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National Public Radio Records: Board of Directors Files

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Abstract

Title:
National Public Radio Records: Board of Directors Files
Author/Creator:
National Public Radio: Board of Directors
Collection number:
92-23.1
Size:
22.50 linear feet including 91 cassettes
Bulk dates:
1970-1980
Inclusive dates:
1969-1988 and undated
Collection Area:
National Public Broadcasting Archives
Repository:
National Public Broadcasting Archives, 3210 Hornbake Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9160, Fax: 301-314-2634, Email: npba@umd.edu
Abstract:

The National Public Radio Records: Board of Directors Files chronicles the early years of the board's work as National Public Radio begins programming and distributing public radio programming. Materials include minutes and reports covering topics such as long range planning, station membership, and the future of NPR's structure and services in the aftermath of the 1983 financial crisis.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

National Public Radio Records: Board of Directors Files, 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 Fees 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

National Public Radio began in 1970 out of America's educational radio stations' need for a national interconnected public radio system. In the late 1960's, educational radio stations were weak, diverse and had no major support force that paralleled educational television's support from the Ford Foundation. Meanwhile, while the National Association of Educational Broadcaster's National Educational Radio Network performed a long and useful service, it was not a radio version of National Educational Television. In addition, the radio stations also saw a need for national production as they moved toward interconnection. Finally, the National Educational Radio (NER) division of the National Asosciation of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB) was also passed over for a new operation and new image for radio.

At a 1968 planning conference, Hartford Gunn delivered the paper "A Model for National Public Radio System," which gave an early glimpse of what would later become National Public Radio (NPR). Gunn's recommendations for a national public radio system were similar to his views on public television. These recommendations included creating a nucleus of five to eight stations which would determine network policies, provide production facilities and become the key affiliates with a central staff in Washington, DC. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) then commissioned Sam Holt in late 1968 to study noncommercial radio resources throughout the country. Holt's "Public Radio Study," finished in the spring of 1969, provided recommendations for building a revitalized public radio network.

In May 1969, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting hired Al Hulsen to be the first Director of Radio Activities. Hulsen and colleagues first developed minimum criteria for stations to qualify for funding from CPB. One of Hulsen's main objectives was to organize noncommercial radio stations into a national system that was not a remodeled version of National Educational Radio. Hulsen announced plans for formation of NPR in November 1969 featuring a news and public affairs magazine on the air. In December 1969, CPB held regional planning meetings and elections for the National Public Radio Planning Board. Station representatives chose the first six members who then selected three others at the first meeting in San Diego in January 1970. During this meeting, the managers sketched the outlines of NPR, which was then incorporated on March 3, 1970.

The early structure of NPR's Board of Directors roughly paralleled that of the Public Broadcasting Service: fourteen directors -- nine representing stations, two representing CPB and NPR, and three from the general public. The next major change to the Board came from the merger of NPR with the Association of Public Radio Stations (APRS) in May 1977. These changes included more public participation on the board. The role of the public members was to provide an outsiders' perspective on the issues.

NPR's Board of Directors retains a parity between manager and public members. Also, the organization's CEO is considered a peer as a board member. The composition of the Board includes many committees, some permanent and some ad-hoc over the years. These committees include the Executive Committee, Membership Committee, Programming Committee, Finance Committee and the Technology/Distribution Committee. Committees as of July 1998 include the Distribution/Interconnection Committee, Membership Committee, Finance and Administration Committee, Strategic Planning and Technology Committee, Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Directors.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The National Public Radio Records: Board of Directors Files spans the years 1969 to 1988, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1970 to 1980. The papers include correspondence, financial records, minutes, and reports that document the activities of the Board of Directors and its committees during this period.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The National Public Radio Records: Board of Directors Files was donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, as part of a larger donation in 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Karen E. King, July 1998

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Karen E. King, April 2010

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: General Files, 1969-1988 and undated (7.50 linear feet)

This series documents the activities of the Board of Directors from 1969 to 1988 and includes some undated material. Types of materials include correspondence, minutes, lists of members, and reports. Interspersed among the minutes are board books that are materials distributed for upcoming meetings. Topics include by-laws, programming issues through reports from the Programming Committee, finances, and relationships with other organizations. The documents are arranged alphabetically by topic or type, and chronologically within the board books and minutes.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Articles of Incorporation, 1970 series 1box 1folder 1
Board Lists, 1978-1983 series 1box 1folder 2
By-Laws Amendment, 1979 series 1box 1folder 3
Correspondence, 1981-1983 series 1box 1folder 4
Correspondence, 1986 series 1box 1folder 5
Correspondence, 1986 series 1box 1folder 6
Correspondence, 1986 series 1box 1folder 7
Correspondence, 1986 series 1box 1folder 8
Correspondence, February-August 1987 series 1box 1folder 9
Correspondence, February-August 1987 series 1box 1folder 10
Correspondence, February-August 1987 series 1box 1folder 11
Fair Share Parity, 1978 series 1box 1folder 12
Minutes/Board Books -- Schedule of Board of Directors and Executive Committee Meetings, 1969-1977; 1980-1982 series 1box 1folder 13
Minutes/Board Books, December 1969-February 1970 series 1box 1folder 14
Minutes/Board Books -- Meeting of Incorporation, First Meeting of Directors, First Meeting of Members, March 3, 1970 series 1box 1folder 15
Minutes/Board Books, April 1970; June 1970 series 1box 1folder 16
Minutes/Board Books, September-November 1970 series 1box 1folder 17
Minutes/Board Books, December 1970, March 1971, May 1971 series 1box 1folder 18
Minutes/Board Books, June 1971, November 1971, February 1972, April 1972 series 1box 1folder 19
Minutes/Board Books, May 1972, August 1972, November 1972, February 1973 series 1box 1folder 20
Minutes/Board Books, February 1973, May 1973 series 1box 1folder 21
Minutes/Board Books, July-August 1973 series 1box 1folder 22
Minutes/Board Books, November 1973 series 1box 1folder 23
Minutes/Board Books -- Minutes, Annual Business Meeting, March 1974 series 1box 1folder 24
Minutes/Board Books, May 1974, August 1974 series 1box 1folder 25
Minutes/Board Books, November 1974 series 1box 1folder 26
Minutes/Board Books, November 1974 series 1box 1folder 27
Minutes/Board Books, November 1974 series 1box 1folder 28
Minutes/Board Books, February 1975 series 1box 1folder 29
Minutes/Board Books, February 1975 series 1box 1folder 30
Minutes/Board Books, February 1975 series 1box 1folder 31
Minutes/Board Books, February 1975 series 1box 1folder 32
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Business Meeting, March 1975 series 1box 1folder 33
Minutes/Board Books, May 1975 series 1box 1folder 34
Minutes/Board Books, May 1975 series 1box 1folder 35
Minutes/Board Books, May 1975 series 1box 1folder 36
Minutes/Board Books, May 1975 series 1box 1folder 37
Minutes/Board Books, August 1975 series 1box 1folder 38
Minutes/Board Books, December 1975 series 1box 1folder 39
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Business Meeting (March), March 1976, April 1976, June 1976 series 1box 1folder 40
Minutes/Board Books, August 1976, October 1976, December 1976 series 1box 1folder 41
Minutes/Board Books, March 1977, May 1977 series 1box 1folder 42
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Meeting of Members (May), May 1977, July 1977 series 1box 1folder 43
Minutes/Board Books, September 1977 series 1box 1folder 44
Minutes/Board Books, December 1977, January 1978, March 1978 series 1box 1folder 45
Minutes/Board Books, March 1978 series 1box 2folder 1
Minutes/Board Books, March 1978 series 1box 2folder 2
Minutes/Board Books, March 1978 series 1box 2folder 3
Minutes/Board Books, March 1978 series 1box 2folder 4
Minutes/Board Books, May 1978 series 1box 2folder 5
Minutes/Board Books, May 1978 series 1box 2folder 6
Minutes/Board Books, May 1978 series 1box 2folder 7
Minutes/Board Books, August 1978 series 1box 2folder 8
Minutes/Board Books, August 1978 series 1box 2folder 9
Minutes/Board Books, August 1978 series 1box 2folder 10
Minutes/Board Books, October 1978 series 1box 2folder 11
Minutes/Board Books, October 1978 series 1box 2folder 12
Minutes/Board Books, January 1979 series 1box 2folder 13
Minutes/Board Books, January 1979 series 1box 2folder 14
Minutes/Board Books, January 1979 series 1box 2folder 15
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, May 1979 May 1979 series 1box 2folder 16
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, May 1979 May 1979 series 1box 2folder 17
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, May 1979 May 1979 series 1box 2folder 18
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, May 1979 May 1979 series 1box 2folder 19
Minutes/Board Books -- Board Action Format, July 1979-1981 series 1box 2folder 20
Minutes/Board Books, August 1979 series 1box 2folder 21
Minutes/Board Books, August 1979 series 1box 2folder 22
Minutes/Board Books, August 1979 series 1box 2folder 23
Minutes/Board Books, October 1979 series 1box 2folder 24
Minutes/Board Books, October 1979 series 1box 2folder 25
Minutes/Board Books, January 1980 series 1box 2folder 26
Minutes/Board Books, January 1980 series 1box 2folder 27
Minutes/Board Books, January 1980 series 1box 2folder 28
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, March 1980 series 1box 2folder 29
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, March 1980 series 1box 2folder 30
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, March 1980 series 1box 2folder 31
Minutes/Board Books, June 1980 series 1box 2folder 32
Minutes/Board Books, July 1980 series 1box 2folder 33
Minutes/Board Books, July 1980 series 1box 2folder 34
Minutes/Board Books, July 1980 series 1box 2folder 35
Minutes/Board Books, October 1980 series 1box 3folder 1
Minutes/Board Books, October 1980 series 1box 3folder 2
Minutes/Board Books, October 1980 series 1box 3folder 3
Minutes/Board Books, January 1981 series 1box 3folder 4
Minutes/Board Books, January 1981 series 1box 3folder 5
Minutes/Board Books, January 1981 series 1box 3folder 6
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 1981 series 1box 3folder 7
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 1981 series 1box 3folder 8
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 1981 series 1box 3folder 9
Minutes/Board Books, July 1981 series 1box 3folder 10
Minutes/Board Books, July 1981 series 1box 3folder 11
Minutes/Board Books, July 1981 series 1box 3folder 12
Minutes/Board Books, July 1981 series 1box 3folder 13
Minutes/Board Books, October 1981 series 1box 3folder 14
Minutes/Board Books, October 1981 series 1box 3folder 15
Minutes/Board Books, October 1981 series 1box 3folder 16
Minutes/Board Books, October 1981 series 1box 3folder 17
Minutes/Board Books, January 1982 series 1box 3folder 18
Minutes/Board Books, January 1982 series 1box 3folder 19
Minutes/Board Books, January 1982 series 1box 3folder 20
Minutes/Board Books, January 1982 series 1box 3folder 21
Minutes/Board Books, January 1982 series 1box 3folder 22
Minutes/Board Books, February, April 1982 series 1box 3folder 23
Minutes/Board Books -- Public Radio Conference, April 1982 series 1box 3folder 24
Minutes/Board Books -- Public Radio Conference, April 1982 series 1box 3folder 25
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 21, 1982 series 1box 3folder 26
Minutes/Board Books, April 22, 1982 series 1box 3folder 27
Minutes/Board Books, April 22, 1982 series 1box 3folder 28
Minutes/Board Books, April 22, 1982 series 1box 3folder 29
Minutes/Board Books, July 1982 series 1box 3folder 30
Minutes/Board Books, July 1982 series 1box 3folder 31
Minutes/Board Books, July 1982 series 1box 3folder 32
Minutes/Board Books, July 1982 series 1box 3folder 33
Minutes/Board Books, July 1982 series 1box 3folder 34
Minutes/Board Books, August - September 1982 series 1box 3folder 35
Minutes/Board Books, August - September 1982 series 1box 3folder 36
Minutes/Board Books, October 1982 series 1box 3folder 37
Minutes/Board Books, October 1982 series 1box 3folder 38
Minutes/Board Books, December 1982 series 1box 3folder 39
Minutes/Board Books, January 1983 series 1box 3folder 40
Minutes/Board Books, January 1983 series 1box 3folder 41
Minutes/Board Books -- Executive Session; Regular Session, March 1983 series 1box 4folder 1
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 1983 series 1box 4folder 2
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 1983 series 1box 4folder 3
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 1983 series 1box 4folder 4
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 1983 series 1box 4folder 5
Minutes/Board Books, May 1983 series 1box 4folder 6
Minutes/Board Books, May 1983 series 1box 4folder 7
Minutes/Board Books, July 1983 series 1box 4folder 8
Minutes/Board Books, July 1983 series 1box 4folder 9
Minutes/Board Books, July 1983 series 1box 4folder 10
Minutes/Board Books, July 1983 series 1box 4folder 11
Minutes/Board Books, August 1983 series 1box 4folder 12
Minutes/Board Books, September 1983 series 1box 4folder 13
Minutes/Board Books, September 1983 series 1box 4folder 14
Minutes/Board Books, October 1983 series 1box 4folder 15
Minutes/Board Books, October 1983 series 1box 4folder 16
Minutes/Board Books, October 1983 series 1box 4folder 17
Minutes/Board Books, December 1983 series 1box 4folder 18
Minutes/Board Books, December 1983 series 1box 4folder 19
Minutes/Board Books, December 1983 series 1box 4folder 20
Minutes/Board Books -- Regular Session; Executive Session; Stockholders Meeting - NPR Ventures, Inc., February 1984 series 1box 4folder 21
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 1984 series 1box 4folder 22
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 1984 series 1box 4folder 23
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 1984 series 1box 4folder 24
Minutes/Board Books, May 1984 series 1box 4folder 25
Minutes/Board Books, July 1984 series 1box 4folder 26
Minutes/Board Books, July 1984 series 1box 4folder 27
Minutes/Board Books, July 1984 series 1box 4folder 28
Minutes/Board Books, August 30, 1984; September 5, 1984 series 1box 4folder 29
Minutes/Board Books -- Board Retreat Materials, October 1984 series 1box 4folder 30
Minutes/Board Books -- Board Retreat Materials, October 1984 series 1box 4folder 31
Minutes/Board Books -- Board Retreat Materials, October 1984 series 1box 4folder 32
Minutes/Board Books -- Board Retreat Materials, October 1984 series 1box 4folder 33
Minutes/Board Books -- Board Retreat Materials, October 1984 series 1box 4folder 34
Minutes/Board Books, November 26, 1984 series 1box 4folder 35
Minutes/Board Books -- Committee Meetings and Board Briefing, January 1985 series 1box 4folder 36
Minutes/Board Books, February 1985 series 1box 4folder 37
Minutes/Board Books, February 1985 series 1box 4folder 38
Minutes/Board Books, February - March 1985 series 1box 4folder 39
Minutes/Board Books, April 9, 1985 series 1box 4folder 40
Minutes/Board Books, May 1985 series 1box 4folder 41
Minutes/Board Books, May 1985 series 1box 4folder 42
Minutes/Board Books, May 1985 series 1box 4folder 43
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, May 1985 series 1box 5folder 1
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting Transcript, May 1985 series 1box 5folder 2
Minutes/Board Books, May - June 1985 series 1box 5folder 3
Minutes/Board Books, July 1985 series 1box 5folder 4
Minutes/Board Books, July 1985 series 1box 5folder 5
Minutes/Board Books, July 1985 series 1box 5folder 6
Minutes/Board Books, July 1985 series 1box 5folder 7
Minutes/Board Books, July 1985 series 1box 5folder 8
Minutes/Board Books, October 1985 series 1box 5folder 9
Minutes/Board Books, October 1985 series 1box 5folder 10
Minutes/Board Books, October 1985 series 1box 5folder 11
Minutes/Board Books, December 1985 series 1box 5folder 12
Minutes/Board Books, December 1985 series 1box 5folder 13
Minutes/Board Books, December 1985 series 1box 5folder 14
Minutes/Board Books, February 1986 series 1box 5folder 15
Minutes/Board Books, February 1986 series 1box 5folder 16
Minutes/Board Books -- Annual Membership Meeting, April 1986 series 1box 5folder 17
Minutes/Board Books, April - June 1986 series 1box 5folder 18
Minutes/Board Books, July 1986 series 1box 5folder 19
Minutes/Board Books, July 1986 series 1box 5folder 20
Minutes/Board Books, October 1986, December 1986 series 1box 5folder 21
Minutes/Board Books, February 1987, April 1987 series 1box 5folder 22
Minutes/Board Books -- Agenda Notes, May 1987 series 1box 5folder 23
Minutes/Board Books -- Agenda Notes, October 1987 series 1box 5folder 24
Minutes/Board Books -- Agenda Notes, December 1987 series 1box 5folder 25
Reports -- Annual Report, FY 1978 series 1box 5folder 26
Reports -- Mission Statement - Declaration of Principles, 1979-1980 and undated series 1box 5folder 27
Reports -- Station Program Evaluation, Spring 1979 series 1box 5folder 28
Reports -- National Citizens Committee for Broadcasting. Fine-Tuning: A NCCB Report on Noncommercial Radio, 1980 series 1box 5folder 29
Reports -- Winter Quarter, FY 1984 series 1box 5folder 30
Resolutions, October 1988 series 1box 5folder 31

Series 2: Committee Files, 1971-1989 and undated (13.00 linear feet)

This series document committee activities including meetings and relevant reports. It is divided into six subseries.

Subseries 2.1: Executive Committee, 1971-1986 (0.75 linear foot)

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors consists of the board's Chair, vice Chair and two other directors, with occasionally, one or more staff members present for support. The purpose of the Executive Committee has been to supervise operations and activities of National Public Radio between meetings of the Board of Directors or as otherwise determined by the Board of Directors. Issues considered by the Executive Committee included by-laws, board policies, and financial issues. The documents are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Minutes, March 1971, August 1971, February 1972series 2.1box 5folder 32
Minutes, July 1972, April 1973, January 1974, May 1974series 2.1box 5folder 33
Minutes, May - August 1974series 2.1box 5folder 34
Minutes, September - November 1974, January 1975series 2.1box 5folder 35
Minutes, February 1975, November 1975, April 1976, July 1976series 2.1box 5folder 36
Minutes, September - December 1976series 2.1box 5folder 37
Minutes, January - April 1977series 2.1box 5folder 38
Minutes, May - June 1977series 2.1box 5folder 39
Minutes, September 1977, November 1977series 2.1box 5folder 40
Minutes, January 1978, April - May 1978series 2.1box 5folder 41
Minutes, July 1978, August 1978, November 1978, February 1979series 2.1box 5folder 42
Minutes, March 1979series 2.1box 5folder 43
Minutes, May - August 1979series 2.1box 5folder 44
Minutes, May - August 1979series 2.1box 5folder 45
Minutes, December 1979 - January 1980series 2.1box 5folder 46
Minutes, March - May 1980series 2.1box 6folder 1
Minutes, March 1981, August - September 1981series 2.1box 6folder 2
Minutes, January - March 1982series 2.1box 6folder 3
Minutes, March - April 1982, June 1982, August 1982series 2.1box 6folder 4
Minutes, December 1982, February 1983, May 1983, August 1983series 2.1box 6folder 5
Minutes, August 1983, October 1983series 2.1box 6folder 6
Minutes, December 1983, January 1984, March 1984, June 1984series 2.1box 6folder 7
Minutes, June - July 1984, November 1984series 2.1box 6folder 8
Minutes, December 1984, March 1985, September 1985series 2.1box 6folder 9
Minutes, November 1985, July 1986, December 1986series 2.1box 6folder 10

Subseries 2.2: Long Range Planning & Legislation Committee, 1973-1986 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

The Long Range Planning & Legislation Committee began October 1978, succeeding earlier committee such as the Long Range Planning Committee (1973-1974), the Program Policy and Corporate Planning Committee (1974-1976) and the Legal and Legislative Committee (1973-1974). Planning issues documented in these committee files include development of long range funding in both federal and non-federal support, and extension of radio services to wider audiences. Legislative issues primarily center around FCC activities in various areas such as children's programming, engineering standards for educational broadcasting stations and part-time programming by minority groups. The files also include project papers of the Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) task force which was a special project of NPR's Planning and Research Department. The documents are arranged with the minutes first chronologically, and then alphabetically by topic.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Minutes, January - February 1979series 2.2box 6folder 11
Minutes, December 1979, February - March 1980series 2.2box 6folder 12
Minutes, May - June 1980series 2.2box 6folder 13
Minutes -- Planning Retreat, September 1980series 2.2box 6folder 14
Minutes -- Planning Retreat, September 1980series 2.2box 6folder 15
Minutes -- Planning Retreat, September 1980series 2.2box 6folder 16
Minutes, November 1980, April 1981series 2.2box 6folder 17
Minutes -- Reports to Board, 1980 - 1981series 2.2box 6folder 18
Audience Surveys, 1979 - 1982series 2.2box 6folder 19
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- File List, undatedseries 2.2box 6folder 20
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- Background Information, 1982series 2.2box 6folder 21
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- BBC, 1981 - 1982series 2.2box 6folder 22
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- Board Books: Memo to NPR Board, 1982series 2.2box 6folder 23
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- Cable Industry: ESPN, Warner Amex Cable, 1981series 2.2box 6folder 24
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- Correspondence -- Joshua Noah Koenig (Director (ASCOT project), 1981 - 1982series 2.2box 6folder 25
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- Correspondence -- To NPR Officers, 1981 - 1982series 2.2box 6folder 26
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- Correspondence -- General, 1981 - 1982series 2.2box 6folder 27
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- Markle Foundation, 1981 - 1982series 2.2box 6folder 28
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- Cable Print Handicapped Service, 1982, undatedseries 2.2box 6folder 29
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- Station Advisory Group, 1981 - 1982series 2.2box 6folder 30
Audio Services Through Cable and Other Technologies (ASCOT) -- Western Cable Show, 1981series 2.2box 6folder 31
Funding -- Joint Radio/Television Meetings: Report to Funders and Participants, March 19-23, 1979series 2.2box 6folder 32
Funding -- Memo to NPR Board re: NPR Position on H.R. 3333, May 24, 1979series 2.2box 6folder 33
Funding -- National Endowment for the Arts -- Appropriation Request, FY 1981 (1979-1980)series 2.2box 6folder 34
Funding -- National Endowment for the Arts -- First National Partnership Meeting, 1980series 2.2box 6folder 35
Funding -- National Endowment for the Arts -- Draft of General Plan, 1980 - 1984series 2.2box 6folder 36
Funding -- National Endowment for the Humanities. Media Grants, FY 1979-1980series 2.2box 6folder 37
Funding -- Consortium for Public Radio in Oregon, Inc. Speech by Reid J. Lifset, NPR Planning Office, May 19, 1980series 2.2box 6folder 38
Funding -- National Association of Public Television Stations, 1980 - 1981series 2.2box 6folder 39
Funding -- Public Radio in Mid America, 1981series 2.2box 6folder 40
Planning Issues -- National Telecommunications Information Administration. Public Telecommunications Facilities Program. "Women in Public Telecommunications", 1979 and undatedseries 2.2box 6folder 41
Planning Issues -- Local Station Planning, 1979 - 1980series 2.2box 6folder 42
Planning Issues -- National Federation of Community Broadcasters, 1979 - 1980series 2.2box 6folder 43
Planning Issues -- Mid-America Symposium, 1980series 2.2box 6folder 44
Planning Issues -- National Association of Educational Broadcasters. Public Telecommunications Institute, 1980 - 1981series 2.2box 6folder 45
Planning Issues -- Minority Ownership, undatedseries 2.2box 6folder 46
Program Services -- Program Status Listing, 1973 and undatedseries 2.2box 6folder 47
Program Services -- Creagh, Dave. Station Program Resources and the National Program Service, December 1978series 2.2box 6folder 48
Program Services -- Memoranda, Notes, 1986 and undatedseries 2.2box 6folder 49
Program Services -- National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Program Service, undatedseries 2.2box 6folder 50

Subseries 2.3: Membership Committee, 1971-1987 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

The Membership Committee's purpose is to formulate and recommend membership qualifications. The topics, which are described in the minutes and other documents, include criteria for station membership and the issues of program access for non-members. The documents are arranged alphabetically by topic or type, and then chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Memoranda, 1985series 2.3box 6folder 51
Minutes, January 1979series 2.3box 6folder 52
Minutes -- Public Radio Conference, May 1979series 2.3box 6folder 53
Minutes, October 1983, December 1983, January 1984series 2.3box 6folder 54
Minutes, January - February 1984, April 1984series 2.3box 6folder 55
Minutes, May - July 1984series 2.3box 6folder 56
Minutes, August 1984, October 1984, January 1985series 2.3box 6folder 57
Minutes, February 1985, April 1985series 2.3box 6folder 58
Minutes, April - December 1985series 2.3box 6folder 59
Minutes, April - December 1985series 2.3box 6folder 60
Minutes, April - December 1985series 2.3box 6folder 61
Minutes, April - December 1985series 2.3box 6folder 62
Minutes, February 1986, April 1986, June 1986series 2.3box 6folder 63
Minutes, September 1986series 2.3box 6folder 64
Minutes, December 1986, December 1987series 2.3box 6folder 65
Minutes, December 1986, December 1987series 2.3box 6folder 66
Non-Member Program Access Policy, 1971 - 1976series 2.3box 7folder 1
Non-Member Program Access Policy, 1971 - 1976series 2.3box 7folder 2
Non-Member Program Access Policy, 1971 - 1976series 2.3box 7folder 3
Non-Member Program Access Policy, 1971 - 1976series 2.3box 7folder 4
Non-Member Program Access Policy, 1971 - 1976series 2.3box 7folder 5
Non-Member Program Requests, 1985 - 1986series 2.3box 7folder 6
Stations -- Station Visits, 1971 - 1976series 2.3box 7folder 7
Stations -- Station Visits, 1971 - 1976series 2.3box 7folder 8
Stations -- Member Stations Directory, 1975 - 1977series 2.3box 7folder 9
Stations -- Member Stations Directory, 1975 - 1977series 2.3box 7folder 10
Stations -- Station Qualifications - Recommendation, 1978series 2.3box 7folder 11
Stations -- WSIU, 1980 - 1986series 2.3box 7folder 12
Stations -- Membership Criteria Review, 1985series 2.3box 7folder 13
Stations -- Station Check List - Potential Working Members -- Alaska - Montanta, undatedseries 2.3box 7folder 14
Stations -- Station Check List - Potential Working Members -- Nebraska - Wisconsin, undatedseries 2.3box 7folder 15
System Committee on Resource Allocation Policy, 1985 and undatedseries 2.3box 7folder 16

Subseries 2.4: Planning & Priorities Committee, 1984-1989 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

The Planning & Priorities Committee's purpose was to develop and recommend long-range objectives for NPR, advising the Board regarding the appropriateness of major decisions in terms of these objectives. Activities of the Committee included updating the board procedures handbook, setting policies concerning issues like membership criteria, and parliamentary procedures. In 1986, the Audience Building Task force was created with the goal of doubling the audience by 1990.

This subseries documents the activities of the Planning & Priorities Committee from 1984 to 1989. It is arranged starting chronologically with the minutes, and then alphabetically by topic and then either alphabetically or chronologically within each topic.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Minutes, October 1984, February 1985, May 1985, July 1985series 2.4box 7folder 17
Minutes, September - October 1985, December 1985series 2.4box 7folder 18
Minutes, February 1986, April 1876, July 1986series 2.4box 7folder 19
Minutes, October 1986series 2.4box 7folder 20
Minutes, December 1986, February 1987series 2.4box 7folder 21
Minutes, May 1987, July 1987, October 1987series 2.4box 7folder 22
Audience Building Task Force -- Articles, 1986 - 1987 and undatedseries 2.4box 7folder 23
Audience Building Task Force -- Correspondence, 1986 - 1987series 2.4box 7folder 24
Audience Building Task Force -- Newsletter "The Open Mike", August - November 1987series 2.4box 7folder 25
Audience Building Task Force -- Reports -- Report for WMFE (Orlando, FL), 1983, 1986series 2.4box 7folder 26
Audience Building Task Force -- Reports -- Audience Research & Evaluation reports, 1985series 2.4box 7folder 27
Audience Building Task Force -- Reports -- Giovannoni, David. Public Radio Listeners: Supporters and Non-Supporters, 1985series 2.4box 7folder 28
Audience Building Task Force -- Reports, July 1986series 2.4box 7folder 29
Audience Building Task Force -- Reports -- Kraft, Ellen. Finding a Market Niche Image and Positioning, 1987series 2.4box 7folder 30
Audience Building Task Force -- Resolutions, 1986series 2.4box 7folder 31
By-Laws, 1985, 1988series 2.4box 7folder 32
Plans -- Five Year Business Plan, 1985 - 1986series 2.4box 7folder 33
Plans -- Policy & Planning Agenda, 1987series 2.4box 7folder 34
Plans -- Station Resource Group, 1987series 2.4box 7folder 35
Plans -- Strategic Plan documents, 1988 - 1989 and undatedseries 2.4box 7folder 36

Subseries 2.5: System Structures & Services Committee, 1983-1984 (6 folders)

This subseries documents the activities of the System Structures & Services Committee from 1983 to 1984. The committee, created November 1983 by NPR Board Chair Don Mulally as a Select Committee on System Structures and Services, had the charge of determining the future of NPR's structure and services in the aftermath of the 1983 financial crisis through an open inquiry of station input via ballots. The committee's summaries were presented at "The Future of National Public Radio: Structures and Services" conference in February 1984.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1983 - 1984series 2.5box 8folder 1
Conference: The Future of National Public Radio: Structures: and Services, February 26-28, 1984series 2.5box 8folder 2
Ballots -- Accepted, 1984series 2.5box 8folder 3
Ballots -- Disallowed, 1984series 2.5box 8folder 4
Summaries, 1983 - 1984series 2.5box 8folder 5
Summaries, 1983 - 1984series 2.5box 8folder 6

Subseries 2.6: Technology/Distribution Committee, 1978-1986 and undated (6.00 linear feet including 91 audiocassettes)

This subseries documents the activities of the Technology/Distribution Committee. Types of documents include minutes, budget materials, reports and related legislative materials. Topics include satellite interconnection, program scheduling, the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program and the responsibilities of the Distribution Division. The committee began in 1978 with planning for satellite programming which began October 1, 1979. The materials are arranged with the minutes first chronologically and then alphabetically by topic or type.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Minutes, August 1978series 2.6box 8folder 7
Minutes, August 1978series 2.6box 8folder 8
Minutes, November 1978 - January 1979series 2.6box 8folder 9
Minutes, November 1978 - January 1979series 2.6box 8folder 10
Minutes, November 1978 - January 1979series 2.6box 8folder 11
Minutes, March 1979series 2.6box 8folder 12
Minutes, July - March 1980series 2.6box 8folder 13
Minutes, July - March 1980series 2.6box 8folder 14
Minutes, July - March 1980series 2.6box 8folder 15
Minutes, July - March 1980series 2.6box 8folder 16
Minutes, July - March 1980series 2.6box 8folder 17
Minutes, June 1980, August 1980series 2.6box 8folder 18
Minutes, September - November 1980series 2.6box 8folder 19
Minutes, September - November 1980series 2.6box 8folder 20
Minutes, January 1981series 2.6box 8folder 21
Minutes, January 1981series 2.6box 8folder 22
Minutes, March 1981series 2.6box 8folder 23
Minutes, March 1981series 2.6box 8folder 24
Minutes, March 1981series 2.6box 8folder 25
Minutes -- Board Report, April 1981series 2.6box 8folder 26
Minutes -- Board Report, April 1981series 2.6box 8folder 27
Minutes -- Board Report, April 1981series 2.6box 8folder 28
Minutes, June 1981series 2.6box 8folder 29
Minutes, June 1981series 2.6box 8folder 30
Minutes, June 1981series 2.6box 8folder 31
Minutes, June 1981series 2.6box 8folder 32
Minutes, June 1981series 2.6box 8folder 33
Minutes, June 1981series 2.6box 8folder 34
Minutes -- includes Board Report, July 1981series 2.6box 8folder 35
Minutes, August 1981series 2.6box 8folder 36
Minutes, October 1981series 2.6box 8folder 37
Minutes -- Agenda, Materials, Minutes, December 1981series 2.6box 9folder 1
Minutes -- Agenda, Materials, Minutes, December 1981series 2.6box 9folder 2
Minutes -- Agenda, Materials, Minutes, December 1981series 2.6box 9folder 3
Minutes -- Agenda, Materials, Minutes, December 1981series 2.6box 9folder 4
Minutes, April 1982series 2.6box 9folder 5
Minutes, June 1982series 2.6box 9folder 6
Minutes, June 1982series 2.6box 9folder 7
Minutes, June 1982series 2.6box 9folder 8
Minutes -- includes Board Report, July 1982series 2.6box 9folder 9
Minutes -- includes Board Report, July 1982series 2.6box 9folder 10
Minutes -- includes Board Report, July 1982series 2.6box 9folder 11
Minutes -- includes Board Report, July 1982series 2.6box 9folder 12
Minutes, October 1982series 2.6box 9folder 13
Action Items, 1979 - 1980 and undatedseries 2.6box 9folder 14
Committee Chairmen Meeting, March 17-18, 1979series 2.6box 9folder 15
Committee Role; Committee Members, 1980; FY 1983series 2.6box 9folder 16
Distribution Division -- Billy Oxley, Sr. Vice President -- Correspondence, February 1981series 2.6box 9folder 17
Distribution Division -- Billy Oxley, Sr. Vice President -- Memoranda, 1978 - 1980series 2.6box 9folder 18
Distribution Division -- Long Range Challenge Allocation; Facilities Sharing, 1981series 2.6box 9folder 19
Distribution Division -- Long Range Challenge Allocation; Facilities Sharing, 1981series 2.6box 9folder 20
Distribution Division -- Long Range Challenge Allocation; Facilities Sharing, 1981series 2.6box 9folder 21
Distribution Division -- Budget -- FY 1981 Budget, 1979 - 1981series 2.6box 9folder 22
Distribution Division -- Budget -- Budget Planning FY 1982, 1980 - 1981 and undatedseries 2.6box 9folder 23
Distribution Division -- Budget -- Expense Reports FY 1982, 1981 - 1982series 2.6box 9folder 24
Distribution Division -- Budget -- Budget FY82 - Proposals, Schedules -- 1st Proposal, undatedseries 2.6box 10folder 1
Distribution Division -- Budget -- Budget FY82 - Proposals, Schedules -- Revised, undatedseries 2.6box 10folder 2
Distribution Division -- Budget -- FY1982 Budget, 1981 and undatedseries 2.6box 10folder 3
Distribution Division -- Budget -- FY1982 Budget -- Presentation ad January 14, 1872 Finance Committee Meeting, 1981 - 1982series 2.6box 10folder 4
Distribution Division -- Budget -- Cost Sharing: Rate Setting Process. Presentation to the NPR Board of Directors, September 22, 1982series 2.6box 10folder 5
Distribution Division -- Scheduling Ppolicy for the National Program Service, 1979series 2.6box 10folder 6
Interface Relationships, 1980series 2.6box 10folder 7
Legislation -- Communications Act of 1978series 2.6box 11folder 1
Legislation -- Communications Act of 1979 -- H.R. 3333 -- U.S. House. 96th Congress, 1st Session, March 1979series 2.6box 11folder 2
Legislation -- Communications Act of 1979 -- H.R. 3333 -- U.S. House. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. Section-by-Section Analysis, April 1979series 2.6box 11folder 3
Legislation -- Communications Act of 1979 -- H.R. 3333 -- Testimonies, NPR Board action, etc., June 1979series 2.6box 11folder 4
Legislation -- Communications Act of 1979 -- U.S. Senate. 96th Congress, 1st Session. S. 611 & S. 622, March 1979series 2.6box 11folder 5
Task Force Meetings June 1982, 1970 - 1982 and undatedseries 2.6box 11folder 6
Task Force Meetings June 1982, 1970 - 1982 and undatedseries 2.6box 11folder 7
Task Force Meetings, November 1982series 2.6box 11folder 8
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 12folder 1
Meeting, August 30, 1983series 2.6box 12folder 1item 1.0
Distribution Closed Circuit Interconnect Meeting - Sides 1 & 2, February 1, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 1item 2.0
Distribution Closed Circuit Interconnect Meeting - Sides 3 & 4, February 1, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 1item 3.0
Meeting, April 12, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 1item 4.0
Meeting, April 12, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 1item 5.0
Executive Session, May 10, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 1item 6.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 12folder 2
Public Session, May 10, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 2item 1.0
Public Session, May 10, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 2item 2.0
Retreat - Study summary, June 29, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 2item 3.0
Retreat - Low power, June 29, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 2item 4.0
Retreat, June 29, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 2item 5.0
Retreat, June 29, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 2item 6.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 12folder 3
Retreat - Decision on uplink rate, June 29, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 3item 1.0
Retreat - Tier one options, June 29, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 3item 2.0
Retreat - Tier two, June 29, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 3item 3.0
Retreat - Tier two - Where are we, June 29, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 3item 4.0
Retreat - Where are we, June 29, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 3item 5.0
Retreat - Where are we, June 29, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 3item 6.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 12folder 4
Meeting, July 18, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 4item 1.0
Meeting, July 18, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 4item 2.0
Executive Session re: Continuous Use Rates for NPR Plus, August 2, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 4item 3.0
Executive Session re: Continuous Use Rates for NPR Plus, August 2, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 4item 4.0
Executive Session re: study, September 19, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 4item 5.0
Executive Session, September 19, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 4item 6.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 12folder 5
Executive Session, September 19, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 5item 1.0
Executive Session, September 19, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 5item 2.0
Executive Session, September 19, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 5item 3.0
Executive Session, September 19, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 5item 4.0
Executive Session, September 19, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 5item 5.0
Executive Session, September 19, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 5item 6.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 12folder 6
Executive Session, September 19, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 6item 1.0
Executive Session, September 20, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 6item 2.0
Executive Session, September 20, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 6item 3.0
Executive Session, October 24, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 6item 4.0
Executive Session, October 26, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 6item 5.0
Meeting - Sides 1 & 2, October 26, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 6item 6.0
Meeting - Sides 3 & 4, October 26, 1984series 2.6box 12folder 6item 7.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 13folder 1
Meeting, Seattle - Access Recommendation, Budget Review, December 4, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 1item 1.0
Meeting, Seattle - Budget Revew, December 4, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 1item 2.0
Meeting, Seattle - Budget Review, Executive Session, Chapter 8, December 4, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 1item 3.0
Meeting, Seattle - Executive Session, Chapter 8, December 4, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 1item 4.0
Meeting, Seattle - Executive Session, Chapter 8, December 4, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 1item 5.0
Meeting, Seattle - Executive Session, Chapter 8, December 4, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 1item 6.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 13folder 2
Meeting, Seattle - Executive Session, Chapter 8, December 4, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 2item 1.0
Meeting, Seattle - Executive Session, December 4, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 2item 2.0
Meeting, Seattle - Executive Session, December 5, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 2item 3.0
Meeting, Seattle, December 5, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 2item 4.0
Meeting, Seattle, December 5, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 2item 5.0
Meeting, Seattle, December 5, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 2item 6.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 13folder 3
Meeting, Seattle, December 5, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 3item 1.0
Meeting, Seattle, December 5, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 3item 2.0
Meeting, Seattle, December 5, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 3item 3.0
Meeting, Seattle, December 5, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 3item 4.0
Meeting, Seattle, December 5, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 3item 5.0
Meeting, Seattle - Executive Session, December 5, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 3item 6.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 13folder 4
Conference Call, December 20, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 4item 1.0
Conference Call, December 20, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 4item 2.0
Conference Call, December 20, 1984series 2.6box 13folder 4item 3.0
Executive Session, January 17, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 4item 4.0
Executive Session, January 17, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 4item 5.0
Open Session, January 17, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 4item 6.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 13folder 5
Open Session, January 17, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 5item 1.0
Executive Session, February 5, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 5item 2.0
Meeting, Sides 1 & 2, February 5, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 5item 3.0
Meeting, Sides 3 & 4, February 5, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 5item 4.0
Meeting - Conference Call, March 5, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 5item 5.0
Meeting - Conference Call, March 5, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 5item 6.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 13folder 6
Executive Session - Transponder Purchase, March 12, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 6item 1.0
Executive Session - Transponder Purchase, March 12, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 6item 2.0
Executive Session, April 17, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 6item 3.0
Executive Session, April 17, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 6item 4.0
Meeting, April 17, 1985series 2.6box 13folder 6item 5.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 14folder 1
Executive Session, May 2, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 1item 1.0
Meeting - Governance, May 2, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 1item 2.0
Meeting - Governance: Finance and Services, May 2, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 1item 3.0
Meeting, May 2, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 1item 4.0
Meeting, May 2, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 1item 5.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 14folder 2
Executive Session - Transponder Purchase, May 23, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 2item 1.0
Meeting - Ballot: Governance Discussion, May 23, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 2item 2.0
Meeting - Ballot: Governance Discussion, May 23, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 2item 3.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 14folder 3
Executive Session - Transponder Purchase, July 16, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 3item 1.0
Executive Session - Transponder Purchase, July 16, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 3item 2.0
Open Session, July 16, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 3item 3.0
Open Session, July 16, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 3item 4.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 14folder 4
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 14folder 5
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 14folder 6
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 14folder 7
Meeting: Open session, DACS Access, October 17, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 7item 1.0
Meeting, October 17, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 7item 2.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 14folder 8
Meeting, Sides 1 & 2, December 10, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 8item 1.0
Meeting, Sides 3 & 4, December 10, 1985series 2.6box 14folder 8item 2.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 14folder 9
Open Session, February 5, 1986series 2.6box 14folder 9item 1.0
Open Session - Rate Discussion, February 5, 1986series 2.6box 14folder 9item 2.0
Open Session, February 5, 1986series 2.6box 14folder 9item 3.0
Meetings - Audiocassettesseries 2.6box 14folder 10
Meeting, Sides 1 & 2, July 16, 1986series 2.6box 14folder 10item 1.0
Meeting, Sides 3 & 4, July 16, 1986series 2.6box 14folder 10item 2.0
Meeting, Sides 5 & 6, July 16, 1986series 2.6box 14folder 10item 3.0

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