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Duane G. Straub Papers


Duane G. Straub Papers
Straub, Duane G.
Collection number:
NPBA 93-35
4.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
1959-1983 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:

Duane Gene Straub has held many positions in the fields of broadcasting, television and education. From 1963 to 1965, he served as the Operations Manager/Lecturer at WOUB-T.V., Ohio University. Then, from 1965 to 1975 he was the Associate Director of the Public Television Library (a division of the Public Broadcasting Service) at Indiana University. There he administered business operations, acquired and distributed programming to more than 250 national public television stations, and acquired a library of over 3,000 programs, many of which remain in current distribution. The collection focuses on materials Straub collected while working at Michigan State University, Ohio State University, and the University of Indiana. Subjects include the Public Television Library, National Association of Educational Broadcasters, copyright and satellite communications.

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Historical Note

Duane Gene Straub was born on February 25, 1933, in Paullina, Iowa, to Melvin Carl and Birdline Amendt Straub. As a young man, Duane served with the United States Navy (1953 to 1957). He began his academic career at age 24 at Valparaiso University, and finished his undergraduate studies in 1961, when he earned a bachelor's degree in Distributed Studies (Television Production, English, Technical Journalism and Business Administration) from Iowa State University. In 1964 he earned a master's degree in Radio-Television-Film at Michigan State University, and he completed coursework in Human Relations, Marketing, Computer Science and Business Administration at Ohio University and Indiana University. Additionally, Straub attended the U.S. Navy Ground Controlled Approach Radar Technician School and the U.S. Navy Aviation Electronics Technician School, earning a Federal Communications Commission General Class Radio Telephone Engineer's license. On July 27, 1960, he married Sylvia Ann Clarke.

A variety of positions relating to the fields of broadcasting, television, and education characterize Straub's early career. He assumed his first professional position in 1963 at WOUB-TV, Ohio University, where he worked as Operations Manager/Lecturer. He supervised the production and operational activity of broadcast and closed circuit television, produced the weekly program "Bobcat Sports," and established and supervised procedures for the station's production operations.

In 1965 Straub became Associate Director of the Public Television Library, a division of the Public Broadcasting Service, at Indiana University. In addition to administering business operations and acquiring and distributing programming to over 250 national public television stations, Straub initiated and supervised the development and production of the "Artists in America" series, and acquired a library of over 3,000 programs, many of which remain in current distribution. Straub remained with the Public Television Library until January 1975, when he became a Project Operations Manager for the Audio-Visual Center at Indiana University. Some of his achievements during this period (1975 to 1981) include bringing over three million dollars in revenues to Indiana University, and managing a federal contract which nationally distributed educational media to the handicapped.

From 1981 to 1984 Straub worked as the Operations Manager for a Special Materials Project at the Captioned Film/Media Library in Indianapolis, IN and Silver Spring, MD. He researched and implemented a computerized client registration and media distribution system, planned and implemented the move of over eight thousand inventory items from Indiana University to the Media Library in Indianapolis, and increased the client base forty-percent using strategic marketing techniques (eighty-five thousand films to nine thousand clients annually).

In 1984 Straub became the Audiovisual Management Policy Officer for the Chief of Naval Operations at The Naval Imaging Management Division, Washington, D.C. In addition to serving as a policy authority and administrator for Navy AV production and services, library operations and records management and disposal, Straub functioned as the Navy's point of contact for video teleconferencing while assisting the development of Navy policy for interactive video.

Straub briefly (1988 to 1989) worked as the Head, Biomedical Communications Programs and Systems/CAMIS Department at the Naval Health Sciences Education and Training Command, Bethesda, Maryland, before assuming his current position there as the Director, Biomedical Communications Management, and Special Assistant for Audiovisual Services to the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Straub's major current tasks include overseeing the 1.5 million dollar educational and documentary audiovisual program for the entire U.S. Navy Medical Department and developing AV policy and procedures for all Navy medical activities, including approximately forty hospitals and technical training schools worldwide.

Straub currently resides with his wife in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, the Federal Educational Technology Association, the International Interactive Communications Society, the Society of Broadcast Engineers and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Duane G. Straub Papers dates from 1959 to 1983 and includes undated material. Most of the materials fall between the early 1960's to the mid 1970's. The collection focuses on materials Straub accumulated while working at Michigan State University, Ohio University and the Indiana University. Memorandums, technical and administrative reports, program catalogs and IPD sheets from the Public Broadcasting Service/Public Television Library comprise the bulk of the collection, which also contains a small collection of photographs, correspondence, and association newsletters, memorandums and conference material.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Duane G. Straub Papers was donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by Duane G. Straub in October of 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Linda J. Kerecman, February 1994

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Chris Stoner, June 2006.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Public Broadcasting Service, 1969-1983 and undated (1.50 linear feet)

This series documents specific concerns and policies of the Public Broadcasting Service and the Public Television Library from 1969 to 1977. Topics covered include programming guidelines and policies, the Public Television Library's research into video devices, programs offered for public distribution from 1972 to 1974, and the Public Broadcasting Service's interest in closed captioning. There are no notable correspondents within this series, but some photographs, sound recordings and a graphic display have been preserved.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Public Television Library -- Public Television Library Graphic Display, undated series 1box 1folder 1
Public Television Library -- "Oscillations," vols. 2 and 3, undated series 1box 1folder 2
Public Television Library -- "Four Notes in Search of a Tune" - recording created by Don Voegeli, undated series 1box 1folder 3
Pamphlets, undated series 1box 2folder 1
Addresses, Policy Statements, Personnel Actions, 1964 series 1box 2folder 2
"Artists in America", undated series 1box 2folder 3
Policies and Procedures Manual, 1971, Revised 1973 series 1box 2folder 4
Indexing of Non-Print Materials Study, 1973 series 1box 2folder 5
Memos and Reports, 1971-1973 series 1box 2folder 6
Memos and Reports, 1974 series 1box 2folder 7
Memos and Reports, 1975-1977 series 1box 2folder 8
Policy Committee Five Year Projection, 1972-1977 series 1box 2folder 9
Program Alerts/Program Briefs, 1973-1974 series 1box 2folder 10
Programs in Distribution, 1972 series 1box 2folder 11
Task Force Policy Committee Meeting, 1975 series 1box 2folder 12
Video Devices Report, 1973 series 1box 2folder 13
Videocassette Sale and Rental Proposal, 1974 series 1box 2folder 14
Catalog of Programs, January 1973 series 1box 3folder 1
Catalog of Programs, January 1974 series 1box 3folder 2
Catalog of Programs, 1974-1975 series 1box 3folder 3
Programs Available for Booking Catalog, 1974 series 1box 3folder 4
IPD Sheets, 1974 series 1box 3folder 5
IPD Sheets, 1974 series 1box 3folder 6
IPD Sheets, 1974 series 1box 4folder 1
IPD Sheets, 1974 series 1box 4folder 2
IPD Sheets, 1974 series 1box 4folder 3
IPD Sheets, 1974 series 1box 4folder 4
IPD Sheets, 1974 series 1box 4folder 5
Hathayoga, by Kathleen Hitchcock, IPD Program, 1974 series 1box 4folder 6
International Cookbook, IPD Program, 1974 series 1box 4folder 7
T.V. Chess, by George Koltanowski, IPD Program, 1974 series 1box 4folder 8
Public Broadcasting Service -- Reports, Memos, Personnel Manual, 1974 series 1box 5folder 1
Public Broadcasting Service -- Captioning and Schools for the Deaf, 1976 series 1box 5folder 2
Public Broadcasting Service -- Musical Recordings on PBS: Guidelines, 1972 series 1box 5folder 3
Public Broadcasting Service -- Pamphlets, Newsletters, undated series 1box 5folder 4
Public Broadcasting Service -- Video Program Catalog, 1983 series 1box 5folder 5

Series 2: National Association of Educational Broadcasters, 1965-1978 and undated (7 folders)

This series contains reports, newsletters and national survey data relating to the National Association of Educational Broadcasters from 1969 to 1979, as well as a 1978 NAEB convention report on characteristics of the United States public television system. This series also features material (dated 1965 to 1973) from the Educational Television Stations division of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters. These materials include newsletters, memos and reports. A 1970 report on the organizational background of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters/Educational Television Stations is particularly informative.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Concept Call Book Show, undated series 2box 5folder 6
Reports, Newsletters, Surveys, 1969-1972 series 2box 5folder 7
Conventions -- New Orleans, Louisiana, November 11-14, 1973 series 2box 5folder 8
Conventions -- 1978 Convention and United States Public Television Systems Report, 1978 series 2box 5folder 9
Educational Television Stations -- Memo, Reports, Newsletters, 1965-1973 series 2box 5folder 10
Educational Television Stations -- Annual Report, FY 1969-1970 series 2box 5folder 11
Educational Television Stations -- Educational Television Stations Report, 1970 series 2box 5folder 12

Series 3: Subjects, 1959-1980 and undated (0.75 linear foot)

This series contains miscellaneous information collected by Straub from 1959 to 1980. Topics covered include micrographics, satellites, public broadcasting, and copyright (in relation to educational media and performers). This series also contains materials relating to various professional and educational associations as well as three public television stations, and a photograph of Straub.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Association for Professional Broadcasting Education Newsletter; Proceedings for the 1971 APBE Broadcast Management Seminar, 1971 series 3box 6folder 1
Broadcasting - Public, Educational, Instructional, 1959-1979 series 3box 6folder 2
Business Directory, undated series 3box 6folder 3
Copyright, 1964-1980 series 3box 6folder 4
Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- Reports, Memos, 1978-1979 series 3box 6folder 5
Duane Straub, photograph, undated series 3box 6folder 6
Educational Media - Bibliographies -- Indiana University Audiovisual Center, 1973-1977 series 3box 6folder 7
Federal Communications Commission, 1966-1972 series 3box 6folder 8
Learning Directory Instructional Materials Index; Supplement, Indiana University Audiovisual Center, 1970-1971; 1972-1973 series 3box 6folder 9
Micrographics, undated series 3box 6folder 10
Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction. Recommended Specifications for Equipping Schools. Booklet Number 1, undated series 3box 6folder 11
National Information Center for Educational Media Index to Educational Videotapes, 1974 series 3box 6folder 12
Satellites, 1969-1975 series 3box 6folder 13
Southern Educational Communications Association -- Memos, Newsletters, Clippings, 1969, 1976 series 3box 6folder 14
Telecommunications Conference at Indiana University, 1980 series 3box 6folder 15
Television Production -- [Voegeli Recordings - see Box 1], 1972 series 3box 6folder 16
Who's Who in the Midwest - Straub's entry, 1969 series 3box 6folder 17
WMSB - Michigan State University -- 1963 Staff list, Notes, 1963, undated series 3box 7folder 1
WMVS/WMVT Management Information System, 1979 series 3box 7folder 2
WOUB T.V. Ohio University Television -- Program Information, Memos, Reports, 1963-1970 series 3box 7folder 3

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