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Dean W. Coston papers

 Collection 0116-MMC-NPBA
Dean W. Coston first worked for WUOM, Ann Arbor, as chief engineer from 1948 to 1961. In 1961, he joined the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1961 as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary (Legislation). In 1963, he became Deputy Assistant Secretary, and was Deputy Under-Secretary by 1966. His main concern was the development, implementation and administration of legislation in various areas including education. Coston helped advance the cause of radio by including it in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which he helped write. The collection documents Coston's involvement with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's Task Force on Educational Television and the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.

Dates

  • 1965-1969
  • Majority of material found within 1967-1969

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

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

Extent

3.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Dean W. Coston Papers cover the dates April 1965 to January 1969, with the bulk of the collection from 1967 to 1969, and contains some undated material. The collection documents Coston's involvement with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's Task Force on Educational Television and the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. Types of documents include correspondence, memoranda, reports, newsletters, House and Senate Committee prints of legislation, and transcripts of congressional testimony.

Biography

Dean W. Coston was born in New York in July 1923. He attended University of Michigan, where he got both an A.B. and a M.A. degree.

Coston taught high school in Michigan, and was on the radio-television staff at the University of Michigan in 1948. He also worked as chief engineer at WUOM, Ann Arbor. While in Michigan, he held many public office positions including City Councilman, Ann Arbor; County Supervisor, Washtenaw County, Michigan; and Chairman, County Building Code Commission.

He joined the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1961 as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary (Legislation). In 1963, Coston became Deputy Assistant Secretary. By January 1966, he was Deputy Under-Secretary. His chief concern was the development, implementation and administration of legislation in areas including education. His responsibilities included inter-agency communications, extensive dealings with Congress, and Federal-state-local relationships. Among the legislative enactments that he was concerned with were: The Kefauver-Harris Drug Amendments of 1962; the Drug Abuse Control Act; The Clean Air Act (1963, 1965, 1967) and the Public Broadcasting Act (1962-1967). In fact, Coston helped advance the cause of educational radio by including it in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which he helped write. Finally, he served as a representative of DHEW to many commissions and councils, including the Consumer Advisory Council and the Water Resources Council. He also belonged to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy.

Arrangement

The collection consists of six series
Series 1
The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967
Series 2
Educational Television
Series 3
Educational Television Facilities Act
Series 4
Department of Health, Education and Welfare (DHEW) Legislation
Series 5
Federal Communications Commission
Series 6
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Dean W. Coston Papers were given to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by Dean W. Coston in May of 1993 and June of 1999.
Title
Guide to the Dean W. Coston papers
Status
Completed
Author
Mike Mashon, November 1993. Revised by Karen King, March 1994
Date
1994-03-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
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

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212