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Louis G. Cowan papers, 1885-1976 bulk 1952-1976 

Cowan, Louis G., 1909-1976
Phys. Desc: 
26 linear feet (26 linear feet 62 boxes)
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Biographical Note

Louis G. Cowan was Vice-president and President of CBS, Director of the Morse Communications Center of Brandeis University, President of the Broadcast Institute of North America, and Director of Special Programs of Columbia's School of Journalism.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, notes, manuscripts, documents, photographs, audio tapes, and printed material of Louis G. Cowan. The files document Cowan's activites at CBS and Brandeis University, and in many other capacities. Approximately one-third of the collection consists of records and studies of the Broadcast Institute of North America. The papers also reflect a number of Cowan's various interests such as posters; the earliest item in the collection, a letter from General Charles P. Stone, 1885, is indicative of Cowan's active interest in the history of the Statue of Liberty. Among the prominent correspondents are Jacob Bronowski, Hubert H. Humphrey, William Phillips, and Jonas Salk.