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Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Bridson, D. G. 1910-
Materials are in English
The Bridson mss., 1934-1980, consists of correspondence and writings of Douglas Geoffrey Bridson, 1910-1980, producer and author.
This collection is open for research.
Douglas Geoffrey Bridson, 1910-1980, began his career in 1933 as a free-lance radio writer and joined the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1935 as Feature Programmes Assistant in the North Region. He then moved to London in 1941 to become Overseas Features Editor, Assistant Head of Features following the War, and Programme Editor for Arts, Sciences, and Documentaries (Sound), from 1964-1967. In this latter position, Bridson was referred to as "the cultural boss of the BBC." D.G. Bridson retired from the BBC in May 1969, after more than 35 years and 800 broadcasts that carried his name.
The collection has been organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings; III. Miscellaneous; IV. Diaries; V. Press Clippings.
The Bridson mss., 1934-1980, consists of correspondence and writings of Douglas Geoffrey Bridson, producer and author. The correspondents in the collection are chiefly writers whom Bridson recorded for broadcast during his career. Writings include original radio scripts by D.G. Bridson, Norman Cameron, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, and Kenneth Rexroth, as well as Bridson's manuscript for his autobiography Prospero and Ariel: The Rise and Fall of Radio (London: Victor Gollancz, 1971). A group of 186 "Listener reports" (later called: Audience research reports) for programs written or produced by Bridson, 1944-1969, a typescript chronological list of all Bridson's productions, Bridson's daily desk diaries, 1950-1980, and five scrapbook volumes of press clippings, 1934-1972, complete the collection.
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Bridson mss. II; also located at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Arranged in chronological order, followed by the four individual files and correspondence notes.
Consult the Manuscripts Index in the Lilly Library for dates of letters of individual correspondents. Bridson provided a brief description of his relationship with each correspondent. These typed notes have been gathered into a single file and placed at the end of the correspondence series. Correspondents include:
Arranged in alphabetical order by title.