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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

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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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