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Bernard Mayes Papers

Abstract

Title:
Bernard Mayes Papers
Author/Creator:
Mayes, Bernard
Collection number:
NPBA 2007-65
Size:
1.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1977-1986
Inclusive dates:
1912-2001
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:

The Bernard Mayes Papers, which cover the period 1912-2001, document Maye's broadcasting career at KQED (San Francisco, CA), National Public Radio (NPR) and at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The collection also includes Mayes' personal collection of articles and papers documenting the history of public broadcasting.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Bernard Mayes Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/3971
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

Bernard Mayes was born on October 10, 1929 in London, England. He served as correspondent, British Broadcasting Corporation (1956-1971), announcer for stations KPFA-FM (1964) and KXKX-FM (1966), general manager for KQED-FM (1967-1973), executive vice president of KQED-TV (1973-1975), chair, National Public Radio Board of Directors (1970-1972), consultant, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Radio Advisory Service (1971-1980), correspondent, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio New Zealand and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (1971-1981).

Bernard Duncan Mayes was born in London, England on October 10, 1929. After graduating from Cambridge University with a BA (1952) and MA (1954) in classical language and history, he taught high school education before becoming ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 1958.

Mayes' broadcasting career began in 1956 when he became a broadcast correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), a post he held until 1971. After working as an announcer for San Francisco stations KPFA-FM (1964) and KXKX-FM (1966), he became KQED-FM's general manager in 1967. From 1973 to 1975, Mayes served as executive vice president of KQED-TV. While working at KQED, Mayes was also one of the founding directors of National Public Radio (NPR), serving as chairman of the board of directors from 1970 to 1972. During his tenure, he helped establish the organization and standards of NPR.

Mayes also did a significant amount of work for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). There, he helped to develop the Radio Advisory Service in 1971, and served as senior consultant until 1980. The Radio Advisory Service was implemented to assist public radio and television stations nationwide struggling with funding or other various problems. Following the founding of the Service, Mayes became an advisor, consulting various stations around the country. Finally, from 1971 to 1981, he was a broadcast correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio New Zealand and the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC).

In 1984, Mayes returned to the academic realm as Chairman of the Department of Rhetoric and Communication Studies at the University of Virginia. During his time at the University of Virginia, Mayes developed the Media Studies Program and in 1991 was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He was seen as a valuable asset to the University community and received two awards, the Harrison Award for mentoring and a special award from the University's secret '7' Society.

In addition to his radio, television, and academic accomplishments, Mayes has recorded various dramatizations of famous works, such as J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Homer's Odyssey. He received an award from the National Endowment for the Arts for his dramatization of Thomas Jefferson's life.

Mayes most recent endeavor was his 2001 memoir Escaping God's Closet which discussed his life as a homosexual priest with a chapter included on his work with NPR. His book was awarded with the Lambda Literary Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2003.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Bernard Mayes Papers covers the years 1912 to 2001 and contain some undated material. The bulk of the collection concern the years 1969 to 1985. The materials document Mayes' years with KQED San Francisco, his role in the founding of National Public Radio, and his work with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Radio Advisory Service. Also included in the collection are Bernard Mayes' personal collection of documents concerning public broadcasting history and articles about radio and television. Types of materials include memorandums, correspondence, annual reports, personal notes, articles, congressional documents, minutes, and pamphlets.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Bernard Mayes Papers was donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries by Bernard Mayes in February of 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Ann Quinlin, October 2007.

Processing note:

Documents were placed in acid-free folders which were then put into acid-free boxes.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Karen E. King, July 2008

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Public Broadcasting History, 1912-2000 (4 folders)

This series contains Mayes' collection of documents concerning the history of public broadcasting. The series is divided into two categories. The first category consists of articles and notes about the history. Articles include a 'Play by Play' chronological history of broadcasting from 1931 to 1970, as well as Mayes' personal notes on the Robert Alderman archives at the University of Virginia. The second category is a group of congressional records concerning broadcasting throughout several decades. They include material from the index, appendix, House and Senate records. Materials are arranged by category and chronologically within category.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Articles, Notes, 1970-1997 series 1box 1folder 1
Congressional Records -- Index, Appendix, 1912-1978 series 1box 1folder 2
Congressional Records -- House, Senate, 1920-1967 series 1box 1folder 3

Series 2: Articles, 1952-2000 (1 folder)

This series is a collection of articles written or acquired by Bernard Mayes. The series is divided into two categories: articles written by Bernard Mayes and articles collected by Mayes. His self-written materials include commentary on media and American radio, as well as a transcript from his appearance on an Australian radio show discussing public broadcasting. Articles from other authors include a chapter about radio broadcasting from Herbert Hoover's memoir, an article on media tactics, and a full copy of The History of Public Broadcasting. Material is arranged by category and chronologically within category.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Articles, Essays, 1952-2000 series 2box 1folder 4

Series 3: KQED, 1969-1974 (1 folder)

This series contains materials related to Bernard Mayes' work with KQED-radio and KQED-TV. Included in the materials are various memos between Mayes and KQED staff concerning company organization and financials. The materials also include pictures of the original KQED-FM headquarters, an Employee Benefit Plan, budget reports, and an article on the station written by Bernard Mayes. The series is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, Article, 1969-1974 series 3box 1folder 5

Series 4: National Public Radio, 1970-2001 (1 folder)

This series contains documents related to Bernard Mayes' work with National Public Radio. The materials contain various minutes from National Public Radio Board of Director's meetings during the founding stages of NPR. Also included are e-mail's, photos, and invitations relating to the 30th anniversary of NPR and its founders in 2000. Articles written by Mayes about National Public Radio are also included. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, Essays, 1970-1985 series 4box 1folder 6

Series 5: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1977-1985 (3 folders)

This series documents Bernard Mayes' work with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Included in the series are letters and agendas regarding the 1978 Radio Development Workshop, telephone directories for CPB, as well as various reports concerning financials, programming, expenditures, and salary. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, Directory, 1977-1985 series 5box 2folder 1
Expenditure, Programming, Revenue Reports, 1982-1985 series 5box 2folder 2
Salary Report 1986 -- TV, Radio, 1986 series 5box 2folder 3

Series 6: CPB Radio Station Advisory Service, 1977-1993 (10 folders)

This series documents Bernard Mayes' affiliation with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Radio Station Advisory Service. There are seven subseries

Subseries 6.1: History of the Advisory Service, 1977-1993 (1 folder)

This subseries is a collection of letters and notes concerning the founding of the Radio Advisory Service. Included are correspondences about the founding of the system in 1978, as well as articles written by Mayes about the potential of the Advisory Service. Correspondences between Mayes and CPB staff about searching for advisors in 1983 and his desire to become an advisor once again in 1993 under the Service's new name, Management Consulting Service, are also included. Material is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1977-1993series 6.1box 2folder 4

Subseries 6.2: Personal Notes, 1978-1987 (1 folder)

This subseries is a compilation of notes on the advisory service. Included in the subseries are evaluations of people considered for consulting positions, notes on various meetings and a daily personal CPB/Advisory Service diary from 1978 to 1986. Notes are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Personal Notes, 1978-1987series 6.2box 2folder 5

Subseries 6.3: Miscellaneous Reports, 1978-1992 (3 folders)

This subseries documents Mayes' work with radio stations for the Advisory Service. Included in this subseries are various 'Request for Advice' forms, reimbursement documents, and bound reports on several stations Mayes associated with for the Service. Also included are multiple 'CPB: Station Advisory Service' pamphlets and a Station Advisory Service Manual. The material is arranged chronologically with the manual included at the end.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Advisory Reports -- WCAL, WKMM, WTVI, KCSNseries 6.3box 2folder 6
Advisory Reports -- WTVI, WMHT, KRWG, WBGU, 1990-1992series 6.3box 3folder 1
Station Advisory Service Manual, 1983series 6.3box 3folder 2

Subseries 6.4: KCRW, 1977-1978 (1 folder)

This subseries consists of materials concerning Bernard Mayes' advisory work with KCRW-Santa Monica. The subseries is divided into two sections: correspondences/reports and articles. Materials included in the correspondences and reports are station profiles, financial reports, and correspondences between Mayes and the managerial staff of KCRW and CPB. Various memorandums and notes are included as well as Mayes' final report on Advisory Service Rendered for KCRW. The articles include various advertisements and newspaper photocopies on KCRW. Materials are arranged by category and chronologically within category.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, Reports, Articles, 1977-1978series 6.4box 3folder 3

Subseries 6.5: Hawaiian Island Public Radio, 1978-1979 (1 folder)

This subseries contains materials documenting Bernard Mayes' work with Hawaiian Island Public Radio (HIPR). The subseries is divided in to two sections: correspondences concerning HIPR and published articles about the station. Included in the correspondences are letters, notes, minutes from the Board of Directors of HIPR, and an advisory service rendered form. The various documents concern the hiring of a manager for HIPR and a possible merger between HIPR and KTUH. Materials are arranged by category and then chronologically within category.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, Articles, 1978-1979series 6.5box 3folder 4

Subseries 6.6: KCPB, 1979-1980 (1 folder)

This subseries documents Bernard Mayes' work with KCPB-Santa Barbara for the Advisory Service of the CPB. Included in the subseries are letters between Mayes and various KCPB directors and notes on Mayes' work with the station, as well as mail solicitations and a copy of the KCPB Fine Arts Magazine. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, Notes, 1979-1980series 6.6box 3folder 5

Subseries 6.7: WNYC, 1984-1986 (2 folders)

This subseries documents Bernard Mayes' work with WNYC radio station in New York, New York. The subseries is divided into two sections: correspondences/reports concerning WNYC and published articles about the station. Included in the correspondences and reports are programming plans, foundation goals and objectives and, financial materials. The articles focus primarily on WNYC leasing advertising time as a means of funding. The material is arranged by category and chronologically within category.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Financial Report, Programming plans, 1984-1985series 6.7box 4folder 1
Correspondence, Budget reports, Articles, 1985-1986series 6.7box 4folder 2

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