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Kentucky Educational Television
Eastern Kentucky University ArchivesRichmond, Kentucky 40475-3102
Collection is open for research
[Identification of item], Kentucky Educational Television, University Archives, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond.
3.6 cubic feet, 6,000 items, 9 boxes
The early history and development of the Kentucky Educational Television Network can be found in these records. Fortunately the records were kept by Dr. Richard Van Hoose, former superintendent of Jefferson County schools and an early proponent of using television for instructional purposes Dr. Van Hoose was present at the creation of KET and served for many years on various boards and committees concerned with guiding KET.
Dr. Jerry Perry, professor of Mass Communications at Eastern Kentucky University, had access to Dr. Van Hoose's extensive records when researching his doctoral dissertation on the history of KET. Through Dr. Perry's efforts Dr. Van Hoose decided to deposit these records at the Eastern Kentucky University Archives.
The KET records have been divided into four series. The first series is the Budget and Financial series which deals with the financial affairs of KET. The second series is the Correspondence series which covers the period from January 1960 to August 1976. The next series is the Minutes series, which covers the period 1961 to 1976 and encompasses the minutes of various related KET agencies and their subcommittees. Dr. Perry's dissertation is the fourth series.
In addition to the above series, over twenty Oral History taped interviews with key educational and political leaders who helped shape KET's future were conducted by Dr. Perry during his research. These tapes have been cataloged separately and can be found in the Oral History section of the Archives.
This series, composed of one box (Box 1), covers budget and financial affairs of the Kentucky Educational Television Network from the years 1963 to 1970 and again from 1972 to1974. Covered in this time span are the anticipated expenditures of KET and the sources of funding.
This series, composed of six boxes (Boxes 2-6), covers the period from January1960 to August 1976. Papers in this series reflect the initial proposal for a Kentucky Educational television Network (KET); the lobbying and legislative processes involved in organizing KET;and its development as an educational television system. In addition, there is considerable correspondence with three Kentucky Governors, Combs, Breathitt and Nunn and with state educational leaders on the secondary and college and university level. This series is particularly revealing in describing the functioning of the state educational bureaucracy. All correspondence is arranged chronologically.
This series, composed of two boxes (Boxes 7 and 8), covers the period from 1961to 1976. The Minutes Series is limited to the minutes recorded at the meetings of the Advisory committee on Educational Television; the minutes recorded at the meetings of the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television and the meetings of the various subcommittees of both of the above, and related agencies.
This series, composed of one box (Box 9), contains a doctoral dissertation written by Jerry Perry, professor of Mass Communications at Eastern Kentucky University, while attending Syracuse University. Much of the material contained in the dissertation was drawn from the Kentucky Educational Television Records which were in the possession of Dr. Richard VanHoose, one of the leaders in the development of KET. This series is limited to the period between 1950 and 1971 and is concerned primarily with the formative years of Kentucky Educational Television--its successes and shortcomings.
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