Creator

John S. Sharnik

Coverage Dates

1955-1988

Description

This collection, consisting of paper-based materials, 16mm film, and umatic videotape, highlights the development of the television documentary at the Columbia Broadcasting Company (CBS) between 1955 – 1988, where John Sharnik was a television producer and news executive. Scripts, notes, and background information on TV documentaries produced by Mr. Sharnik, as well as original 16mm films and videotaped material, are included in the collection. The original catalogue was compiled and written by the donor himself, and includes notes which can be consulted for more information on the material, its significance and place in the history of documentary-making.

Notes

John Seymour Sharnik (July 5, 1923- May 16, 2002) was a documentary producer and vice president for CBS News. Sharnik worked for the Army newspaper Stars and Stripes during World War II, then later for the Hartford Times and the New York Times before joining the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in 1954. He received a number of awards during his career, including an Emmy for the 1972 CBS documentary ''A Night in Jail, a Day in Court.'' He won other prizes for television documentaries, including an R.F.K. Journalism Award in 1976, the Humanitas Prize in 1977 and a Christopher Award in 1985. Sharnik also authored two books, Remembrance of Games Past (1986), about the 1984 tennis Grand Masters Tour, and Inside the Cold War: an Oral History (1987). Sharnik retired from CBS in 1982.

Quantity

12 linear feet

Accession Date

1995

Origin

Donated to the Nyselius Library at Fairfield University in 1995 by John S. Sharnik.

Processed By

Archives staff

Last Updated

November 2015

Type

Finding Aid

Publisher

Fairfield University

Place of Publication

Fairfield, Conn.

Collection

Finding Aids

Repository

Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections

Identifier

FIN0011

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