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Guide to the Records of WNYU (Radio Station: New York, N.Y.) RG 39.5

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2641
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Collection processed by University Archives staff in 2000. Revised by Katie Senft in 2003.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on September 27, 2012
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: WNYU (Radio station : New York, N.Y.).
Title: Records of WNYU (Radio Station: New York, N.Y.)
Dates: 1949-1969
Abstract: WNYU was formed in 1949 on the University Heights campus of New York University by a group of engineers. The records of WNYU Radio Station were transferred to the New York University Archives when the radio station was moved from Gould Memorial Library at the University Heights campus to Loeb Student Center on Washington Square in June 1973. The records cover the years 1949-1969 and deal with the activities of WNYU radio station and the efforts and persistence of WNYU's staff to build up an AM-FM radio station and maintain its broadcasting as one of the best educational radio stations in the New York metropolitan area. The collection is predominantly composed of correspondence between WNYU's staff and other constituent parts of the University. Other correspondence relates to the broader media and metropolitan community.
Quantity: 3.5 linear feet (8 boxes)
Call Phrase: RG 39.5

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History of WNYU

WNYU was formed in 1949 on the University Heights campus of New York University by a group of engineers. Initially, the station only broadcast to the University Heights cafeteria. Well established by 1956, WNYU became a member of the Inter-Collegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). In 1955 the radio division of the Television, Motion Picture and Radio Department of the Communications Arts Group started a closed circuit station, WCAG, at the Washington Square Campus. In 1963 WNYU (Heights Station) and WCAG (Washington Square Station) merged into one closed circuit radio station through the use of a telephone cable. It was decided that WCAG would broadcast to both campuses during the day while WNYU would take over in the evenings. This continued until 1973, when NYU sold the University Heights campus. At that time the equipment was brought to Loeb Student Center on Washington Square. During the period of 1965-1973 the station worked to acquire an FM frequency. In 1965 NYU made an agreement with the United Nations to use their channel, "206." NYU submitted their first application to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in 1965. After three years the FCC decided that channel "206" should be shared by NYU and Fairleigh Dickinson University of New Jersey. WNYU broadcast from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays.

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Scope and Contents

The records include correspondence of Joseph Steinberg, the station's manager during the 1960s with University offices; the Inter-Colligiate Broadcasting System; and Miller, Montgomery & Spanding concerning construction for WNYU facilities. There also exists within the collection correspondence of Larry J. Hollander, the faculty advisor to the WYNU staff, with Steinberg; correspondence of the staff with fellow radio stations including the Columbia University station, concerning such topics as the election of 1964, Ray Nelson, and a Senator Claiborne Pell interview about youth legislation; letters from The New York Times to Arnold Rosner, Director of Classical Music at WNYU; letters from the Police Department of New York City; and letters from United Press International. Also included are minutes of meetings of the WNYU Board of Directors, budget reports and operating expense estimates of WNYU members, log forms, schedules, applications, architectural drawings, certificates from Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, advertising brochures, programs, newsletters, and printed promotional material.

Arrangement

Series I is arranged chronologically; series II is arranged alphabetically by subject; and series III is arranged alphabetically by type of material.

This collection has been organized into three series:

  1. Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
  2. Drawings
  3. Publications
  4. Subject Files

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Hollander, Larry J.
  • Nelson, Ray
  • Pell, Claiborne, 1918-2009
  • Rosner, Arnold, 1945-
  • Steinberg, Joseph

Document Type

  • Advertisements.
  • Architectural drawings (visual works).
  • Job applications.
  • Minutes.
  • Newsletters.
  • petitions.

Subject Organizations

  • Columbia University. Radio Broadcasting.
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University. Radio broadcasting.
  • Inter-Collegiate Broadcasting System.
  • Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company..
  • Miller, Montgomery & Spanding.
  • New York (N.Y.). Police Dept..
  • New York Times Company.
  • New York University. Communications Arts Group.
  • New York University. Radio broadcasting.
  • United Nations.
  • United Press International.
  • WCAG (Radio station : New York, N.Y.).
  • WNYU (Radio station : New York, N.Y.).

Subject Topics

  • Radio broadcasting |v Archival resources.
  • Radio broadcasting -- History.
  • Radio broadcasting -- Management.
  • Radio broadcasting -- Rules and regulations.
  • Radio in education.
  • Radio -- Equipment and supplies.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The records of WNYU Radio Station were transferred to the New York University Archives when the radio station was moved from Gould Memorial Library at the University Heights campus to Loeb Student Center on Washington Square in June 1973.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact
New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date (if known); Records of WNYU (Radio Station: New York, N.Y.); RG 39.5; box number; folder number; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda: 1949-1969.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Nov. 29, 1949 -April 8, 1950
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Feb. 17, 1955 -Dec. 27, 1957
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
1955-1963
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Nov. 28, 1956 -May 7, 1962
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Dec. 9, 1957 -Sept. 23, 1968
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Jan. 5, 1958 -Mar. 18, 1963
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Jan. 29, 1960 -Nov. 15, 1962
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Apr. 20, 1960 -Feb. 27, 1962
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Jan. 8, 1962 -Nov. 12, 1963
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Mar. 1, 1963 -Dec. 6, 1963
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Mar. 1, 1963 -Dec. 6, 1963
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Apr. 3, 1963 -May 14, 1964
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Oct. 7, 1963 -Dec. 6, 1964
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Aug. 10, 1964-May 25, 1965
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Oct. 11, 1964 -May 12, 1965
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Nov. 5, 1964 -Mar. 11, 1965
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Dec. 14, 1964 -Apr. 18, 1966
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Feb. 21, 1964 -Jun. 15, 1967
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Jan. 12, 1965 -Dec. 18, 1965
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Apr. 29, 1965 -Sept. 22, 1965
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Aug. 31, 1965 -May 16, 1966
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Oct. 14, 1965 -Oct. 19, 1967
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Nov. 18, 1965 -Apr. 19, 1966
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Radio Station WFDU
1965 -1966
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Convention
1965 -1967
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Jan. 17, 1966-Aug. 15, 1966
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Feb. 21, 1966 -Oct. 31, 1966
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Nov. 22, 1966 -Apr. 18, 1967
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Jan. 17, 1967 -Dec. 4, 1967
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Apr. 6, 1967 -Jun. 6, 1967
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Jun. 17, 1968 -Dec. 20, 1968
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, memoranda
Jan. 6, 1969 -Feb. 6, 1969
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Reports
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 9 WNYU log forms
undated

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Series II: Drawings

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Drawings of WNYU radio station
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Drawings of WNYU radio station
undated

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Series III: Publications

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Newspapers
Feb. 1967 -May 1973
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Newspapers
Jan. 1957 -Oct. 1966
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Printed material
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Printed material
undated

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Series IV: Subject Files, 1967-1981

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Advisors
1975
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Annual Report
1979-1980
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Arbitron
1975
Box: 5 Folder : 4 (FCC) Docket No. 17454 File No. BPED-742, Docket No. 17455 File No. BPED-751 - Vol. I
1967
Box: 5 Folder : 5 (FCC) Docket No. 17454 File No. BPED-742, Docket No. 17455 File No. BPED-751 - Vol. II
Box: 5 Folder : 6 (FCC) Docket No. 17454 File No. BPED-742, Docket No. 17455 File No. BPED-751 - Reply
1968
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Engineering
1975-1976
Box: 5 Folder : 8 FCC Permit & License Copies
1975-1977
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Fundraising
1975-1976
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Graduates: Personnel Questionnaires
1974
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Inactive Personnel
1974
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Legal- Wilner & Scheiner
1971-1978
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Legal-FCC agreement with FDU
1972-1977
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Maggin, Jane (Director of Student Affairs, WNYU Advisor)
1973-1975
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Management Committee Meeting Minutes
1977
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Management & Staff Meetings
1974
Box: 6 Folder : 7 News Stylebook
1975
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Operations
1971-1975
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Policy (By Laws)- Folder 1 of 2
1967-1974
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Policy (By Laws)- Folder 2 of 2
1967-1974
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Press
1973-1977
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Press Releases
1974-1978
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Program Highlights
1974-1977
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Program Highlights
1974-1981
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Program Material
1974-1975
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Programming- Folder 1 of 2
1973-1974
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Programming- Folder 2 of 2
1973-1974
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Programming
1974-1977
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Programming
1977-1982
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Publicity & Promotion- Folder 1 of 2
1974-1975
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Publicity & Promotion- Folder 2 of 2
1974-1975
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Reports, Agenda, Staff Questionnaires
1973-1976
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Share-Time Agreement WFDU/WNYU
1973-1974
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Staff Questionnaire
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 STL (Studio-Transmitter Link)
1974-1977
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Ultra-Violet
1980

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