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Elliott M. Sanger papers, 1936-1986

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1106
Bib ID 4079590 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Sanger, Elliott M
Title Elliott M. Sanger papers, 1936-1986
Physical Description 3.5 linear feet (8 boxes)
Language(s) English .

Boxes 1A, 2-7 of the collection are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged into 4 series.



Included are Sanger's personal diaries (1936-1967) relating to WQXR. Also included is a complete bound file of the WQXR PROGRAM GUIDE (June 1936-December 1963) containing a record of the broadcasting of classical music in New York City, the daily schedule, and essays on composers, music festivals, individual compositions and music in general by such writers as Irwin Edman, Will Durant, M. Lincoln Schuster, Edward Johnson, John Barbirolli, as well as by Sanger and his co-founder, John V. L. Hogan. There are also four tape recordings of radio broadcast interviews with Mr. Sanger aired in 1973

1980 Addition: A selected file of approximately 150 letters, manuscripts, documents, photographs and printed materials relating to the history of radio station WQXR. There are business letters, congratulatory and testimonial letters from listeners and advertisers, including one each from Will Durant and Sinclair Lewis, office memoranda and reports on the station's history, samples of newspaper clippings containing WQXR advertisements and program listings, market surveys of listeners and promotional brochures prepared for prospective advertisers. There is a corrected typescript and galley proofs for Sanger's book, REBEL IN RADIO (N.Y., Hastings House, 1972), and 6 volumes of documents in support of the station's application for "clear channel" status filed with the Federal Communications Commission in 1948. Also included are 49 photographs of the station's staff, musical personalities who have broadcasted, the studios and transmitters, 4 audio cassettes celebrating WQXR's 50th anniversary, the anniversary album, and the anniversary edition of REBEL IN RADIO.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

Boxes 1A, 2-7 of the collection are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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); Elliott M. Sanger papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Elliott M. Sanger, 1979-1980 & 1986.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed BRC 11/--/86.

Katia Shraga, May 2019: fixed finding aid based on physical content of each box; updated AS and stack directory appropriately. Prepared Box 1A to be sent offsite.

Revision Description

2010-03-01 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Advertisements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Albums (books) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audiocassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audiotapes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brochures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Galley proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Surveys Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Businessmen Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Durant, Will, 1885-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Edman, Irwin, 1896-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hogan, John V. L. (John Vincent Lawless), 1890-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music radio stations -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radio -- Transmitters and transmission Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radio advertising -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radio broadcasting -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radio stations -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sulzberger, Arthur Hays, 1891-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Federal Communications Commission Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
WQXR (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Elliott Maxwell Sanger, 1897- , was a co-founder of radio station WQXR in 1936 and executive vice-president and general manager of the station from 1936-1965.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 The series contains correspondence related to Sanger's radio station, WQXR, from Will Durant, Sinclair Lewis, and Arthur Sulzberger., 1937-1944

Series II: Rebel In Radio

Box 1 Folder 2-5 The series contains materials related to Elliot Sanger's book Rebel in Radio, 1973., [1973]

Box 1A Sanger interview by Andre Bernard, April 12, 1973: Sanger Interview with P.M. Program by Bill Newcastle, September 29, 1973

Box 1A WQXR Broadcast, May 24, 1973, 10-12 Noon, 2 reels: "The Listening Room" hosted by Robert Sherman -- Guest, E. M. Sanger

Series III: WQXR

The series contains files related to Sanger's radio station, WQXR

Box 1 Folder 6-9 FCC "Clear Channel" Hearings, 1946

Box 2 Folder 1-2 FCC "Clear Channel" Hearings, 1946

Box 2 Folder 3 Correspondence, 1936-1948

Box 2 Folder 4-5 Market Research Survey, 1936-1944

Box 2 Folder 6 Newspaper clippings, 1936

Box 2 Folder 7 Photographs

Box 2 Folder 8 Sales records, 1936-1948

Box 2 Folder 9 Remembrances and background material: 1986 anniversary program, 1936-1950, 1986

Box 1A "This Is My Music" with Elliot Sanger, March 1, 1986 -- New York Philharmonic 50th Anniversary Concert, September 23, 1986 -- Part I and II -- WQXR Dinner Comments, September 23, 1986

Box 3 1936-1947

Box 4 1948-1956

Box 5 1957-1963

Series IV: Personal Papers

Box 5 Diaries, 1936-1939

Box 6 Diaries, 1940-1952

Box 7 Diaries, 1955-1967

Box 6 Key to Abbreviations beginning 1950

Box 7 "In Memoriam: Elliott M. Sanger,", 1989