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Edythe Meserand Papers

Abstract

Title:
Edythe Meserand Papers
Author/Creator:
Meserand, Edythe
Collection number:
LAB 99-18
Size:
11.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1950s
Inclusive dates:
1900-2000 and undated
Collection Area:
Mass Media and Culture
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Edythe Meserand (1908-1997) began her broadcasting career in 1926 at NBC, but had her greatest influence at WOR where she produced the first true radio documentary and began the station's long-running Children's Christmas Fund Drive. She was a founding member of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) and served as the organization's first president. The majority of the collection pertains to various radio and television programs she produced and to the early years of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT).

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Edythe Meserand Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/3297
Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Edythe Meserand (1908-1997) was an American radio news director and documentarian, as well as a founding member and the first president of the professional organization American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT).

Born in 1908, Meserand began her broadcasting career in 1926 by joining up with the newly formed NBC radio network and working in their press department. There, she acted as press contact for radio editors throughout the nation.

In 1931, Meserand became the program and promotions director for the radio stations of the Hearst Organization (flagship, WGBS), headquartered in New York City.

At Hearst, Meserand was featured as its first "Musical Clock Girl" and produced an array of musical, dramatic and talk programs including a daily "women's news period," a weekly program on modern American composers, and a morning talk show, "Mr. And Mrs. Reader."

Meserand joined WOR-New York in 1935. WOR was the flagship station of the Mutual Broadcasting System. First, in her role in the station's publicity department, and later as assistant director of their News and Special Features Department, Ms. Meserand is credited with innumerable broadcasting "firsts" including: the founding of the first modern radio newsroom; the creation of the first true radio documentary; and, in 1945, initiating WOR's annual Children's Christmas Fund, a charitable initiative that continues to this day.

Starting in 1949, Meserand also began producing for WOR-TV.

In 1950, Meserand served as chair of the committee which created the organization American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT).

Leaving WOR in 1956, Meserand started her own advertising agency and remained active in American Women in Radio and Television. AWRT would ultimately name its most prestigious award after her; the Edythe J. Meserand Distinguished Broadcaster Award was designated in 1987 and is given out yearly by the organization.

Over the course of her career, Meserand received a wide spectrum of honors including a medal from the Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia in 1943 for her work at the UNNRRA Conference; a commendation in 1950 from Pope Pius XXII for a documentary on the holy year; a McCall's Golden Mike Award for outstanding programming for children; and a Science Award from the New Jersey Teachers Science Association for her program "Wildlife, Unlimited."

Later in life Edythe Meserand would retire to her Windy Hill Farm, located west of Albany, NY. She died in 1997.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Edythe Meserand Papers consist of scripts, photos, correspondence, clippings, certificates, memos, magazines, speech transcripts, notes, original stories, poems, artifacts and media. This collection encompasses the years 1920 to 2000 with the majority of the collection from the 1950s.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Edythe Meserand Papers was donated to the Library of American Broadcasting, University of Maryland Libraries, by Jane Barton, of AWRT and a longtime friend of Ms. Meserand's, in several installments between 1998 and 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Cary O'Dell, 2004. Revised by Melanie Brown, May 2005.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Cary O'Dell.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Biographical Material, undated (one folder)

Miscellaneous one to two page bios on Ms. Meserand, each produced by WOR. This series also includes a list of awards and honors bestowed upon Ms. Meserand during her career.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bio Material, undated series 1box 1folder 1

Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-1997; undated (nine folders)

Letters and other communiques. This series is arranged into 2 subseries; both are arranged by date.

Subseries 2.1: Professional Correspondence, 1930-1997; undated (eight folders)

This subseries contains business/station-related correspondence from, among other parties, Ben Gross, RKO Radio Pictures, the Eastman Kodak Company, Mayor LaGuardia, the Archbishop of New York, Fulton Sheen, the American Red Cross, Herbert Hoover, the Catholic University of America, Edward D. Madden of NBC, the American Jewish Committee, the YMCA, the YWCA, Ward L. Quaal, W.R. Hearst, Jr., Pauline Frederick (Robbins), Jan Kiley of Midwest Television, Inc., Senator Hugh T. Farley, Sheila Kast, Barbara Walters, Mary Anderson, President George Bush, Senator Hugh T. Farley, Mary E. Murphy, Michael Bruno, and William Randolph Hearst, Jr., and the Women's Press Club of New York State.

This subseries also includes 27 carbon copies of letters sent by Ms. Meserand to the following: Enid Roth; Pauline Frederick (Robbins); Jack G. Thayer; William Randolph Hearst, Jr.; Catharine Heinz (Broadcast Pioneers Library); RCA; Douglas Dittrick (Viacom); Marion Stephenson (NBC Radio Network); Ann Rogers, and Patricia Mahoney (AWRT), among others.

In addition, this subseries contains over 40 typed memos conveying internal company communications. Contains communiqués from within NBC, Hearst, WINS, WOR and Mutual. Includes a copy of Ms. Meserand's note of resignation from WINS in 1935 and, later, various notes of congratulations on her election to the presidency of AWRT. (NOTE: Some of these memos are sent directly to Ms. Meserand, other are addressed "To Staff" or have Ms. Meserand listed as one of the parties "cc'ed.") All items are arranged by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence -- Professional Correspondence -- To EM, 1942-1997series 2.1box 1folder 2
Correspondence -- Professional Correspondence -- To EM, 1942-1997series 2.1box 1folder 3
Correspondence -- Professional Correspondence -- To EM, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 4
Correspondence -- Professional Correspondence -- By EM, 1954-1996series 2.1box 1folder 5
Correspondence -- Professional Correspondence -- By EM By EM, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 6

Subseries 2.2: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1941-1997; undated (one folder)

This is a collection of letters--about 14--not sent to or from Ms. Meserand, but which were included in this donation. Includes letters from Theodore C. Streibert; the Office of the Mayor of NYC; Thomas E. Dewey (to Jane Barton); Shelia Kast; and a letter from Jane Barton to the Washington Press Club.

This subseries also contains eight pre-printed holiday cards sent out by the staff of the station's (WOR) news and special features department, probably from the 1940s and '50s.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence -- Miscellaneous Correspondence -- Station Chrismas Cards, 1954-1996series 2.2box 1folder 7
Correspondence -- Miscellaneous Correspondence -- Interoffice Communication, 1930-1952; undatedseries 2.2box 1folder 8
Correspondence -- Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1930-1952; undatedseries 2.2box 1folder 9

Series 3: Clippings, 1920-2000 and undated (two folders)

Newspaper and magazine articles/clippings (approximately 127) pertaining to Meserand's career and/or to WOR. Also includes a handful of obituaries written about Ms. Meserand upon her passing. Clippings are sequenced by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clippings, 1925-1953 series 3box 1folder 10
Clippings, 1972-2000 series 3box 1folder 11

Series 4: Magazines/Publications, 1932-2000 and undated (two folders)

Various magazines and other publications which mention Ms. Meserand and/or WOR. Includes (among others): "Radio Digest," (November, 1932); "Stand By!" (April, 1943); "News Digest," (January, 1948); "The Newscaster," (February/March, 1950); "Chapter News," (New York Chapter American Red Cross, 1950); "Talent," (Spring, 1951); "People Today," (December, 1951); "SESAC Music," (June, 1952); "Broadcasting Pioneers Directory," (1958-59); "Broadcasting," (October, 1971); "WOR Radio - 1922-1982: The First Sixty Years," (1982); "100 Women of Excellence," (Albany Chamber of Commerce, 2000); and "Broadcasting by the Seat of Our Pants," (Charles William Everson, undated). Ordered by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Magazines/Publications, 1932-2000 series 4box 1folder 12
Magazines/Publications, 1932-2000 series 4box 1folder 13

Series 5: Photographs, 1950-1963 and undated (nine folders)

This series contains an assortment of photographs collected by Meserand. These photos are divided into three subseries.

Subseries 5.1: Portraits, undated (three folders)

This collection of 44 photographs includes stills and publicity "head shots" of Meserand, most from the prime of her career, as well as a few candids.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs -- Portraits, 1950-1963; undatedseries 5.1box 2folder 1
Photographs -- Portraits, 1950-1963; undatedseries 5.1box 2folder 2
Photographs -- Portraits, 1950-1963; undatedseries 5.1box 2folder 3

Subseries 5.2: Station photographs, circa 1950-1951 and undated (two folders)

Various career-related photos of Meserand pictured with the following: Bob Blake, Dave Driscoll, Stanley Gascoigne, Helen Sinclair, Frederick H. Lewis, N.B. Gilliland, Earl Harper Sportsman (of "Junior Safety Club"), Fred Frick, Ernie Smith, B.G. Fitzgibbons, Allen Prescott, John McCormick, Frank White, Lillian Flower, Adele Purcell, and Buddy Rogers.

This series also contains a small assortment of photos from WOR (about 14) including a couple of "in studio" shots, and one photo featuring John Wingate.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs -- Station Photographs -- EM pictured, 1950-1963; undatedseries 5.2box 2folder 4
Photographs -- Station Photographs -- EM not pictured, 1950-1963; undatedseries 5.2box 2folder 5

Subseries 5.3: Other, undated (four folders)

Forty-nine photos, including many show business "head shots" (some autographed to EM), of: Dave Driscoll, James Hiller, Burke Miller, Jack Rene, "Skookum," Marion Stephenson, Harry Smith, Harrison Salisbury, Bob Blake, Walter Winchell, Artie Sorenson, Hellmut H. Hellmut, Tom Keene, John S. Young, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Hilda Moreno, G.W. "Johnny" Johnstone, Alvin Bach, William S. Lynch, Graham McNamu (?), Bertha Brainard, Richard Gordon, Helen Shepard Handin, Ramon Novarro, Gladys Shaw Cushing (?), Joseph E. Davies, Bob Tesseman, Allen Prescott, Ed East and Norma Shearer, among others. (Some photos, including one of Dave Driscoll, is in oversize storage.)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs -- Other, 1950-1963; undatedseries 5.3box 2folder 6
Photographs -- Other, 1950-1963; undatedseries 5.3box 2folder 7
Photographs -- Other, 1950-1963; undatedseries 5.3box 2folder 8
Photographs -- Other, 1950-1963; undatedseries 5.3box 2folder 9

Series 6: WOR, 1933-1982 and undated (2.25 linear feet)

This series is divided into five subseries. All, where possible, are arranged by date.

Subseries 6.1: Press Releases, 1933-1951 (three folders)

Thirty-five releases, primarily from WOR, related to various station business and events. (NOTE: These releases cover events such as the Dionne Quintuplets making their singing debut over the station's airwaves, the station's airing of the World Series, etc. News releases related to specific programs (i.e. "Name Your Poison") are filed in the Broadcast Programs series).

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
WOR -- Press Releases, 1933-1949series 6.1box 3folder 1
WOR -- Press Releases, 1950series 6.1box 3folder 2
WOR -- Press Releases, 1951-1952; undatedseries 6.1box 3folder 3

Subseries 6.2: "WOR News", 1947-1950 (one folder)

Twelve issues of WOR-generated newsletter mailed out to listeners.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
WOR -- "WOR News" newsletters, 1947-1950series 6.2box 3folder 4

Subseries 6.3: Children's Christmas Fund, 1947-1952 and undated (seven folders)

Materials related to WOR's annual children's fund drive, collecting toys, clothing, and other items for underprivileged youngsters. These materials include clippings, correspondence, scripts, press releases and photographs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
WOR -- Children's Christmas Fund -- Clippings, 1947-1952; undatedseries 6.3box 3folder 5
WOR -- Children's Christmas Fund -- Correspondence, 1947-1952; undatedseries 6.3box 3folder 6
WOR -- Children's Christmas Fund -- Scripts, 1947-1952; undatedseries 6.3box 3folder 7
WOR -- Children's Christmas Fund -- Press Releases, 1947-1952; undatedseries 6.3box 3folder 8
WOR -- Children's Christmas Fund -- Photos, 1947-1952; undatedseries 6.3box 3folder 9
WOR -- Children's Christmas Fund -- Photos, 1947-1952; undatedseries 6.3box 3folder 10
WOR -- Children's Christmas Fund -- Photos, 1947-1952; undatedseries 6.3box 3folder 11

Subseries 6.4: WOR Anniversary Celebrations, 1972, 1982 (one folder)

Handwritten list from the 1972 station 50th anniversary listing the gifts received by Ms. Meserand, the date of gift, and from who a "thank you" note was sent.

This subseries also contains two Carnegie Hall stagebills (Feb., 1982) for the 60th anniversary Diamond Jubilee program, hosted by Arlene Francis and John Gambling, commemorating WOR's sixty years on the air.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
WOR -- WOR Anniversary Celebrations, 1972,1982series 6.4box 3folder 12

Subseries 6.5: Programs, 1942-1952 and undated (2.00 linear feet)

This subseries contains scripts for numerous programs/specials produced by Meserand or by her department at WOR. Two programs highlighted in this subseries are:

"Wildlife, Unlimited": Materials related to ambitious wilderness series produced by WOR in association with the National Audubon Society. These materials include proposals, correspondence, promotional materials, press releases, research materials, photographs, and scripts.

"Press Conference": Materials related to prestigious WOR television talk program, hosted by David Snell, and produced by Meserand. This subseries contains items related to this show, including program information, correspondence, guest list sheets, memos, thank you letters, and program notes.

Other programs included are: "The Christmas Greetings Show," (1942); "The Story of Nikolai Gastello," (1942); "V-Mail Program," (1942); "WAAC Show," (1942); "1942 in Review," (1942); "Easter Music from Grand Central," (1943); "Bonds for Boys," (1944); "Anniversary Broadcast for V.J. Day," (1946); "In Memoriam: Fiorello H. LaGuardia," (1947); "Name Your Poison," (1947); "The Passover of Rembrandt Van Rijn," (1952); "Couples Court," (a.k.a."Take the Stand, undated); and "Young Man in Search of Faith" (undated), among others.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
WOR -- Programs -- "Christmas Greetings Show", 1942series 6.5box 3folder 13
WOR -- Programs -- "The Story of Nikolai Gastello", 1942series 6.5box 3folder 14
WOR -- Programs -- "V-Mail Program", 1942series 6.5box 3folder 15
WOR -- Programs -- "WAAC Show", 1942series 6.5box 3folder 16
WOR -- Programs -- "1942 in Review", 1942series 6.5box 3folder 17
WOR -- Programs -- "Easter Music from Grand Central", 1943series 6.5box 3folder 18
WOR -- Programs -- "1943 in Review", 1943series 6.5box 3folder 19
WOR -- Programs -- "The Red Cross at Work: The Story of Plasma", 1944series 6.5box 3folder 20
WOR -- Programs -- "Bonds for Boys", 1944series 6.5box 3folder 21
WOR -- Programs -- "1944 in Review", 1944series 6.5box 3folder 22
WOR -- Programs -- "1945 in Review", 1945series 6.5box 4folder 1
WOR -- Programs -- "1946 in Review", 1946series 6.5box 4folder 2
WOR -- Programs -- "1946 in Review", 1946series 6.5box 4folder 3
WOR -- Programs -- "Anniversay Broadcast for V.J. Day", 1946series 6.5box 4folder 4
WOR -- Programs -- "For Americans Only", 1947series 6.5box 4folder 5
WOR -- Programs -- "In Memoriam: Fiorello H. LaGuardia", 1947series 6.5box 4folder 6
WOR -- Programs -- "Name Your Poison", 1947series 6.5box 4folder 7
WOR -- Programs -- "Name Your Poison", 1947series 6.5box 4folder 8
WOR -- Programs -- "Second Anniversary of VJ Day", 1947series 6.5box 4folder 9
WOR -- Programs -- "And Ye Shall Find", 1948series 6.5box 4folder 10
WOR -- Programs -- "The Forgotten Letter", 1948series 6.5box 4folder 11
WOR -- Programs -- "Not Yet the End", 1948series 6.5box 4folder 12
WOR -- Programs -- "Mobilization Story", 1950series 6.5box 4folder 13
WOR -- Programs -- "Mobilization Story", 1950series 6.5box 4folder 14
WOR -- Programs -- "The Wall", 1950series 6.5box 4folder 15
WOR -- Programs -- "Let's Do It Now", 1951series 6.5box 5folder 1
WOR -- Programs -- "Let's Do It Now", 1951series 6.5box 5folder 2
WOR -- Programs -- "Press Conference" -- Program Info/Publicity, 1951series 6.5box 5folder 3
WOR -- Programs -- "Press Conference" -- Correspondence, 1951series 6.5box 5folder 4
WOR -- Programs -- "Press Conference" -- Correspondence, 1952series 6.5box 5folder 5
WOR -- Programs -- "Press Conference" -- Panel/Guest List sheets, circa 1951series 6.5box 5folder 6
WOR -- Programs -- "Press Conference" -- Memos, thank-you letters, notes, 1951series 6.5box 5folder 7
WOR -- Programs -- "Press Conference" -- Memos, thank-you letters, notes, 1951series 6.5box 5folder 8
WOR -- Programs -- "Press Conference" -- Memos, thank-you letters, notes, 1951series 6.5box 5folder 9
WOR -- Programs -- "Press Conference" -- Memos, thank-you letters, notes, 1952series 6.5box 5folder 10
WOR -- Programs -- "Press Conference" -- Memos, thank-you letters, notes, 1953series 6.5box 5folder 11
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Program Proposal, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 1
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Program Proposal, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 2
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Program Proposal, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 3
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Correspondence, 1951-1953; undatedseries 6.5box 6folder 4
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Promotional Materials, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 5
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Research Materials, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 6
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Photographs, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 7
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Memos/Scripts, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 8
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Memos/Scripts, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 9
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Memos/Scripts, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 10
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Stories-Owls, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 11
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Stories-Spiders, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 12
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Stories-Hummingbird, 1951-1952series 6.5box 6folder 13
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Stories-Hummingbird, 1951-1952series 6.5box 7folder 1
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Stories-Seahorses, 1951-1952series 6.5box 7folder 2
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Book, 1951-1952series 6.5box 7folder 3
WOR -- Programs -- "Wildlife, Unlimited" -- Miscellaneous, 1951-1952series 6.5box 7folder 4
WOR -- Programs -- "Chemical Warfare", 1952series 6.5box 7folder 5
WOR -- Programs -- "The Passover of Rambrandt Van Rijn", 1952series 6.5box 7folder 7
WOR -- Programs -- "Christmas is for Children", undatedseries 6.5box 7folder 8
WOR -- Programs -- "The Conway Show", undatedseries 6.5box 7folder 9
WOR -- Programs -- "Couple's Court" (a.k.a. "Take the Stand"), undatedseries 6.5box 7folder 10
WOR -- Programs -- "Drama Circle Award", undatedseries 6.5box 7folder 11
WOR -- Programs -- K-I-TY Script: Cheese, undatedseries 6.5box 7folder 12
WOR -- Programs -- "Navy Plays Santa Claus", undatedseries 6.5box 7folder 13
WOR -- Programs -- "Report of the Citizens Budget Commission", undatedseries 6.5box 7folder 14
WOR -- Programs -- "Traffic", undatedseries 6.5box 7folder 15
WOR -- Programs -- "War Bond Show", 1944?series 6.5box 8folder 1
WOR -- Programs -- "Young Man in Search of Faith", undatedseries 6.5box 8folder 2
WOR -- Programs -- Program Ideas, undatedseries 6.5box 8folder 3

Series 7: Awards, Certificates and Honors, 1951-1997 and undated (six folders)

This series documents various honors bestowed upon Meserand throughout her career. It is divided into two subseries. Materials in each are ordered by date.

Subseries 7.1: McCall's Mike Award, 1951-1952 and undated (five folders)

In 1951, Meserand was informed she had won one of "McCall's" magazine's prestigious McCall's Mike awards in the category of outstanding public service to children. This subseries gathers material related to that honor, including:

Communiqués (2 total) from "McCall's" as well as various congratulatory letters sent to Ms. Meserand from, among others, G.W. ("Johnny") Johnstone; Don Lee Broadcasting; Westinghouse; RKO Radio Pictures; J. Walter Thompson; George F. Pearson Insurance; and the YWCA.

Press releases, including "McCall's" own write-up as well as eight other clipped stories from "Radio-Television Daily" and various other newspapers.

Clippings from the news departments of WOR, "McCall's Magazine," Radio Reports, Inc. and other entities, pertaining to Meserand's winning.

Two photogrpahs taken at McCall's awards presentation featuring Ms. Meserand and her fellow honorees.

Invitations and printed programs for the awards dinner held April 5, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. Also contains transcripts of remarks by Lyle Van and Dan Mich at the presentation of award to Ms. Meserand and a transcript of her acceptance speech. Folder also contains a printed itinerary for Meserand for the day of the awards ceremony.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Awards, Certificates and Honors -- McCall's Mike Award -- Correspondence, 1951-1952series 7.1box 8folder 4
Awards, Certificates and Honors -- McCall's Mike Award -- Clippings, 1951-1952series 7.1box 8folder 5
Awards, Certificates and Honors -- McCall's Mike Award -- Press Releases, 1951-1952series 7.1box 8folder 6
Awards, Certificates and Honors -- McCall's Mike Award -- Photos, 1951-1952series 7.1box 8folder 7
Awards, Certificates and Honors -- McCall's Mike Award -- Remarks/Program, 1951-1952series 7.1box 8folder 8

Subseries 7.2: Certificates and Honors, 1951-1997 and undated (one folder)

This subseries contains various certificates awarded to Meserand. Citations are from: The Good Will Commission of the State of New Jersey (1941); The Fur Vest Project (1942); Radio Pioneers (1942); US Treasury Department (1943); Bundles for America (1944); National War Fund (1945); United Hospital Fund of New York (1949); Boy Scouts of America (New York Chapters) (1948, 1950 and 1951); United Hospital Fund (1950); United Red Feathers Campaign (1951); the 23rd Congressional District of New York (naming Ms. Meserand "Woman of the Year") (1990); Daughters of the American Revolution (1992); the Women's Press Club (1997), and Broadcast Music, Inc. (undated).

In oversize storage: framed award certificate from the New Jersey Science Teachers Assoc. for the program "Wild Life [sic] Unlimited," (1951); a proclamation (18" x 23") from the Northeast chapter of AWRT to Ms. Meserand for her "outstanding contributions," 1982; a Resolution in honor of Meserand from Montgomery County, New York (1990); Proclamation from the US Congress (1990); "Woman of the Year" certificate from the Legislature of New York State (1990); and "Woman of the Year" certificate and citation (the latter from Senator Hugh T. Farley) from the Amsterdam Mohawk Valley Business and Professional Women's Club (1990).

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Awards, Certificates and Honors -- Certificates and Honors, 1951-1997; undatedseries 7.2box 8folder 9

Series 8: American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), 1951-1996 and undated (0.75 linear foot)

Materials (correspondence, fliers, programs, bylaws, travel information, newletters, and some limited financial information) related to the founding of American Women in Radio and Television, its activities and to its highly-attended annual conventions. This series has six subseries. As much as possible each subseries is ordered by date.

Subseries 8.1: Correspondence, 1951-1991 and undated (four folders)

Letters (102 total) from, among others: the United Nations; US Department of Agriculture; NY Department of Commerce; Westinghouse; ABC; WTAM; NAB; Thomas E. Dewey; G. Mennen Williams; the Girl Scouts; Alma Cramer; Jane Dalton; Eastman Kodak; Dumont TV; Midwest TV Inc.; WJXN; Ted Church; the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults; National Association of Manufacturers; "Martha Logan" (a.k.a. Kay K. Martin); WIP; City of New York Municipal Broadcasting System; National Council of the Churches of Christ; Helen King; WBVP; Kathi Norris; KCMO; Bess Wright; Bee Baxter; the US Office of the Secretary of Defense; National Committee on Boys and Girls Club Work, Inc.; WATL; WSPA; WLW; Christ Church in Philadelphia; the Kellogg Company; Bess Wright; Essex Broadcasting, Inc. and SESAC, Inc.

This subseries also includes twenty-two letters sent from Ms. Meserand to: AWRT; Lucille Shearwood; Alice Praeger; Sidney Guber; James Hillier; Enid Roth; Marion Stephenson; Susan Schardt (Knight Ridder); and Amand Bier of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, among others.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AWRT -- Correspondence, 1951-1991series 8.1box 8folder 10
AWRT -- Correspondence, 1952-1991series 8.1box 8folder 11
AWRT -- Correspondence, undatedseries 8.1box 8folder 12
AWRT -- Correspondence -- From EM, 1951-1991; undatedseries 8.1box 8folder 13

Subseries 8.2: Clippings, 1942-1976 and undated (two folders)

Contains 62 total press mentions of AWRT activities. Arranged by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AWRT -- Clippings, 1942-1952series 8.2box 8folder 14
AWRT -- Clippings, 1953-1976series 8.2box 8folder 15

Subseries 8.3: Photographs, 1951-1963 (two folders)

Photos (43 total, many featuring Ms. Meserand) taken at various AWRT conventions or other AWRT events. Besides Ms. Meserand, photos also feature: Walter Taylor, Roy Peet, Anne Hayes, Doris Corwith, Jane Barton, Pat Griffith Lowery, Sally Ward, Betty Doolittle, Faith Fern Nelson, Betty White, Pat Mahoney, Catharine Heinz, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Carole Simpson, Betty Morris, Martha Brown, Marie Murray, Beth Lee, and Fern Melrose.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AWRT -- Photos, 1951-1963; undatedseries 8.3box 8folder 16
AWRT -- Photos, 1951-1963; undateedseries 8.3box 8folder 17

Subseries 8.4: AWRT Newsletters, 1951-1952 (one folder)

Ten issues of the organization's monthly newsletter.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AWRT -- Newsletters, 1951-1952series 8.4box 8folder 18

Subseries 8.5: Speeches by EM to AWRT, 1951-1996 and undated (two folders)

Scripts of speeches. Includes dated material: contains copies of addresses given by Meserand at various AWRT meetings/conventions, and copy for AWRT awards presentations to newswomen Linda Ellerbee and Faith Daniels; and undated material: transcripts of addresses and introductions delivered by Ms. Meserand, including introductions of Ellie Pankin and Sally Jessy Raphael.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AWRT -- Speeches, 1951-1996series 8.5box 8folder 19
AWRT -- Speeches, undatedseries 8.5box 8folder 20

Subseries 8.6: AWRT Conventions, 1951-1996 (0.50 linear foot)

This subseries contains clippings, programs, correspondence and other material related to the following annual AWRT Conventions: 1952-54; 1959-62; 1976; 1989-92; 1994-96. Folders contain similar types of material, grouped by convention year.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AWRT -- Convention, 1951series 8.6box 9folder 1
AWRT -- Convention, 1952series 8.6box 9folder 2
AWRT -- Convention, 1953series 8.6box 9folder 3
AWRT -- Convention, 1954series 8.6box 9folder 4
AWRT -- Convention, 1959series 8.6box 9folder 5
AWRT -- Convention, 1959series 8.6box 9folder 6
AWRT -- Convention, 1960-1962series 8.6box 9folder 7
AWRT -- Convention, 1976series 8.6box 9folder 8
AWRT -- Convention, 1976series 8.6box 9folder 9
AWRT -- Convention, 1989series 8.6box 9folder 10
AWRT -- Convention, 1990series 8.6box 9folder 11
AWRT -- Convention, 1991series 8.6box 9folder 12
AWRT -- Convention, 1991series 8.6box 9folder 13
AWRT -- Convention, 1992series 8.6box 9folder 14
AWRT -- Convention, 1994series 8.6box 9folder 15
AWRT -- Convention, 1995series 8.6box 9folder 16
AWRT -- Convention, 1996series 8.6box 9folder 17
AWRT -- Convention - Miscellaneous, 1952-1996; undatedseries 8.6box 9folder 18

Series 9: Speeches, 1943-1986 and undated (two folders)

This series contains transcripts of six talks delivered by Meserand to: The Institute for Education by Radio (1948); Institute for Hospital Public Relations (1948); BMI Clinic (1952); the Women's Press Club of Albany, NY (1976); and the Schenectady County Historical Society (1986) plus one untitled, undated speech of Meserand's remarks on an unknown panel discussion.

In addition to speeches by Meserand, this series also contains copies of nine speeches delivered by, among others, the following individuals: Dave Driscoll, Mahatma Ghandi, Carole Simpson, Pauline Frederick, and Fulton Sheen.

All are arranged by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Speeches -- by EM, 1943-1986; undated series 9box 10folder 1
Speeches -- by Others, 1943-1986; undated series 9box 10folder 2

Series 10: Miscellaneous, 1930-1996 and undated (five folders)

This series contains 35 various items including Meserand's employee, membership and press identification cards from: NBC (1930 and 1931); WOR (1941); the United Nations (radio pass) (1943 and 1948); press passes for the Democratic and Republican national conventions of 1948; and membership cards from AWRT (1951 and 1952). Also contains:

Press release from the Library of Congress (re: WOR donation), 1984; a certificate to Jane Barton from the US Navy Affairs Alumni Association (undated); several of Meserand's business cards; notes titled "Weaver/Tinker InterviewApril 22, 1989"; and two financial/stock statements, both 1996.

One red-covered, spiral-bound notebook, handwritten in by Meserand, documenting various gifts given by her, to whom and the gift's cost. The dates in this notebook range from 1966-1974.

Various documents pertaining to WOR's "Ten Year Club," a WOR-TV Price List (c. 1951), and a delicate pencil sketch of Meserand, c. 1931.

Contains seven printed programs for events, dinners, meetings, etc., held by the following: the Institute for Education by Radio (1944 and 1948); Reception for Cardinal Spellman (1946); Institute on Hospital Public Relations; and the 18th BMI Program Clinic (1952).

Materials (24 items total, including correspondence and clippings) about a humming bird named "Bitsy" that Meserand kept as a pet in the early 1940s. Ms. Meserand later used this bird as inspiration for a proposed book. Included are rough drafts of the text of the book and some feedback from potential publishers.

Collection of eight poems, some typed and some torn from magazines, by the poets Jean Rogers Wilson, Bill Gebert and others. Also includes an original "prose poem," "Moonlight Sonata," written by Ms. Meserand herself. It was published in "Radio Digest" in October of 1931 and that magazine page is enclosed.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Miscellaneous -- 50th Anniversary "Thank You" List, 1976? series 10box 10folder 3
Miscellaneous -- "Gifts - 1966-1974", 1966-1974 series 10box 10folder 4
Miscellaneous -- Poems, undated series 10box 10folder 5
Miscellaneous -- "Bitsy the Humming Bird", circa 1940s series 10box 10folder 6
Miscellaneous -- "Bitsy the Humming Bird", circa 1940s series 10box 10folder 7
Miscellaneous -- Printed Programs, 1944-1952 series 10box 10folder 8
Miscellaneous -- General, undated series 10box 10folder 9

Series 11: Media/Books, 1900-1996 (1.00 linear foot)

This collection contains the following items: an audio recording of Ms. Meserand's remarks to the NY chapter of AWRT on October 11, 1996 at an awards presentation to Barbara Walters; 45 rpm recording (50 seconds long) of a speech by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller titled "Welcome to New York" which was played at the 8th Annual ATWT convention; and one reel-to-reel tape recording of a 1976 gala honoring Meserand for her 50 years in broadcasting.

This series also contains the following hardbound books:

  • Grismer, Joseph R. "Way Down East." New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1900
  • Hardman, J.B.S., ed. "Rendezvous with Destiny." New York: Dryden Press, 1944
  • Moseley, Sydney. "God Help America." London: The Saint Catherine Press, 1952 (inscribed by the author)
  • Moseley, Sydney. "The Truth About Journalism." London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1935 (inscribed by the author)
  • Nathan, Adele. "The Building of the First Transcontintal Railroad." New York: Random House, 1950 (inscribed by the author)
  • White, Paul W. "News on the Air." New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1947
  • Wishengard, Morton. "The Eternal Light." New York: Crown, 1947.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Media/Books, 1900-1996; undated series 11box 12folder 1

Series 12: Scrapbooks, 1976-1991 (five items)

This collection contains five scrapbooks compiled by Meserand or compiled on her behalf. They are: 50th Anniversary in Broadcasting (red and black cover) (1976); AWRT (blue cover) (2 scrapbooks) (1976); AWRT -- Edythe Meserand Distinguished Broadcaster Award (burgundy color cover) (1987, 1988, 1989 and 1991); party in honor of Meserand (undated); and, oversize scrapbook (1976) (off-white cover). (The final scrapbook is in oversize storage.)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scrapbooks -- 50th Anniversary in Broadcasting, 1976? series 12box 11folder 1
Scrapbooks -- AWRT (blue cover), 1976 series 12box 11folder 2
Scrapbooks -- AWRT - Edythe Meserand Distinguished Broadcaster Award, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 series 12box 11folder 3
Scrapbooks -- Party in honor of Ms. Meserand, undated series 12box 11folder 4
Scrapbooks -- Oversize, off-white cover (oversize), 1976 series 12box 11folder 5

Series 13: Artifacts, circa 1930s-1970 and undated (15 items)

Ms. Meserand's collection also includes the following objects: Three-dimension plaque (approx. 4" x 5") noting Ms. Meserand's past presidency of the NY chapter of AWRT; Plaque (7 1/2" x 9 1/2") awarded to Ms. Meserand in May of 1965 from AWRT "in recognition and appreciation of her contributions as president, 1951-1952"; Plaque (8" x 10") awarded to Ms. Meserand by AWRT in April of 1987 designating that their distinguished broadcaster award will be referred to herein as the "Edythe Meserand" award; Framed photograph (9" x 11") featuring Ms. Meserand standing with Pauline Frederick and an unidentified man; Framed invitation inviting Ms. Meserand to the First International Convention of AWRT in England in 1970; Pin (approx. 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"), red, white, blue and gold - reads: "Help Fight Infantile Paralysis"; Pin (1 1/2" x 1 1/2"), red, white, blue and gold, target motif - reads: "RAF"; Pin, smaller version of RAF pin described above; Pin (1" in length), gray, microphone-shaped; square pin (1/2" x 1/2"), brown and gold - reads: "Jamaica High School"; Oval pin (1/2" x 3/4"), gold with blue band - reads: "Labire Omina Florenty"; Medallion (approx. 2" x 2") from the Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia for Ms. Meserand's work at the UNNRRA Conference, 1943; Medal: gold metal on red, white and blue ribbon, reading "Radio, 1948/Philadelphia: Republican National Convention"; Medal: gold metal on dark blue ribbon, reading - "Philadelphia/Radio 1948: Democratic National Convention"; Gold plaque (approx. 2" x 4"), reads: "The Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia is extended to EDYTH MESERAND attending the Republican National Convention, June 21st 1948"; Gold ribbon with blue lettering (2" x 5 1/2"), reading: "Founding Convention of the New Party/Working Radio/Convention Hall/Philadelphia, PA, July 23-26, 1948"; Multi-color caricature (11" x 18") of Ms. Meserand in bathing suit (c. 1930s) signed by "Jolly Bill" and inscribed, "Edith [sic] Meserand--Little Girl on a Raft" (in oversized storage); and a spiral-bound reprint of article on WOR's newsroom from the November 17, 1947 issue of "Broadcasting" magazine. Contains text and many black-and-white photographs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Artifacts (oversize), circa 1930s-1987; undated series 13box 13folder 1
Artifacts (oversize), circa 1930s-1987; undated series 13box 14folder 1

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