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.
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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.
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.