Carnegie Commission on the Future of Public Broadcasting records, 1969-1980

Carnegie Commission on the Future of Public Broadcasting

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Sound Recordings; Videos, Slides, Films
  • Physical Details
    • 10.6 c.f. (27 archives boxes); plus
    • additions of 200 tape recordings
    • 448 photographs
    • 445 negatives, and
    • 4 videorecordings
  • OCLC ocn173711444, ocn173699494
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • Records, mainly 1977-1979, of a Carnegie Corporation-sponsored study of public broadcasting that made recommendations for improvement in a published report "A Public Trust." Included are research reports and related background materials of staff and consultants; correspondence of staff, Chairman William McGill, and Executive Director Sheila Mahony; testimony (by Joan Ganz Cooney, Fred Friendly, John Gardner, Walter Heller, Frank Mankiewicz, and others), and agendas for hearings and special meetings; work plans; press material; and clippings.
  • Research carried out by staff included case studies of programs such as "The Adams Chronicles," "All Things Considered," and "Nova"; fundingsources; innovations in technological dissemination; and public participation and visits to Minnesota Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation. Also included is correspondence and other material pertaining to the Freedom of Information suit brought by the commission to discover the politicization of programming during the Nixon Administration.
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below.


  • The videorecordings in this collection also are being cataloged individually.
  • Presented by the Carnegie Corporation, New York, N.Y., 1980.
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