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Papers of Edwin G. Burrows

Abstract

Title:
Papers of Edwin G. Burrows
Author/Creator:
Burrows, Edwin G.
Collection number:
NPBA 92-7
Size:
3.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1964-1988
Inclusive dates:
1964-1988
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:

Edwin G. Burrows started his public broadcasting career as program director at WUOM, Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1948. In 1961, he helped create the station WGVR, Grand Rapids. For WUOM/WGVR, Burrows worked as manager, and executive producer. He also interviewed about 500 individuals for a cultural arts program entitled "The Eleventh Hour." These individuals included Alvin Ailey, Robert Bly and Kurt Vonnegut. Burrows is noted nationally for his work in chartering National Educational Radio (NER), the radio division of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters. Finally, he successfully lobbied for the inclusion of radio in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. The materials discuss the national goals for educational radio and the relations between radio and television within the National Association of Educational Broadcasters.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Papers of Edwin G. Burrows, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1576
Publication rights:

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Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Edwin Gladding Burrows was born on July 23, 1917 in Dallas, Texas to Millar and Irene Gladding Burrows. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1938 and a M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1940. His first marriage to Gwen Lemon ended in divorce in 1972. He remarried in December of 1973. Burrows has three sons Edwin Gwynne, Daniel William, and David John.

While studying literature at Yale, Burrows worked part time at WICC New Haven, from 1936 to 1938, as a newscaster, announcer, and actor. He left Connecticut to enter the masters program in literature at the University of Michigan. Upon receiving his masters degree, he joined the staff of WWJ-FM in Detroit as an announcer. He moved up the ranks to Program Manager. He left WWJ for active duty as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He served as a deck and combat information officer for carriers in the Pacific theater from 1943 to 1946

After the war, he returned to Michigan and began working as Program Director at WPAG, Ann Arbor, from 1946 to 1948. His public radio positions started in 1948 as program director at WUOM, Ann Arbor. Then, he helped create WGVR Grand Rapids in 1961. In 1966, he was made manager of WUOM and WGVR. After a stint as Director of the National Center for Audio Experimentation at the University of Wisconsin in Madison from 1970 to 1973, Burrows returned to WUOM/WGVR as executive producer, a position he held until 1982. During 1968 to 1970, and 1975 to 1980, as part of a three-hour a week cultural arts program called "The Eleventh Hour", Burrows interviewed some 500 individuals including Alvin Ailey, Robert Bly, Peter DeVries, Joyce Carol Oates, and Kurt Vonnegut. Finally, from 1948 to 1970 and from 1973 to 1980, he designed and edited the WUOM/WGVR Monthly Program Guide.

While at WUOM, Burrows helped charter the radio division of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB), National Educational Radio (NER). He served as Region III Director, (Region III covered Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin,) on the board of NER. In 1965, he was elected Chairman of the Board of NER. He also chaired the NAEB Network Advisory Committee and the NAEB Board. In 1967, Burrows successfully lobbied for the inclusion of radio in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. By the end of the sixties, he had become Associate Director of the University of Michigan Broadcasting Service along with his other roles.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Papers of Edwin G. Burrows cover the years 1964 to 1988 with the bulk of the material from 1964 to 1968. The collection documents Burrow's work as Region III Director and Chairman of the Board of National Educational Radio, a division of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, and his work as Manager of WUOM Ann Arbor and WGVR Grand Rapids. The biographical material, correspondence, and publications of this collection discuss the national goals for educational radio and the relations between radio and television within the National Association of Educational Broadcasters.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Papers of Edwin G. Burrows were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by Edwin G. Burrows in May of 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Susan McElrath, October 1991. Revised by Karen E. King, January 1996

Encoded by:

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

Arrangement of Collection

The collection consists of one series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Papers, 1964-1988 (0.50 linear feet)

This series documents the position of National Educational Radio in the National Association of Educational Broadcasters. Issues addressed include a national radio network, goals for educational (public) radio, and the promotion of public radio. This series includes biographical materials, correspondence, and publications. The arrangement is alphabetical by subject and/or document type.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Biographical Materials, 1982-1988 series 1box 1folder 1
National Educational Radio -- Correspondence, 1964-1968 series 1box 1folder 2
National Educational Radio -- Correspondence, 1964-1968 series 1box 1folder 3
National Educational Radio -- Correspondence, 1964-1968 series 1box 1folder 4
National Educational Radio -- Correspondence, 1964-1968 series 1box 1folder 5
National Educational Radio -- Correspondence, 1964-1968 series 1box 1folder 6
National Educational Radio -- Correspondence, 1964-1968 series 1box 1folder 7
National Educational Radio -- Correspondence, 1964-1968 series 1box 1folder 8
National Educational Radio -- Correspondence, 1964-1968 series 1box 1folder 9
National Educational Radio -- Correspondence, 1964-1968 series 1box 1folder 10
National Educational Radio -- Publications -- The Hidden Medium: Educational Radio-A Status Report, 1967 series 1box 1folder 11
National Educational Radio -- Publications -- NER Reporter, Autumn 1966 series 1box 1folder 12
"Random Recollections" Parts I-VI Personal Reminiscences about the Early Years of WUOM, 1983 series 1box 1folder 13

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