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Collection Overview

Title: People for Public Access Incorporated Records (DeKalb), 1973-1988

ID: RHC/RC/147

Extent: 8.75 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 05/00/1984

Subjects: Cable Television, DeKalb (Ill.), People for Public Access, Incorporated, Price, Granville, Public television - Public access TV, Television, Warner Amex Cable

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records in this collection provide extensive documentation of the origins and development of People for Public Access, Incorporated, from 1973 to 1988.  Included in the collection are articles of incorporation, minutes of meetings, annual reports, membership and budget records, correspondence, programming information and newsclippings.  Financial records document the group’s fundraising drives and grant funds.  Material related to local programming can be found in the grant files.  A large part of the collection is made up of tapes (both on film and videocassettes) produced by the DeKalb group.

Collection Historical Note

The Granville Price Public Access Center was founded in 1973 by a group of citizens from the DeKalb-Sycamore area in response to two major developments in the television industry.  The expansion of cable television in the 1960’s and early 1970’s opened up the possibilities of additional channels available to home viewers.  The second major development was a Federal Communications Commission ruling early in 1972 regarding cable companies.  The FCC ruling required large cable companies to ‘‘maintain at least one specifically designated, non-commercial public basis ... maintained and having for public use at least the minimal equipment and facilities necessary for the production of programming such a channel.” Largely through the efforts of Granville Price, Clifford Spaine, and Nancy Brod, the Warner Cable Company was approached and agreed to the original funding of the Center as a pilot study to test the idea of public access in a typical midwest community.  

The group operated through a workshop format and during the first year membership grew to include 300 individuals and over 40 community organizations.  The group incorporated as People for Public Access in December, 1973.  The original cablecasting studio was located in the 500 block of East Lincoln Highway in DeKalb until 1980 when the current studio at 327 E. Locust Street was occupied.  Due to recurrent funding problems, equipment difficulties, and irregular programming, Community Cable Eight was dissolved at the board’s meeting on October 22, 1985

Subject/Index Terms

Cable Television
DeKalb (Ill.)
People for Public Access, Incorporated
Price, Granville
Public television - Public access TV
Warner Amex Cable

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Martin D. Dubin

Acquisition Method: Martin D. Dubin, President, donated the records of People for Public Access, Incorporated, to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center in May 1984.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Administrative and Financial Records],
[Series II.: Production Records],
[Series III.: Correspondence and Subject Files],
[Series IV.: Tapes],

Series III.: Correspondence and Subject Files
Box 4
Folder 7: Agreements and Application, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1982-1984
Folder 8-11: Correspondence and Memos, 1973-1988, no date
Box 5
Folder 1: City of DeKalb, 1973-1984
Folder 2: Insurance, 1978-1985, no date
Folder 3: Leases, 1974-1980
Folder 4-5: National Federation of Local Cable Programmers (NFLCP), 1971-1985
Folder 6: Newsletter, 1974, 1977, 1981-1983
Folder 7: Personnel: Job Descriptions, 1981-1983
Folder 8: Personnel: Sue Bowen-Roger Legal Controversy, 1982-1984
Folder 9: Personnel: Executive Director Search, May-August 19835
Folder 10: Personnel: Interns and Volunteers, 1981-1983
Folder 11: Press Releases and Newsclippings, 1974-1985
Folder 12: Sponsorship Sales: Policies, Rates, and Contracts, 1983-1984
Folder 13: Sponsorship Sales: Morel Media, 1983
Folder 14: Warner Cable Correspondence, 1973-1984
Folder 15: Workshops, 1973-1974, 1981
Envelope 1: Public Access Week Proclamation, DeKalb, 1-Oct-74
Access Restriction: Located in Tapes Box 4
Envelope 2: Community Cable Eight Film Title Board
Access Restriction: Located in Tapes Box 4

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Administrative and Financial Records],
[Series II.: Production Records],
[Series III.: Correspondence and Subject Files],
[Series IV.: Tapes],

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