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Jeane R. Young Papers

 Collection 0093-MMC-NPBA

Jeane Ridge Young (1930-2010) came to Washington as Director of Public Information for the Public Broadcasting Service during the network's formative years after serving as PR director for Memphis' public broadcasting affiliate. In 1977, she was appointed to the Television for Learning Project under the auspices of the Educative Awareness Project for the Public Broadcasting Service. This collection documents her involvement with this project as well as topics including underwriting in public television, the Children's Television Workshop, and the future of public television in the 1980s.


  • 1974-1979 and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1975-1978

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.

Conditions Governing Use

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.


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Scope and Content of Collection

The Jeane R. Young Papers cover the years 1974 to 1979, with the bulk of the collection from 1975 to 1978. The collection, an overview of public television during the 1970s, documents Young's involvement with the Television for Learning Project, and includes further information on the Educative Awareness Project, underwriting in public television, the Children's Television Workshop, finances and budgeting, and the future of public television in the 1980s. Types of documents include photographs, memoranda, correspondence, newsletters, news clippings, notes and reports. Hartford N. Gunn, Jr. figures prominently in the documents.


Organized as one series:

  1. Series 1: Chronological Files

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Jeane R. Young Papers was donated to the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries by Jeane R. Young in June of 1992

The Jeane R. Young Papers
Processed by Jennifer A. Thompson, July 1998.
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2010-06-17: EAD revised by Karen E. King.
  • 2010-06-18: EAD revised by Karen E. King.
  • 2011-04-07: EAD revised by Karen E. King.
  • 2011-04-29: EAD revised by Karen E. King.
  • 2017-11-12: Finding aid reviewed and edited by Rebecca Thayer
  • 2019-01-15: Finding aid reviewed and broken links removed by Jen Wachtel.
  • 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