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Jack Davis NET video collection

 Collection 0114-MMC

Jack Davis was a collector of videos of early educational and public television programs. The Jack Davis NET video collection consists mainly of videos of programs produced or distributed by National Education Television (NET) from 1968-1971, representing a variey of subjects and networks from the 1960s through the 1970s.


  • 1960-1978
  • Majority of material found within 1968-1971

Conditions Governing Access

This collection contains audiovisual materials. Items that cannot be used in the Special Collections reading room or are too fragile for researchers require that a digital copy be made prior to use. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit, so we may determine the proper steps to be taken.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.


55 Tape Reels (Cardboard containers) : Open reel video tapes ; Tape width: 1 inch Reel diameter: approximately 10 inches

Scope and Contents

The Jack Davis NET video collection contains 1” open reel video recordings of NET programming dating from 1960-1978, with the bulk dating from 1968-1971. Though the collection represents a variety of subjects, contemporary social issues and historical subjects feature most prominantly, including episodes of series produced by WNET (History of the Negro People), WQED (Turned on Crisis) and WGBH (Anatomy of a Revolution). Copies of programs created by commercial networks represent a small portion of the collection.

Processing Information

Reels were removed from Paige boxes, stored vertically and barcoded by Adam Gray in October 2017.

Guide to the Jack Davis NET Video Collection
Adam Gray
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742