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Elizabeth L. Young Papers


Elizabeth L. Young Papers
Young, Elizabeth L.
Collection number:
0.25 linear foot
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
1969-1974 and undated
Collection Area:
National Public Broadcasting Archives
National Public Broadcasting Archives, 3210 Hornbake Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9160, Fax: 301-314-2634, Email:

Dr. Elizabeth L. Young's career in broadcasting spans from the 1960s to the present and includes work in public radio, public television and satellite telecommunciations. Starting at American University's WAMU-FM, Young has worked at organizations including National Public Radio (NPR), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Kansas Public Teleccommunications Commission and the Public Service Satellite Consortium. This collection documents her work at CPB and NPR including her work for a CPB task force on women in public broadcasting.

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Historical Note

Elizabeth L. Young was born in Duluth, Minnesota on August 7, 1943. She received an AB in Philsophy from Wellesley College in 1964, a MA in Broadcasting from American University in 1968, and a PhD in Education from Columbia University in 1970. While at American University, she was the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Men from 1965 to 1966. From 1966 to 1968, Young was Program Manager for WAMU-FM, the University's Radio Station, and an Instructor at the University's Institute for Life Time Learning. Part of her job as Program Manager included producing a television program every three months as part of a university consortium project along with the University of Maryland, Gallaudet University and other institutions of higher education in the Washington, DC area. She was also a Lecturer for American's Department of Communications in 1967. While in Washington, she also served as Secretary for the Eastern Educational Network in 1967, helping to make it into an active association for tape exchange.

She moved to New York City to begin her PhD studies at Columbia when she received a CBS Foundation Fellowship for 1968-1969. In 1969, she worked at radio station WRVR as the Producer of Public Affairs and Cultural Programs and at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as the Assistant to Al Hulsen, Director of Radio Activities. During this period, she remained connected to Washington through her work as a Counsellor on Public Speaking for the Washington Urban League. In her work at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, she was involved in the creation of National Public Radio (NPR). In June 1970, the Radio Activities Office moved to Washington, DC, and Young went with it. That September she went on board at NPR, serving as acting secretary until they elected officers. In December 1970, Young became Manager of Station Relations, and became its first director in June 1971. There, Young developed services including regional workshops, the Report to Members, and the Station Handbook.

She retained her connections to CPB and acted as their consultant in 1974 for a study on the role of women in public broadcasting. That same year, in December, Young was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB) for a three-year term. Wanting to learn more about television, Young went to Kansas in the fall of 1974. By 1975, she was working as the Executive Director of the Kansas Public Telecommunications Commission in Topeka. In this capacity, she authored a plan to expand public broadcasting in Kansas, which received state support in 1977. Meanwhile, starting June 1976, Young was the director of the Ohio State University's Telecommunications Center in Columbus. The Center is administratively responsible for stations WOSU, WOSU-FM, WOSU-TV, and WPBO-TV (Portsmouth). Finally, Young showed a strong interest in the arts and humanities while in Ohio. She served on the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Metropolitan Learning Community, the Columbus Symphony Association, and the Committee for Public Programs in the Humanities in Ohio.

On June 1, 1979, Young replaced John Witherspoon as president of the Public Service Satellite Consortium. She held this post and the position of president of the PSSC's partially owned subsidiary Services by Satellite (SatServ) until 1984 when the PSSC board voted to separate the presidencies. In 1983, Young served on many boards such as: Space Applications Board of the National Research Council, Board of EDUCOM, the University of Mid-America National Panel of Advisors, and the Advisory Council for the National University Consortium. While still remaining on the PSSC Board of Directors, Young accepted a position as Vice President of Marketing at COMSAT General Corporation in Maritime Services and served as the Vice President for INMARSAT Policy and Representation Support for ten years. In May 2003, Elizabeth Young joined the ASI Entertainment Inc.'s Board of Directors as corporate advisor, a position she held until July 2005 when she joined a new Advisory Board. Finally, in 2006, Dr. Young became Chairman of WHRO (Hampton Roads, VA)'s Board of Directors.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Elizabeth L. Young Papers covers the years 1969 to 1974. The collection documents her work in radio for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and at National Public Radio during its formative period. There is also material on the role of women in public broadcasting from a CPB task force on which Young was a consultant. Included in this collection are the articles of incorporation and by-laws of National Public Radio among other documents relating to its formation.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Elizabeth L. Young Papers was donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, by Annice M. Alt in June of 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Susan McElrath, October 1991. Revised by Karen E. King, October 1995

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Karen E. King, March 2010

Arrangement of Collection

Organized as one series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Papers, 1969-1974 and undated (0.50 linear foot)

This series documents Young's role of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in radio and in the formation of National Public Radio. Issues addressed include the role of women in public broadcasting and the optimal role of National Public Radio and its President. This series includes articles of incorporation, by-laws, correspondence, and memoranda. The arrangement is alphabetical by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1969-1972 series 1box 1folder 1
CPB Task force on the Image of Women in Public Broadcasting, 1974 series 1box 1folder 2
Symond, Steven J. "Guidelines and Content for Effective Program Evaluation and Feedback [in Public Radio]", undated series 1box 1folder 3
National Educational Radio -- Memo to Managers, August 28, 1970 series 1box 1folder 4
National Public Radio -- Articles of Incorporation, 1970 series 1box 1folder 5
National Public Radio -- Board of Directors, undated series 1box 1folder 6
National Public Radio -- Board of Directors -- Correspondence, Memoranda, and Press Releases, January - April 1970 series 1box 1folder 7
National Public Radio -- Board of Directors -- Correspondence, Memoranda, and Press Releases, April - August 1970 series 1box 1folder 8
National Public Radio -- Board of Directors -- Correspondence, Memoranda, and Press Releases, 1974 series 1box 1folder 9
National Public Radio -- Board of Directors -- Minutes, 1969-1970 series 1box 1folder 10
National Public Radio -- By-Laws, 1970 series 1box 1folder 11
National Public Radio -- General File, 1970 series 1box 1folder 12
Public Broadcasting Service, 1970-1971 series 1box 1folder 13
Young, Elizabeth. "Public Radio in the Seventies", 1970 series 1box 1folder 14

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