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Alfred R. Schneider ABC speeches

 Collection 0192-MMC

Alfred "Al" R. Schneider oversaw ABC's Broadcast Standards and Practices Department between 1960 and 1991 and set widely-adopted guidelines for television network drama and news. This collection documents Schneider's public speeches before Congressional subcommittees, professional conferences, and legal associations regarding advertising, popular culture, social responsibility, children's television, and other topics between 1968 and 1989.


  • 1968-1989

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.

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.


.75 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box 1 half-Hollinger box)

Content Description

This collection consists of printed copies of Alfred "Al" Schneider's public speeches as Vice President of Policy and Standards at Capital Cities/ABC from 1968 to 1989.

Custodial History

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Susan Futterman, who collected Schneider's speeches at ABC, on May 6, 2019. Futterman reported to Schneider and ran a project utilizing many of his public speeches before donating the collection to the University of Maryland Libraries.

Related Materials

See The Gatekeeper: My Thirty Years as a TV Censor by Al Schneider (2001), available in the Special Collections in Mass Media and Culture Stacks.

Processing Information

Aside from some rough groupings of similar material, the collection came to the Libraries in no particular order. The processing archivist arranged files by date and rehoused all materials in acid-free folders. The entire collection was re-boxed.

Guide to the Alfred R. Schneider ABC speeches
Processed by Jen Wachtel and Jim Baxter.
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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