In 1952, David Stewart, with grants from the Ford Foundation, worked in Washington to help start new educational television stations by reserving channels. Stewart then became executive director of the Joint Committee of Educational Broadcasting. 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. Other positions Stewart has held include Director of Dartmouth/American Council on Education film study, Consultant on the Arts, American Council on Education, Director of the Washington Office, National Educational Television, Director, Joint Council on Broadcasting, and finally, programming and production consultant for the Joint Committee on Educational Television. The collection documents Stewart's career as Director of the Office of International Activities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting.