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Douglas F. Bodwell Papers

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Abstract

Title:
Douglas F. Bodwell Papers
Author/Creator:
Bodwell, Douglas F.
Collection number:
NPBA 92-106
Size:
0.25 linear foot
Bulk dates:
1965-1971
Inclusive dates:
1961-1971 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:

From 1974 to 1998, Bodwell worked for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as director of the Office of Education, an office he created. As CPB's chief education officer, he planned, developed goals, and assigned activities to senior management while also retaining complete authority for the Office of Education. While at CPB, Bodwell worked on the Annenberg/CPB project as first advisee to the president, Deputy Director, and finally as the Director of the project. From 1983 to 1985 he served as Executive Assistant to the President of CPB. In this job, he advised and assisted in policy and administrative matters, while also developing projects with Corporations in Support of Public Television. In addition, he advised on Kids America and Project Literacy US. In 1990, Bodwell launched a project on President and Governors' Year 2000 Education Goals. He also helped fund instructional television, conducted national surveys, promoted educational television nationally, and obtained funding for the Emmy award winners 3-2-1 Contact, Reading Rainbow, and Square One TV. This collection consists of materials Bodwell collected regarding Operation Alphabet, a twenty-week television program on WFIL-TV, Philadelphia, teaching adult literacy.

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There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Douglas F. Bodwell Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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

Douglas F. Bodwell spent his early life in New Hampshire where he attended public school in Keene, and St. Paul's School in Concord. He went on to receive a A.B. from Columbia in 1964 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973.

After graduating from Columbia, Bodwell planned service programs and determined recipient eligibility for the New York City Welfare Department. During the following two years, as Assistant Director of the Columbia College Fund, he planned fundraisers, organized volunteers and created a parents fund. From 1967 to 1968, he worked at Fisk University as Assistant to the President. Here he not only reorganized the public relations office and established the development office, but he also advised the president on student unrest. Bodwell left this position to work for the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, DC in 1968. He started at ACE as the Assistant Director of the Academic Internship program, a job that required him to administer a program giving nine-month internships for training in academic administration to faculty and staff members. In 1972, he became a staff associate in the Office of Academic Affairs for ACE helping with the association's activities with faculty, students and curriculum. He also aided military personnel by working with the Serviceman's Opportunity College.

From 1974 to 1998, Bodwell worked for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as director of the Office of Education, an office he created. As CPB's chief education officer, he planned, developed goals, and assigned activities to senior management while also retaining complete authority for the Office of Education. While at CPB, Bodwell worked on the Annenberg/CPB project as first advisee to the president, Deputy Director, and finally as the Director of the project. His duties for the project included the development of a $10 million annual funding project for educational telecommunications, as well as work on funding and planning for The Brain, The Constitution: that Delicate Balance, Congress: We the People, The Mechanical Universe, and For All Practical Purposes: Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics. From 1983 to 1985 he served as Executive Assistant to the President of CPB. In this job, he advised and assisted in policy and administrative matters, while also developing projects with Corporations in Support of Public Television. In addition, he advised on Kids America and Project Literacy US. In 1990, Bodwell launched a project on President and Governors' Year 2000 Education Goals. He also helped fund instructional television, conducted national surveys, promoted educational television nationally, and obtained funding for the Emmy award winners 3-2-1 Contact, Reading Rainbow, and Square One TV.

Douglas F. Bodwell died in 1998.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Douglas F. Bodwell Papersl cover the years 1961 to 1971 with the bulk of the material dating from 1965 to 1971. The collection consists of materials Bodwell collected regarding Operation Alphabet, a twenty-week television program on WFIL-TV, Philadelphia, teaching adult literacy. In addition to viewer correspondence to the show's host, Dr. Alexander Shevlin, the collection contains clippings and notes.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Douglas F. Bodwell Papers were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by Douglas F. Bodwell in March of 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Bryan Cornell, October 1992. Revised by Bryan Cornell, December 1992

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Karen E. King, January 2005.

Arrangement of Collection

Organized as one series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Operation Alphabet, 1961-1971 and undated (5 folders)

The bulk of this series consists of viewer responses to Professor Alexander Shevlin, the show's host. Many letters were written by adults, children, and immigrants who watched the show. The series also contains handwritten notes that break down the audience by gender, region and national origin. Finally, newspaper clippings that announce and comment on the show are also included.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Newspaper Clippings, September 1962 series 1box 1folder 1
Notes - Correspondence statistics, summary, undated series 1box 1folder 2
Viewer Correspondence, 1961, 1962, 1964, undated series 1box 1folder 3
Viewer Correspondence, 1965 series 1box 1folder 4
Viewer Correspondence, December 1970; March-June 1971 series 1box 1folder 5

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