Ruth Foxx Newborg papers

Abstract

The Ruth Foxx Newborg papers (dated 1937-1979, bulk 1937-1941; 1.7 cubic feet; 3 boxes) consist of correspondence, school surveys, a scrapbook, Lee County school rules and regulations, news programs, program schedules, a record list, and scripts for program episodes. These papers reflect Newborg's efforts as radio station manager of WBKY to utilize radio as an educational and cultural medium.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Ruth Foxx Newborg papers
Creator
Newborg, Ruth Foxx
Extent
1.7 Cubic feet
Subjects
Education--Appalachian Region
Programs.
Radio broadcasting--Kentucky
Radio in education--Kentucky.
Radio programs, Public service--Kentucky
Arrangement
Organized into three series: WBKY correspondence and news programs; WBKY programs; scrapbook. Arrangement is chronological in the correspondence; programs are arranged alphabetically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Processed by: Archives Staff
Preferred Citation
82m4: [identification of item], Ruth Foxx Newborg papers, 1937-1979, bulk 1937-1941, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Radio station program director Ruth Foxx Newborg graduated from the University of Louisville in 1940. She served as program director of University of Kentucky-sponsored radio station WBKY in Beattyville, Kentucky, from 1940 to 1941. The station was operated by U.K. in cooperation with the Lee County, Kentucky, Board of Education. The station was created as an experiment in bringing educational radio broadcast to the remote Appalachian regions of eastern Kentucky. The venture was short-lived due to limited technology and the mountainous terrain.
Scope and Content
The Ruth Foxx Newborg papers (dated 1937-1979, bulk 1937-1941; 1.7 cubic feet; 3 boxes) consist of correspondence, school surveys, a scrapbook, Lee County school rules and regulations, news programs, program schedules, a record list, and scripts for program episodes. These papers reflect Newborg's efforts as radio station manager of WBKY to utilize radio as an educational and cultural medium. Additionally, the collection contains a draft of a 1979 article by Newborg which appeared in Public Telecommunications Review (vol. 7, no.5), and a draft copy of that article entitled Educational Broadcasting's first rural station, radio station WBKY 1940-1941. The scrapbook contains photographs, clippings, and memorabilia relating to WBKY, Newborg, and Elmer G. Sulzer, who was director of radio activities at the University of Kentucky.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

WBKY correspondence and news programs, 1937-1941

The WBKY correspondence and news programs series contains station correspondence, a WBKY school survey of Lee County schools, news program information, program schedules, and a record list.

Correspondence, 1937-1941

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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WBKY school survey, Lee County schools rules and regulations, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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News programs, 1941 March 5-20

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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News programs, 1941 March 21-27

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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News programs, 1941 April 1-15

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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News programs, 1941 April 16-30

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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News programs, 1941 May 1-23

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Program schedules, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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Miscellaneous programs, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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Record list--WBKY, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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WBKY programs and articles, 1941-1979

The WBKY programs and articles series contains scripts for programs such as The Church in the Mountains, The Freeman Family, Living from the Farm, and Uncle Billy's Cross Roads Store. Additionally the series contains a 1979 article written by Ruth Foxx Newborg concerning WBKY.

The Church in the Mountains, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 11
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The Freeman Family episodes 1-13, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 12
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The Freeman Family episodes 14-26, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 13
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The Freeman Family unnumbered, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 14
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Living From the Farm, 1941 February-March

  • Box 2, Folder 15
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Living from the Farm, 1941 May-June

  • Box 2, Folder 16
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Uncle Billy's Cross Roads Store episodes 1-6, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 17
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Uncle Billy's Cross Roads Store episodes 7-9 and 11-14, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 18
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First draft and print copy of article by Ruth Foxx Newborg Educational Broadcasting's First Rural Station--Radio Station WBKY--1940-1941, Public Telecommunications Review, Vol. 7, No. 5, 1979 September-October

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Scrapbook, undated

  • Box 3
The scrapbook contains photos, clippings and memorabilia relating to radio station WBKY; Beattyville, Kentucky; and Elmer G. Sulzer.
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