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Edwin Diamond Political Audiovisual Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

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Date: Sep 2000

Biographical History

Edwin Diamond, journalist, author and professor, began his journalistic career as a science writer with the International News Service in Chicago. He joined Newsweek in 1957 and was named a senior editor in 1962. He was on-air commentator for the Washington Post Co., editorial director of Adweek, cofounder of the Washington Journalism Review, associate editor of the New York Daily News, and a media columnist for New York magazine for 10 years. In addition to his media work, Diamond was a visiting professor of political science at MIT and then at New York University and the author of a dozen books, and won numerous awards for writing, editing, and classroom teaching, as well as a 1994 Professional Achievement Award from the University of Chicago's Alumni Association.

Diamond was a veteran of both World War II and Korea, and received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart during his military service. He and his wife, Adelina Lust Diamond, had three daughters.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Edwin Diamond Political Audiovisual Collection contains a wide range of politically-related audio and audiovisual material. It includes coverage of Republican and Democratic Party conventions, political advertisements (most of which were aired as television commercials), televised political debates, spots, interviews, press conferences, documentaries, and news broadcasts. Most items date from the 1960s to the 1990s; topics covered include busing, the Iranian hostage crisis, AIDS, advertising that targets children, John F. Kennedy, the arms race, housing, drug abuse, US relations with Russia, China, Japan and other foreign powers, and the role of media in the democratic process. The collection also includes several reels of film coverage of the Young Republican National Convention in San Fancisco (1963), an event that is marked as formative to the ascendacy of Barry Goldwater to the Republican nomination for the 1964 presidential campaign.

Some items are undated. Format varies and includes videotape ( U-matic, EIAJ,VHS, Betacam,), audio (cassettes, reel-to-reel,), and film (16mm). Extent of coverage varies.

Arrangement of the Collection

Items are boxed in numeric order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Access to recordings requires advance notice to produce a working copy.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Duplication for any off-site use requires the written permission of the copyright holder.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has a number of collections relating to television and radio. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Diamond, Edwin.


Advertising, Political -- United States.
Television broadcasting of news -- United States.
Television in politics -- United States.

Genres and Forms

16mm (photographic film size)
Beta (Betamax)


Television journalists.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Edwin Diamond Political Audiovisual Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Edwin Diamond.

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