National Broadcasting Company records, 1921-2000 (bulk 1930s-1960s)

National Broadcasting Company


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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Sound Recordings
  • Publication
  • Physical Details
    • 419.4 c.f. (282 boxes, 315 cartons and 7 oversize boxes)
    • 3197 disc recordings, and
    • 72 reels of microfilm (35 mm); plus
    • additions of 5.2 c.f
    • 162 tape recordings
    • disc recordings
    • 695 photographs, and
    • 14 negatives
  • OCLC ocn173705045, ocn173692725
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • COPYRIGHT RESTRICTION PAPERS: Paper records may be photocopied for private study only; copying for publication or distribution and/or the publication of material from the NBC records requires the written permission of NBC.
  • COPYRIGHT RESTRICTION RECORDINGS: Any copying of NBC audio materials requires the written permission of NBC.


  • Records of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), the nation's oldest broadcasting network, founded in 1926 as a radio programming service which went on to both radio and television broadcasting. Although incomplete at the highest levels, the collection offers representative coverage of operations in advertising, public relations, research, sales, and news and public affairs broadcasting from the 1930s through the 1950s. Included are correspondence, memoranda, reports, logs, scripts, promotional material and publications, scenic designs, photographs, a few production files, and a library of scripts and recordings; legal and financial records are scarce.
  • The processed portion is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below.


  • Some of the original disc recordings now are also available on tape.
  • Presented by the National Broadcasting Company, New York, N.Y., 1958-1974.
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