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Roger P. Smith papers

 Collection 0064-MMC-NPBA

Roger Phillips Smith (1929- ) joined the CBS executive training program in 1955 and stayed with the network for several years. His public television career began at WTTW (Chicago, IL) in 1965. There he worked as an executive producer for a weekly one-hour prime time arts series titled Facet. His work on that series earned him two "Emmy" awards.

He worked at WNET (New York, NY) from 1967 to 1968, producing the show Newsfront, then joined the staff of WGBH (Boston, MA) and remained there for nine years serving as producer, director, and writer for several shows and films. He later became an independent producer with The Production House, Inc. (in MA) and Media Consulting & Production (in CA). He is the author of The Other Face of Public Television: Censoring the American Dream (2002).

The collection mostly documents Smith's work at WGBH with some materials about his work at WTTW, WNET, and The Production House, Inc.


  • 1929-1995, and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1971-1978

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information. Queries regarding publicatioght status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


5.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Roger P. Smith papers span the period from 1929 to 1995, with the bulk of the material dating from 1971 to 1978. The papers consist of newspaper clippings, memos, correspondence, financial documents, reports, scripts, research notes, photographs, and slides. The collection deal largely with Smith's work at public television station WGBH in Boston. Most of the WGBH materials are production and research files for several of the shows Smith worked on. Also included are materials concerning Smith's work at WTTW, WNET, and The Production House.


The collection consists of three series.

  1. Series 1: WTTW and WNET
  2. Series 2: WGBH
  3. Series 3: The Production House, Inc.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Roger P. Smith papers were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by Roger P. Smith in July of 1995.

Guide to the Roger P. Smith papers
Processed by Heather Moore, November 1995.
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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.
  • 2007-05-15: EAD revised by Karen E. King, May 2007
  • 2010-01-06: EAD revised by Karen E. King, January 2010
  • 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