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Howdy Doody mss. 1946-1986

Records, 1946-1986, of the television program Howdy Doody, at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly

Creator
Howdy Doody Show (Television program)

Extent
100 items

Title
Howdy Doody mss. 1946-1986 

Collection No.
LMC 1596

Extent
100 items

Language
Materials are in English

Abstract
Consists of correspondence, memoranda, contracts, and other documents relating to the television program the Howdy Doody Show. The materials are from the files of Martin Stone, owner and producer of the program.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Historical Note

The Howdy Doody Show aired from 1947-1960. It was the first television network show to run five consecutive days a week, the first to broadcast in color, and it won the George Foster Peabody Award "for outstanding children's program during 1948." This was the first Peabody Award, originally for radio programming, that went to a television feature.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of correspondence, memoranda, contracts, and other documents relating to the television program The Howdy Doody Show. The materials are from the files of Martin Stone, owner and producer of the show. The correspondence and contracts date 1946-1954 and are primarily with Robert E. Smith who was "Buffalo Bob" on the program. The 1969-1986 correspondence involves some effort to revive the show as well as discussions about licensing and ownership of the program and the music composed for it. Correspondents in these later files include Edward G. Kean, the composer of the program music. The original manuscript of Kean's "You don't cross the street with your feet" and a folder of clippings complete the collection.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Smith, Buffalo Bob, 1917- .
    • Stone, Martin, 1915- .
    • Kean, Edward George, 1924.
    • Topics
    • Television programs for children.
    • Titles
    • Howdy Doody Show (Television program)

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Purchase. 2000
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with the permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library

Preferred Citation
[identification of item], Howdy Doody mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Folder List

Folder 1-5 Correspondence 1946-1954 

Folder 6 Miscellaneous notes, memos, expenses, etc.1950s? 

Folder 7-8 Correspondence1969-1986 

Folder 9 "You Don't Cross the Street with Your Feet" [music manuscript]

Folder 10 Printed--clippings