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

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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
Series 2: Articles, 1953-1984
The articles are divided into nine folders: articles about the Battins; a galley proof for his chapter of Television Broadcasting; one 'blue' page proof for his chapter of Television Broadcasting; two typed copies of Handbook of Television Writing; articles by Dr. Battin; articles about television, education, and miscellaneously related topics; and a scrapbook. These clippings were cut from various publications, are often undated and as many as possible were placed between one Mylar sheet. The scrapbook consists of newspaper articles having to do with the reaction of the educational system and television industry to his thesis and the survey used in it. Included in the scrapbook are letters and photographs relating to the newspaper articles. Due to the adhesive used to prepare the scrapbook, it was decided to retain the "scrapbook" format, but to remove the covers.
Box 2
Folder 1: Articles about Dr. Battin, 1954-1967
Folder 2: Galleys for Television Broadcasting, 1977
Folder 3: Blues for Television Broadcasting, 1977
Folder 4: Handbook for Television Writing, undated
Folder 5: Articles by Dr. Battin, 1955-1959
Folder 6: Articles - television related, 1954-1976
Folder 7: Articles - unrelated, 1953-1984
Folder 8: Scrapbook, 1954-1971
Folder 9: Articles relating to education, 1964-1969
Series 3: Thesis, 1951
This series is two boxes containing two incomplete copies of Dr. Battin's thesis, The Use of the Diary and Survey Method Involving the Questionnaire Interview Technique. These copies are on onionskin paper, are unbound, and are difficult to use. Special Collections does have a complete bound copy which has been cataloged [HQ 784.T4.B38 1951].
Box 3
Item 1: The Use of the Diary and Survey Method Involving the Questionnaire Interview Technique
Box 4
Item 1: The Use of the Diary and Survey Method Involving the Questionnaire Interview Technique
Series 4: Photographs, 1961, undated
The photographs consist of one manuscript box of undated photographs of KUHT, KHTV, and other related photographs. There is one folder of motion picture stills from "The Tomboy and the Champ"; part of which was filmed in Houston. There are also photographs in the scrapbook, which have been left there because of the heavy adhesive used to mount them.
Box 5
Folder 1: KUHT, KHTV, miscellaneous, undated
Folder 2: Stills from The Tomboy and the Champ, 1961
Folder 3: Scrapbook, undated
Series 5: Action for Youth Project, 1963-1972, undated
The "Action for Youth" Project series contains information from the inception through the production of a series of films and videos having to do with juvenile delinquency. These materials are in chronological order. The project was completed in 1963. The final folders contain announcers' notes from the AFL (American Football League) Oilers versus Dolphins Game, which was played and televised from Rice Stadium in 1966. Included are a series of cue cards used during the game.
Box 6
Folder 1: Notes and Proposal, 1963
Folder 2: Script/Film #2, 1963
Folder 3: First draft/Videotape #2, undated
Folder 4: Script/Video-tape #2, 1963
Folder 5: First draft, undated
Folder 6: VTR Program #1, 1963
Folder 7: Open Delinquency..., undated
Folder 8: Moderators script, undated
Folder 9: Classification by Crime, 1950-1960
Folder 10: Research materials, 1963
Folder 11: Theatre Related Materials, undated
Folder 12: Campus Workshop, 1972
Folder 13: American Football League/Oilers vs Dolphins, 1966
Series 6: Lecture Materials, 1968, undated
Dr. Battin's lecture materials include the "Television Production Handbook", his handwritten notebook and notes, articles related to television, two undated article on television directing and four templates. There is no particular order, as the material is interchangeable and overlaps among itself.
Box 7
Folder 1: KUHT floor plan, undated
Folder 2: Articles pertinent to television, various dates
Folder 3: The TV Director, undated
Folder 4: Notes, undated
Folder 5: TV Directing 361, undated
Folder 6: Articles relating to television, various dates
Series 7: Scripts, 1956-1970
The four boxes of stage, screen and television scripts are in alphabetical order and range in date from 1956 to 1970. The scripts in the collection cannot be copied.
Box 8
Folder 1: Adventure in Paradise. "Policeman's Holiday." Carey Wilber & Pat Falken Smith, 1961
Folder 2: The Afternoon that changed History. (Battle of San Jacinto). Houston: KPRC-TV, undated
Folder 3: Batman. "The Unkindest TUT of All." Stanley Ralph Ross. Greenway/TCF, 1967
Folder 4: A Bell for Adano, undated
Folder 5: Ben Casey. "Behold a Pale Horse." Teddi Sherman & Judith Plowden. Bing Crosby Productions, 1962
Folder 6: Bewitched. "Majority of Two." Hollywood: Screen Gems, 1968
Folder 7: Bewitched. "Samantha's Secret Saucer." Jerry Meyer. Screen Gems, 1968
Folder 8: The Big Valley. "Bounty on Barkley." John O'Dea & Jerry Simms. Fourstar Television, 1967
Folder 9: The Big Valley. "Your Neighbor's House." John O'Dea & Arthur Rowe. Hollywoood. Fourstar Television, 1957
Folder 10: Bonnie and Clyde. Original screenplay. David Newman & Robert Benton. Warner Bros, 1967
Folder 11: Bus-Stop. "County General." Pilot Script. David Shaw. Hollywood. TFC, 1962
Folder 12: The City on the Edge of Forever. Teleplay. Harlan Ellison. Paramount, 1967
Folder 13: Cowboy in Africa. "First to Capture." Gordon T. Dawson. Ivan Tors Films, 1967
Box 9
Folder 1: Custer. "The Raiders." Shimon Wincelberg. TFC, 1967
Folder 2: Custer. "Suspicion." John Dunkel. TFC, 1967
Folder 3: The Danny Thomas Show. "Girl Shy." Harvey Bullock & Ray Allen Saffain, 1963
Folder 4: The Dick Van Dyke Show. "Too Many Stars." Sheldon Keller & Howard Merrill, 1963
Folder 5: The FBI. "The Daughter." Paul Schneider. QM/Warner Bros.-Swan Arts, 1967
Folder 6: The FBI. "The Traitors." John Bloch. QM/Warner Bros., 1967
Folder 7: The Felony Squad. "The Love Victim." Robert Heverly & Anthony Lawrence. TFC, 1967
Folder 8: Flight into Danger. Adapted by Christopher Sergel. Chicago: Dramatic Publishing Co., 1956, 1959
Folder 9: The Flying Nun. "The Sister and the Old Salt." Bernard Slade, 1967
Folder 10: The Fred Waring Show. CBS, 1949
Folder 11: Garrisons Gorillas. "The Great Theft." Norman Hudis. Selmu Productions, 1967
Folder 12: Get Smart. "The Annual Picnic." Teleplay story treatment for Get Smart. Rick Harrington, undated
Folder 13: The Graduate. Screenplay by Charles Webb. Embassy Pictures/L. Turman, 1967
Folder 14: The Great Hoax. Rick Harrington. Superior Film, 1964
Folder 15: Guns of Will Sonnett. "Meeting at Devil's Fork." Clyde Wake. Thomas Spelling, 1967
Folder 16: Guns of Will Sonnett. "The Natural Way." Dick Garr. Thomas Spelling Productions, undated
Box 10
Folder 1: Hallmark Hall of Fame. "The Fantasticks." Rehearsal Schedule, undated
Folder 2: Hallmark Hall of Fame. "The Fantasticks." Adapted by Richard Hartung. NY Compass Productions, 1964
Folder 3: Hondo. "Hondo and the Death Drive." Peter B. Germano. MGM, 1967
Folder 4: The Invaders. "Labyrinth.", September 6, 1967
Folder 5: Judd for the Defense. "Conspiracy." Les Leiberman. Vanadas/TFC, 1967
Folder 6: Judd for the Defense. "Square House." Vanadas Productions/TFC, 1968
Folder 7: Judge Roy Bean. "Law West of the Pecos." Rick Harrington, undated
Folder 8: The Legend of Marilyn Monroe. Teleplay by Theodore Strauss & Terry Sanders. Wolper Productions, 1964
Folder 9: Naked City. "Idylls of a Running Back." Ernest Kinoy. Shelle Productions, 1962
Folder 10: NBC Children's Theatre. "Stuart Little." Rick Harrington. NBC, 1966
Folder 11: NBC Children's Theatre. Promotional Piece, undated
Folder 12: NBC Matinee Theatre. "The Tell Tale Heart." Adapted by William Templeton. NY. NBC, undated
Folder 13: The Petrified Forest, undated
Folder 14: Pinocchio. Ernest Kinoy, undated
Folder 15: The Rat Patrol. "The Field of Death Raid." Richard K. Brodkway. MGM, 1967
Folder 16: Rawhide. "The Transfer." Bernard Girard, 1964
Box 11
Folder 1: The Red Skelton Show. "Sing a Song of Sing Sing," "Silent Spot," "Pop's Butcher Shop." Van Bernard. CBS, 1964
Folder 2: Requiem for a Heavy Weight. Rod Serling, undated
Folder 3: The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming. Screenplay by William Rose. Mirisch Corp., 1965
Folder 4: The Second Hundred Years. "A Couple of Sad Dads." Lela Garrett & Bernie Kahn. Screen Gems., 1967
Folder 5: Seven Last Words of Christ. A Sacred Cantata, undated
Folder 6: That Girl. "A Friend in Need." Richard Baer. Disney Productions, 1967
Folder 7: Thoroughly Modern Millie. Richard Morris. Universal Pictures/Ross Hunter, 1967
Folder 8: Thunder on Sycamore Street. Reginold Rose. Chicago. Dramatic Publishing Co., undated
Folder 9: The Untouchables. "The Pea." Harry Kronman. Desilu Productions, 1962
Folder 10: Who in the World. Ralph Edwards Production, 1962
Folder 11: Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee. Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, undated
Folder 12: Rowen & Martin's Laugh In. Taping schedules, 1970
Folder 13: Rowen & Martin's Laugh In. Taping schedules, 1970
Series 8: Miscellaneous
There is one box of 18 miscellaneous items and ephemera. Three films and two videos complete the collection. Advance notice is required in order to view films or videos.
Box 12
Item 1-18: Miscellaneous Items and Ephemera
Series 9: Films
Item 1: Blood on the Land. Produced by Dr. Battin, 1958
Item 2: Kathryn. Dr. Battin's Studio C Production, 1957
Item 3: The Vinten Peregrine Camera Crane. BBC TV Enterprise, undated
Item 4: One Box Scotch Video Tape
Item 5: One Box Scotch Video Tape
Item 6: One roll Kodachrome Movie Film

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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