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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

OCLC

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Chester Burger Papers, 1921-2010



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burger, Chester
Title: Chester Burger papers
Dates: 1921-2010
Abstract: The Chester Burger Papers, 1921-2010, are comprised of scrapbooks, day timers, calendars, printed material, notes, videotapes, audiocassettes, and CD and DVD recordings, which document the life and career of Chester Burger.
Identification: camh-arc-004208
Extent: 23.25 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1921, Chester Burger began his career with CBS radio in 1941 and became the first television reporter, with CBS television news (1946-1948), advancing to news editor (1950-1952), and national manager (1953). From 1955 to 1988 he worked in the public relations field and as a consultant for various corporations such as American Telephone and Telegraph Company where he played a part in establishing policy toward corporate divestiture.

He has been a consultant for many professional and non-profit organizations and federal agencies, including the United States Information Agency. He has authored several books and lectured extensively on the role of public relations in management.

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Scope and Contents

The Chester Burger Papers, 1921-2010, are comprised of scrapbooks, day timers, calendars, printed material, notes, videotapes, audiocassettes, and CD and DVD recordings, which document the life and career of Chester Burger.

Scrapbooks contain correspondence, clippings, employment records, speeches, memoranda, photographs, promotional material, and ephemera relating to Burger's involvement in the early development of CBS television news, CIO labor union activities before and after World War II, American Telephone and Telegraph Company prior to divestiture, and the civil rights movement as an officer of the National Urban League during the early 1960s.

Records produced during Burger's tenure as president of Echelons Office Temporaries document the New York World's Fair, in particular its personnel. Personal correspondence and memorabilia reflect Burger's private life, family, friends, activities, and interests.

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Arrangement

The Chester Burger Papers are arranged chronologically by type of material.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

A portion of this collection is restricted; contact repository for more information.

Access to some audiovisual formats requires an appointment; contact repository for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names
Columbia Broadcasting System, inc.
Subjects
Collective bargaining
Public relations consultants
Telephone
Television broadcasting of news

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Related Materials

Some audio and videotapes of Burger's speeches are located in the Public Relations Foundation of Texas Records.

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Separated Material

Additional material in TXC 343.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chester Burger Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1994-160; 1994-177; 1994-233; 1994-263; 1995-026; 1995-030; 1996-061; 1997-169; 1997-176; 1997-227; 1999-017; 2000-016; 2001-063; 2002-006; 2003-001; 2004-016; 2005-004; 2006-010; 2007-001; 2008-004; 2009-002; 2010-061; 2010-309; 2011-001; 2011-362; 2012-202

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, March 2020.

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OCLC

35155121

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Scrapbooks:
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3E19 [SRH1230015681] Volume 1, 1921-1942
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3E20 [SRH1230015680] Volume 2, 1942-1947
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3E21 [SRH1230015683] Volume 3, 1947-1951
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3E22 [SRH1230015682] Volume 4, 1951-1954
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3E23 [SRH1230015684] Volume 5, 1954-1957
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3E24 [SRH1230015685] Volumes 6-9, 1957-1965
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3E25 [SRH1230015686] Volumes 10-13, 1965-1970
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3E26 [SRH1230015687] Volumes 14-17, 1971-1974
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3E27 [SRH1230015688] Volumes 18-22, 1975-1978
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3E28 [SRH1230015689] Voumes 23-29, 1978-1980
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3E29 [SRH1230015690] Volumes 30-35, 1980-1982
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3E30 [SRH1230015691] Volumes 36-42, 1982-1984
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3E31 [SRH1230015692] Volumes 43-48, 1985-1987
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3E32 [SRH1230015693] Volumes 49-54, 1987-1990
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3E33 [SRH1230015694] Volumes 55-59, 1990-1992
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3E34 [SRH1230015695] Volumes 60-61, 1993
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3E35 [SRH1230015696] Volumes 62-63, 1993-1994
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3E36 [SRH1230015697] Volumes 64-67, 1995-1996
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3M57 [SRH1230018633] Volumes 68-73, 1997-1999
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3E34 [SRH1230015695] Volume 74, 1999
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3J412 [SRH1230017469] Volumes 75-78, 2000-2001
Volumes 79-80, 2002
Unknown in New York: unexpected discoveries in familiar places
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3J413 [SRH1230017438] Volumes 81-86, 2003-2005
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3J415 [SRH1230017437] Volumes 87-90, 2006-2007
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4C469 [SRH1230026183] Volumes 91-93, 2008
Volumes 94-96, 2009
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2.325/M84 [SRH1230001838] Volumes 97-99, 2010-2011
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3E34 [SRH1230015695] Memorandum to CBS Television camera correspondents: "Standard Operating Procedure", 1954-05-17
Report written for public relations from James F. Fox, Inc., 1967-04-27
Daytimers, 1964-1988
Photocopied annotations from books separated to TXC
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3E111a [SRH1230015702] Correspondence, 1996-1997
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3E35 [SRH1230015696] Calendars, 1969-1994
Travel Records, 1932-1994
Books:
Public Relations in Health Care: A Guide for Professionals, second edition, by Kathleen Larey Newton, 1995
Accreditation Sourcebook, ed. by David Swanston, 1995
The Wit and Wisdom of PR Success, by National School Public Relations Association, 1995
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3E111a [SRH1230015702] Comprehensive Guide to Public Relations Management, by Richard Gould, 1997
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3W90 [SRH1230030213] VHS video cassettes:
Supportive Living: A Ground Floor Opportunity, with an introduction by Chester Burger, 1995
Effective Urban Communication, 1997
Inside PR awards with Horace Deels
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3W91 [SRH1230030214] PRSA counselors, 1988-04-12
PRSA Oral History
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2X46 [SRH1230014643] Audiocassettes
Oral history interviews
Speech delivered by Chester Burger to the North Texas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Dallas, Texas, 1997-11-20
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2.325/S102 CDs and DVDs
Peace Through Understanding: The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair [includes interview with Chester Burger], 2003
The Visualizers: The Birth and Development of Television News at CBS-TV in New York City, 1941-1948, Mike Conway, draft copy, 2004
"Ivy Lee," online gallery talk by Chester Burger, New York Transit Museum, 2004-11
Chester Burger, interviews (2 discs), 2005-06
"Believing in Jesus for the Second Time," Rev. Dr. John Killinger [refers to Chester Burger in sermon], Marble Collegiate Church, New York, 2007-09-16
Conversations with Harold Hudson Channer, Chester Burger and Jerry Goodwin, public access television, New York City, 2008-01-29
Chester Burger on "Night Talk," Bloomberg TV, 22 min, 2008-06-10
"What I've Learned," Chester Burger, interviewed by Lane Talburt, 2008-11-21
Interview with Chester Burger, 2010-12-17
Awards:
Color photocopies of awards, including awards from CIA and U.S. Air Force, 2010
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3J415 [SRH1230017437] Travel records (arranged chronologically), 1932-1996
Travel records (arranged by state and country), 1932-1997
Monthly calendar of activities, 1969-2010

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