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Committees, Councils, and Internal Organizations, 1923-1973
122 folders.
Agendas, announcements of meetings, minutes, digests and departmental reports from New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
FOLDER 776 National Advisory Council On Radio In Education 1932- .
9 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed reports, letters, and memoranda concerning NBC's cooperation with the National Advisory Council.
Highlights: May 29, 1935, 12-page report, "Report of the President of the National Broadcasting Company to the National Advisory Council." May 29, 1934, memo stating that Levering Tyson of the National Advisory Council "has been double-crossing us for some time." March 11, 1935, memo expressing concern for the use of NBC's airwaves by the Advisory Council as a platform for propaganda. January 21, 1937, study that lists pertinent details of every broadcast of the National Advisory Council on Radio in Education on NBC.
Printed items: January, 1936 16-page ACLU pamphlet, Bills in Congress for Freedom of the Air, that describe various bills in Congress supported by the ACLU.
FOLDER 777 NBC Artists Management Group 1939.
1 item.
Twenty three-page mimeographed address by Dr. Walter Damrosch.
FOLDER 778 Benefit Committee — Minutes of Meetings of Broadcasting Company of America 1926.
1 item.
Highlights: Original and onionskin memoranda regarding sick leave and leave of absence for employees.
FOLDER 779 NBC Board of Consulting Engineers 1928
4 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed letters and reports on technical developments in television and radio.
FOLDER 780 NBC Board of Consulting Engineers 1927.
12 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed letters, memoranda, and reports on engineering issues of 1927.
Highlights: February 15, 1927, 6-page report which covers, among other topics, proposed increases in power for WEAF and WRC, as well as a "General Plan for National Wire Line Network."
FOLDER 781 NBC Committee on Operating Practices 1947.
7 items.
Mimeographed memoranda and reports from the Committee on Operating Practices.
FOLDER 782 Control Board Meetings July-December 1935.
13 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda and reports for meetings of the Control Board.
Highlights: November 26, 1935, 3-page report of a meeting that covers MCA and the American Federation of Musicians, station power increases, and NBC's lawsuit against Charles T. Freeman, Jr. for stealing program ideas. October 15, 1935, 3-page report covering NBC's desire to increase their shortwave activities and to apply for power increases of five hundred thousand watts for WEAF and WJZ. October 1, 1935, 5-page report on the advisability of accepting dramatized Republican Party campaign programs. July 30, 1935, 5-page report addresses union problems with the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, the impressive financial performance of CBS, and political advertising.
FOLDER 783 Control Board Meeting January - June 1935.
52 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and a telegram concerning Control Board meetings.
Highlights: June 18, 1935, 4-page report covers NBC's reluctance in promoting facsimile, Ben Bernie's inappropriate deviation from scripts, and negotiations with ASCAP. June 11, 1935, 4-page report mentions R. C. Patterson's European visit with the BBC, French and German radio. April 30, 1935, 2-page report describes a demonstration of a facsimile machine and the development of the "NBC Recorded Library," which will utilize electrical transcription recordings. Undated 1-page "Statement of Policies for Programs Dealing with Subjects of Public Interest." April 9, 1935, 8-page report discusses WOR's interest in joining NBC, "wired radio," and CBS's exclusive right to the Kentucky Derby, including the consideration of bootlegging the race from a blimp. March 19, 1935, 5-page report concerning the WEAF-WJZ situation, World Series advertising, and NBC's acceptance from the Reichsrundfunk Gesellschaft of a German exhibit to be displayed by the NBC tour department. March 12, 1935, 7-page report discusses the new acetate-covered aluminum recording discs, recording the speeches of General Johnson, Father Coughlin, and Huey Long for demonstration purposes, and eliminating the use of the word "constipation" from the Fleischmann Hour. February 5, 1935, 5-page report mentions NBC's desire to cheaply record everything that goes on the air using the "Blatnophone" or some other device, and the censoring of political broadcasts.
FOLDER 784 Control Board Meetings 1934.
60 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda and reports concerning the 1934 Control Board meetings.
Highlights: September 18, 1935, 2-page report mentions the Blue network's discontent with not receiving the World Series. May 15, 1934, 2-page report mentions the "Petrillo matter" and a unanimous vote against allowing Walter Winchell to continue conducting his program as he has in the past. April 10, 1934, 3-page memo mentions recent problem with Walter Winchell. March 30, 1934, 3-page report, "Broadcasting Abroad, Ltd."
FOLDER 785 Department Heads Meetings-Hollywood 1942.
6 items.
Confidential onionskin reports of department head meetings.
Highlights: August 10, 1942, 17-page report concerns detailed affiliate relations, advertiser updates, program updates, and employees draft status and deferments. March 9, 1942, 14-page report discusses ASCAP, BMI, Thesaurus, and SESAC, and the jamming of Japanese propaganda directed to the U.S. February 9, 1942, 9-page report mentions new security precautions implemented or considered, due to World War II, including armed guards, the fingerprinting of all employees, artists, and agency people, camouflaging the roof, and maintaining portable broadcasting equipment in case of a bombing. Also, an allusion to an Arch Oboler-Greta Garbo controversy.
FOLDER 786 Department Head Meetings January - March 1934.
29 items.
Original, onionskin and mimeographed memoranda and reports concerning 1934 department head meetings.
Highlights: March 21, 1934, 5-page report describes the Eno Incident, which involved a last-second approval for playing a transcription during a program. March 7, 1934, 6-page report mentions the SESAC license, public relations policy for television, and concern for the consequences of Walter Winchell's broadcasts. February 28, 1934, memo concerning fee paid to NBC by CBS for the right to broadcast Rosa Ponselle. February 27 memo quotes Roosevelt's speech to Congress proposing the establishment of the FCC. February 27, 1934, memo concerning the exchange of Red and Blue network stations in Boston on the Chase & Sanborn Eddie Cantor Program. February 21, 1934, memo reports on negotiations between CBS and NBC over how the Press-Radio Bureau news report would be distributed to the NBC stations. February 14, 1934, 12-page report analyzes relations with the BBC. January 24, 1934, 3-page memo recommends that NBC adopt a plan to use speakers comparing the American system with the BBC.
FOLDER 787 Department Head Meetings — Index 1932 - 1934.
2 items.
Indexed and dated list of topics and programs discussed during department head meetings.
FOLDER 788 Department Head Meetings July-December 1933.
36 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda and reports concerning 1933 department head meetings.
August 10, 1933, 4-page memo mentions the demonstration of an "apparatus, which operates by sound waves, [that] is the next step in radio and will be very interesting to both our advertisers and the radio audience." Mention is made of the 40,000 scheduled school debates on the subject of the British radio system versus the American system. NBC and RCA contemplate releasing a "picture record" (picture disc) of the General Motors Program.
FOLDER 789 Department Head Meetings January - June 1933.
20 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda concerning 1933 department head meetings.
Highlights: June 28, 1933, 2-page report on the offensiveness of the Odo-ro-no program and the desire to prohibit similar references on the air. January 10, 1933, 2-page report mentions the "Uproar" suit against NBC and its relation to the Texas Company broadcast of the Ed Wynn program.
FOLDER 790 Department Head Meetings October - December 1932.
15 items.
Mimeographed reports of 1932 department head meetings.
Highlights: December 29, 1932, 3-page report mentions the installation of International Business Machines equipment to handle the audience mail department. October 24, 1932, 3-page report features demonstration of the Remsen aluminum disc as compared with the RCA Victor record. October 17, 1932, 3-page report mentions Will Osborne's complaint that he was being discriminated against in favor of Rudy Vallee. Mr. Royal replied that Will Osborne was inferior to Rudy Vallee.
FOLDER 791 Department Head Meetings 1925.
28 items.
Onionskin reports of 1925 department head meetings.
Highlights: May 26, 1925, 2-page report mentions the wire network. March 31, 1925, 3-page report refers to lining up the home game of the Giants and Boston Braves at the Polo Grounds. March 10, 1925, 3-page report mentions the reasons for the withdrawal of the Victor Talking Machine Company from the Victor Concert program. February 24, 1925, 5-page report examines the presentation of the network plan to various Bell Telephone executives from around the country.
FOLDER 792 Department Head Meetings 1924.
34 items.
Onionskin reports of 1924 department head meetings.
Highlights: June 4, 1924, 2-page report regarding the broadcasting of football games and the Democratic and Republican National conventions.
FOLDER 793 Department Head Meetings November 19, 1923 - December 26, 1923.
6 items.
Onionskin reports of the 1923 department head meetings.
Highlights: December 11, 1923, 6-page report mentions broadcasting the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and the status of various advertisers. December 4, 1923, 3-page report mentions the broadcast of a President Coolidge speech. November 27, 1923, 8-page report includes a reminder of the importance of avoiding on-air jokes about the telephone companies and a schedule of Trans-Atlantic tests. November 19, 1923, 9-page report contains four charts listing the profit status of the Ohio Bell Telephone Company.
FOLDER 794 NBC Development Board 1952.
1 item (clipped).
Original and mimeographed memoranda and reports about the Development Board.
Highlights: October 3, 1951, 3-page "Constitution of the Development Board NBC Television."
FOLDER 795 NBC Emergency Operating Committee 1942- .
3 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda and reports of the NBC Emergency Operating Committee.
Highlights: January 8, 1943, 12-page contingency plan for the continuation of broadcast operations in the event of an act of sabotage or an enemy attack.
FOLDER 796 NBC Management Committee 1949 — Agenda — Announcements of Meetings. Correspondence.
6 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda and reports concerning various NBC meetings in 1949.
Printed items: April 13, 1949, 12-page pamphlet, Management Conference; 27th Annual Convention; National Association of Broadcasters.
FOLDER 797 NBC Management Committee 1948 — Agenda — Announcements of Meetings. Correspondence.
47 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed letters, memoranda, telegrams, and reports regarding items on the agenda of 1948 Management Committee meetings.
Highlights: Undated, handwritten rating studies of NBC affiliate radio stations with local rates. November 10, 1948, memo analyzes, among other topics, the revenue potential of deodorant advertising if it were allowed on owned and operated stations. September 9, 1948, 2-page report, "Television Rating Summary for August 8-14, 1948."
Printed items: Program schedules from WNBC, WMAQ, WRC, WTAM, KNBC, and KOA.
FOLDER 798 NBC Management Committee 1948 — Digests — Minutes — Reports of Meetings.
8 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed reports concerning the annual NBC management meeting.
Highlights: October 2-4, 1948, 11-page report on NBC owned and operated stations.
FOLDER 799 NBC Management Committee 1948 — Extra Copies.
15 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda and reports concerning the management meetings on January 23 and October 2-4, 1948.
FOLDER 800 NBC Management Committee 1947 — Agenda — Announcements of Meetings. Correspondence.
31 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda and reports concerning management meetings of 1947.
Highlights: 1947 National Spot Sales Report.
FOLDER 801 NBC Management Committee 1947 — Digests — Minutes — Reports of Meetings.
1 item.
Mimeographed 7-page report concerning the economy and its effect on advertising.
FOLDER 802 NBC Management Committee 1946 — Agenda — Announcements of Meetings. Correspondence.
49 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed letters, memoranda, telegrams, and reports on the 1946 meetings.
Highlights: Comparative ratings history and descriptions of various women's programming. Confidential Schwerin Research Corporation Audition Reports of The Jimmy Edmondson Show and Mercer McLeod—the Man with the Story in the Mysterious Drawing, includes audience response and detailed analysis of the merits of the programs. Satirical, 2-page technical description of the "Turbo-Encabulator." Fold-out chart of NBC executive salaries from 1941 and 1945, and a comparison in the purchasing power after taxes and inflation. 1945 expense accounts for NBC executives.
Printed items: June, 1946 25-page pamphlet, Some Recent Trends and Developments in the Anti-Trust Laws. 1946 31-page pamphlet, NBC Television Guide to Commercial Production Procedure. Undated 40-page RCA pamphlet, Pathfinding in Radio the Story of RCA Research and Development, includes dozens of interesting photos.
FOLDER 803 NBC Management Committee 1946 — Digests — Minutes — Reports of Meetings.
4 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed reports concerning three management meetings in 1946.
Highlights: Extensive departmental reports presented to the NBC Management Committee on September 12-15, 1946.
FOLDER 804 NBC Management Committee — 1946 — Extra Copies.
11 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed reports and a memo concerning the three NBC Management Committee meeting hearings in 1946.
Highlights: Undated 201-page report, "Television NBC $," covers challenges and opportunities of early television, including sports, technical developments, and competition from ABC, CBS, and Dumont.
FOLDER 805 NBC Management Committee 1945 — Agenda — Announcements of Meetings. Correspondence.
35 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and an ad for Mutual's WOR radio station.
Highlights: September 20, 1945, 43-page "National Spot Sales Report" presented at the management meeting at the Shawnee Inn. September 13, 1945, memo from Clay Morgan to members of the Management Committee explaining that while the Shawnee Inn doesn't compare to the Homestead, "it is owned, as you no doubt know, by Fred Waring (11:00-11:30 A.M. Monday through Friday)." August 4, 1945, radio section from Billboard features an ad for Mutual's WOR. January 9, 1945, 9-page report, "A Study of Station Break and One Minute Announcement Advertising on NBC owned Stations." September 26, 1945, "highly confidential" 30-page report, "Two Year Forecasts," which recommends, among other topics, NBC's exploitation of the new facsimile technology.
FOLDER 806 NBC Management Committee 1945 — Digests — Minutes — Reports of Meetings.
5 items.
Mimeographed "confidential" reports of meetings of the NBC Management Committee.
Highlights: September 20-23, 1945, 102-page report mentions, among other topics, the hundreds of NBC employees returning from the military, the opening of a state-of-the-art recording facility in Radio City, relations with RCA, radio legislation, ratings, and the activities of NBC affiliates. April 19, 1945, 4-page report mentions that a complete set of the records covering Roosevelt's death will be made available to the National Archives and the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park.
FOLDER 807 NBC Management Committee — 1945. Extra Copies.
19 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda and extra copies of reports of the NBC Management Committee.
FOLDER 808 NBC Management Committee 1944 — Agenda — Announcements of Meetings. Correspondence.
33 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and a telegram concerning 1944 NBC Management Committee meetings.
FOLDER 809 NBC Management Committee 1944 — Digests — Minutes — Reports of Meetings.
4 items.
Mimeographed memoranda and reports of the NBC Management Committee.
Highlights: September 15-17, 1944, 63-page report of the NBC Management Committee analyzes the status of FM and television, recommends publicizing compliments toward radio and attacks on the FCC, and recommends adopting the Sheldon Coons library program that will take care of NBC's history and "must contain anecdotes concerning the events and troubles surrounding them, and it must be some one's job to get these from the people involved and write them for reference use." This report also mentions advertising revenue, cooperative programs, a breakdown of NBC employees by sex, and a classification of public service programs into categories such as religion, women's programs, and the war. June 29, 1944, memo, "Television Organization for NBC," includes a television organization chart.
FOLDER 810 NBC Management Committee — 1944 — Extra Copies.
17 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, letters, and reports concerning the NBC Management Committee.
FOLDER 811 NBC Management Committee 1943 — Agenda — Announcements of Meetings. Correspondence.
42 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, letters, telegrams, and reports from the 1943 Management Committee meetings.
Highlights: November 22, 1943, memo, "Radio Legislation," discusses proposed amendments to the Communications Act of 1934. Undated 10-page report listing 40 points needing immediate action and the status of each point.
FOLDER 812 NBC Management Committee 1943 — Digests — Minutes — Reports of Meetings.
2 items.
Mimeographed "confidential" reports of the NBC Management Committee.
Highlights: September 17-19, 1943, report mentions, among other topics, the need for an NBC children's show, the adoption by NBC of the Nielson audimeter radio survey service, technical diagrams of frequency modulation and amplitude modulation, war coverage, and affiliate activities.
FOLDER 813 NBC Management Committee — 1943 — Extra Copies.
4 items.
Mimeographed reports of the NBC Management Committee.
FOLDER 814 NBC Management Committee 1942 — Agenda — Announcements of Meetings. Correspondence.
41 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and telegrams referring to the 1942 NBC Management Committee meetings.
Highlights: September 18, 1942, 15-page report by James R. Angell, "Report to the Management Committee on Public Service."
FOLDER 815 NBC Management Committee 1942 — Digests — Minutes — Reports of Meetings.
2 items.
Mimeographed reports of the annual NBC Management Committee meeting. Highlights: The report summarizes advertising rates and revenue, public service programs, the status of FM and television, budgets, the filing system, and the Office of War Information.
FOLDER 816 NBC Management Committee 1941 — Agenda — Announcements of Meetings. Correspondence
20 items.
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