Guide to the Douglas MacKinnon Papers, 1922-1999
Radio program director, businessman, and music aficionado.
Collection includes materials from MacKinnon's many ventures in music and radio, including his work at Harvard University, his leadership at the WQXR radio station in New York, his service in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Cold War, his work with Radio Free Europe, and numerous other interests and pursuits. Also present are MacKinnon's diaries, datebooks, personal correspondence, and autobiographical writings. Materials are only minimally processed; a detailed arrangement and inventory is not available at this time. Boxlist below includes only series-level descriptions.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- MacKinnon, Douglas, 1903-1984.
- Douglas MacKinnon papers 1922-1999
- Language of Material
- 14.0 Linear Feet, 10500 Items
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
This collection includes a wide range of materials documenting MacKinnon's many pursuits in radio and music. Collection contains diaries, correspondence, financial papers, photographs, printed materials and news clippings related to MacKinnon's radio broadcasting and business career, as well as his personal life. Some materials pertain to his work in New York where he founded WQXR, Armed Forces Master Records, Inc., U.S. Armed Forces Radio Service, and Radio Free Europe. Also included are critiques of operas he saw around the world, a draft of his autobiography, and other miscellaneous items. It is loosely arranged by content and format into the following series: Autobiographical/Writings; WQXR/W2XR; Army/WWII; Radio Free Europe; Musical Events/Programs/Publications; Name Files; Correspondence; Postwar Employment and Finances; and Personal/Family/Photographs. It has not yet been processed beyond these preliminary series.
Collection is open for research.
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The bulk of this series relates to MacKinnon's drafts and notes regarding his autobiography. Other files include miscellaneous drafts and correspondence with various publishers or prospective publishers.
Photographs, correspondence (including fan mail), scripts, radio programs, press, employment information, and other miscellaneous materials relating to MacKinnon's work at the radio station.
Includes materials from MacKinnon's U.S. Army service during and after World War II. Also includes his work with AFMR.
Includes correspondence, scripts, schedules, programming suggestions, publicity, and other materials relating to the operation of Radio Free Europe.
Includes files with MacKinnon's correspondence and collectibles from his relationships with various musicians, public figures, and organizations. Arranged alphabetically.
Series includes MacKinnon's incoming and outgoing correspondence to a wide range of professional and personal contacts. Arranged in loose chronological order.
Includes materials documenting MacKinnon's work with Investors Overseas Services Management (IOS), Career Protreptors, and his financial and other employment records following his work with the U.S. Army. His work with the Metropolitan Opera is documented in the Musical Events series.
Series includes diary entries, notes, and private writings created by MacKinnon; family and personal photographs; datebooks and planners; Christmas letters and cards; and clippings saved by MacKinnon. Box 16 includes his musical contributions to Harvard University in the 1930s. Box 17 and Box 19 contain his diaries and datebooks. Box 18 includes loose notes. Box 20 includes photographs and miscellaneous materials. Box 21 includes MacKinnon's guestbook and a history of the WQXR station.
Includes programs, bulletins, correspondence, and other items from various performances, festivals, and operas held throughout the world. Most materials are filed by location. Includes MacKinnon's work for the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the European Festival and Scenic Tours (1956).
Douglas MacKinnon studied music at Harvard University. He was musical founder and director of New York's music station WQXR. As assistant to the National Broadcasting Company's Music Counsel, Dr. Walter Damrosch, he helped produce The Children's Hour, did research for the NBC Symphony, and wrote its scripts. In World War II he was a founder of the Armed Forces Master Records (AFMR) which sent disks of classical music to military bases. In the South Pacific he served with the Office of War Information, broadcasting to troops. He also worked as chief of music production for Radio Free Europe.
Other career ventures later in life included Career Protreptors, a music agency; he also reviewed operas throughout the world for the Metropolitan Opera's magazine, Opera News.
[Identification of item], Douglas MacKinnon Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Douglas MacKinnon Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1987.
Processed by Sara Reams, April 2014
Encoded by Meghan Lyon, April 2014
Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 1987
This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition. Materials are described at a series level.
Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.