William G. Harley Papers
William Harley started his broadcasting career in the 1940s as program director of Wisconsin Broadcasting System. Then, from 1950 to 1952 he was program coordinator of Ford-National Association Educational Broadcasters' Adult Educational Radio Project. From 1960 to 1975, he was president of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB). During that time, Harley was also director of the Joint Council on Educational Telecommunications (JCET) and its president from 1973 to 1975. From 1981 to 1985, Harley chaired the Peabody Awards Board. Finally, in 1989, Harley served on the national committee of OPT IN America, a nonprofit public advocacy group dedicated to promoting the development of fiber optic technology for home and school. The collection contains part of a NAEB proposal for funding as well as speeches of former NAEB presidents Frank Schooley and William Harley on professionalization and future of educational broadcasting.
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William Harley was born on October 9, 1911 in Madison, Wisconsin, to Joel Alva and Elizabeth Gardner Harley. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1935. Upon graduation, he began work at the Wisconsin Broadcasting System as chief announcer while studying for his masters at the University of Wisconsin. He joined the staff of WHA in Madison and assumed the duties of an Instructor in Madison's Department of Radio-Television Education in 1936. He completed the work for his masters in 1940. In June of that year, he married Jewell Bunnell with whom he would have four daughters, Cynthia, Linda, Gratia, and Gail. He became Program Director of the Wisconsin Broadcasting System in 1940 and from 1944 to 1946 served as Acting Director for the System. Harley worked up through the ranks of the Department if Radio-Television Education in the 1940's and 1950's. He was named Assistant Professor in 1942, Associate Professor in 1953, and Professor in 1957.
From 1950 to 1952, Harley was the program coordinator for the Ford-National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB) Adult Education Radio Project. Harley left Wisconsin for Washington, D.C., in 1960 to serve as President of NAEB. Concurrently, he became the Director of the Joint Council on Educational Telecommunications (JCET). He remained in these two positions until 1975. From 1973 to 1975, he also served as President of JCET. Harley received an honorary LL.D from the University of Wisconsin in 1972.
Upon stepping down from NAEB and JCET, he served on the Peabody Awards Board. He was Chairman of this Board from 1981 to 1985. During this period, Harley served on several national and international commissions dealing with communications including UNESCO and the Mass Communications Commission. He even served as Chairman of the Mass Communications Commission from 1967 to 1968 and 1970 to 1976. While working on these commissions, Harley consulted for such organizations as the Rothschild Foundation, the Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of State among others. Harley retired in 1987 except for a current stint on the Board of Directors of Americans for Universality of UNESCO and his editorship of The Oldtimers Newsletter. Finally, in 1989, Harley served on the National Committee of OPT IN America, a nonprofit public advocacy group dedicated to promoting the development of fiber optic technology for home and school.
Harley was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Theta Pi, and the International and Cosmos Clubs of Washington.
Harley died in 1998.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The William G. Harley Papers includes part of a National Association of Educational Broadcasters'(NAEB) Proposal, evidentially for funding, and speeches of Frank Schooley and William Harley, former presidents of NAEB, concerning the professionalization and the future of educational broadcasting.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The William G. Harley Papers was donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by William Harley in two parts. The first segment was donated in February of 1991 and the second in May of 1991.
Processed by Susan McElrath, November 1991. Revised by Karen E. King, November 1998
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Karen E. King, July 2004.
Arrangement of Collection
Organized as one series:
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: National Association of Educational Broadcasters, 1942-1965 (0.25 linear feet)
This series consists of part of a proposal by the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB), evidentially for funding, and speeches from Frank Schooley and William Harley, both former presidents of NAEB, concerning the professionalization and the future of educational broadcasting. The arrangement is alphabetical by document type.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Proposals - "The NAEB Role" - Harry Skornia, 1960||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Speeches -- Harley, Bill, 1962-1965||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|Speeches -- Schooley, Frank E., 1942-1965||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
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Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- Educational broadcasting -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Harley, William G., 1911- -- Archives
- National Association of Educational Broadcasters -- Finance
Names (Added Entries)
- National Association of Educational Broadcasters
- Schooley, Frank E.
- Skornia, Harry Jay, 1910-