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Radio/Television/Film Department Departmental Administrative Records

 Collection
Identifier: 20/30
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.

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

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. 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.

Dates

  • 1939-1968

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

12.00 Boxes

Abstract

The departmental administrative records of Northwestern University's Department of Radio/Television/Film fill twelve boxes and are 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 (NDEA) 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 Northwestern University's 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.

Arrangement

The records are grouped into four major series: general files (arranged alphabetically by subject); financial records (arranged chronologically); records relating to the Summer Radio and Television Institute (arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by type of material); and records relating to the summer National Defense Education Act Media Specialist Institutes (also arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically by type of material).

Method of Acquisition

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.

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.

Processing Information

James G. Carson, May 7, 1985.
Title
Guide to the Radio/Television/Film Department Departmental Administrative Records
Author
James G. Carson
Date
07/05/1985
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635