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Dr. Herman S. Hettinger Papers


Dr. Herman S. Hettinger Papers
Hettinger, Herman S.
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0.50 linear foot
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
1941-1956 and undated
Collection Area:
Library of American Broadcasting
Library of American Broadcasting, 3210 Hornbake Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9160, Fax: 301-314-2634, Email:

Dr. Hettinger was an executive, legal advisor, academic and author, whose long and varied career frequently brought him into the business of radio broadcasting. The collection documents Hettinger's legal advising work in two cases.

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Processed by John Wood, September 1997

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EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Karen E. King, April 2009

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Legal Cases, 1941-1956, and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains material relating to two legal cases in which Dr. Hettinger served as an advisor in the 1940s and 1950s. The material includes correspondence, memoranda, legal papers, handwritten notes, and table and charts. It is divided into two subseries.

Subseries 1.1: The Newspaper-Radio Hearings, 1941, and undated (1 folder)

This subseries contains material from 1941 and also has undated material. These hearings considered the extent of cross-ownership between radio stations and newspapers, also referred to as association. It contains some correspondence, cross-examination material regarding trends in association, a memo regarding a presentation to the committee and a critical report on material presented in the Newspaper-Radio Hearings

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Newspaper-Radio Hearings, 1941, and undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 1

Subseries 1.2: Agricultural Broadcasting Company tax case, 1950-1956, and undated (4 folders)

This subseries contains material from 1950-1956 and undated material. This series deals with a legal case in which the Agricultural Broadcasting Company, owners of station WLS in Chicago among others, sought tax relief under section 722 of the Internal Revenue Code. The case appears to have centered on advertising revenue at WLS. The series contains correspondence including letters from and to Dr. Hettinger and other letters related to the case. It contains legal papers and notes such as memoranda, affidavits and outlines of legal arguments. Some of the printed material contains handwritten marginalia. The series contains handwritten notes with data on WLS broadcast revenue and an outline of points to be made and legal strategy in this case. It also contains raw data, tables and charts of relevance to the case, including much information comparing WLS to other comparable stations.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1950-1956series 1.2box 1folder 2
Legal Papers and Notes, 1954-1955, and undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 3
Handwritten Notes, undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 4
Data, Tables, Charts, undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 5

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