Skip to main content

Fast Facts

Format: Edward R. Murrow Papers, 1927-1965: A Guide to the Microfilm Edition. Free with collection.
Media: 50 reels of 35mm microfilm
Coverage Dates: 1927-1965

Intended For

Get Started


  • Download a short description
  • Share


One of the most unique phenomena of the twentieth century is the mass media revolution. Of the many pioneers who shaped broadcast journalism, it is Edward R. Murrow who has been called its founding father.

This microfilm collection spans Murrow's illustrious career in radio and television. It provides students in journalism, mass communications, and speech with insights into both Murrow himself and into the history and development of radio and television broadcast journalism. Among the famous broadcasts Murrow conducted during his CBS years were This ... is London, Person to Person, and CBS Reports, all of which represent the beginning of immediate, in-depth reporting of the issues, events, and personalities affecting world history.

Researchers can also explore such questions as:


  • Have the media reflected or created societal values?
  • What is the power and potential of the electronic media as a major force in our lives?
  • How have media ethics changed, both in theory and in practice?
  • How should the First Amendment be interpreted and applied to the electronic media?

The media explosion has raised these issues and others, both in academic and public circles, often placing industry under the harsh light of public scrutiny. Students can use this collection to study the early standards Murrow espoused and practiced for straightforward, truthful broadcast journalism and compare them to today's standards.

The collection features:


  • correspondence covering historical and current issues, key broadcasts during Murrow's career, the problems of reporting and public diplomacy, and Murrow's thoughts on the role of broadcast journalism in society. Murrow's famous correspondents include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Carl Sandburg, and Richard M. Nixon
  • personal papers, family documents, press clippings, and papers relating to Murrow's death which feature editorials, tributes, and broadcasts
  • Murrow's professional papers, including those covering administration and programming within CBS, where Murrow spent much of his career. Also included are documents relating to Murrow's position as Director of the United States Information Agency during the later years of his life
  • papers detailing Murrow's fraternal and philanthropic activities, such as his involvement in the Anne Frank Foundation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

With this collection, researchers have access to previously unavailable documents to gain insights into Murrow and the media in which he worked. The Edward R. Murrow Papers is an essential resource for the serious student of communications to examine the intricate relationship between the media and society.

  • Content Type: Edward R. Murrow Papers, 1927-1965: A Guide to the Microfilm Edition. Free with collection.

Our Products

ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Dissemination

ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Dissemination takes responsibility for preserving and disseminating graduate research for our university and college partners.

Learn More


Intota -- Discovery, Management and Assessment for a Transformed Library.

Learn More

Ebook Products & Services

Ebook Central

With the widest selection of content, the most flexibility, and backed with the market’s most sophisticated administrative engine, Ebook Central enables libraries to significantly improve users’ ebook research outcomes and boost the productivity of their staff.

Learn More


Helping the Researcher...there is a Dissertation for That!

One dissertation can lead to the discovery of more sources, as well as other works that have been cited in additional dissertations.

Learn More

How to Grow Community with a Seed Library

Seed libraries provide the community with a free resource for growing healthy foods and they promote sustainability and biodiversity.

Learn More