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Warren F. Seibert papers

 Collection 0062-MMC-NPBA

Dr. Warren Frederick Seibert (1927-2001), an educational psychologist and television researcher, worked at Purdue University as a TV program research consultant and head of instructional media research from 1956 to 1963. His positions at Michigan State University, from 1969 to 1972, included work as a senior research scientist at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. In 1980, Seibert moved to the Washington, D.C. area to be chief of the Educational Research and Evaluation Branch of the National Medical Audiovisual Center of the National Library of Medicine. He wrote many publications on educational broadcasting and other subjects and lectured extensively on the subject nationally and internationally.

This collection contains instructional television studies, conference documents, materials on Seibert's participation in the National Association of Educational Broadcasters and documents regarding the Open University system.


  • 1943-1985
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1980

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research use.

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.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


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Warren Frederick Seibert, the son of Harry Harrison and Henrietta Caroline (Struckmeyer) Seibert, was born in Carbondale, Illinois on March 19, 1927. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Radarman 3/C from 1945 to 1946. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1950 and a Masters of Science degree in education in 1951 from Southern Illinois University. He also received a Ph.D. in psychology from Purdue University in 1956. Seibert married Nedra Alice Midjaas on March 13, 1949. They have three children, Diane Janice, Eric Larsen and Robin Suzanne.

His career in educational broadcasting research and development began as a graduate research assistant at Southern Illinois University from 1950 to 1951. He then served as Director of Student Employment at the University from 1951 to 1952. From 1952 to 1955, while pursuing his doctoral studies, he worked as a graduate research assistant and administrative assistant for the Division of Educational Reference at Purdue University. He then served as an assistant professor of psychology at the Purdue Calumet Campus from 1955 to 1956.

Seibert continued to serve in various positions at Purdue University such as TV Program Research Consultant and Associate Professor, 1956-1963 and head of the Instructional Media Research. On leave from Purdue University, he served as Senior Research Coordinator and in 1968 he served as a distinguished visiting Professor of Educational Psychology at Pennsylvania State University.

From 1969 to 1972, Seibert held several positions at the University of Michigan including professor of dentistry and psychology and senior research scientist at the Center for Research on Learning and teaching. He was also the founding chairman of the Department of Educational Resources at the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan. He returned to Purdue University in 1972 to serve as Professor of Education and Engineering Education; as associate director of Measurement and Research center and as director of the Office of Instructional Services until 1980. That year, Seibert relocated to Washington, DC to become chief of the Educational Research and Evaluation Branch of the National Medical Audiovisual Center of the National Library of Medicine.

Throughout his career, Seibert has lectured nationally and internationally on educational broadcasting. In 1961, he served as director of the International Seminar on Instructional Television at Purdue University. From 1962 to 1972, he also served on evaluation panels at the U.S. Office of Education. He participated as an observer for the International Conference of Radio and Television Organizations in School Broadcasting in Rome, Italy in 1961, as an animateur for the Third International Conference of the European Broadcasting Union on Educational Radio and Television in Paris, France in 1967 and as a lecturer on educational media and research at the National University of Ecuador in Quito in 1968. He also served as a participant and session rapporteur for the International Conference on Evaluation and Research in Educational Broadcasting, Open University, Milton Keynes, England in 1976.

Dr. Seibert has also presented papers, lectured or served as a panel participant at organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the American Statistical Association, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He has also been a consultant to several organizations, school systems and companies including the Educational Communications System (ECS) Project, National Area School Television (1967), National Public Radio (1974), Addison-Wesley Publishers (1968) and the Joint Council on Economic Education (1979).

Dr. Seibert is the author of numerous articles and publications on educational broadcasting research and measurement in publications such as the Journal of Educational Psychology, the Educational Broadcasting Review, the Public Telecommunications Review, and the NAEB Journal.

Dr. Warren F. Seibert died in December 2001.


The collection is organized as seven series:

  1. Series 1: Broadcasting and Instructional Television Studies
  2. Series 2: Open University
  3. Series 3: Printed, Published Materials
  4. Series 4: European Broadcasting Union
  5. Series 5: National Association of Educational Broadcasters
  6. Series 6: Miscellaneous Files
  7. Series 7: Audio Tapes

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Warren F. Seibert papers were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries by Warren F. Seibert in April of 1991.

Guide to the Warren F. Seibert papers
Processed by Sonya Ramsey, June 1992. Revised by Karen E. King, March 1996
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Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2007-04-15: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Karen E. King, April 2007.
  • 2009-07-14: EAD revised by Karen E. King, July 2009
  • 2011-04-07: EAD revised by Karen E. King, April 2011
  • 2019-01-18: Finding aid reviewed and minor edits made by Duncan Griffin.
  • 2021-08-06: Jim Baxter re-wrote the collection abstract.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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