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|Size||16.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 6800 items)|
|Abstract||Ameel Joseph Fisher was born around 1909 and was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1931. In the 1930s and 1940s, he lived and worked in New York City, writing and adapting stories for radio dramatization. During the 1950s and 1960s, he moved on to television, serving as a reporter and a news director of United Press Movietonenews. By 1951, United Press Movietonenews was the world's largest news film gathering and distributing organization, providing basic film coverage to networks and stations. Correspondence, notes, scripts, films, and other items relating to Ameel Joseph Fisher's career in radio and in television news broadcasting. In the 1930s and 1950s, Fisher was involved in writing and adapting stories for radio dramas. In the 1950s and 1960s, Fisher was chief correspondent for United Press Movetonenews. Included are materials documenting his coverage of the space program, civil rights events, and the August 1963 march on Washington, D.C.|
|Creator||Fisher, Ameel Joseph, circa 1909-1985.|
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Ameel Joseph Fisher was born around 1909 and was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1931. In the 1930s and 1940s, he lived and worked in New York City, writing and adapting stories for radio dramatization. During the 1950s and 1960s, he moved on to television, serving as a reporter and a news director of United Press Movietonenews. By 1951, United Press Movietonenews was the world's largest news film gathering and distributing organization, providing basic film coverage to networks and stations.Back to Top
Writings, correspondence, printed materials, and other items.
Writings, correspondence, printed materials, and other items, including two hardhats belonging to film producers.
Writings, correspondence, printed materials, and other items, especially photographs from United Press International.Back to Top
Mostly professional correspondence relating to television news and film. Included are requests for permission to use film clips and discussions of plans to film stories. There are also a few items of correspondence between Fisher and his wife Ann when he was out of town on assignment. One letter from Oral Roberts, 16 April 1958, and Fisher's reply, 22 April 1958, are also included.
Correspondence may also be found in Series 2. Project Files. Correspondence relating to Fisher's efforts, 1933-1942, to find work and/or place scripts with companies involved in radio programming can be found in Series 3.2.
Notes about projects with which Fisher was involved. Included are lists of expenses, numbers of hours worked, meetings attended, and schedules. Also included are items of correspondence, memos, newswire reports, scripts, and cameraman's dope sheets. Coverage is especially strong for the space program and civil rights events, including the August 1963 March on Washington.
Folder 27 contains a press pass for Fisher, the only photograph of him in this collection.
Note that original file folders names have, for the most part, been retained.
Chiefly mimeographed versions of typed scripts for news stories.
Arrangement: By type, then alphabetical.
Correspondence and mimeographed versions of typed scripts of radio dramas. Most of the dramas were written by Fisher, but there are also a few that were written by others and adapted for radio by Fisher. Correspondence, 1933-1942, chiefly relates to Fisher's attempts to secure work with or place scripts with companies involved in producing radio dramas (folders 71-75). Included are both incoming letters and copies of outgoing letters. Correspondence relating to specific radio scripts is filed with the script.
Arrangement: chronological, followed by undated.
Film of various news events covered by Fisher. Scripts for many of these films may be found in Series 3 under the corresponding date.
Filed in Box 4.
Filed in Box 9.
Filed in Boxes 10-11.
Processed by: Gina Overcash, May 1989
Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008
Additions are unprocessed, but may be used with staff assistance. The donor has provided lists of materials in these additions. These lists, while not necessarily complete, may be useful. They are filed in the collection control file and may be requested from staff.Back to Top