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Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction (MPATI) Records


Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction (MPATI) Records
Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction (MPATI)
Collection number:
NPBA 90-556
7.25 linear feet (including 23 photographs)
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
1957-1973, 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:

The Midwest Program of Airborne Television Instruction (MPATI) was a nonprofit organization of educators and television producers who pioneered efforts to transmit instructional television programming before the advent of cable and satellite. The program began as an experiment in 1959 to use DC-6 AB planes to broadcast signals to schools. It operated through a grant from the Ford Foundation from 1961 to 1963. Then, from 1963 to 1968, MPATI relied on membership fees. From 1968 to 1971, MPATI ceased production and broadcasting becoming a tape library. MPATI dissolved in 1971. The collection documents MPATI's efforts to produce and broadcast instructional television courses, its interest in developing and maintaining a base of membership schools, and its eventual dissolution.

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