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Recorded Sound Section--Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division



Women on the Radio
Beyond the Microphone
Daytime Programming
World War II
NBC Radio Collection
Programs for and by Women
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NPR Collection
WOR Collection
Pacifica Radio Archive
CBS Collection
AFRTS Collection
Women on AFRS
OWI Collection
VOA Collection
BBC Sound Archive Collection
Music Recordings
Drama and Literature Recordings
The Spoken Word




Meet the Press Collection
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Patricia Roberts Harris and Lawrence E. Spivak on NBC's Meet the Press. Photograph by Reni Newsphotos. October 24, 1971. Lawrence E. Spivak Collection, Prints and Photographs Division. Copyright © National Broadcasting Company, Inc., 2001. All rights reserved. LC-USZ62-126797.

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Meet the Press, the NBC News program that is still going strong today, began on the radio in 1945. It was not until 1948, however, that the first woman was featured on the show. She was Martha Taft (1891-1958), wife of Senator Robert A. Taft, an activist for the League of Women Voters, and at the time one of the most quoted women in the country. Other women who were guests early on in the program include Vivien Kellems (1896-1975), a fiery businesswoman known for her battles against the federal tax system's discriminatory practices against single people; Elizabeth Bentley (1908-1963), a former Communist Party member and spy who later collaborated with the FBI; and Judge Dorothy Kenyon (1888-1972), an influential force in the struggle for women's rights and social reform. This collection is a treasure trove of appearances by just about every notable American woman from the past fifty years, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995), Geraldine Ferraro (b. 1935), Elizabeth Dole (b. 1936), Congresswoman Edna Kelly (1906-1997), and journalist and political activist India Edwards (1895-1990) [picture].

The Library holds most of the Meet the Press radio broadcasts, as well as audio recordings of the television broadcasts that began in 1947. The entire audio collection spans the period from 1945 to 1984. Programs can be searched by name and date in SONIC, but subject searching is limited. In addition, an interdivisional online finding aid is being created to allow researchers to access the sound materials as well as the rest of the Library's Meet the Press materials in the Manuscript Division; Prints and Photographs Division; Moving Image Section of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division; and the General Collections.

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