Birnbaum, Bernard (1920-2009)
NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.
The Bernard Birnbaum collection consists of professional material, manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, research material, financial material, legal material, notebooks, memorabilia, photographs, audio recordings, film and video recordings, and other material. Most of the documents in the collection were arranged into subject files by Birnbaum, and we have retained that arrangement. These files often contain multiple types of material; for example, the files in the manuscripts series also contain photographs, correspondence, printed items, etc.
Professional material in the collection includes production files and office files. Production file topics include CBS, John F. Kennedy's assassination, "On the Road with Charles Kuralt," Ruth Laredo, the Vietnam War, among others, dating from 1957 to 2010. Office file subjects include "Adventure," CBS, Pablo Casals, Charles Collingwood, Eric Sevareid, "Eyewitness to History," John F. Kennedy, Edward R. Murrow, "On the Road with Charles Kuralt" (several files), Dan Rather, and Vietnam, among other topics, dating from about 1943 to 2001. Other professional material includes press releases, indexes, address lists, memos, rolodexes, and other items.
Manuscripts in the collection include files, broadcast transcripts, essays, and writings by others. File subjects include "On the Road with Charles Kuralt"; "Back On the Road with Charles Kuralt" (1988-2006); Richard Nixon's impeachment (1973-1974); "CBS Sunday Morning"; "Picasso and the Weeping Women" (1994); "Special Readers" (1964); Vietnam (1961-1975); John F. Kennedy's assassination and the Warren Commission report; and other topics. Broadcast transcripts are taken from the programs "Adventure" (1953-1956); "60 Minutes"; "The American Parade" (1984); "The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy" (1963); various CBS News programs (1961-1993); "Crossroads" (1984); "Eyewitness to History" (1959-1961) and "Eyewitness" (1960-1963); "On the Road with Charles Kuralt" (1978-1986); "Odyssey" (1957); and many others. Essays by Birnbaum in the collecton include pieces on the Vietnam War, Jerusalem, Art Linkletter, and other subjects.
Printed material in the collection includes files, and various other items, including programs, clippings, magazines, booklets, maps, and additional items. Material in files dates from 1963 to 2005.
Correspondence in the collection includes files, professional letters, and personal letters. File topics include Charles Collingwood, "Points of Entry," and other topics, dating from 1940 to 2004, and including letters from Vicki Goldberg, Moshe Dayan, and John Kenneth Galbraith. Professional correspondence (1956-2005) includes a note from Charles Kuralt. Personal letters date from 1955 to 2006. Notable correspondents include Eric Sevareid, Dan Rather, William Paley, Luigi Barzini,
Research material in the collection includes files and general material mostly regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy and dating from about 1977 to 2004.
Financial material in the collection includes various bank statements, expense reports, invoices, receipts, and other items, all dating from 1982 to 1995.
Legal material in the collection includes various contracts and other papers, dating from 1952 to 1974.
Notebooks in the collection cover various topics, including "On the Road," Ruth Laredo, Rome, news stores, schedules, and other subjects. They date from about 1953 to 1999 (several are undated).
Memorabilia in the collection includes Birnbaum's Bachelor of Arts from New York University (1950); Birnbaum's Emmy Award for "Bicycle Messengers" (1985); Birnbaum's Peabody Award for "Adventure" (1955); awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and various other items and miscellany.
Photographs in the collection include prints, negatives, transparencies, contact sheets, slides, glass plate negatives, and photo albums. Prominent subjects include CBS, Pablo Casals, Birnbaum and his family (especially on vacation), Charles Kuralt, "On the Road," World War II, NASA, Italy, and Vietnam, among numerous other topics. Notable individuals portrayed include Edward R. Murrow, William Paley, Lucille Ball, Leonard Bernstein, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, Robert Kennedy, Dan Rather, Andy Rooney, and others.
Audio recordings in the collection include cassette tapes and open reel tapes. They mostly pertain to "CBS Sunday Morning" and many contain interviews. Other topics include Alfred Stieglitz, sound effects, The Institute for Advanced Study, and "See It Now," among many other subjects.
Film and video recordings in the collection include VHS, Beta, and U-Matic video cassettes. Topics include "See it Now," "Chasing Shadows," "The McCarthy Years," "Odyssey," "Pablo Casals," "48 Hours," "60 Minutes," CBS News, "Crossroads," "Eyewitness," "On the Road," "CBS Sunday Morning," Vietnam, John F. Kennedy, interviews with various individuals, and various other topics.
Other items in the collection include a scrapbook regarding Italy, containing photographs, manuscripts, and printed items; medical records; juvenilia (1944-1947); and artwork.