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John and Susan Edwards Harvith Interview Collection

An inventory of their Collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 13 Sept 2013

Biographical History

John Harvith and Susan Edwards Harvith are mass communications and arts historians who together have produced exhibitions and film series, as well as books and articles. Their research has emphasized the interface between the arts and technology in film, photography, radio, and television, resulting in numerous interviews with cinematographers, film editors, musicians, and radio and television pioneers.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John and Susan Edwards Harvith Interview Collection consists of interviews with over sixty important figures -- actors, comedians, musicians, writers, directors and producers -- in the history of radio and television broadcasting, particular comedy and drama. These interviews, conducted primarily in the subject's homes, offer unique personal insights into the heyday of broadcast television, what it was like to be involved in massively popular television shows of the time, and how American popular culture shaped and was shaped by them. Television shows represented include Father Knows Best, All in the Family, M*A*S*H*, I Love Lucy, and many more.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by last name of person being interviewed.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed off site 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 videotape and undigitized recordings requires advance notice for production of a listening 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.

Listening copies are for on-site use only. Any person wishing to purchase a research copy will need to obtain permission from the copyright holder prior to placing their order.

Related Material

All audiocassettes save the interview of Dr. and Mrs. Rose Setnor (harvith_int_131) have been digitized as of March 27, 2017.

Special Collections Research Center has numerous collections relating to music, entertainment, and television and radio broadcasting history. Please search our collections for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Actors -- United States.
Actresses -- United States.
Comedians -- United States.
Conductors (Music) -- United States.
Dancers -- United States.
Musicians -- United States.
Pianists -- United States.
Radio broadcasting -- United States -- History.
Radio comedy writers -- United States.
Radio personalities -- United States.
Radio writers -- United States.
Singers -- United States.
Television broadcasting -- United States -- History.
Television comedy writers -- United States.
Television personalities -- United States.
Television producers and directors -- United States.
Television writers -- United States.
Women comedians -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Sound recordings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John and Susan Edwards Harvith Interview Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of John Harvith and Susan Edwards Harvith.

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Note on alternate formats:

All audiocassettes save the interview of Dr. and Mrs. Rose Setnor (harvith_int_131) have been digitized as of March 27, 2017.