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Board of Directors, 1926-1956
100 folders.
Agendas, resolutions, correspondence, minutes, reports and balance sheets prepared for the Board of Directors; memoranda and letters documenting Board actions, and biographical sketches of directors.
FOLDER 898 NBC Board of Directors Agenda & Resolutions 1956.
10 items.
Original and mimeographed reports from board of directors meetings includes extensive salary information, investment holding changes, and contract settlements.
FOLDER 899 NBC Board of Directors Correspondence 1956.
23 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, two letters, and financial reports from the board of directors meetings.
Highlights: March 27, 1956, 11-page report, "National Broadcasting Company, Inc. Proposed Capital Budget Second Quarter 1956."
FOLDER 900 NBC Board of Directors 1956.
13 items.
Original, mimeographed, and onionskin memoranda, financial and sales reports for the board of directors meetings, plus the minutes of the meetings.
FOLDER 901 NBC Board of Directors Correspondence 1955.
17 items.
Original, mimeographed, and onionskin memoranda, a letter, and financial reports from the board of directors.
Highlights: June 20, 1955, 11-page proposal, "National Broadcasting Company, Inc. Proposed Capital Budget Third Quarter 1955." (3 copies) Also, data concerning the proposal for the Kagran transaction.
FOLDER 902 NBC Board of Directors Agenda & Resolutions 1955.
11 items.
Mimeographed reports of meetings from the board of directors.
FOLDER 903 NBC Board of Directors Reports 1955.
21 items.
Original and onionskin memoranda and financial reports from the board of directors.
Note: This is the last year in which Sarnoff is Chairman of the Board and Weaver is the President of NBC; in 1956 they switch positions.
FOLDER 904 NBC Board of Directors Agenda & Resolutions 1953.
16 items.
Mimeographed reports of meetings (regular and special) from the board of directors.
FOLDER 905 NBC Board of Directors Correspondence 1953.
2 items.
Onionskin letters concerning the board of directors.
Highlights: April 15, 1953, letter calling for a special meeting of the Board after the death of Gano Dunn in order to fill his place. December 4, 1953, resignation letter from Sylvester L. Weaver, Jr., as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
FOLDER 906 NBC Board of Directors Reports 1953.
1 item.
Twelve-page "Report for Board of Directors Meeting -- Feb. 6, 1953."
FOLDER 907 NBC Board of Directors Correspondence 1952.
1 item.
Eight-page financial report.
FOLDER 908 NBC Board of Directors Reports 1952.
1 item.
Original twelve-page financial report.
FOLDER 909 NBC Board of Directors Agenda & Resolutions 1951.
6 items.
Mimeographed reports from the board of directors meetings.
Highlights: April 5, 1951, report includes the outline of a thirty year agreement between Milton Berle and NBC, including a three year contract for the 8pm-9pm slot on Tuesdays. January 5, 1951, 9-page report including NBC's financial dealings with the Howdy Doody Program. December 1, 1950, report includes the recommendation from Dr. Charles B. Jolliffe that NBC participate in the testing of color television (at the expense of RCA).
FOLDER 910 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors 1951.
6 items.
Onionskin financial reports for the board of directors meetings
FOLDER 911 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors 1950.
12 items.
Onionskin financial reports for the board of directors meetings.
FOLDER 912 NBC Board of Directors Agenda & Resolutions 1950.
20 items.
Mimeographed and onionskin memoranda and reports from the board of directors.
Highlights: November 3, 1950, report includes the resignation of Edward Nally as director of the company, the election of Carleton Smith as the company's Vice President, and also outlines the framework for employee benefits and retirement plans.
FOLDER 913 NBC Board of Directors Correspondence 1949.
24 items.
Original, onionskin, handwritten, and mimeographed memoranda and reports from the board of directors meetings, especially with regard to affiliate additions, current and future programming.
Highlights: October 7, 1949, Board meeting supplement details the agreement between NBC and the United Nations Radio unit. October 3, 1949, memo outlines lawsuit brought against NBC by Joseph J. Balaber, owner of "certain Mack Sennett comedies," who claims NBC agreed to broadcast the films only in the continental United States. NBC broadcast these films, during the Howdy Doody show, in New York, Cleveland, and Detroit, consequently the signal was received in Canada. July 1, 1949, 3-page report announces new radio programs, including Dragnet. June 3, 1949, 3-page report mentions dissatisfaction with the National Association of Broadcasters. May 6, 1949, 3-page report announces the new program The Dean Martin Jerry Lewis Show.
FOLDER 914 NBC Board of Directors Agenda & Resolutions 1949.
16 items.
Original, onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, balance sheets, and reports from the board of directors meetings; details employee pay raises, union agreements, affiliate acquisition, board elections, employment contracts, equipment purchasing, theater leasing.
Highlights: December 1, 1949, report proposing severance pay to NBC employees. November 2, 1949, report proposing an agreement with the Radio and Television Directors Guild. October 5, 1949, reports the contract agreement with the Radio Writers Guild - for the news writers stationed in Chicago. September 1, 1949, report proposes the acceptance of the NABET contract for Hollywood sound effects technicians; the reinstatement of the International Broadcast transmitters at Dixon, CA. May 4, 1949, reports the authorization of the move of the Kukla, Fran and Ollie show to Chicago. March 10, 1949, 19-page report mentions the purchase of rights to the Fibber McGee and Molly program, the acquisition of ten RCA magnetic tape recorders for recording network radio programs, the proposal for adoption of the RGA Retirement Plan.
FOLDER 915 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors 1949.
17 items.
Onionskin reports, memos, and balance sheets for board of directors meetings; includes mention of union agreements, salary and severance pay, retirement plans, new employees, profit/loss stats, FCC regulations, theater leases.
Highlights: September 28, 1949, 19-page report discusses the legal actions taken by the networks against the FCC regulation prohibiting "lottery programs," also announces new plans for a North American Broadcast Agreement. September 2, 1949, 30-page report mentions a suit by Frank Paris, a former NBC puppeteer, who allegedly designed the original Howdy Dowdy puppet and is the owner of the name Howdy Doody; the Senate's Interstate Commerce Commitee's decision over the advertising of liquor over the radio; the FCC's new rulings for the use of VHF and UHF bands, as well as the proposition of color television. July 1, 1949, 21-page report details the Senate Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce's "McFarland Bill" which plans to change the Communications Act of 1934. May 25, 1949, report details the litigation being taken against the "Fred Allen Show" for the use of the name Sergei Stroganoff - action was being taken by Mr. Stroganoff. April 1, 1949, reports from the FCC of a lawsuit filed by rival television manufacturers over the claim of equipment outdating by the addition of the UHF band. March 11, 1949, announcement of the purchase of the "Fibber McGee and Molly" show rights and contracting details; it also illustrates the synchronization of affiliate stations as well as the initiation of a television plant in Chicago; under the heading "Matters for the information of the Board" is information pertaining to the decisions made by Senator Johnson and the FCC concerning communications rights; in the "Litigation" section a Mr. Jack Kabler has served NBC with a summons concerning the "piracy" of a game show idea of his from 1944 named "Who Said It?" - action was also taken by Ms. Tallulah Bankhead against NBC, CBS, Procter & Gamble, and Benton & Bowles for the "unjust" use of her first name in a Prell shampoo jingle; an agreement between AT&T and NBC for cable facilities is mentioned. February 4, 1949 under the heading of "Litigation" Mr. William E. Ballard files suit against NBC, Russell M. Seeds, Inc., and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation for copyright infringement.
FOLDER 916 NBC Board of Directors Correspondence 1948.
11 items.
Original and onionskin reports from board of directors meetings.
Highlights: September 3, 1948 shows the programming from the previous month, included are programs concerning the upcoming Presidential election, the speech by the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, and the introduction of the Selective Service.
FOLDER 917 NBC Board of Directors Agenda & Resolutions 1948.
15 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings; includes information about union contracts, bonus payments, equipment purchasing, theater leasing, employee life insurance and benefits for those who served in the military, changes in the membership of the Board of Directors.
Highlights: July 1, 1948, report mentions NBC's contribution to a fund that would pay for an investigation into the murder in Greece of George Polk, a NBC radio news correspondent.
FOLDER 918 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors 1948.
10 items.
Onionskin memoranda and reports from board of directors meetings, includes details of the plans for the election coverage, FCC rulings, and the growing interest in network television, union agreements, program listings (including numerous political speeches), employee benefits - esp. those from the military - theater, office, and equipment leasing.
Highlights: November 5, 1948, legal action taken against NBC, Elizabeth Bentley, and General Foods by William C. Remington for the libelous statements made by Ms. Bentley on the program Meet the Press wherein she stated that Mr. Remington was a "Communist"; the "interest in network television" is also mentioned. October 1, 1948 under the heading "FCC" denotes the statement entered by NBC to the Communications Committee against the regulation of "contest programs," in the "Litigation" section NBC is said to have settled for $5000 to Mrs. Laffoon of San Diego, CA for the disputed correct answer on the "Lyden's Treasure Island Contest," the Philadelphia affiliate took action against AT&T for their use of video tariffs. September 3, 1948, under the section on television, mentions the first successful televising of activities aboard the aircraft carrier, on the U.S.S. Leyte. August 6, 1948, under "Litigation," Edwin H. Armstrong files against RCA and NBC for infringement upon his FM patents. May 7, 1948, the Cicuit Court of Appeals denied the anti-trust action taken by Gordon Brown against NBC, ABC, and Mutual.
FOLDER 919 NBC Board of Directors Correspondence 1947.
5 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda and letters documenting actions of the board of directors.
Highlights: the July 29th letters of resignation from A.L. Ashby as Vice President and General Counsel and from Clarence L. Menser as Vice President in charge of Programs.
FOLDER 920 NBC Board of Directors Agenda & Resolutions 1947.
42 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings; includes equipment purchase and construction, bonus payments, salary information, Board elections, employee life insurance plans, incentive plan, and pension plans.
Highlights: May 9, 1947, discusses the support of the American Broadcasting Company by NBC through means of office space and services.
FOLDER 921 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors 1947.
21 items.
Original, onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
Highlights: November 7, 1947, in the FCC section, the proposal of the elimination of Channel 1 as a television station is brought forth, as is the suggestion of super power television stations. September 5, 1947, 22-page report mentions Petrillo's controversial decision not to permit duplication of AM network musical programs on FM stations. September 3, 1947, an agreement between NBC and the BBC for exchange of new film reels is mentioned in the "television" section, as are deals to televise collegiate football games, the home games of the NY Giants and the Baltimore Colts. February 7, 1947, under the heading of the FCC the Columbia proposition for color television is put forth.
FOLDER 922 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors 1947 (Extra Copies).
16 items.
Onionskin memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
FOLDER 923 NBC Board of Directors Correspondence 1946.
11 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda from board of directors meetings; focuses primarily on the decisions made by the FCC.
Highlights: October 25, 1946, memo from AL Ashby to Niles Trammell regarding the CBS petition for color television programming. May 2, 1946, memo from A. L. Ashby to Niles Trammell regarding the FCC's clear channel proceedings.
FOLDER 924 NBC Board of Directors Agenda & Resolutions 1946.
31 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
FOLDER 925 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors 1946.
23 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
Highlights: October 25, 1946, 11-page "Report for Board of Directors for Program Department" lists several one-time-only programs. October 4, 1946, 15-page report mentions NBC's purchase of motion picture cameras for recording television pictures. July 2, 1946, 17-page report mentions a threat from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to sabotage the television broadcast of the Joe Louis-Billy Conn fight unless NBC engaged members of their union to operate the television cameras.
FOLDER 926 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors (Extra Copies) 1946.
7 items.
Onionskin memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
FOLDER 927 NBC Board of Directors Correspondence 1945.
12 items.
Onionskin memoranda, and reports from board of directors meetings.
Highlights: August 28, 1945, memo from A.L. Ashby to Niles Trammell reports on FCC decision that permits AM licensees to operate FM stations and to permit FM licensees to duplicate on their FM stations all the programs broadcast on their AM stations.
FOLDER 928 NBC Board of Directors Agenda & Resolutions 1945.
38 items
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
FOLDER 929 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors 1945.
17 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
Highlights: November 2, 1945, report describes FCC hearings on the television allocation plan. September 7, 1945, 13-page report lists several programs celebrating the Japanese surrender on August 10, 1945. May 4, 1945, 12-page report describes the programming challenges and financial sacrifices undertaken by NBC when President Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945. This report also describes nine programs planned for V-E Day, including Milestones on the Road to Peace, The People vs. the Unholy Three, and Ten Escape from Tojo.
FOLDER 930 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors (Extra Copies) 1945.
5 items.
Onionskin memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
Highlight: August 13, 1945, 13-page report mentions the reduction in time for the Army Hour from one hour to thirty minutes. This action was approved by the War Department. This report also describes academic collaborations between NBC and Northwestern University, UCLA, Stanford, and Columbia University for the purpose of creating broadcasting curriculums.
FOLDER 931 NBC Board of Directors Agenda & Resolutions 1944.
38 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
Highlights: August 13, 1945, 13-page report mentions the Army Hour's reduction in time from one hour to thirty minutes and the approval of this action by the War Department. The report describes collaborative efforts of NBC and Northwestern, UCLA, Stanford, and Columbia University for the purpose of creating broadcasting curriculums.
FOLDER 932 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors 1944.
22 items.
Original, onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
Highlights: September 1, 1944, 13-page report mentions the August 14, 1944, evening tipoff of NBC that "a development of military importance was pending." Consequently, NBC stayed in operation all night and was able to broadcast a report the next day at 6 A.M. of the allied invasion of southern France. May 5, 1944, 14-page report announces new "facilities for the metalizing of master recordings immediately after recording. May 5, 1944, 14-page report outlines NBC's plans to cover the possible invasion of Europe.
FOLDER 933 NBC Board of Directors Correspondence 1944.
23 items
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda from board of directors meetings.
FOLDER 934 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors (Extra Copies) 1944.
14 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
FOLDER 935 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors 1943.
24 items.
Onionskin memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
Highlights: December 3, 1943, 11-page report describes several new programs, including G.I. Variety and Soldiers in Grease Paint. May 7, 1943, 13-page report refers to the economic performance of CBS versus NBC.
FOLDER 936 NBC Board of Directors Agenda and Resolutions 1943.
8 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed reports and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
FOLDER 937 NBC Board of Directors Correspondence 1943.
27 items.
Handwritten, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, reports, and balance sheets from board of directors meetings.
FOLDER 938 NBC Board of Directors Reports to Board of Directors (Extra Copies) 1943.
1 item.
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