Harry Ray Bannister Papers, 1936-1967

Summary Information

Title: Harry Ray Bannister Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1936-1967

  • Bannister, Harry Ray, 1894-1967
Call Number: U.S. Mss 86AF; Tape 432A; Disc 71A

Quantity: 5.6 c.f. (14 archives boxes), 8 tape recordings, and 13 disc recordings

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of an NBC executive who served as vice-president for station relations, 1952-1961. Although his twenty-year tenure as station manager at WWJ/WWJ-TV, Detroit, Michigan, is given only light coverage, there are notable files on his years with the network. Included are correspondence, clippings, reports, speeches and writings, recordings, and biographical information. Among the prominent correspondents are Martin Agronsky, Leonard Bernstein, Martin Codel, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald R. Ford, J. Edgar Hoover, Lyndon B. Johnson, Allan Nevins, George W. Romney, and Robert A. Taft. There are also routine correspondence and memoranda exchanged with various NBC executives such as David C. Adams, Robert Kintner, David and Robert W. Sarnoff, Sylvester L. Weaver, Jr., and Frank White on matters concerned with affiliate policy and relations, programming, and the development of television broadcasting. Speeches and writings include correspondence, reviews, publicity, and background information about his autobiography; free lance articles; and drafts and typed copies of speeches presented to several professional organizations and to two congressional committees.

Language: English

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