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Paul K. Taff papers

 Collection 0067-MMC-NPBA

Paul Kenneth Taff's (1920-2013) participation in educational and public broadcasting focused primarily on children's programming. After working for various Midwest stations, he joined National Educational Television (NET) in 1960. There, he was assistant program director, director of program operations, and director of children's programming. Notably, Taff arranged for national distribution on NET of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and Julia Child's French Chef.

Other activities in public broadcasting have included: member, National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB), children's program director, Educational Broadcasting Union (EBU), member, National Public Radio's Committee on Long Range Planning and Legislation Resource Group; member, Eastern Public Radio Network (EPRN) board; and co-chairman and trustee, Public Radio Transponder (Westar IV).

The collection consists of materials concerning National Educational Television, children's programming, legislative issues, and public broadcasting.


  • 1959-1984
  • Majority of material found within 1963-1984

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

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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Scope and Content of Collection

The Paul K. Taff papers date from 1959 to 1984 with bulk dates of 1963 to 1984. The collection consists of materials concerning National Educational Television, children's programming, legislative issues, and public broadcasting.

Guide to the Paul K. Taff papers
Processed by Dominic Morea, October 1993
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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.
  • 2011-04-29: EAD revised by Karen E. King, April 2011
  • 2019-01-22: 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