Skip to main content
Use the right side menu to identify relevant boxes and place requests.

George E. Probst Papers

 Collection 0088-MMC-NPBA

George E. Probst (1917-1986), a historian, broadcaster, and educator, taught history and social science at the University of Chicago and produced and directed the University of Chicago Round Table, a popular radio discussion series from 1944 to 1954. Probst also taught history at New York University.

In 1950 Probst organized and was chairman of a committee that presented the case for assigning television channels for education to the Federal Communications Commission. He was director of programs for WGBH-TV when it was established in Boston in 1954. In 1958 he produced, directed, and wrote a radio documentary series based on Alexis de Tocqueville's observations and called Democracy in America.

The collection documents Probst's participation in the National Conference on Citizens Rights in Broadcasting (October 1970) as well as the public television program Tocqueville's America, part of NET Journal (July 1970).


  • 1970, 2007
  • Majority of material found within 1970

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research

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.


11 Folders

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The George E. Probst Papers were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, by Annice M. Alt in January of 2008

Processing Information

Materials were placed into acid-free folders and put into an acid-free box.

The George E. Probst Papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2008-11-20: EAD revised by Karen E. King.
  • 2017-11-12: Reviewed and edited by Rebecca Thayer.
  • 2021-08-13: 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