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Dennis Hart Monitor collection

 Collection 160-MMC
This collection consists of copies of newspaper clippings, correspondence, memoranda, publicity announcements, transcripts, and photographs collected by broadcast journalism scholar Dennis Hart between 1955 and 1975. The collection also includes vinyl record and VHS tapes produced by Monitor as well as compilation CDs created by Dennis Hart. Produced by NBC Radio Network, Monitor was a weekend program that aired live from 1955 to 1975. Originally, the program was on the air for 40 hours from 8am Saturday morning to midnight on Sunday. Monitor was soon shortened to 32 hours every weekend (excluding overnight programming) and remained at that length through 1961. The marathon length of the program was a sharp departure from the usual 15- and 30-minute network radio programming. With a "magazine-of-the-air" format, Monitor offered a variety of short segments including news, sports, interviews, and music. Comedy segments incorporated what remained of NBC's long-running programs (such as Fibber McGee and Molly) as well as newer comedians (such as Mike Nichols and Elaine May).

Dates

  • 1955-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1955-1975

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection. A preliminary inventory is available under the Inventories/Additional Information section.

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.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (1 record storage container 1 phonograph record storage box)

1 Sound Discs : vinyl-acetate, 33 1/3 rpm ; 6"

2 electronic_discs : 2 audio CDs

2 Videocassettes : 2 VHS tapes

3 Sound Discs : 3 vinyl-acetate records ; 12"

1.5 Linear Feet (1 record storage container)

0.5 Linear Feet (1 phonograph record box)

Content Description

This collection consists of copies of newspaper clippings, correspondence, memoranda, publicity announcements, transcripts, and photographs collected by broadcast journalism scholar Dennis Hart between 1955 and 1975. The collection also includes vinyl record and VHS tapes produced by Monitor as well as compilation audio CDs created by Dennis Hart. Produced by NBC Radio Network, Monitor was a weekend program that aired live from 1955 to 1975.

Related Materials

Dennis Hart is the author of Monitor: The Last Great Radio Show (2002) and Monitor (Take 2): The Revised, Expanded Inside Story of Network Radio's Greatest Program (2003) , both of which are available in the University of Maryland Maryland Room Special Collections in Mass Media and Culture Stacks.
Title
Guide to the Dennis Hart Monitor collection.
Status
Minimally Processed
Author
Processed by Jen Wachtel and Jim Baxter.
Date
January 11, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
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