Robert Schulman papers, 1936-2008  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Schulman, Robert, 1916-2008
Robert Schulman papers
1936-2008 (inclusive)
1.06 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Collection Number
6114 (Accession No. 6114-001)
Scripts, production notes, and publicity materials for KING television documentaries and theater plays written and produced by Robert Schulman, a journalist and television producer in Seattle, Washington
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Journalist, media critic, television commentator, and KING TV documentary producer Robert Schulman was born in New York City on July 7, 1916. Both of his parents, Rebecca Yuster and Samuel Schulman, were Romanian immigrants. Schulman graduated from New York University with degrees in English and political science, and then from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism with his Master’s degree.

Schulman’s first job following his graduation from Columbia was at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which later became the St. Louis Star-Times. He also wrote plays and for radio programs in St. Louis before he was drafted into the army in 1942. After the war, he returned to St. Louis until 1951, when he moved to Chicago to work for Time magazine. In 1953, he moved to Seattle as the Regional News Bureau Chief for Time, Life, and other magazines owned by the company in the Pacific Northwest. He remained in that position until 1959, when he became the Director of Special Features for King Broadcasting Company. In this position, Schulman produced television documentaries and on-air editorials about civic issues in the Seattle area. Schulman also produced a documentary, called The Hundred Years, for the University of Washington’s centennial celebration in 1961.

In 1968, Schulman moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he worked as a writer for the Sunday Magazine and for the WHAS television and radio station providing a one-person commentary every evening on the news. He also wrote a media monitoring column for the Louisville Times and the Sunday Courier-Journal. Schulman briefly moved to New York City in 1981 to work as the managing editor for the Inside Story news program on National Public Television, but later returned to Louisville and to WHAS. It was at this time that he also began to teach sociology classes as the first urban specialist-in-residence at the University of Louisville.

In addition to his professional work, Schulman was also active in community organizations. During his time in Seattle, Shulman served as the president of the Seattle Municipal Art Commission and as a board member for the Seattle Family Society, the Community Psychiatric Clinic, the State Art Commission, the Governor’s Conference on Community Mental Health, and the Seattle Committee on Alcoholism.

Schulman married his first wife, Eleanor, in 1943. They had one daughter, Rebecca. The couple later divorced, and Schulman married Louise Tachau in 1976. Robert Schulman died on January 6, 2008, at the age of 91.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Scripts, production notes, and publicity materials for KING television documentaries and theater plays written and produced by Robert Schulman; correspondence; newspaper articles and other writings by and about Schulman; and photographs. Includes press coverage and a bound copy of the script and camera directions for The Hundred Years, which told the history of the first one hundred years of the University of Washington.

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Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Biographical Clippings 1960-2008
1/2 Ephemera 1936-1957
1/3 Professional Correspondence 1950-2007
1/4 Personal Correspondence 1937-1942
1/5 Photographs circa 1960s
1/6 Writings, speeches, and scripts by Schulman 1957-2004
1/7 Clippings and writings by and about Schulman 1950-1970s
1/8 Clippings and writings by and about Schulman 1959-2008
1/9 The Hundred Years clippings 1961
1/10 The Hundred Years script and production notes 1961
1/11 The Three Denvers race relations report 1968
1/12 Encounter series publicity and scripts 1962
1/13 We Like it Here publicity 1960
1/14 The Wreckers play script circa 1940s
1/15 As KING Sees It scripts 1959-1962
1/16 The Moving Man master script 1963
1/17 The Wind in the Wilderness script 1964
1/18 The Volcano Named White publicity 1961
1/19 The Volcano Named White transcript 1960
2/1 Bitter Harvest publicity 1960
2/2 Bitter Harvest transcript 1960
2/3 The Threat: A Discussion of Approaches to Anti-Communism transcript 1961
2/4 Lost Cargo publicity 1959
2/5 Commendation from the Washington Association of Social Welfare 1964
3 Life magazine and other article clippings 1968-1986

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Dramatists--Archives
  • Journalism--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Journalists--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Journalists--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Television programs--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Schulman, Robert 1916-2008--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • KING-TV (Television station : Seattle, Wash.)
  • University of Washington--History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Ephemera
  • Personal correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Records (Documents)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)