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Robert D.B. Carlisle Papers


Robert D.B. Carlisle Papers
Carlisle, Robert D.B.
Collection number:
NPBA 93-45
6.25 linear feet including 138 audio cassettes
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
1962-1987 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:

Robert. D.B. Carlisle started in educational and public broadcasting career when he moved to WNDT, Channel 13, New York in 1962, its first year as a public TV station. He began as a Producer and then became an Executive Producer. In the spring of 1968, while still Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Communications for SUNY, Carlisle was asked by Ward B. Chamberlin and Frank Pace to work part-time for the brand new Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), created by an act of Congress in November of 1967. In the fall of 1968, Carlisle resigned from SUNY to become CPB's full-time Director of Special Projects. His work included creating a Career Fellow project and procedures for Community Service Grants. In early 1970, Carlisle became Director of Educational Projects and in 1971, Carlisle and his staff began to develop the Adult Learning Project Service (ALPS), a project to help adults prepare for the high school equivalency test. After leaving CPB in 1973, Carlisle continued his interest in educational television, publishing five books on the uses of media in education. The collection documents Carlisle's career at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as Director of Special Projects, his efforts to create the Adult Learning Program Service (ALPS) as Director of Educational Projects at CPB, his early career as a producer at WNDT in New York City, and various publications and background research.

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