professor Raymond W. Mack.
Series 8, Industrial Engineering Managerial Sciences, includes tapes of seminars by various speakers held in 1972 by Northwestern University's Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences (established in 1958).
Series 9, Alumni Relations: Viewbook Interviews includes tapes from 1964 interviews with various alumni to be used for Northwestern University's viewbook (a promotional booklet to recruit students).
Series 10, School of Speech: Records of the Office of Public Affairs, spans the years 1978 to 1993 and includes lectures, presentations, interviews, debates, and speeches, pertaining to Northwestern University's School of Speech's Office of Public Affairs.
Series 11, School of Speech: Department of Interpretation Dissertation The Writer as Performer: A Contemporary Study, spans the years 1981 to 1982, and consists of interviews used for the dissertation completed by Northwestern University student Katharyn Machan Aal for the Doctor of Philosophy, Field of Interpretation, in 1984. Aal's dissertation's final title was The Writer as Performer: A Study of Contemporary Poetry and Fiction Readings, Based in Ithaca, New York.
Series 12, [RESTRICTED] Medill Oral History Interviews by Alice Snyder, spans the years 1976 to 2004 and consists of recordings of oral histories conducted by Alice Walling Snyder, who received her master's in Speech Education from Northwestern University in 1966 and went on to work as a journalist and serve as the Editor of the Northwestern University Alumni News (1969-1973), and director of placement and alumni affairs at the Medill School of Journalism. She wrote a history of Medill titled Inventing Medill, published by Northwestern University in 1996. Alice Walling Snyder passed away in 2013. Series is restricted for interviewee privacy.
Series 13, Northwestern University Department of Religion: Shaffer and Mars Lectures, consists of recordings of 1993 lectures by various speakers hosted by Northwestern University's Department of Religion, relating to Christian progressivism.
Series 14, Management in Health, includes recordings of talks given over the span of two days, 1981 April 30 and May 1, relating to health management and honoring the legacy of Malcolm Thomas MacEachern (1881-1956) who founded and directed the Program in Hospital Administration at Northwestern University (1943) and taught at the Northwestern University Medical School (1943-1948).
Series 15, Leon Forrest, consists of 9 undated recordings pertaining to the work of Leon Richard Forrest (1937-1997), former chairman of Northwestern University's African American Studies department (1985-1994) and professor of English.
Series 16, James C. Worthy, consists of recordings dating from 1975 to 1992, pertaining to the work of James C. Worthy (1910-1998), businessman and alumni of Northwestern University's College of Liberal Arts (1929) and School of Commerce (1933).
Series 17, Walter Carringer, consists of recordings dating from 1959 to 1976, pertaining to the work of vocalist and Northwestern University music professor Walter Carringer (1924-2006).
Series 18, John W. Horton, consists of recordings dating from 1972 to 1980 and pertains to Horton's work as former Northwestern University Manager of Communication Services for University Relations, including Northwestern events, performances, panels, speeches, interviews, and promotion.
Series 19, Law School Records, consists of recordings dating from 1981 to 1996, pertaining to Northwestern University's School of Law, including from events and conferences (e.g. Corporate Counsel Institutes, memorial for professor Harry Reese), faculty lecture series Principles of Law, and the School's Visiting Committee.
Series 20, Francis L.K. Hsu Lectures, consists of records dating from 1971-1966, pertaining to the work of former Northwestern University Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Francis Lang Kwang Hsu (1909-1999).
Series 21, Records of the Office of Development, consists of recordings dating from 1988 to 1994, and includes Office of Development events, interviews, and lectures.
Series 22, Medill School of Journalism, consists of recordings dating from 1976 to 1998, and includes Northwestern University School of Journalism interviews, lectures, faculty radio appearances, and faculty meetings.
Series 23, Alvina Krause, includes recordings from 1972 pertaining to the work of Alvina Eloise Krause (1893-1981), alumna and former professor of the School of Speech who developed the school's acting program.
Series 24, Frank Galati, consists of recordings dating from 1988 to 1992, pertaining to the work of Frank Joseph Galati, Jr. (1943- ), Northwestern University alumnus (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Speech) and former professor who directed theatrical productions and was a stage actor himself.
Series 25, Frank Cassell, consists of recordings dating from 1982 to 1997, pertaining to the work of Frank H. Cassell, former business professor at Northwestern University's Graduate School of Management who specialized in labor issues.
Series 26, Abe Peck Interviews, consists of recordings of interviews with various individuals dating from 1976 to 2007, conducted by Abe Peck (1945- ), former professor, Director of Business to Business Communications, and Senior Director of Media Management Center at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Series 27, Leigh Bienen, consists of recordings dating from 1987 to 2003, pertaining to the work of Leigh Buchanan Bienen, senior lecturer at the Northwestern School of Law and wife of former Northwestern University President Henry S. Bienen.
Series 28, Records of Niteskool, consists of recordings dating from 1988 to 1999, pertaining to Northwestern University student music video production group Niteskool (formed in 1983).
Series 29, Institute for Policy Research, consists of recordings dating from 1989 to 2008, pertaining to Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research (IPR), founded in 1968, and includes interviews, discussions, seminars, lectures, colloquium presentations, and policy briefings.
Series 30, Records of the Athletics Department, consists of recordings dating from 1999 to 2004, pertaining to Northwestern University's Athletics Department and includes interviews with coaching staff (including many with former football head coach Randy Walker) and players pre- and post-games.
Series 31, Donald H. Haider, includes recordings from 1987 relating to Donald H. Haider (circa 1944- ), professor at the Kellogg School of Management since 1973, and his 1987 campaign as the Republican nominee for mayor of Chicago.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research, with the exception of series Medill Oral History Interviews by Alice Snyder, 1976-2004, which has been restricted to protect participant privacy. This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at email@example.com or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection. These recordings may require preservation review and/or digitization prior to access.
22.8 Linear Feet (53 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Northwestern University Audio Cassette Collection consists of 53 boxes of audio recordings dating from 1914-2008, by various creators and relating to various aspects of Northwestern University life and faculty and alumni careers.
The Northwestern University Audio Cassette Collection (Series No. 76/2) is an artificial collection, meaning it was compiled by archival staff from multiple sources based on format, as opposed to all pertaining to one creator. The audio cassettes are physically arranged within boxes in numerical order by their unique identifiers, which were sequentially numbered by archival staff as materials were acquired over time. The collection has been intellectually arranged into 31 series based on the provenance of groupings of audio cassettes (informed by original accession numbers).
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Access to audio cassettes may be impacted by their condition and staff's capacity to assess and digitize materials and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Please request in advance.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These audio cassettes were acquired separately over several decades, from various sources.
On June 3, 2022, former series Midwest Archives Conference, 1973-1974, 1996 and undated was separated and sent to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives Department, which holds the Midwest Archives Conference Records, 1972-2020 (UWM Manuscript Collection 194, finding aid URL: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-mil-uwmmss0194). This included audio cassette IDs AC1272-AC1280, AC1288, and AC1048-1057. The audio cassettes were removed from boxes 29 and 34.
- 20 audio cassettes pertaining to the Midwest Archives Conference (1973-1974, 1996 and undated) were removed from the Audio Cassettes Collection. [Item list: 1. Sound Processing, Fall 1974 2. Sound Session, pt. 2, Fall 1974 3. AV Materials Processing and Finding Aids, Fall 1974 4. Index to 1950s Rosenburg Slide Tape Show Tape, undated 5. Cassette Demo Copy of Time Track - HV Kaltenborn News, Fall 1974 6. Index Tape (Duplicate); HV Kaltenborn News Broadcast with TimeTrack, Fall 1974 7. 50s Side 1 (Duplicate) MacArthur, Rosenburg; Side 2 Brown, Morgan, Worgad, Anniversary Ann, Stevenson, undated 8. Session on Genealogy and Family History, Fall 1974 9. Session on Genealogy and Family History, Fall 1974 10. Michael Feldman's Whadya'know, 1996 October 12 11. Panel: Recent Trends in the Archival Profession, 1973 September 7 12. Panel: Recent Trends in the Archival Profession, 1973 September 7 13. Discussions, 1973 September 7 14. Discussions, 1973 September 7 15. Discussions, 1973 September 7 16. Discussions, 1973 September 7 17. Discussions, 1973 September 7 18. Discussions, 1973 September 7 19. Discussions, 1973 September 7 20. Discussions, 1973 September 7]
- Guide to the Northwestern University Audio Cassette Collection
- Natalia Gutiérrez-Jones
- 2022 May
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