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Don West Broadcasting & Cable collection

 Collection 0103-MMC

Broadcasting & Cable is a trade magazine, founded in 1931, focusing on radio and television broadcasting and cable systems. This collection was primarily accumulated by former Broadcasting & Cable editor Don West and now consists of over 30,000 files – mostly photographs – relating to the magazine's subjects. Some folders contain accompanying press releases and newspaper clippings as well.


  • 1931-2002
  • Majority of material found within 1950-2000

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

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.


225.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains over 30,000 subject files created by Broadcasting & Cable, which cover individuals invoved in all aspects of radio and television broadcasting. Subject files include photographs of network heads, station owners, advertising salesmen, producers, and directors as well as on-air talent, actors, actresses, musicians. The files document a wide variety of content relating to broadcasting, including commercials, companies, equipment, networks, news, organizations, shows, sports, and stations.

Processing Information

When the collection arrived at the Library of American Broadcasting in the summer of 2002, it was already organized in a roughly alphabetical arrangement. However, no list its contents existed and the collection still needed a great deal of organization to make it fully accessible to researchers. Recognizing the significance of this collection, Douglas Gomery, Professor of journalism in the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland and Resident Scholar at the LAB, proposed recruiting his students to organize the collection and create a list of its contents. During the Spring Semesters of 2003, 2004, and 2005, Professor Gomery and his students, under the supervision of Michael Henry, reboxed and refoldered the collection and created the lengthy inventory listed above.

Don West Broadcasting & Cable collection
Processed by Michael Henry.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-02-07: Finding aid reviewed and minor updates made by Caitlin Rizzo.
  • 2021-08-13: Jim Baxter re-wrote the collection abstract.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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