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The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) is a national radio advertising trade organization whose history dates back to 1950. To showcase radio's potential during the rise of the television era, the RAB began collecting examples of ads from all over the country beginning in 1954. Many of these ads were used in workshops and presentations, and by the mid-1960s the RAB had teamed with the Clio Awards in order to recognize the best of radio advertising each year. When the RAB moved from Dallas to New York, they donated the ads to the Broadcast Pioneers Library, which was accessioned by the University of Maryland Libraries in 1994.
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3300 Sound Discs
Radio commercials in the collection are predominantly from the years 1954-1968, with the bulk of the material falling between 1958-1964.
The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) is a national radio advertising trade organization whose history dates back to 1950. Originally known as the Broadcast Advertisers Bureau, the name was changed in 1955 to emphasize the organization's focus on radio (as opposed to television). The RAB's main function is to promote the medium of radio as an effective tool for national and local advertisers. To showcase radio's potential, the RAB began collecting examples of ads from all over the country. Many of these ads were used in workshops and presentations, and by the mid-1960s, the RAB had teamed with the Clio Awards in order to recognize the best of radio advertising each year. Ads collected for these purposes form what is now the Radio Advertising Bureau Collection in Mass Media and Culture at the University of Maryland Libraries.
Organized as twelve series with some subseries
The Radio Advertising Bureau Collection was part of the Broadcast Pioneers Library (BPL), which was transferred to the University of Maryland Libraries in 1994.
About 850 of these discs (70 hours) have been migrated to DATs.
All discs were removed from their original sleeves and rehoused in acid-free archival record sleeves.
Part of the Special Collections and University Archives