|Title:||Seminar: American Civilization on the American Broadcasting Network records, 1952-1953.|
|Physical description:||.42 linear ft. (1 MsB)|
|Language(s):||Material is in English.|
This collection is arranged in two series of scripts in order to easily distinguish between the first and second part of the semester
Thirty-three transcripts from the network broadcast of Seminar in 1952-1953
This collection has no restrictions.
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the American Broadcasting Company. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Seminar: American Civilization on the American Broadcasting Network, 1952-1953 University Archives, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Columbia University Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division
Papers processed 2012 Susan Hamson
Finding aid written 2012 Susan Hamson
Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion September 26, 2012Finding aid written in English.
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|American Broadcasting Company.||Portal||CLIO||ArchiveGRID|
|Bigelow, Donald N. (Donald Nevius).||Portal||CLIO||ArchiveGRID|
|Columbia University in the City of New York.||Portal||CLIO||ArchiveGRID|
In 1952, the Communications Materials Center of Columbia University Press and the American Broadcasting Network collaborated on a public service series that was one of 300 television classes offered to the general public. Franklin Dunham, Chief of Radio of the U.S. Department of Education, spearheaded the effort which included 80 colleges and universities, and 30 public and parochial schools throughout the United State of America. Seminar was patterned on the American Civilization course which studied the factors contributing to American civilization through the reading of great books. Viewers purchased a syllabus from Columbia University's School of General Studies for twenty-five cents and, over the course of semester, followed Professor Bigelow and his students as they discussed specific topics each week. Over three hundred students wrote for the booklet for the course that ran from October 1952 through May 1953. Though no credit was given to television viewers for the course, participants did have the option of requesting an exam--which would be graded free of charge. Western Reserve College in Cleveland, Ohio estimated that television-taught students scored 20%- 25 % higher than matriculated seminar participants. There are no statistics for the Columbia course.