Gerald Slater Papers
Gerald Slater's initial work in public broadcasting included the position of director of operations of the Public Broadcasting Laboratory from 1967 to 1969. In this job, he organized all operations of this experimental television venture funded by a Ford Foundation grant to create original drama, arts, and public affairs programming for the first nationwide public television network. Then, from 1969 to 1970, he served as project specialist in communications for the Ford Foundation. There, as part of a staff responsible for administrating of $18 million in annual television programming grants, Slater initiated, evaluated, and selected program proposals to fund. From 1970 to 1975, Slater was general manager of the Public Broadcasting Service, with the task of organizing the first U.S. public television network. In 1973, he became vice-president of broadcasting at PBS, where his duties included station relations and public information. Finally, in July 1975, Slater became executive vice-president of WETA, a position he held until 1989. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, interviews and transcripts on a 1971 investigative report on the FBI by Paul Jacobs for The Great American Dream Machine.
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