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  • 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
1969 Guggenheim Fellowship
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 Indo-American Fellowship
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

Selected Bibliography

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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