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Arnold Snyder papers


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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Arnold Snyder was born in Philadelphia and attended Temple University, preparing for a career in journalism. Snyder worked as a news writer and producer at WTTM, ABC radio in Trenton, N.J., before joining ABC-TV News in 1955. Snyder covered the major news events of the 1960s and 1970s, and went on to design and implement STAIRS (Storage, Tracking, and lnformation Retrieval System), a system for organizing and accessing news footage on videotape.

The papers of this prominent news broadcaster are comprised primarily of videotapes, but also include correspondence, typescripts, news releases, and reports. The typescripts for a news show, "It Looks To Me," come primarily from 1953-1954 when Snyder worked for WTTM Radio in Trenton, N.J. The correspondence and press releases reflect Snyder's interest in politics, which includes press materials from the 1964 Democratic Convention. The collection also contains 426 3/4-inch videotapes from network news shows such as Nightline and PBS shows such as Nova, Frontline, and Bill Moyers Journal, 1981-1986. There is a videotape explaining STAIRS (Storage Text & Information Retrieval Systems), a library system initiated by Snyder for ABC News. The collection does not contain many materials associated with Snyder's prominent television career. The typescripts of Snyder's radio broadcasts focus on New Jersey politics and Cold War politics.

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