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Thirteen/WNET Arthur Godfrey Collection


Thirteen/WNET Arthur Godfrey Collection
Godfrey, Arthur
Collection number:
LAB 98-28
243.00 linear feet (textual portion)
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
1923-1983 and undated
Collection Area:
Mass Media and Culture
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Arthur Morton Godfrey, born August 31, 1903 in New York City, ranks as one of the important on-air stars of the first decade of American television. Through most of the decade of the 1950s Godfrey hosted a daily radio program and appeared in two top-ten prime time television shows, Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts and Arthur Godfrey and His Friends, all for CBS. His radio career lasted for a longer time than his television programs, beginning on WFBR in Baltimore in 1930 and concluding with CBS program Arthur Godfrey Time in 1972. The Thirteen/WNET Arthur Godfrey Collection spans the years 1923 to 1983, with the bulk of the collection encompassing the years 1950 up through the late 1970s. The collection contains large series of sheet music and business records. In addition, it contains publicity clippings, scripts, personal correspondence, and photographs, along with other sundry items. One series of the collection consists not of donated materials but websites about Arthur Godfrey archived from the public web.

Important Information for Users of the Collection


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Preferred citation:

Thirteen/WNET Arthur Godfrey Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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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.


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