WUOM records: 1914-1982 (bulk 1940s-1960s)
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Paper Records 1920s-1970s [subgrp]

At present, the paper records are divided between the administrative records of the station's first two administrators, and materials reflecting the broadcast activity of the station, such as radio scripts, correspondence, and other materials pertaining to program production. Because there was broadcast activity for more than twenty years prior to the establishment of WUOM, the records in a particular series, such as "Director's Files," are broken into "pre-WUOM" ©. 1920s-1947) or "WUOM" (1948 and beyond). In general, arrangement is topical, with records arranged chronologically within folders. The highlights of the paper records are as follows:

 
Director's Files [series]

Director's Files: Waldo Abbot (2.25 linear ft.). The records of Waldo Abbot, the university's first Director of Broadcasting, are a small but important source for tracing the development of radio broadcasting at the University of Michigan and the establishment of a non-commercial, educational radio station. Because Abbot was also well-known as a leader in the field of educational broadcasting, his papers offer insight into the development of the industry and the leadership role played by the University of Michigan Broadcasting Service.

 
Waldo Abbot (pre-WUOM) [subseries]
Box   1  
Station Log, WCBC February-March 1924 (1 volume)
Box   1  
Station Log 1913-1915 (8XA), 1924-1926 (WCBC) 1913-1926 (1 volume)
Box   1  
Radio Broadcasting Historical Material 1933-1949 (2 volumes)
Box   1  
Broadcast Schedules 1943-1944
Box   1  
Broadcast Summaries, October [1929]-April [1930] Undated
Box   1  
Budget Proposals 1946-1947
Box   1  
Correspondence 1924-1939 (scattered dates) (3 folders)
Box   1  
Essays on Radio Operation (Fred W. Albertson) 1920s
Box   1  
Frequency Modulation (FM) Educational License (application materials) 1944
Box   1  
FM Proposal (correspondence) 1943-1946
Box   1  
FM Proposal (reports and reference materials)
Box   1  
FM Station Cost Estimates 1947-1948, Undated
Box   1  
Log Entries and Signal Testing Reports 1924, Undated
Box   1  
Memorandum in Regard to Ann Arbor Broadcasting Stations Undated
Box   1  
Michigan Educational Radio Network 1944-1945
Box   1  
Miscellaneous
Box   1  
Operators Licenses and Applications 1924-1925
Box   1  
Reports and Recommendations 1925, 1934-1935, Undated
Box   1  
Writings
 
Bound Volumes (3 volumes)
Box   1  
Miscellaneous Papers on Broadcasting, ca. 1930s
Box   1  
Radio Bibliography 1936
Box   1  
Television Digest and FM Reports, vol. 1-3 1945-1947
 
Waldo Abbot (WUOM) [subseries]
Box   2  
Big Ten Broadcasting Policies (chiefly correspondence) 1948-1950
Box   2  
Broadcast Schedules 1947-1948
Box   2  
Chronologies and Histories
Box   2  
Correspondence 1947-1950
Box   2  
Executive Committee on Radio [WUOM organizational materials] 1947-1948
Box   2  
Letters from Listeners (sampling) 1961-1963
Box   2  
Meeting Minutes (staff) 1950-1951
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
Box   2  
Publicity
Box   2  
Reports 1949, Undated
Box   2  
WPAG Special Program to Promote WUOM [script], ca. 1948
Box   2  
WUOM Football Network (correspondence) 1950
 
Bound Volumes (3 volumes)
Box   2  
NAEB Newsletters 1950-1956
Box   2  
NAEB Papers and Reports, ca. 1953-1957
Box   3  
They Fought Alone: Final Draft for NAEB Grant-in-Aid 1952-1953
 
Manager's Files [series]

Manager's Files: E. G. Burrows series (2 linear ft.). Edgar G. Burrows served as program manager under Abbot, and was promoted to station manager upon Abbot's retirement in 1957. By this time the Broadcasting Service included both radio and television, with a general director over both divisions, and a station manager directing the affairs of the radio station.

Though Burrows's papers include material on WUOM operation, as well as the establishment of satellite station WVGR, the bulk of the papers reflect Burrows's work with and leadership of the National Association of Educational Broadcasting (NAEB) and its affiliate National Educational Radio (NER).

 
E.G. Burrows 1957-1972 [subseries]
 
National Association of Educational Broadcasting (NAEB)
 
Board of Directors Meetings
Box   3  
Austin, Texas, October 1964)
Box   3  
Columbus, Ohio, June 1965)
Box   3  
Washington, D.C., October 1965)
Box   3  
New York, New York, April 1966)
Box   3  
Kansas City, Missouri, October 1966)
Box   3  
Bethesda, Maryland, June 1967)
Box   3  
Washington, D.C., September 1967)
Box   3  
Denver, Colorado, November 1967)
Box   3  
Committee Correspondence March 1962-August 1964 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Convention (Denver, Colorado, November 1967)
 
Copyright Law Revision 1964-1968
Box   3  
Burrows Reference File
Box   3  
Correspondence
Box   3  
Memoranda from Educational Television Stations
Box   3  
NAEB President's Memos
Box   3  
Testimonies Against Bill S. 597, H.R. 4347
Box   3  
Directory of Board Members 1965-1966
Box   3  
Executive Committee Minutes 1966-1967
Box   3  
Ford Foundation Satellite Project
Box   3  
Johnson Foundation 1966
Box   3  
Miscellaneous 1965-1967
 
National Educational Radio (NER)
Box   3  
NER 1966-1967, Undated
Box   3  
Correspondence 1965-1967
Box   3  
Correspondence (re: live coverage of German Parliamentary Elections) 1965
Box   3  
National Home Library Foundation Grant
Box   3  
Region III (correspondence) 1965-1966
Box   3  
Region III (conference correspondence) 1964-1965
Box   3  
Region III (correspondence) 1964-1966
 
National Educational Radio (NER) (cont.)
 
Wingspread Conference on Educational Radio as a National Resource September 1966
Box   3  
Correspondence June-October 1966
Box   3  
Planning Materials
Box   3  
Pre-conference Correspondence
Box   3  
Publicity
Box   3  
Reports and Addresses
 
Public Broadcasting Act of 1967
Box   4  
Burrows Public Statements
Box   4  
Burrows Reference Files
Box   4  
Correspondence
Box   4  
Memoranda to Executive Committee re: S. 1160
Box   4  
NER Memoranda and Press Releases
Box   4  
Testimonies in Support of H.R. 6736
Box   4  
Testimonies in Support of S. 1160 (2 folders)
Box   4  
Reorganizational Study 1967
 
Bound Volume
Box   4  
Memos to Managers 1964-1969
 
WUOM
Box   4  
Awards (American Federation for the Blind; Armstrong Memorial Research Foundation)
Box   4  
Correspondence 1960s
Box   4  
FCC Inquiry re: Revision of FM Broadcasting Rules (correspondence and reference materials) 1966-1967
 
NAEB Educational Communications Systems (ECS) Project 1964-1966
Box   4  
Correspondence
Box   4  
Midwest Feasibility Model
Box   4  
Reports and Memoranda
 
One Nation Indivisible 1956-1958
Box   4  
Correspondence
Box   4  
Grant Request and Administrative Records
Box   4  
Press Releases and Publicity
 
Original Productions
Box   4  
The American Town: A Self-Portrait
Box   4  
Michigan Names
Box   4  
News in Twentieth Century America
Box   4  
Orestes
Box   4  
Press Releases 1957-1967 (scattered dates)
Box   4  
Program Summaries (monthly reports) 1968-1970 (3 folders)
Box   4  
Response to NER Survey 1966
Box   4  
Survey of Radio Stations using WUOM Distributed Programming 1965
Box   4  
Tenth Anniversary July 5, 1958
 
WVGR
Box   4  
Clippings 1961-1962
Box   4  
Correspondence 1960-1962
Box   4  
Dedication Program December 9, 1961
Box   4  
Programming Proposals
Box   4  
Publicity and Promotion 1961-1962
 
Neal Bedford (1972-1984)
Box   4  
Publicity
 
Radio Classroom [series]

Radio Classroom series (.5 linear ft.). For twenty years (1951-1971) WUOM was a leader in offering radio instruction to schools in the State of Michigan. Though the size and depth of this series in no way reflect the influence enjoyed by the programs in the Radio Classroom series, it is significant that the bulk of the records document the development of the first and most popular of the programs, "Festival of Song." Taught by faculty in the School of Music, "Festival" was offered from October through April to schools desiring classroom music instruction. Included in the records are scripts and performance notes, and programs, correspondence, itineraries, and related materials concerning the program's annual spring tour.

 
"Festival of Song"
Box   5  
Correspondence 1960-1971 (scattered dates)
Box   5  
Correspondence (Department of Defense Overseas Dependents Schools) 1967-1970
Box   5  
Grant Application (Tahquamenon [Michigan] Area School District)
Box   5  
Lesson Plans and Performance Notes
Box   5  
Miscellaneous (journal notes, student artwork, resource lists, etc.)
Box   5  
Scripts 1967/68-1970/71 (7 folders)
Box   5  
Spring Tour 1951-1971 (7 folders)
Box   5  
Survey of Participating Schools, ca. 1971
 
"The Great Lakes"
Box   5  
Teacher's Guides
Box   5  
Publicity 1951-1953, undated
 
School Radio Programs [teacher's guides] (bound) 1953/54-1954/55 (1 volume)
Box   5  
"Festival of Song"
Box   5  
"Meeting the Situation" [non-WUOM]
Box   5  
"Learning Outdoors"
Box   5  
"Tales of the Talking Stone"
Box   5  
"Sky Trails"
Box   5  
"Milestones of Freedom"
Box   5  
Piano Accompaniment for "Festival of Song"
Box   5  
"A Name to Remember"
Box   5  
"Messages and Men"
Box   5  
"Red Man in Michigan"
Box   5  
"Our Schools"
Box   5  
"Visitons Mimi" [French language course]
Box   5  
"Adventures in Research"
Box   5  
"Story Time"
Box   5  
"Vacation Land"
 
Radio Scripts [bound] [series]

Radio Scripts series (9 linear ft.). Both bound and unbound, these consist of original scripts produced and broadcast by WUOM staff and transcripts of talks given by University of Michigan faculty. The "pre-WUOM" scripts date from the early 1930s to 1946 and chiefly consist of faculty radio talks. The "WUOM" scripts primarily correspond to the original dramatic/documentary program series produced by WUOM in the late 1940s to mid-1950s. The bulk of the scripts are in bound volumes.

 
Pre-WUOM [subseries]
Box   6  
Children's Radio Programs [dramatizations of children's literature], ca. 1940s
Box   6  
Mimeographed Radio Talks of [selection based on listener response] 1933-1934
Box   6  
Radio Art Programs ca. 1932-1941
Box   6  
"An Art Pilgrimage to Famous Museums," programs #2-9, 11-19
Box   6  
"American History as Told by American Artists," programs #1-19
Box   6  
"Art Appreciation Series," programs #1-5
Box   6  
"Union Pacific," 1938

(Paramount Pictures script signed by C.B. DeMille, Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston, and Lynne Overman)

Box   6  
University of Michigan Broadcast Service

(Publicity, 1933-1936 Forestry, Economic Stability and Unemployment Relief; Child's Own Bookshelf; Problems and Methods of Character Education; Economic Series of 1931-32; Art Appreciation Series, 1932-33)

Box   6  
University of Michigan Original Radio Plays 1946
Box   6  
University of Michigan Radio Medical Talks, Vol. 1 circa 1932-1941
Box   7  
University of Michigan Radio Medical Talks 1942-1943
Box   7  
University of Michigan Radio Plays: Adaptations [excerpts from classic fiction] undated
 
University of Michigan Radio Programs: Dramatized Legal Information
Box   7  
"From Legal History," 1941
Box   7  
"Out of Court," undated
 
University of Michigan Radio Programs [series]
Box   7  
"Game of the Week," 1939-1940
Box   7  
"Know Your [Michigan] Cities," 1940-1941
Box   7  
"Tell Me, Professor," 1943-1944
Box   7  
"It's the Bunk" [superstitions] 1940
Box   7  
"World Masterpieces: Nineteen Quiz Programs on Music and Literature," 1946-1947
 
University of Michigan Radio Talks (23 volumes)
Box   7  
Anthropology, Archaeology, Botany, Landscape Design, Geology, Zoology, ca. 1930-1942
Box   8  
Architecture, Economics, Languages, Mathematics, Sociology, ca. 1931-1939
Box   8  
Astronomy; Botany; Chemistry; Dentistry; Nursing; Pharmacy, ca. 1930s-1940s
Box   8  
Clements Library; English; Hobby Series; Living for Moderns; Medical Series, 1947-48; Social Service; Sponsored Research; English Engineering; Miscellaneous
Box   8  
English; English Engineering
Box   8  
Engineering Series, ca. 1931-1942
Box   8  
Forestry and Conservation, ca. 1930-1941
Box   9  
Guidance, Delinquency, Children's Problems, ca. 1935-1944
Box   9  
Historical Dramas, ca. "Little Known Facts in American History;" "It Happened Before" (World War II Series) 1938-1942
Box   9  
Home Planning Series, Fall 1935 Medical Series, 1945-1946 1935-1946
Box   9  
Literature Series; Forensic Series
Box   9  
Marital Relations Series; Health Series; Pharmacy Series
Box   9  
Medical Series 1946-1947
Box   9  
Michigan, My Michigan 1934-1936 (2 volumes)
Box   9  
Parent Education Programs: Mental Hygiene of Adolescence; Adult Education; Vocational Guidance; Speech; Language 1934-1935
Box   9  
Parent Education Programs: Michigan, My Michigan; Geography and Travel; Eras in English Literature; Critical Moments in the Lives of Nations; Home Planning, Building and Maintenance; Current Events and University Research 1935-1936
Box   10  
Pharmacy, Physics, History, Business Administration, Economics, and Finance 1946-1947
Box   10  
Speech, Dramatics
Box   10  
Speech, Journalism, Political Science, ca. 1934-1938
Box   10  
Vocational Guidance (2 volumes)
Box   10  
Youth Delinquency; Guidance; Health; Michigan, My Michigan
Box   10  
Writers' War Board: Radio Plays 1942-1946
 
WUOM [subseries]
Box   11  
"American Industry;" "Sky Trails;" "Soo Adventure," 1950-1954
Box   11  
"A Gallery of Women;" "Julius Caesar;" "Learning Outdoors," 1951-1954
Box   11  
"The Golden Queen," 1951-1952
Box   11  
"Michigan Names;" "The Tunnelers," 1959-1960
Box   11  
"A Name to Remember (national);" "The Musicmakers," 1951-1952
Box   11  
"One Nation Indivisible," 1957-1958
Box   12  
"Panorama," 1956/57-1960/61 (3 volumes)
Box   12  
Radio Guild Dramas 1952-1957
Box   12  
Radio Medical Series 1948-1956 (2 volumes)
Box   13  
"Rx for Health," Miscellaneous Programs 1956-1963 (3 volumes)
Box   13  
"Tales of the Valiant," 1955
Box   13  
"They Fought Alone," 1953
Box   13  
"Treasures Off the Shelf," 1949
 
Radio Scripts [unbound] [series]
 
Pre-WUOM [subseries]
Box   14  
"American Revolution" [drama], ca. 1938
Box   14  
"Heroes of Medicine" [drama] February-April 1942
Box   14  
"Hobby Series," Undated
Box   14  
"Hymns of All Churches," September-October 1938
 
Miscellaneous 1939, 1946
Box   14  
Interview with Edward W. Blakeman March 9, 1939
Box   14  
University of Michigan Anniversary Program March 18, 1939
Box   14  
[Campus news summary] April 1946
Box   14  
Special Laboratory Program (University of Michigan and CBS, co-producers): "Ex-Soldier;" August 16, 1944
Box   14  
Talks by University of Michigan Faculty 1930s-1940s, Undated
Box   14  
"Vocational Guidance Series," 1940-1941
Box   14  
"The World This Week" (Preston Slosson) April 27, 1941
Box   14  
"A Dickens of a Christmas," December 24, 1970
Box   14  
"Messages and Men," programs #1-7, 9-13
Box   14  
Michigan Union Dedication Program ["Sesquicentennial"] October 1954
Box   14  
"Money, Machines, and Music," programs #1-10, 13 1964
Box   14  
"A Name to Remember" [Michigan], programs #1-28 (3 folders)
Box   14  
"The News from Dallas," November 1964
Box   14  
"Radio Guild," programs #1, 3-7, 12 1951-1952
Box   14  
"To Make Men Free," programs #1-[3]
Box   14  
"Toward Peace," programs #1-15
Box   14  
"[Tribute to] Waldo Abbot," November 4, 1964
 
WUOM: Program Series [subseries]
Box   14  
"Union Voices," programs #1-26
 
Visual Material [series]

Visual Material (1.25 linear ft. and 1 outsize volume). Although including photographs--mostly pertaining to "Festival of Song" tours, this series consists predominantly of scrapbooks which, through newspaper clippings and other promotional material, document WUOM's broadcast activity from the 1940s through the 1960s.

Sound Reels: Accompanying Materials (.25 linear ft.). Press releases, announcers' cue sheets, news clippings and other materials which were used by WUOM staff in broadcast production, and which provide helpful background and/or summary information regarding the recordings. Originally stored with individual sound reels, they have been removed and filed separately for preservation reasons.

 
Photographs
 
Awards and Programs
 
"Festival of Song" (6 envelopes)
Box   14  
Adult Performers
Box   14  
Candid Portraits and Audiences
Box   14  
Children Performers
Box   14  
[Spring] Festival 1953
Box   14  
[Spring] Festival 1960
Box   14  
Negatives
Box   14  
WVGR Dedication
 
Scrapbooks
Box   14  
"News in 20th Century America" (3 folders)
Box   15  
"They Fought Alone" (1 volume)
Box   15  
"Treasures Off the Shelf" (1 volume)
Box   15  
Broadcasting Service of the University of Michigan 1925-1950 (1 volume)
Box   15  
Clippings 1952 (1 folder)

(loose, from WUOM Clipping Scrapbook, 1948-1951

Box   15  
[WUOM] 1952-1969 (2 folders)
Box   15  
[WUOM Clipping Scrapbook] 1948-1951
Oversize Volume   1  
Scrapbook, "The Michigan Radio Classroom," 1953

(BImu/C471)

 
Sound Reels: Accompanying Materials [series]
 
Sound Reels (7-inch)
Box   16  
Cue sheets, press releases, and clippings 1960s

(for reels R59A-R149A)

 
Sound Reels (10 ½") (2 folders)
Box   16  
Cue sheets, press releases, and clippings 1960s-1970s

(for reels R159B-R284B)