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.
This collection is open for research.
Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.
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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.
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.