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Edwin G. Burrows papers

 Collection 0151-MMC-NPBA

Edwin G. Burrows (1917- 2011) managed the University of Michigan's radio stations WUOM and WVGR. He interviewed about 500 individuals for a cultural arts program titled The Eleventh Hour, including Alvin Ailey, Robert Bly, and Kurt Vonnegut. Burrows helped charter National Educational Radio (NER), the National Association of Educational Broadcasters' radio division. He was chairman and a member of the board of network advisors for the National Association of Educational Broadcasters. Burrows was also one of those responsible for the inclusion of radio in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. He retired in 1982.

The materials in this collection concern national goals for educational radio and the relations between radio and television within the National Association of Educational Broadcasters.


  • 1964-1988
  • Majority of material found within 1964-1988

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There are no restricted files in this collection.

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Edwin Gladding Burrows was born on July 23, 1917 in Dallas, Texas to Millar and Irene Gladding Burrows. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1938 and a M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1940. His first marriage to Gwen Lemon ended in divorce in 1972. He remarried in December of 1973. Burrows has three sons: Edwin Gwynne, Daniel William, and David John.

While studying literature at Yale, Burrows worked part time at WICC New Haven, from 1936 to 1938, as a newscaster, announcer, and actor. He left Connecticut to enter the masters program in literature at the University of Michigan. Upon receiving his masters degree, he joined the staff of WWJ-FM in Detroit as an announcer. He moved up the ranks to Program Manager. He left WWJ for active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He served as a deck and combat information officer for carriers in the Pacific theater from 1943 to 1946.

After the war, he returned to Michigan and began working as Program Director at WPAG, Ann Arbor, from 1946 to 1948. His public radio positions started in 1948 as program director at WUOM, Ann Arbor. Then, he helped create WGVR Grand Rapids in 1961. In 1966, he was made manager of WUOM and WGVR. After a stint as Director of the National Center for Audio Experimentation at the University of Wisconsin in Madison from 1970 to 1973, Burrows returned to WUOM/WGVR as executive producer, a position he held until 1982. During 1968 to 1970, and 1975 to 1980, as part of a three-hour a week cultural arts program called "The Eleventh Hour", Burrows interviewed some 500 individuals including Alvin Ailey, Robert Bly, Peter DeVries, Joyce Carol Oates, and Kurt Vonnegut. Finally, from 1948 to 1970 and from 1973 to 1980, he designed and edited the WUOM/WGVR Monthly Program Guide.

While at WUOM, Burrows helped charter the radio division of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB), National Educational Radio (NER). He served as Region III Director (Region III covered Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin,) on the board of NER. In 1965, he was elected Chairman of the Board of NER. He also chaired the NAEB Network Advisory Committee and the NAEB Board. In 1967, Burrows successfully lobbied for the inclusion of radio in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967


The collection consists of one series.

  1. Series 1: Personal Papers

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Edwin G. Burrows papers were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by Edwin G. Burrows in May of 1991.

Guide to the Edwin G. Burrows papers
Processed by Susan McElrath, October 1991.
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Revision Statements

  • 1996-01: Revised by Karen E. King.
  • 2007-04-15: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Karen E. King.
  • 2017-10-31: Finding aid reviewed by Rebecca Thayer.
  • 2018-12-19: Finding aid reviewed and minor edits made by Duncan Griffin.
  • 2021-08-20: 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