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John C. Schwarzwalder Papers


John C. Schwarzwalder Papers
Schwarzwalder, John C.
Collection number:
NPBA 92-102
5.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
1935-1992 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:

John C. Schwarzwalder was a pioneer in the field of educational television, establishing the nation's first educational television station, KUHT-TV, at the University of Houston in 1953. Leaving Houston, Texas, in 1956, Schwarzwalder moved north to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where he became executive vice-president and general manager of the Twin City Area Educational Television Corporation. There he helped establish three noncommercial educational television stations: KTCA-TV, KTCI-TV, and KWOM-TV. Twenty years later, in 1976, Schwarzwalder moved south again when he accepted the position of station manager of KOKH-TV in Oklahoma. In 1978 he was both executive consultant to the Twin City Area PTV Corporation and Manager of the Denton, Texas, Channel Two Foundation, Inc. From 1977 to 1985 he was president of DBLS, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to establish, operate, and maintain nonprofit educational television and radio stations in Austin, Texas. Over the years, Schwarzwalder performed consultancy work for various states, cities, schools, and commissions in the field of educational television. The collection reflects Schwarzwalder's continued and vocal commitment to the maintenance of the identity of educational television as a separate entity from public broadcasting.

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