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James Leaders Loper Papers

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Abstract

Title:
James Leaders Loper Papers
Author/Creator:
Loper, James Leaders
Collection number:
NPBA 99-11
Size:
7.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1973-1982
Inclusive dates:
1962-1984 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:

James Leaders. Loper has had a long and distinguished career in broadcasting, particularly in Los Angeles, California where he served as the director of Broadcasting Service Center at California State University from 1960-1962. In 1962, he became deeply involved in the movement to establish a non-commercial television station in Los Angeles. To this end, he acted as vice president of Community Television of Southern California from 1962-1963 and assisted in putting together the license application for what would be KCET. Loper's efforts landed him a position at the newly-licensed station that went on the air in September 1964: he served as assistant to the President of KCET from 1963-1965, and director of Educational Services from 1964-1965. Loper's tenure at KCET showed a continuous climb through the ranks to upper management: assistant general manager from 1965-1966, vice president and general manager from 1966-1969, executive vice president and general manager from 1969-1971, president and general manager from 1971-1976, and lastly, president and chief executive officer from 1976-1982. The collection documents Loper's work as the president and general manager of Los Angeles' public television station, KCET.

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James Leaders Loper Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Historical Note

James Leaders Loper was born on September 4, 1931 in Phoenix, Arizona. Loper attended Arizona State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1953 in the field of journalism. He remained at ASU after his graduation, serving as the assistant and acting director of the Bureau of Broadcasting from 1953-1959. In this capacity, Loper was instrumental in the activation of KAET, the public television outlet in Tempe, Arizona. During this time, Loper also served as the weekend news editor and announcer for KTAR (Phoenix) and the eight-station Arizona Broadcasting System from 1955-1956. Loper received his Master of Arts in Radio and Television from the University of Denver in 1957. His thesis focused on the groundwork and development of KAET. In 1967, he received his Doctorate in Communications from the University of Southern California. His dissertation discussed speech communication and was entitled, An Experimental Study of Some Effects of time Compression Upon the Comprehension and Retention of a Visually Augmented Televised Speech.

Loper moved to Los Angeles, California where he served as the director of Broadcasting Service Center at California State University from 1960-1962. In 1962, he became deeply involved in the movement to establish a non-commercial television station in Los Angeles. To this end, he acted as vice president of Community Television of Southern California from 1962-1963 and assisted in putting together the license application for what would be KCET. Loper's efforts landed him a position at the newly-licensed station that went on the air in September 1964: he served as assistant to the President of KCET from 1963-1965, and director of Educational Services from 1964-1965. Loper's tenure at KCET showed a continuous climb through the ranks to upper management: assistant general manager from 1965-1966, vice president and general manager from 1966-1969, executive vice president and general manager from 1969-1971, president and general manager from 1971-1976, and lastly, president and chief executive officer from 1976-1982.

Loper's activities have not been confined to work at KCET. He has been highly committed to the mission of broadcasting in general, serving as the Chairman of the Board and director for the Public Broadcasting Service from 1969-1972, as the president of the Western Educational Network from 1968-1970, as member of the California Governor's Educational Television and Radio Advisory Committee from 1968-1974, and as the executive director of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to name a few.

Loper served as the Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the Annenberg School of Communications on the campus of the University of Southern California from 1975-1980, where he also is an adjunct professor of radio and television. Loper has published articles in various professional journals and has contributed to two monographs: ETV: The Farther Vision published in 1967, and Broadcasting and Bargaining: Labor Relations in Radio and Television published in 1970. Loper has been a prominent figure in the Los Angeles' arts scene, holding board positions in the Los Angeles Arts Center, 1968-1972, the Associates of the Otis Art Institute, 1971-1977, and the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Company, 1974-present. He has also been involved in various civic organizations in the Los Angeles area.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The James Leaders Loper Papers documents Loper's work as the president and general manager of Los Angeles' public television station, KCET. The documents cover the years 1962 to 1982 and include some undated material, with the bulk of the documents ranging from 1973 to 1982. Significant areas of concentration include development and fundraising for KCET and programming. The types of documents found in the collection include correspondence, news clippings, reports, surveys, speeches and a few photographs.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The James Leaders Loper Papers was donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by James L. Loper in August of 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Tara R. Hess, November 1999.

Encoded by:

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

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: KCET, 1962-1984 (7.75 linear feet)

This series contains documents relating to James L. Loper's tenure with KCET (Los Angeles, CA) in his capacity as general manager, vice president and president. Materials include his correspondence, news clippings about KCET, subject files, reports, surveys, speeches and a few photographs.

Subseries 1.1: Correspondence, 1978-1982 (2.50 linear feet)

This subseries contains Loper's outgoing correspondence. For the most part it is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 1
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 2
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 3
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 4
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 5
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 6
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 7
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 8
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 9
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 10
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 11
Chronological File, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 12
Chronological File, January - October 1979series 1.1box 2folder 1
Chronological File, January - October 1979series 1.1box 2folder 2
Chronological File, January - October 1979series 1.1box 2folder 3
Chronological File, January - October 1979series 1.1box 2folder 4
Chronological File, January - October 1979series 1.1box 2folder 5
Chronological File, January - October 1979series 1.1box 2folder 6
Chronological File, January - October 1979series 1.1box 2folder 7
Chronological File, January - October 1979series 1.1box 2folder 8
Chronological File, January - October 1979series 1.1box 2folder 9
Chronological File, January - October 1979series 1.1box 2folder 10
Chronological File, November 1979 - August 1980series 1.1box 3folder 1
Chronological File, November 1979 - August 1980series 1.1box 3folder 2
Chronological File, November 1979 - August 1980series 1.1box 3folder 3
Chronological File, November 1979 - August 1980series 1.1box 3folder 4
Chronological File, November 1979 - August 1980series 1.1box 3folder 5
Chronological File, November 1979 - August 1980series 1.1box 3folder 6
Chronological File, November 1979 - August 1980series 1.1box 3folder 7
Chronological File, November 1979 - August 1980series 1.1box 3folder 8
Chronological File, November 1979 - August 1980series 1.1box 3folder 9
Chronological File, November 1979 - August 1980series 1.1box 3folder 10
Chronological File, September 1980 - March 1981series 1.1box 4folder 1
Chronological File, September 1980 - March 1981series 1.1box 4folder 2
Chronological File, September 1980 - March 1981series 1.1box 4folder 3
Chronological File, September 1980 - March 1981series 1.1box 4folder 4
Chronological File, September 1980 - March 1981series 1.1box 4folder 5
Chronological File, September 1980 - March 1981series 1.1box 4folder 6
Chronological File, September 1980 - March 1981series 1.1box 4folder 7
Chronological File, September 1980 - March 1981series 1.1box 4folder 8
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 1
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 2
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 3
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 4
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 5
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 6
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 7
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 8
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 9
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 10
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 11
Chronological File, April 1981 - March 1982series 1.1box 5folder 12
Chronological File, April - June 1982series 1.1box 6folder 1
Chronological File, April - June 1982series 1.1box 6folder 2
Chronological File, April - June 1982series 1.1box 6folder 3
FCC General Correspondence, 1980-1981series 1.1box 6folder 4

Subseries 1.2: Programming, 1964-1982 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

This subseries contains documents regarding the programming featured on KCET. Subject files detail the development of programming and sometimes include viewer comments. There is substantial coverage of awards granted to KCET programs, specifically any Emmy Awards. Also included in this subseries are documents relating to the KCET's part in the administration of American Playhouse, Public Broadcast Laboratory, and closed circuit television (Scrambled TV).

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Playhouse, 1980-1982, undatedseries 1.2box 6folder 5
American Playhouse, 1980-1982, undatedseries 1.2box 6folder 6
American Playhouse, 1980-1982, undatedseries 1.2box 6folder 7
American Playhouse -- New York Trip April 15-16, 1981 (Playhouse Governance), 1981, undatedseries 1.2box 6folder 8
Awards - Emmys, 1967-1982series 1.2box 6folder 9
Awards - Emmys, 1967-1982series 1.2box 6folder 10
Awards Miscellaneous, 1969-1982series 1.2box 7folder 1
Awards Miscellaneous, 1969-1982series 1.2box 7folder 2
Awards Miscellaneous, 1969-1982series 1.2box 7folder 3
Bomb -- "Lucia", 1975series 1.2box 7folder 4
Correspondence - Educational Projects, 1980-1981series 1.2box 7folder 5
Cousteau Activity, 1977series 1.2box 7folder 6
Near East, 1974-1975, undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 7
Peace Corps Project, 1964-1965, undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 8
"Public Broadcast Laboratory" (PBL) -- Correspondence, 1967-1969, undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 9
"Public Broadcast Laboratory" (PBL) -- Correspondence, 1967-1969, undatedseries 1.2box 7folder 10
"Public Broadcast Laboratory" (PBL) -- Publicity, 1967-1969, undatedseries 1.2box 8folder 1
Public Television Playhouse, 1981, undatedseries 1.2box 8folder 2
Scrambled TV -- D.A. Series, 1966-1972series 1.2box 8folder 3
Scrambled TV -- Medical Series (Correspondence), 1965-1973, undatedseries 1.2box 8folder 4
Scrambled TV -- Medical Series (Correspondence), 1965-1973, undatedseries 1.2box 8folder 5
Scrambled TV -- Miscellaneous, 1964-1973, undatedseries 1.2box 8folder 6

Subseries 1.3: The Dial, 1979-1982 (0.50 linear foot)

This subseries contain issues of and documents about The Dial, the monthly programming guide for KCET. Actual issues of The Dial range from February 1981 - August 1982. Subject files include: general files which contain documents relating to the foundation and administration of the programming guide, and files which contain primarily correspondence regarding the guide's legal troubles.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
The Dial, January 1981 - December 1981series 1.3box 8folder 7
The Dial, January 1981 - December 1981series 1.3box 8folder 8
The Dial, January 1981 - December 1981series 1.3box 8folder 9
The Dial, January 1981 - December 1981series 1.3box 8folder 10
The Dial, November 1981 - August 1982series 1.3box 9folder 1
The Dial, November 1981 - August 1982series 1.3box 9folder 2
The Dial, November 1981 - August 1982series 1.3box 9folder 3
The Dial -- General File, 1979-1982, undatedseries 1.3box 9folder 4
The Dial -- General File, 1979-1982, undatedseries 1.3box 9folder 5
The Dial -- General File, 1979-1982, undatedseries 1.3box 9folder 6
The Dial -- General File, 1979-1982, undatedseries 1.3box 9folder 7
The Dial -- Legal, 1980-1981series 1.3box 9folder 8
The Dial -- Legal, 1980-1981series 1.3box 10folder 1
The Dial -- Letter Agreement, 1979, 1980-1981series 1.3box 10folder 2

Subseries 1.4: Development, 1963-1974 (1.00 linear foot)

This large subseries contains issues relating to the funding and development of KCET. Subject files include general fundraising, fundraising events, capital campaigns, grants, major gifts and subscriber contributions. Extensive coverage is given to correspondence between KCET and the Ford Foundation which details the grant process.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Boston Pops Gala Benefit, September 1975, 1974-1976, undatedseries 1.4box 10folder 3
Boston Pops Gala Benefit, September 1975, 1974-1976, undatedseries 1.4box 10folder 4
Development -- Capital Campaign, 1973-1981, ndseries 1.4box 10folder 5
Development -- Capital Campaign, 1973-1981, undatedseries 1.4box 10folder 6
Development -- Capital Campaign, 1973-1981, undatedseries 1.4box 10folder 7
Development -- CBS Membership Grant, 1974-1977, undatedseries 1.4box 10folder 8
Development -- Development Committee (old), 1964-1976, undatedseries 1.4box 10folder 9
Development -- Development Committee (old), 1964-1976, undatedseries 1.4box 10folder 10
Development -- Development Committee (old), 1964-1976, undatedseries 1.4box 11folder 1
Development -- Contributions, 1974-1982, undatedseries 1.4box 11folder 2
Development -- Contributions, 1974-1982, undatedseries 1.4box 11folder 3
Development -- Correspondence, 1981-1982series 1.4box 11folder 4
Development -- Deferred Gifts Program, 1979series 1.4box 11folder 5
Development -- "Emergency Appeal", October 1980, 1980-1981, undatedseries 1.4box 11folder 6
Development -- KCET Associates, 1979-1982series 1.4box 11folder 7
Development -- Major Gifts, 1973-1981, undatedseries 1.4box 11folder 8
Development -- McCann-Erickson, Inc. Ad Campaign, September 1979, undatedseries 1.4box 11folder 9
Development -- On-Air Pledge Activities, 1979-1982series 1.4box 11folder 10
Development -- President's Fund for Program Development, December 1980series 1.4box 11folder 11
Development -- Program Development Fund, 1980series 1.4box 11folder 12
Development -- Subscriber Survey, 1979-1980series 1.4box 11folder 13
Development -- Subscribers' General Correspondence, 1980-1982series 1.4box 11folder 14
Development -- Walter Annenberg Correspondence, 1976-1982series 1.4box 12folder 1
Ford/KCET Correspondence, 1963-1972series 1.4box 12folder 2
Ford/KCET Correspondence, 1963-1972series 1.4box 12folder 3
Ford/KCET Correspondence, 1963-1972series 1.4box 12folder 4
Ford/KCET Correspondence, 1963-1972series 1.4box 12folder 5
Fundraising, 1964-1976, undatedseries 1.4box 12folder 6
Fundraising, 1964-1976, undatedseries 1.4box 12folder 7
Trust Officers' Dinner, 1976-1978series 1.4box 12folder 8

Subseries 1.5: Publicity, 1964-1981 and undated (0.75 linear foot)

This subseries contains articles, news clippings and publicity essays regarding both KCET and Public Broadcasting in general. "Top O' The News" files consist of news clippings about KCET that were compiled on a weekly basis from May - June 1981.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
KCET Articles, 1966, 1975-1978series 1.5box 13folder 1
KCET Publicity Essays and Memos, 1964-1978, undatedseries 1.5box 13folder 2
Press Release re: Weekend Broadcasting, September 1965series 1.5box 13folder 3
Public Broadcasting/KCET Articles, 1973-1978, undatedseries 1.5box 13folder 4
Publicity News clippings and Correspondence, January - July 1982, undatedseries 1.5box 13folder 5
"Top O'The News", May - September 1980series 1.5box 13folder 6
"Top O'The News", May - September 1980series 1.5box 13folder 7
"Top O'The News", May - September 1980series 1.5box 13folder 8
"Top O'The News", May - September 1980series 1.5box 13folder 9
"Top O'The News", May - September 1980series 1.5box 13folder 10
"Top O'The News", October 1980 - June 1981series 1.5box 14folder 1
"Top O'The News", October 1980 - June 1981series 1.5box 14folder 2
"Top O'The News", October 1980 - June 1981series 1.5box 14folder 3
"Top O'The News", October 1980 - June 1981series 1.5box 14folder 4
"Top O'The News", October 1980 - June 1981series 1.5box 14folder 5
"Top O'The News", October 1980 - June 1981series 1.5box 14folder 6

Subseries 1.6: Receptions and Special Events, 1964-1971 (4 folders)

This subseries contains correspondence, news clippings and general information relating to the special events surrounding KCET's dedication, birthday and new studios. Documents detail the planning and reception of the various events.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Birthday Week, 1966series 1.6box 14folder 7
Dedication Week, January 1965, 1964-1965series 1.6box 14folder 8
Sunset Drive - New Studios (Salute to PTV Week), 1971series 1.6box 14folder 9
Sunset Drive - New Studios (Salute to PTV Week), 1971series 1.6box 15folder 1

Subseries 1.7: Staff/Organization, 1965-1984 and undated (0.50 linear foot)

This subseries contains documents pertaining to the staff and organization of KCET. Issues of three different staff newsletters are included, as are general staff memos. Documents relating to the mission and organizational structure of KCET are found here as well.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Gunn Report, 1979, undatedseries 1.7box 15folder 2
Inside KCET, July 1969 - July 1970series 1.7box 15folder 3
Inside 28 Staff Newsletter and Memos, 1965-1968series 1.7box 15folder 4
KCET Tenth Birthday, 1974series 1.7box 15folder 5
The K-Setter, 1973-1975, 1977, 1984series 1.7box 15folder 6
MDS Frequencies, 1979, undatedseries 1.7box 15folder 7
Organizational Charts, 1965, 1969, 1973, ndseries 1.7box 15folder 8
Photo - Theodore Untiedt, KCET Director of Engineering, undatedseries 1.7box 15folder 9
Reorganization of Station, 1974-1977, undatedseries 1.7box 15folder 10
Royal Heritage Invitation List, undatedseries 1.7box 15folder 11
Staff Memos - General, 1966-1974series 1.7box 15folder 12

Subseries 1.8: James L. Loper: Speeches, Awards, Biographical Articles, 1962-1982 and undated (4 folders)

This subseries contains news clippings, articles, awards and correspondence regarding James L. Loper as General Manager of KCET.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Articles, Publicity, Misc., 1964-1977, undatedseries 1.8box 15folder 13
Articles, Publicity, Misc., 1964-1977, undatedseries 1.8box 15folder 14
Correspondence, 1962-1975series 1.8box 16folder 1
Resumes and Awards History, 1975-1982, undatedseries 1.8box 16folder 2

Subseries 1.9: Reports and Surveys, 1966-1982 (4 folders)

This subseries contains reports and surveys produced by or for KCET. These documents include financial statements, management reports, a report on educational television in California, and a household viewer survey conducted by KCET.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Community Television of Southern California Financial Statements, 1974-1975, 1978-1981series 1.9box 16folder 3
Educational Television for California, 1966series 1.9box 16folder 4
KCET Household Viewer Survey, 1979series 1.9box 16folder 5
KCET Management Report, 1982series 1.9box 16folder 6

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