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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Accession Number

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Palmer Williams Collection, 1945-1966, 1975-1994



Creator Williams, Palmer, -1996
Title: Palmer Williams collection
Dates: 1945-1966, 1975-1994
Abstract: The Palmer Williams collection, 1945-1966, 1975-1994, documents Williams's career in broadcast news with CBS and primarily reflects political issues, social issues, and events between 1951 and 1985. The collection consists of videocassettes, research material, broadcast transcripts, logs, program blue sheets, printed material, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, notes, correspondence, and a photograph.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01871
Extent: 3.1 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English, with one video documentary in Chinese.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Palmer Williams (1916-1996) joined CBS News in 1951 as producer of the radio series Hear It Now and the television series See It Now, both hosted by Edward R. Murrow. In 1959, Williams became Director of Operations for CBS Reports, a documentary television series for which he also produced many episodes. CBS News named Williams Director of Broadcast Operations in 1964, but he returned to CBS Reports in 1965 as executive producer. Additionally, he produced several CBS News Specials and Special Reports. In 1968, CBS formed 60 Minutes using See It Now alumni and Williams as the program's senior producer, until becoming managing editor in 1980. In 1981, Williams officially retired, but he continued to work with CBS News and to produce documentaries until his death in 1996.

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Scope and Contents

The Palmer Williams collection, 1945-1966, 1975-1994, documents Williams's career in broadcast news with CBS and primarily reflects political issues, social issues, and events between 1951 and 1985. The collection consists of videocassettes, research material, broadcast transcripts, logs, program blue sheets, printed material, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, notes, correspondence, and a photograph. Newspaper clippings and memorabilia depict the influence of CBS News, programs in which he participated, and his career specifically. Much of the collection contains Williams's research material and program files, relating to the stories he produced. Newspaper articles and a videocassette also discuss Edward R. Murrow, who played an influential role in the development of broadcast news. Several of the videocassettes are original broadcasts that correspond to research material in the collection.

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Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series.
  • I. Business
  • II. Personal

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Use of ¾ in. videotapes requires an appointment with an archivist; please contact repository for an appointment.

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

Personal Names
Murrow, Edward R.
Williams, Palmer, -1996
Corporate Names
60 minutes (Television program)
CBS News.
CBS Television Network
CBS reports (Television program)
Hear it now (Radio program)
Subjects
Broadcast journalism
Television journalists
Places
United States

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Palmer Williams Collection, 1945-1966, 1975-1994, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Neeta Ramkumar, August 2003.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.

Subsequent revisions made by Caroline Collins, February 2021.

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Accession Number

99-154

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Business
CBS Reports
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2.325/P83 [SRH1230002267] Walter Lippman, Vol. I, show 2; Vol. II, show 2, undated
Walter Lippman, Vol. II, show 8, undated
Walter Lippman, Vol. III, show 25, undated
Walter Lippman interview, undated
Lord Ismay, first cut, undated
Lord Ismay, part 3, Vol. I, show 2, undated
"UFO: Friend, Foe, or Fantasy", 1966
Hour Broadcast transcripts, 1966-1968
Blue sheets, 1977-1978
Hear It Now logs, 1-25, 1950-1951
See It Now, 1951-1958
Transcript of broadcast on Edward R. Murrow, 1965
30 Minutes, 1978-1980
"Deadlock: The Railroad Dispute," original transcript, undated
60 Minutes, blue sheets, August 1985-September 1985
Research files
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2.325/P83 [SRH1230002267] Who's Who in Civil Rights, 1969
Who's Who, 1976-1977
When China Wakes, Gullian (excerpt), undated
Love and Hate in China, Konigsberger (excerpt), undated
Awa Maru and Bunton, 1945
Epilepsy, Sodium Valproate, Felice Beth Adams, undated
Center for Independent Journalism, Prague, 1991-1992
Sarita Kenedy East, 1963-1968
Briefing by U.S. State Department to broadcasters concerning coverage of Vietnam and Latin America, 1966
Articles and clippings
CBS News
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2.325/P83 [SRH1230002267] General, undated
60 Minutes, undated
Edward R. Murrow, undated
Small World, undated
"D-Day Plus 20 Years, Eisenhower", undated
Remo Bufano, undated
Maria Callas, undated
Reviews of "The Years of the Polaris", undated
"The Great Holiday Massacre", undated
Review of the movie, The Honeymoon Killers, undated
Memos and annoucements, undated
General collected items, biography, undated
Letters, 1987
Memorabilia and invitations, undated
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3R37 [SRH1230019397] CBS Technical Services Operating Manual, Ch. 1-10, 1963
CBS Technical Services Operating Manual, Ch. 11-Index, 1963
Video broadcasts, 3/4 inches
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2.325/P84 [SRH1230002268] Murrow/McCarthy: the original See It Now episode that was thought to be controversial because of its direct criticism of Senator McCarthy's accusations, undated
CBS Reports: "D-Day Plus 20 Years, Eisenhower returns to Normandy", 1964
CBS Reports: "UFO: Friend, Foe, or Fantasy," with Walter Cronkite, 1966
CBS Reports: "The Volga," a documentary on post war Russia's culture, lifestyle, economy, and political system, undated
The Cronkite Years Dub, 21 minutes, a documentary of Walter Cronkite's career with a review of events he covered from Eisenhower's Presidency, Martin Luther King's assassination to the Watergate Scandal, undated
International Hour, 1978
Interview with a researcher involved in the salvation of the Awa Maru, undated
A documentary in Chinese about the Awa Maru shipwreck and its salvation, 27 minutes, undated
Affiliate Tape, 60 Minutes Dub "Behind the Scenes", undated
Video broadcasts, VHS
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2.325/P84 [SRH1230002268] Evening News, Review of the Year, NY's Eve Roundup, 5 minutes of film, December 31, [1985]
Views of the World demos, I and II, cartoons about international issues, 1986
CBS Reports: "The Vanishing Family," plus group discussion, January 26, 1986
60 Minutes: "Yankees Steinhenzer, Evan Mecham Recall, Diane in Egypt", October 18, 1987
60 Minutes: "Ivan the Terrible, Yummies," N.Y. School tape of corruption, February 25, 1990
Gentleman Jimmy: documentary on an Englishman who became District Commissioner in Ghana and was later made a chief by an African tribe in the region, 1990
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3S303 [SRH1230021959] Photograph, Vito Marzullo, Ald., 5th Ward, undated
Personal
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2.325/P83 [SRH1230002267] Articles, undated
Memorial service invitations, undated

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