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

Summary Information

Title: Carnegie Commission on the Future of Public Broadcasting Records
Inclusive Dates: 1969-1980

  • Carnegie Commission on the Future of Public Broadcasting
Call Number: Mss 787

Quantity: 10.6 c.f. (27 archives boxes)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

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; photographs; and clippings. Research carried out by staff included case studies of programs such as The Adams Chronicles, All Things Considered, and Nova; funding sources; 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.

Language: English

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