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Donald R. McNeil Papers


Donald R. McNeil Papers
McNeil, Donald R.
Collection number:
NPBA 91-215
41.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
1930-1988 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:

Donald R. McNeil worked much of his life in academia. From 1965 to 1968, McNeil was Chancellor of the University Extension Program in Madison, Wiscsonsin, during which time he lobbied for the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities. In 1968, McNeil received the first Emmy given to a public television station (WHA-TV) for his series "Pretty Soon Runs Out" - a forum on integration and race relations. From 1969 to 1975, McNeil served as Chancellor of the University of Maine System. During that time, he participated in the creation of the Public Broadcasting Service and was elected to the board in 1973. In 1978, McNeil became the president of the University of Mid-America (UMA) which used electronic media to produce long distance learning courses marketed in eleven mid-west universities. Later, using the British Open University as a guideline, McNeil began to design and research an American Open University which would give credit and degrees based upon its own curriculum using technology as a classroom. After the New York Institute of Technology agreed to consider the American Open University as a long distance arm of its college, McNeil served as Provost from 1983 to 1987. Donald R. McNeil began work on the National Public Broadcasting Archives in 1988, and served as its director from 1990 to 1993. The collection concentrates on McNeil's involvement in the University of Mid-America and the American Open University.

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