Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Louis G. Cowan papers, 1885, 1952-1976, bulk 1952-1976

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0293
Bib ID 4078657 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Cowan, Louis G., 1909-1976
Title Louis G. Cowan papers, 1885, 1952-1976, bulk 1952-1976
Physical Description 26 linear feet (62 boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder listed and arranged.



Correspondence, notes, manuscripts, documents, photographs, audio tapes, and printed material of Louis G. Cowan. The files document Cowan's activites at CBS and Brandeis University, and in many other capacities. Approximately one-third of the collection consists of records and studies of the Broadcast Institute of North America. The papers also reflect a number of Cowan's various interests such as posters; the earliest item in the collection, a letter from General Charles P. Stone, 1885, is indicative of Cowan's active interest in the history of the Statue of Liberty. Among the prominent correspondents are Jacob Bronowski, Hubert H. Humphrey, William Phillips, and Jonas Salk.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Louis G. Cowan papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material-- at Columbia

Related materials are in the Chilmark Press Papers, Rare Book & Manuscript Library


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Holly Cowan Shulman, 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number--M-59.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Revision Description

2020-07-29 EAD document created by CCR.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Awards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tape recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Brandeis University. Morse Communications Center Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Broadcast Institute of North America. President Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Broadcasting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bronowski, Jacob, 1908-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College administrators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Graduate School of Journalism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Executives Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journalism -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phillips, William Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Salk, Jonas, 1914-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.) -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stone, Chas. P. (Charles Pomeroy), 1824-1887 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Louis G. Cowan was Vice-president and President of CBS, Director of the Morse Communications Center of Brandeis University, President of the Broadcast Institute of North America, and Director of Special Programs of Columbia's School of Journalism.