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Mary Aladj papers

 Collection 0010-MMC-NPBA

Mary Aladj worked for the Public Broadcasting Service's Public Information department from 1971 to 1978. This collection documents the activities of the PBS Public Information department such as the promotion of PBS programs and the analysis of viewer response to public television programming.


  • 1971-1983, and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1972-1977

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

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.


3.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Mary Aladj papers cover the years 1971 to 1983, with the bulk of the collection ranging from 1972 to 1977. The papers contain conference material and viewer mail (with summarized reports) that represent Aladj's work with PBS. A large collection of internal memoranda and promotional material provides information regarding personnel, institutional and policy matters at PBS during her career.


Mary Aladj joined the Public Information (PI) staff of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 1971. Previously, she had been on the English faculties of Bucknell and American Universities, following five years of newspaper experience. Her position at PBS was as an information specialist, concentrating on educative, outreach and children's programming.

While at PBS, Aladj participated in several PI conferences between 1974 and 1977. She worked on PBS promotions and processed viewer mail.

Aladj left PBS in 1978 to work at WETA as a publicity coordinator for national productions. She held this post until April, 1991.


Organized as one series

Series 1
PBS Public Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Mary Aladj Papers were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by Mary Aladj in May of 1994 and December of 2001.

Separated Materials

WETA posters have been transferred to the National Public Broadcasting Archives Poster Collection.

Guide to the Mary Aladj papers
Processed by John Wood
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2007-04-15: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Karen E. King
  • 2007-06-25: EAD revised by Karen E. King
  • 2017-12-12: Minor updates and revisions made post ArchivesSpace migration by Joanne Archer
  • 2021-08-27: Sam O'Donnell updated gendered language.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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