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Burt Harrison Papers

Abstract

Title:
Burt Harrison Papers
Author/Creator:
Harrison, Burt
Collection number:
NPBA 92-9
Size:
5.00 linear feet including 65 audiocassettes
Bulk dates:
1977-1982
Inclusive dates:
1977-1982
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:

Burt Harrison spent most of his broadcasting career in the state of Washington. He was station manager of KWSU, Washington State University at Pullman's radio station from 1959 to 1976. During this time he served on the boards of National Association Educational Broadcasters (NAEB), National Educational Radio (NER), and the Association of Public Radio Stations. In addition, Harrison lobbied for the inclusion of radio in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. In 1977, he received the first Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. After retirement, Harrison and his wife, Dee, taped 42 oral history interviews for the Public Radio Oral History Project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The collection consists of audio cassettes, verbatim and final transcripts of interviews for the Public Radio Oral History Project. The interviewees discuss their roles and memories of public radio.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Burt Harrison Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1565
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

Burt Harrison received degrees from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, and the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. While in Kansas, he worked for local newspapers. Harrison's work in radio began in Colorado where he wrote a weekly science commentary, free-lanced for the Rocky Mountain Radio Council, and ran a couple of commercial radio stations in southern Colorado. He was also a member of the University of Denver faculty.

In 1949, Harrison joined Allen Miller at KWSU, Washington State University at Pullman's radio station, and became an Associate Professor of Communications at Washington State University. He took on the job of station manager of KWSU in 1959 and remained at this post until he retired from KWSU in 1976. During this period, he served on the boards of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, National Educational Radio, and the Association of Public Radio Stations. He also lobbied for the inclusion of radio in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.

Upon retirement from KWSU, he and his wife of thirty-six years, Dee (Nadine), taped forty-two oral history interviews for the Public Radio Oral History Project which was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He was also a Fulbright Lecturer at Chiengmai University in Chiengmai, Thailand, during this same period, 1977 to 1978. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting presented him with the first Edward R. Murrow Award in 1977. The Washington State Association of Broadcasters also honored Harrison with the 1987 Broadcaster of the Year Award.

Burt Harrison died in 2004.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Burt Harrison Papers consists of audio cassettes, verbatim and final transcripts of oral history interviews by Burt and Dee Harrison with various significant figures in public radio for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded Public Radio Oral History Project. The interviewees discuss their particular role in and memories of public radio including such events such as the creation of National Public Radio.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Burt Harrison Papers was donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by Burt Harrison in June of 1991 and in June of 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Susan McElrath, November 1991. Revised by Karen E. King, November 1995

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Karen E. King, November 2004.

Arrangement of Collection

Organized as one series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Public Radio Oral History Project, 1977-1982 (5.00 linear feet including 65 audiocassettes)

This series consists of audio cassettes, verbatim and final transcripts of oral history interviews by Burt and Dee Harrison with various significant figures in public radio. The interviewees discuss their particular role in and memories of public radio including such events as the creation of National Public Radio. The arrangement is alphabetical by interviewee.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Menzer, Carl., September 3, 1978 series 1box 1folder 1
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Hinz, Robert C., June 26, 1978 series 1box 1folder 2
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Hull, Richard B., July 25, 1978 series 1box 1folder 3
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Burke, Jack., August 21, 1978 series 1box 1folder 4
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Hulsen, Albert., October 3, 1978 series 1box 1folder 5
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Kager, Kenneth., June 28, 1978 series 1box 1folder 6
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Kindred, Lucinda Landreth., July 17, 1978 series 1box 1folder 7
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Hinz, Robert C., June 26, 1978 series 1box 1folder 8
Oral History Audiocassettes -- McCarty, Harold B., September 21, 1978 series 1box 1folder 9
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Hull, Richard B., July 25, 1978 series 1box 1folder 10
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Menzer, Carl., September 3, 1978 series 1box 1folder 11
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Miles, James S., September 14, 1978 series 1box 1folder 12
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Miles, James S., September 14, 1978 series 1box 1folder 13
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Miller, Allen, July 1977 series 1box 1folder 14
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Morris, James M., June 27, 1978 series 1box 1folder 15
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Morris, James M., June 27, 1978 series 1box 1folder 16
Oral History Audiocassettes -- McCarty, Harold B., September 21, 1978 series 1box 1folder 17
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Estell, Richard., September 12, 1978 series 1box 1folder 18
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Busch, Martin P., August 25, 1978 series 1box 1folder 19
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Busch, Martin P., August 25, 1978 series 1box 1folder 20
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Cordier, Hugh., September 6, 1978 series 1box 1folder 21
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Crabbe, John C., August 15, 1978 series 1box 1folder 22
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Hulsen, Albert., October 3, 1978 series 1box 1folder 23
Oral History Audiocassettes -- DeCamp, John., September 12, 1978 series 1box 1folder 24
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Hilliard, Robert L., September 22, 1978 series 1box 1folder 25
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Fredette, Albert P., October 30, 1978 series 1box 1folder 26
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Frischknecht, Lee., November 2, 1978 series 1box 1folder 27
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Frymire, Lawrence., November 1, 1978 series 1box 1folder 28
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Girling, Betty T., August 30, 1978 series 1box 1folder 29
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Girling, Betty T., August 30, 1978 series 1box 1folder 30
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Gregory, John F., July 20, 1978 series 1box 1folder 31
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Harley, William G., October 29, 1978 series 1box 1folder 32
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Hill, Ruane B., September 22, 1978 series 1box 1folder 33
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Crabbe, John C., August 15, 1978 series 1box 1folder 34
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Quayle, Donald R., October 23, 1978 series 1box 2folder 1
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Mott, Robert A., July 24, 1978 series 1box 2folder 2
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Mott, Robert A., July 24, 1978 series 1box 2folder 3
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Norwood, Frank W., November 1, 1978 series 1box 2folder 4
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Novik, Morris S., October 30, 1978 series 1box 2folder 5
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Novik, Morris S., October 30, 1978 series 1box 2folder 6
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Tyler, I. Keith., October 11, 1978 series 1box 2folder 7
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Young, Elizabeth L., October 10, 1978 series 1box 2folder 8
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Witherspoon, John., October 31, 1978 series 1box 2folder 9
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Paulu, Burton., August 29, 1978 series 1box 2folder 10
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Tyler, I. Keith., October 11, 1978 series 1box 2folder 11
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Quayle, Donald R., October 23, 1978 series 1box 2folder 12
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Titus, Ralph., August 22, 1978 series 1box 2folder 13
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Swenson, Patricia L., July 6, 1978 series 1box 2folder 14
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Swenson, Patricia L., July 6, 1978 series 1box 2folder 15
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Summerfield, John D. "Jack", July 27, 1978 series 1box 2folder 16
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Summerfield, John D. "Jack", July 27, 1978 series 1box 2folder 17
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Sheppard, Walter P. and Martha., October 13, 1978 series 1box 2folder 18
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Sheppard, Walter P. and Martha., October 13, 1978 series 1box 2folder 19
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Scott, Sam., August 23, 1978 series 1box 2folder 20
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Scott, Sam., August 23, 1978 series 1box 2folder 21
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Schooley, Frank., September 18, 1978 series 1box 2folder 22
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Schooley, Frank., September 18, 1978 series 1box 2folder 23
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Sandler, Jerrold., October 24, 1978 series 1box 2folder 24
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Sandler, Jerrold., October 24, 1978 series 1box 2folder 25
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Robertson, James., October 30, 1978 series 1box 2folder 26
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Robertson, James., October 30, 1978 series 1box 2folder 27
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Regnell, John A., September 27, 1978 series 1box 2folder 28
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Underwood, Robert E., September 18, 1978 series 1box 2folder 29
Oral History Audiocassettes -- Sheppard, Walter P. and Martha., October 13, 1978 series 1box 2folder 30
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Burke, Jack., August 21, 1978 series 1box 3folder 1
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Busch, Martin P., August 25, 1978 series 1box 3folder 2
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Cordier, Hugh., September 6, 1978 series 1box 3folder 3
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Crabbe, John C., August 15, 1978 series 1box 3folder 4
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- DeCamp, John., September 12, 1978 series 1box 3folder 5
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Estell, Richard., September 12, 1978 series 1box 3folder 6
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Fredette, Albert P., October 30, 1978 series 1box 3folder 7
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Frischknecht, Lee., November 2, 1978 series 1box 3folder 8
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Frymire, Lawrence., November 1, 1978 series 1box 3folder 9
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Girling, Betty T., August 30, 1978 series 1box 3folder 10
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Gregory, John F., July 20, 1978 series 1box 3folder 11
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Harley, William G., October 29, 1978 series 1box 3folder 12
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Hill, Ruane B., September 22, 1978 series 1box 3folder 13
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Hilliard, Robert L., October 31, 1978 series 1box 3folder 14
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Hinz, Robert C., June 26, 1978 series 1box 3folder 15
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Hull, Richard B., July 25, 1978 series 1box 3folder 16
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Hulsen, Albert, October 3, 1978 series 1box 3folder 17
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Kager, Kenneth, June 28, 1978 series 1box 3folder 18
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Kindred, Lucinda Landreth, July 17, 1978 series 1box 3folder 19
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- McCarty, Harold B., September 21, 1978 series 1box 3folder 20
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Menzer, Carl, September 3, 1978 series 1box 3folder 21
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Miles, James S., September 14, 1978 series 1box 3folder 22
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Miller, Allen, July 1977 series 1box 3folder 23
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Morris, James M., June 27, 1978 series 1box 4folder 1
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Mott, Robert A., July 24, 1978 series 1box 4folder 2
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Norwood, Frank W., November 1, 1978 series 1box 4folder 3
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Novik, Morris S., October 30, 1978 series 1box 4folder 4
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Paulu, Burton, August 29, 1978 series 1box 4folder 5
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Quayle, Donald R., October 23, 1978 series 1box 4folder 6
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Regnell, John A., September 27, 1978 series 1box 4folder 7
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Robertson, James, October 30, 1978 series 1box 4folder 8
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Sandler, Jerrold, October 24, 1978 series 1box 4folder 9
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Schooley, Frank, September 18, 1978 series 1box 4folder 10
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Scott, Sam, August 23, 1978 series 1box 4folder 11
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Sheppard, Walter P. and Martha, October 13, 1978 series 1box 4folder 12
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Summerfield, John D. "Jack", July 27, 1978 series 1box 4folder 13
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Swenson, Patricia L., July 6, 1978 series 1box 4folder 14
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Titus, Ralph, August 22, 1978 series 1box 4folder 15
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Tyler, I. Keith, October 11, 1978 series 1box 4folder 16
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Underwood, Robert E., September 18, 1978 series 1box 4folder 17
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Witherspoon, John, October 31, 1978 series 1box 4folder 18
Oral History Verbatim Transcripts -- Young, Elizabeth L., October 10, 1978 series 1box 4folder 19
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Burke, Jack, August 21, 1978 series 1box 5folder 1
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Busch, Martin P., August 25, 1978 series 1box 5folder 2
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Cordier, Hugh, September 6, 1978 series 1box 5folder 3
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Crabbe, John C., August 15, 1978 series 1box 5folder 4
Oral History Final Transcripts -- DeCamp, John, September 12, 1978 series 1box 5folder 5
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Estell, Riachard, September 12, 1978 series 1box 5folder 6
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Fredette, Albert P., October 30, 1978 series 1box 5folder 7
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Frischknecht, Lee, November 2, 1978 series 1box 5folder 8
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Frymire, Lawrence, November 1, 1978 series 1box 5folder 9
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Girling, Betty T., August 30, 1978 series 1box 5folder 10
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Gregory, John F., July 20, 1978 series 1box 5folder 11
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Harley, William G., October 29, 1978 series 1box 5folder 12
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Hill, Ruane B., September 22, 1978 series 1box 5folder 13
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Hilliard, Robert L., October 31, 1978 series 1box 5folder 14
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Hinz, Robert C., June 26, 1978 series 1box 5folder 15
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Hull, Richard B., July 25, 1978 series 1box 5folder 16
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Hulsen, Albert, October 3, 1978 series 1box 5folder 17
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Kager, Kenenth, June 28, 1978 series 1box 5folder 18
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Kindred, Lucinda Landreth, July 17, 1978 series 1box 5folder 19
Oral History Final Transcripts -- McCarty, Harold B., September 21, 1978 series 1box 5folder 20
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Menzer, Carl, September 3, 1978 series 1box 5folder 21
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Miles, James S., September 14, 1978 series 1box 5folder 22
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Miller, Allen, July 1977 series 1box 5folder 23
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Morris, James M., June 27, 1978 series 1box 6folder 1
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Mott, Robert A., July 24, 1978 series 1box 6folder 2
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Norwood, Frank W., November 1, 1978 series 1box 6folder 3
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Novik, Morris S., October 30, 1978 series 1box 6folder 4
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Paulu, Burton, August 29, 1978 series 1box 6folder 5
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Quayle, Donald R., October 23, 1978 series 1box 6folder 6
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Regnell, John A., September 27, 1978 series 1box 6folder 7
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Robertson, James, October 30, 1978 series 1box 6folder 8
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Sandler, Jerrold, October 24, 1978 series 1box 6folder 9
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Schooley, Frank, September 18, 1978 series 1box 6folder 10
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Scott, Sam, August 23, 1978 series 1box 6folder 11
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Sheppard, Walter P. and Martha, October 13, 1978 series 1box 6folder 12
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Summerfield, John D. "Jack", July 27, 1978 series 1box 6folder 13
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Swenson, Patricia L., July 6, 1978 series 1box 6folder 14
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Titus, Ralph, August 22, 1978 series 1box 6folder 15
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Tyler, I. Keith, October 11, 1978 series 1box 6folder 16
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Underwood, Robert E., September 18, 1978 series 1box 6folder 17
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Witherspoon, John, October 31, 1978 series 1box 6folder 18
Oral History Final Transcripts -- Young, Elizabeth L., October 10, 1978 series 1box 6folder 19

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