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Arthur A. Paul papers

 Collection 0052-MMC-NPBA

Arthur A. Paul began his public broadcasting career as a production intern and announcer for Chicago's WTTW-TV from 1958 to 1960. He later worked for various stations, including KUAT-TV, Tucson, WCNY-TV, Syracuse, and KVIE, Sacramento. He co-founded the Association of California Public Television Stations and was twice its president. Paul served on the board of directors of both regional and national organizations: Western Educational Network, the Indiana Public Broadcasting Society, and the Public Broadcasting Service.

The collection documents Paul's involvement with the Public Broadcasting Service in the 1970s. Notable topics include the Public Television Library, long-range programming, community service grants, and the conflict between the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Broadcasting Service.


  • 1969-1984
  • Majority of material found within 1972-1978

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2.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The papers of Arthur A. Paul cover the years 1969 to 1984, with the bulk of the collection from 1972 to 1978. The collection documents Paul's involvement with the Public Broadcasting Service. Types of documents include memoranda, correspondence, reports, minutes, and working papers.


Arthur A. Paul attended Northwestern University where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in speech. Afterwards, he pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Arizona. He then became the Naval Academy Program Information Officer, and then the Naval Reserve Special Duty Officer, Public Affairs with a current rank of Commander.

After working as journalist in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1958, Paul worked as a production intern and announcer for Educational Television (ETV) station WTTW-TV of Chicago from 1958 to 1960. The next three years, Paul worked for commercial station WITI-TV, of Milwaukee. From 1963 to 1965, he headed the division of TV and AV Services at the University of California at Riverside. Then, from 1965 to 1968, he worked as a program manager at ETV station KUAT-TV of Tucson, and as a lecturer in speech and journalism at the University of Arizona. Finally from 1968 to 1970, Paul worked as assistant general manager for program operations of WCNY-TV of Syracuse, New York.

Arthur A. Paul then worked as executive vice president and general manager for KVIE-TV of Sacramento, California from 1970 to 1979. As the station's chief operating officer, Paul developed strategic plans, and was instrumental in representing the station's corporation, Central California Education TV, Inc. before the public, state, regional and national agencies. Paul was also responsible for negotiating union contracts and evaluating and developing new revenue opportunities. He was also the co-founder of the Association of California ETV Stations, Inc. In 1974, he was re-elected president of the Association of California Public Television Stations. He then served as president and general manager of the Southwest Indiana Public Broadcasting, Inc. from 1981 to 1984 with the overall responsibility of planning, organizing, controlling and developing the non-profit station WNIN-TV/FN in Evansville, Indiana.

Arthur A. Paul's committee work in public broadcasting is notable. He served on the board of directors of the Western Educational Network and the Indiana Public Broadcasting Society as well as the Public Broadcasting Service, a post he had from 1973 to 1977. During that time, he was a member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Program Committee, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, Member of the Finance Committee, and Member of the Ad Hoc Committee on PBS Governance.

Paul's non-broadcasting career focused on marketing, corporate development and insurance. He was an investment sales representative for Grubb & Ellis from 1979 to 1981 with the responsibility for marketing commercial real estate properties and investments in the Sacramento, California area. Furthermore, from 1984 to 1987, he owned Arthur A. Paul Associates from 1984 to 1987, establishing energy management systems to commercial and industrial building owners. Then from 1987 to 1989, he was a market representative for John Hancock Financial Services from 1987 to 1989 with a focus on Long-Term Care Insurance. From 1989 to 1991, Paul was the senior vice president for marketing and corporate development for Ray Wall & Associates, Inc. Finally, since 1991, Paul has been an independent insurance general agent specializing in individual and group health insurance, Medicare supplement and long-term care insurance in his own company, Arthur A. Paul Insurance.

Other business and social activities include being on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Urban Coalition, being on the Advisory Board of the National Alliance of Businessman, serving as Trustee for the United Way and as Chair of the Sacramento Harness Racing Association. Paul also belongs to the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento and Evansville Rotary Club.


Organized as one series:

Series 1
Public Broadcasting Service

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Arthur A. Paul papers were donated to the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries by Arthur A. Paul in May of 1991.

Guide to the Arthur A. Paul papers
Processed by Karen E. King.
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 1995-11-01: Revised by Karen E. King.
  • 2007-04-15: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Karen E. King.
  • 2010-07-19: EAD revised by Karen E. King.
  • 2017-11-05: Finding aid reviewed and edited post ArchivesSpace migration by Rebecca Thayer.
  • 2021-08-06: 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