- Erik Barnouw Chronology and Selected Bibliography
|1908||Born in The Hague, Netherlands|
|1919||Family immigrated to the United States |
Entered Horace Mann School for boys
|1925–9||Attended Princeton University|
|1928||Member of University Players, Falmouth Mass. |
Wrote Triangle Club musical, Zuider Zee, with Joshua Logan
Became United States citizen
|1929||Traveling fellowship in Europe|
|1931–5||Erwin, Wasey & Company, advertising|
|1935–7||Arthur Kudner, Inc., advertising|
|1937||Worked with Norman Corwin on “Pursuit of Happiness”|
|1937-||Taught at Columbia University|
|1938-||Contributed to “Cavalcade of America”|
|1939||Married to Dorothy M. Beach|
|1940||Son Jeffrey born|
|1942–4||Script editor, NBC|
|1944–5||Educational director, Armed Forces Radio Service|
|1945||Daughter Susanna born |
Series editor, “Cavalcade of America”
|1946||Advisor to East and West Association Theatre Guild, adaptations for television and radio|
|1947–9||President of Radio Writers Guild|
|1948||Wrote “VD: The Conspiracy of Silence” |
Organized Center for Mass Communication at Columbia University
|1949–53||Secretary of Authors League of America|
|1951||Daughter Karen born |
Mercury Records release of “That Ignorant, Ignorant Cowboy” with Tom Glazer
|1954||Co-founder, Writers Guild of America|
|1957–9||Producer-writer, “Decision: The Constitution in Action TV” film series|
|1959||Gavel Award, American Bar Association, for Decision|
|1960–8||President of International Film Seminars|
|1961||Fulbright Award, India|
|1970||Producer of Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 1945|
|1971||Bancroft Prize, for The Image Empire |
Elected to Society of American Historians
Fable Safe, made with Robert Osborn
|1972||John D. Rockefeller III Fund grant for research in Asia |
Silver Dragon Award, Cracow Festival, for Fable Safe
|1976||Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Smithsonian Institution|
|1977||Consultant, Library of Congress|
|1978–81||Library of Congress, chief of Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division|
|1982||Eastman Kodak Gold Medal, Services to film and television|
|1983–9||Editor-in-chief, International Encyclopedia of Communications|
|1984||Litt. D., Columbia University|
|1985||Vermont Peace Film Festival, award for Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 1945 |
International Documentary Association scholarship and preservation award
|1987||Death of Dorothy Beach Barnouw|
|1989||Marriage to Elizabeth Prince Allen|
|1994||Jury chair, International Documentary Festival, Amsterdam|
|1997||Keynote address, Prix Italia meeting, Ravenna, Italy|
Books and Monographs
Open Collars: A Play of Undergraduate Life at Kingston University. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1928.
Handbook of Radio Writing: An Outline of Techniques and Markets in Radio Writing in the United States. Boston: Little, Brown, 1939.
Mass Communication: Television, Radio, Film, Press: The Media and Their Practice in the United States of America. New York: Rinehart, 1956.
The Television Writer. New York: Hill and Wang, 1962.
Indian Film. Co-author, S. Krishnaswamy. New York: Columbia University Press, 1963.
A Tower in Babel. Vol. 1, A History of Broadcasting in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1966.
The Golden Web. Vol. 2, A History of Broadcasting in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1968.
The Image Empire. Vol. 3, A History of Broadcasting in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970.
Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974.
Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television. New York: Oxford University Press, 1975.
The Sponsor: Notes on a Modern Potentate. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.
The Magician and the Cinema. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.
House with a Past. Montpelier, Vt.: Vermont Historical Society, 1992.
Media Marathon: A Twentieth-Century Memoir. Durham: Duke University Press, 1996.
Conglomerates and the Media. New York: The New Press, 1997.
Works Edited by Erik Barnouw
Radio Drama in Action. New York: Rinehart, 1945.
International Encyclopedia of Communications. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. Editor-in-chief.
Articles, Prefaces, and Addresses (A Small Sampling)
“Radiator Pipe Broadcasters.” Saturday Evening Post, 24 May 1941. Story about unlicensed stations erupting at a number of Eastern colleges.
“Letters from Lynn Fontanne.” Library Columns, 1946. Correspondence with the actress about her vehicles on “Theatre Guild on the Air.”
“Bridge for a Cultural Gap.” Saturday Review, 16 June 1951. Story about Columbia University Press decision to “publish” films and recordings for mass media distribution.
“In Moscow with a Tape Recorder. Variety, 9 May 1973.
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