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David C. Stewart papers

 Collection 0065-MMC-NPBA

David C. Stewart (1927- ) was a public television programming executive for more than forty years. He joined the Joint Committee of Educational Broadcasting in Washington in 1952, becoming the executive director in 1961. In 1966, he became Director of Programs in Education and Public Media for the National Council on the Arts (National Endowment for the Arts). There he was responsible for all projects in radio, television and motion pictures, and sound recording.

Three years later, he started work at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as the Director of Special Projects. In 1972, he evaluated program proposals as director of national program projects. From 1980 to 1996, he directed the Office of International Activities department of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, focusing on creating long-term program alliances between the United States public broadcasters and their counterparts in other countries. Stewart is the author of The PBS Companion: A History of Public Television (1999).

The collection documents Stewart's career as Director of the Office of International Activities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


  • 1967-1996 and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1988-1995

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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The collection consists of one series.

  1. Series 1: Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The David C. Stewart papers were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by David C. Stewart in several installments between May 1991 and March 1996.

Guide to the David C. Stewart papers
Processed by John Wood, June 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.
  • 2010-01-06: EAD revised by Karen E. King, January 2010
  • 2011-04-29: EAD revised by Karen E. King, April 2011
  • 2019-01-18: Finding aid reviewed and minor edits made by Duncan Griffin.
  • 2021-09-24: Jim Baxter re-wrote the collection abstract; Sam O’Donnell updated gendered language.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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