National Broadcasting Company Records, 1921-1976

Summary Information

Title: National Broadcasting Company Records
Inclusive Dates: 1921-1976

  • National Broadcasting Company
Call Number: U.S. Mss 17AF; Disc 45A; Micro 10; Micro 757; Micro 764; Micro 779; Micro 960

Quantity: 419.4 cubic feet (282 boxes, 315 cartons, and 7 oversize boxes), 3197 disc recordings, and 72 reels of microfilm (35 mm)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

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.


There is a use restriction on the entire collection; see the Administrative/Restriction Information portion of this finding aid for details.

The online edition of the NBC Records Register was originally published in 15 parts, which have now been consolidated into one online register.

Language: English

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