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Virginia Pate Wetter papers

 Collection 0564-MMC

Sarah Virginia "Dinny" Forwood Pate Wetter (1919-2018) was an American broadcast pioneer and executive. Wetter was also a member of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) and served as the organization's national president from 1970 to 1971. AWRT was founded in 1951 to "advance the impact of women in broadcasting and related fields" when the National Association of Broadcasters dissolved its women's division. The organization changed its name to the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) in 2010.

This collection covers the period 1944 to 2009 and consists of documents and correspondence related to Wetter's career and professional experiences in radio broadcasting. It also covers the founding, history, and business of Chesapeake Broadcasting Corporation and WASA (AM) - WHDG (FM) radio station in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Materials include 12 scrapbooks covering the period 1947 to 1983 with newspaper clippings, photographs, pamphlets, newsletters, and other materials related to Wetter's career accomplishments and milestones; WASA radio station business and events; American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT); and local community events in Havre de Grace, Maryland. One scrapbook covers the 1948 Freedom Train exhibition stop in Havre de Grace. It also includes one record account book covering the period 1977 to 1981, with accounting items related to the business of Chesapeake Broadcasting Corporation and WASA (AM) - WHDG (FM) radio station. It also includes 1 U-Matic of an interview with Wetter, 1 VHS tape, 8 audio reels from WASA radio programming, and 13 mostly undated audio reels from WNDY radio station broadcast in Indianapolis, IN, which was managed by Wetter's husband, Edward Wetter.

Dates

  • 1944-2009 and Undated

Conditions Governing Access

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. Preliminary inventories are 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 special collections reading room staff.

Extent

13.01 Linear Feet (2 records storage boxes, 1 legal size box, and 8 oversize flat storage boxes) : 2 record storage boxes (1.04 linear ft.), 1 legal size box (.25 linear ft.), 1 oversize flat storage box (1.08 linear ft.), 1 oversize flat storage box (1.2 linear ft.), and 6 oversize flat storage boxes (1.4 linear ft.)

21 Tape Reels (21 audio tape reels)

2 Videocassettes (1 U-Matic, 1 VHS)

1 Photographs (1 oversize, rolled photograph) : black and white

Scope and Contents

This collection covers the period 1944 to 2009 and consists of documents and correspondence related to Wetter's career and professional experiences in radio broadcasting. It also covers the founding, history, and business of Chesapeake Broadcasting Corporation and WASA (AM) - WHDG (FM) radio station in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Materials include 12 scrapbooks covering the period 1947-1983 with newspaper clippings, photographs, pamphlets, newsletters, and other materials related to Wetter's career accomplishments and milestones; WASA radio station business and events; American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT); and local community events in Havre de Grace, Maryland. One scrapbook covers the 1948 Freedom Train exhibition stop in Havre de Grace. It also includes one record account book covering the period 1977 to 1981, with accounting items related to the business of Chesapeake Broadcasting Corporation and WASA (AM) - WHDG (FM) radio station. It also includes 1 U-Matic of an interview with Wetter, 1 VHS tape, 8 audio reels from WASA radio programming, and 13 mostly undated audio reels from WNDY radio station broadcast in Indianapolis, IN, which was managed by Wetter's husband, Edward Wetter.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains audiovisual materials. Items that cannot be used in the Special Collections reading room or are too fragile for researchers require that a digital copy be made prior to use. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries prior to 2020, including a selection of scrapbooks and other items delivered on July 22, 2015, by Ken Raye from the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation. Wetter's daughter, Barbara Pate Glacel, donated accruals to this collection on August 7, 2020, and June 1, 2021.

Related Materials

Materials related to the Virginia Pate Wetter papers held by University of Maryland Libraries include the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) records, of which Wetter was a member and former president, and the Jane Cohen papers.

Processing Information

This collection was originally received by University of Maryland Libraries prior to 2020. Accruals to the collection were received by the University of Maryland Libraries in 2020-2021. Upon arrival, the materials were re-housed into archival quality boxes and placed in acid-free folders. Folders were left in the original order in which they were received. Loose materials were placed in folders and kept in their original order. Several unhoused audio reels were placed into appropriate boxes.

Title
Virginia Pate Wetter papers
Status
Minimally Processed
Author
Finding aid written by Jen Wachtel, August 2021, and Lindsay Oliver, August 2022.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2022-07-21: Lindsay Oliver incorporated accessions 2021-0020-MMC and 2021-0021-MMC into the finding aid.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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