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Professor Tom Battin Papers, 1936-1976 | University of Houston Libraries

By Barbara Nytes-Baron

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Collection Overview

Title: Professor Tom Battin Papers, 1936-1976

ID: 09/1988-001

Primary Creator: Battin, Tom C.

Extent: 6.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 05/00/1988

Subjects: Battin, Tom, 1958-, University of Houston, University of Houston - Faculty, University of Houston. School of Communication

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Photographs, Scrapbooks, Videocassettes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Battin Collection contains correspondence, articles, lecture notes, scrapbooks, photographs, scripts, and films. The materials date from 1936 to 1976, and comprise eleven manuscript boxes, one newspaper box and six films, five in reel cases. Because so many articles are one paragraph or less, they were placed with others in Mylar sheet protectors for preservation.

The collection is divided into nine series based on how it was received from the donors. The series are: Correspondence, Articles, Thesis, Photographs, Action for Youth, Lecture Materials, Scripts, Miscellaneous, and Films.

Biographical Note

Tom C. Battin was born in Marietta, Ohio, on July 29, 1905. In 1935 he received his BS in Television from Ohio University. He earned his MA from the University of Michigan in 1940. In 1951, he became the recipient of the first PhD ever awarded in Radio/Television Communication, also from the University of Michigan.

His thesis, The Use of the Diary and Survey Method Involving the Questionnaire Interview Technique, was widely used by television networks because it provided the first audience measurement of families' viewing habits. Considered a pioneer in educational television, Dr. Battin was involved in productions at the University of Michigan, the University of Florida, and the University of Houston. He taught at UH for 21 years and was Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston School of Communication.

Dr. Battin had experience in university theater, motion picture production, and acted in character roles in several films. He served as dialogue director for Cecil B. deMille and worked with director George Schaffer.

Dr. Battin published articles on television in educational and trade journals. He contributed chapters to widely used texts for college television instruction, including "Understanding Television: an Introduction to Broadcasting." Tom Jerriel and Bill Fleming were among his students. He died September 20, 1987.

Subject/Index Terms

Battin, Tom, 1958-
University of Houston
University of Houston - Faculty
University of Houston. School of Communication

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions: Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Acquisition Method: Donated by Tom Battin's widow, Dr. R. Ray Battin, May 1988. Additional donation made by Dr. William Hawes, April 1989.

Preferred Citation: Tom Battin Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Processing Information: Barbara Nytes-Baron, April 1995

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised February 17, 2017

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1936-1976],
[Series 2: Articles, 1953-1984],
[Series 3: Thesis, 1951],
[Series 4: Photographs, 1961, undated],
[Series 5: Action for Youth Project, 1963-1972, undated],
[Series 6: Lecture Materials, 1968, undated],
[Series 7: Scripts, 1956-1970],
[Series 8: Miscellaneous],
[Series 9: Films],

Series 1: Correspondence, 1936-1976
This series contains Dr. Battin's correspondence and dates from 1936 to 1976. The first three folders contain general correspondence; others are identified as miscellaneous correspondence, Florida correspondence, and retirement correspondence. Each of these groupings is arranged chronologically. The general correspondence folders include letters and cards from friends, movie celebrities, and former students. The Florida folder contains materials dated from 1952 to 1954. The retirement correspondence is one folder gathered for Battin's retirement ceremony. There are telegrams, photographs and letters of regret from individuals unable to attend. These are dated 1975 to 1976.
Box 1
Folder 1: General, 1936-1967
Folder 2: General, 1968-1970
Folder 3: General, 1971-1976
Folder 4: Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 5: Florida, 1952-1954
Folder 6: Retirement, 1975-1976

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1936-1976],
[Series 2: Articles, 1953-1984],
[Series 3: Thesis, 1951],
[Series 4: Photographs, 1961, undated],
[Series 5: Action for Youth Project, 1963-1972, undated],
[Series 6: Lecture Materials, 1968, undated],
[Series 7: Scripts, 1956-1970],
[Series 8: Miscellaneous],
[Series 9: Films],

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