Papers, 1935-1967

Daly, John Charles, 1914-1991

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Sound Recordings; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Videos, Slides, Films
  • Physical Details
    • 14.4 c.f. (35 archives boxes and 1 flat box)
    • 3 disc recordings
    • 53 photographs (2 folders), and
    • 9 films
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  • Restricted: Individuals or corporate bodies other than the Wisconsin Historical Society may hold the copyright for a portion of this collection. Permission from the appropriate copyright holder(s) may be required before reproducing items from this collection.


  • Papers of an award-winning broadcaster, news executive, and quiz show personality. Arranged by year into subject files, the collection is best for the years 1956-1967 and includes a wide variety of materials pertaining to his association with ABC as newsman and vice-president of news, special events, and public affairs, 1953-1967.
  • Fragmentary, early material includes a scrapbook on events covered by Daly as White House correspondent for WJSV, Washington, D.C., 1938-1939; correspondence; and scripts for CBS Is There (later known as You Are There), The Front Page (CBS), his coverage of the Italian theater during World War II, and The Sangamon, an Edgar Lee Masters radio play.
  • There are no scripts dating from the later period covered, but there are office memos, fan mail, and publicity for What's My Line? (CBS), John Daly and the News (ABC), and Voice of Firestone (NBC). Extensive files pertain to ABC news administration and operations, outside speaking engagements, involvement with professional groups such as the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters, and coverage of political conventions. The films and discs in the collection are spots made for the Water Pollution Advisory Board, narrated by Daly.
  • The photographs in PH 3571 include images of Daly with colleagues and engaged in professional activities during the Cleveland air races, the Wendell Willkie presidential campaign of 1940, Marine maneuvers at Quantico, Franklin D. Roosevelt conferences, political affairs, and a cotton carnival. Photographs in PH 3572 also document the Willkie Republican Party presidential campaign, October 1940. Included are images of Willkie speaking from platforms to crowds and from the back of railroad cars. Also included are images of Native Americans in the audience.
  • Motion picture film in AE 671 contains television promos for What's My Line from 1953 & 1954. Reels were removed from press kits in folders 1 & 8 from Box #8.


  • Presented by John Charles Daly, New York, N.Y., 1964-1967.
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