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Robert A. Mott Papers


Robert A. Mott Papers
Mott, Robert A.
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NPBA 92-147
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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 Mott started his public broadcasting career at Washington State University, where in 1956, he became news director of the university radio station. By 1964, he joined via nomination the television division board of directors at KWSC-TV, and in 1965, he chaired the Washington State University communications department. Mott's involvement in national organizations included serving as executive director of the National Association of Educational Broadcasting's National Education Radio Division in 1968. From there he became PBS Director of Station Relations, where he served from 1970 to 1973. In October 1975, he joined the Public Service Satellite Consortium, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of telecommunication technology for public service, as Director of Operations, becoming vice president in 1978. The collection contains a variety of materials relating to the Public Service Satellite Consortium and the Public Broadcasting Service.

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Historical Note

Robert A. Mott began his career in journalism while serving in the armed forces during World War II. Prior to enlisting in the army, Mott was preparing for a career in print journalism, but was forced to discontinue his education after two years. While in the service, Mott wrote a column for the Emporia Gazette about the activities of the National Guard from 1940 to 1945. Although he enjoyed working in the print journalism field, his colleague Russ Porter convinced Mott to pursue his interest in the electronic news gathering business. In 1945, after he completed his military service, Mott began working for KTSW, a commercial news station in Kansas, covering news and sports. Mott worked his way through his last two years of college and graduated with a BA degree in 1947, at which point he made the decision to stay at KTSW until 1949. Mott continued on to earn a masters degree in Radio-Television Journalism at the University of Denver, while simultaneously teaching there until 1953.

Mott began working for an ABC radio station, which was also a commercial television station owned jointly with CBS radio. Here, Mott gained experience in radio broadcasting while also continuing to air television broadcasts. After two years Mott transferred back to Denver where he accepted a managerial role at KVCD until he accepted a job at Washington State University (WSU) in 1956. Mott remained a WSU as the instructor of Continuity and News Editor for twelve years. In 1968 he was approached by John Witherspoon, in association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), who offered him a position as Executive Director of National Educational Radio which he eventually accepted. Other associated interests in radio and television broadcasting include Mott's involvement with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Public Service Satellite Consortium (PSSC), National Public Radio (NPR), National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Robert A. Mott Papers, which documents Mott's involvement in public television and public radio, covers the dates 1961 to 1995. The bulk of this material ranges from 1970 to 1979. Types of documents include cartoons and news clippings, dedications/invitation, correspondence, newsletters, reports and maps, memos, magazines, photos, satirical materials, and audio tapes.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Robert A. Mott Papers was given to the University of Maryland Libraries by Robert A. Mott in June of 1992 and February, April, May, and July of 1997.

Processing Information

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Processed by Candice M. Ezzat, October 1998

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EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Scott Prouty and Karen E. King, May 2005.

Arrangement of Collection

The collection consists of two series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Subject Files, 1961-1995, undated (0.50 linear foot)

This series covers all areas of Mott's involvement in the television and radio industry. Important topics include the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Public Service Satellite Consortium (PSSC), and stations including KPBS (San Diego, CA) and KWSU-TV (Pullman, WA). The materials are arranged alphabetically by topic.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Cartoons -- Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1973 series 1box 1folder 1
Cartoons -- Public Broadcasting (in general), 1970-1973 series 1box 1folder 2
Cartoons -- Wold�s World, 1979, n.d. series 1box 1folder 3
Clippings -- Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), 1995 series 1box 1folder 4
Clippings -- Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1976-1995 series 1box 1folder 5
Clippings -- Public Broadcasting (in general), 1994-1995 series 1box 1folder 6
Networks, Organizations and Stations -- KPBS, 1995 series 1box 1folder 7
Networks, Organizations and Stations -- KWSU-TV (Washington State University), 1973-1980 series 1box 1folder 8
Networks, Organizations and Stations -- National Broadcasting Company (NBC), 1961-1970 series 1box 1folder 9
Networks, Organizations and Stations -- National Institute of Education (NIE), 1975 series 1box 1folder 10
Networks, Organizations and Stations -- Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1970-1973 series 1box 1folder 11
Networks, Organizations and Stations -- Public Service Satellite Consortium (PSSC), 1979-1984 series 1box 1folder 12
Newsletters -- America�s Storyteller, 1995 series 1box 1folder 13
Newsletters -- NAEB Newsletter, 1968 series 1box 1folder 14
Newsletters -- Old Timer�s Newsletter, 1995 series 1box 1folder 15
Photos -- CTS Users Meeting, 1976 series 1box 1folder 16
Photos -- Dedication Ceremony for Murrow Communications Center, 1973 series 1box 1folder 17
Satire -- Misc., 1973 series 1box 1folder 18
Satire -- Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1971-1973 series 1box 1folder 19
Satire -- Public Service Satellite Consortium (PSSC), 1975-1976 series 1box 1folder 20

Series 2: Audio-Visual Materials, 1965-1979, undated (4 audio reels and 4 audio cassettes)

This series consists of four audio reels and four audio cassettes concerning a wide variety of topics including the dedication of the Murrow Building, a news conference with CPB President Henry Loomis, an interview with Mott at the Public Service Satellite Consortium, and Mott�s appearance as Guest of the Week on KBPS-AM (Portland, OR). The materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Audio Tapes series 2box 2folder 1
BBC Appreciation of Edward R. Murrow �This Reporter� series 2box 2folder 1item 1.0
KABC-AM, 1975 series 2box 2folder 1item 2.0
KBPS � Guest of the Week., October 21, 1979 series 2box 2folder 1item 3.0
Let�s Talk About That, Program #88 �Cameras and Microphones in the Courtroom," Washington State University., June 2, 1965 series 2box 2folder 1item 4.0
Murrow Building Dedication., June 7, 1974 series 2box 2folder 1item 5.0
News Conference with CPB President Henry Loomis, Washington State University: Dedication of the Edward R. Murrow Communications Center., April 28, 1973 series 2box 2folder 1item 6.0
Public Service Satellite Consortium � Presentation of Robert A. Mott., 1978 series 2box 2folder 1item 7.0
Rocky Mountain Interview, n.d. series 2box 2folder 1item 8.0

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