A Guide to the Palmer Williams Collection, 1945-1966, 1975-1994
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.
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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Palmer Williams Collection, 1945-1966, 1975-1994, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
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.
Detailed Description of the Papers