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The Museum of Television & Radio Joins Columbia's 'Passport to New York' Program

The Steven Spielberg Gallery includes exhibits of art and artifacts relating to television and radio.

The Museum of Television & Radio (MT&R) has joined Columbia's "Passport to New York" program, enabling students, faculty and staff to visit the museum without charge and receive discounts on special MT&R seminars and events.

As part of this program, The Museum of Television & Radio will also extend approximately five unpaid internships a year to Columbia students. Students and MT&R staff will have mutual access to research facilities, collections and courses. Joint appointments to adjunct professorships and other cooperative programs may be topics for future discussions between the two institutions.

"Columbia has been building formal pathways to the city through the 'Passport to New York' program. Seth Low, former Columbia president and mayor of greater New York City, envisioned 'the great metropolitan university' that would link Columbia to libraries, museums and other institutions of New York. We are delighted to add a link to The Museum of Television & Radio," says Jonathan Cole, Provost and Dean of Faculties at Columbia.

Museum president Robert M. Batscha says "The Museum of Television & Radio is pleased to be a part of the 'Passport to New York' program which enhances and enriches the lives of Columbia's students and faculty. New York's cultural institutions have much to offer educationally and we look forward to exposing the Columbia University community to the Museum's vast collection of historical, artistic and culturally significant radio and television programs and advertisements."

The Museum of Television & Radio, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, is a not-for-profit organization founded by William S. Paley, founder and former president and chairman of CBS and former Columbia University Trustee, to collect and preserve television and radio programs and advertisements, and to make them available to the public. From its inception in 1975, the Museum has organized exhibitions, screening and listening series, seminars and education classes to showcase its collection of more than 100,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. Programs in the Museum's permanent collection are selected for their artistic, cultural and historic significance. The Museum has initiated a process to acquire Internet programming for the collection.

In the Edward and Patricia McLaughlin Library the museum's collection of over 100,000 radio and television programs is described in the computerized catalog. Visitors use computers to select programs and advertisements here for personal viewing and listening in a console room.

Through the "Passport to New York" program, Columbia students receive free admission to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, and may hold work-study positions and/or internships at these museums. Administrators are also exploring possible joint appointments to adjunct professorships at the Museum of Modern Art. Students may enjoy free or reduced-rate admission to many of New York's leading educational and cultural institutions, such as: The Whitney Museum of American Art, Lincoln Center, Juilliard School, The 92nd Street Y, The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, The New York Botanical Garden and The American Museum of Natural History.

The Museum of Television & Radio is located at 25 W. 52nd Street, between 5th Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6p.m., Thursday until 8:00 p.m. On Friday the museum's theater is open until 9:00 p.m.

Published: Feb 21, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002

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