Alert: Your Libraries are here for you. Learn more about library services during the pandemic.
Skip to main content
Use the right side menu to identify relevant boxes and place requests.

Scott Howe Bowen papers

 Collection 0510-MMC
This collection documents the early history of WIBX, a Utica, New York-based commercial radio station, as well as the early career of one of the station's first owners, Scott Howe Bowen, from 1928 to 1940. The collection includes contracts documenting Bowen's career as a sales representative representing a variety of regional radio stations seeking national sponsorship, before he became an owner of WIBX in 1931. Bowen was an advocate of expanding access to local radio by seeking funding from nonexclusive advertisers, and his family owned and represented the local station until 1979.Founded in 1925, WIBX is one of the oldest radio stations of Central New York. This collection includes the station's commitments to remain in Utica, the increase of WIBX's daytime power and frequencies, and affiliation with the Columbia Broadcasting Service (CBS) in 1935.


  • 1928-1940

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.


3.5 Linear Feet (2 record storage containers and 1 Hollinger box)

Scope and Contents

The Scott Howe Bowen papers document the early history of the Utica, New York-based radio station WIBX (1931-1940) as well as Bowen's career as a sales representative from 1928 until he gained ownership of WIBX in 1931. Documents include Bowen's sales represenative contracts as well as WIBX contracts accumulated by Bowen such as broadcasting contracts, advertisers, personnel, and the station's affiliation agreement with the Columbia Broadcasting Service (CBS).

Processing Information

This collection was minimally processed. The processing archivist maintained the original order of folders as they were received. The original folders were replaced with acid-free folders and assigned labels. The entire collection was-reboxed. One oversized item is housed on top of the record storage containers.

Empty file folders were removed from the materials received with this collection, but two folders were titled with names that are perhaps of historic interest. One empty folder was labeled "Associated Recorded Program Service" and the second was labeled "Radio Telegraphists Association." Background information on both of these organizations is available upon request in the control file.
Guide to the Scott Howe Bowen papers
Processed by Jen Wachtel and Jim Baxter
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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

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