I'm confronting a dilemma that I'm now learning is experienced by
quite a few people doing TV history research:

Several months ago when I called NBC in NYC about the existence of a
company archive or research center, I was told by an all-too-curt
desk jockey that "NBC is a corporation and is not in the business of
making our internal papers available to the public." I was very clear that
I was seeking material from about 50 years ago, not this season's
programming strategy.

I am wondering if anyone on the list has a lead on sources of television
industry papers or archives. I'm looking in particular for internal memos
or division reports from ABC, CBS, and NBC on scheduling and program
selection decisions from the period 1948-1955. I'd also be highly
interested in locating the personal papers of early influential
network players, including Sylvester "Pat" Weaver of NBC.

These kinds of items are referenced from time to time, so to seems they
might be compiled somewhere. It might be useful to post any leads to the
list for the benefit of all, or I can be contacted offlist.

thanks for any insights.

Murray Forman
Department of Communication Studies
Northeastern University
Boston, MA, 02115-5000

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