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George E. Probst Papers

 Collection 0088-MMC-NPBA
George E. Probst (1917-1986) held many positions in both broadcasting and education from 1944 to 1983: Executive Director, Office of Radio and Television, University of Chicago (1944-1954); Founder, director and Producer, University of Chicago Roundtable (NBC) (1944-1954); Chairman, committee that presented before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the case for assigning television channels for education (1949-1950): Chairman, finance committee, Joint Committee on Educational Television (JCET) (1950-1952); Chairman, Committee of all educational institutions, Chicago Metropolitan Area Educational Television (1951-1953; Chairman, Adult Education Committee administering Fund for Adult Education grant for production of radio series The Jefferson Heritage (co-author), Ways of Mankind, People Under Communism, Voice of Europe(1951-1953); Director, radio and television programming, WGBH (Boston, MA) (1954); Co-founder, President, Broadcast Foundation of America (1955-1983); Producer, director, writer,Democracy in America, a series based on Alexis de Tocqueville's observations of American life and politics (1958); Director, National Educational Television and Radio Center (1960-1966); Executive Director, National Commission for Cooperative Education (1966-1976); Consultant, U.S. Office of Education (1968-1976). The collection documents Probst's participation in National Conference on Citizens Rights in Broadcasting, October 1970 as well as the public television programs: Tocqueville's America and The University of Chicago Roundtable.


  • 1970, 2007
  • Majority of material found within 1970

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


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
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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