Arthur Wertheim was an assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Southern California from 1971 to1978. From 1978 to 1979, he was a Fulbright professor of American Studies at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. This collection consists of research material used by Wertheim in the writing of his book, Radio Comedy (1979, Oxford University Press). It includes:

  • 3 boxes of notes
  • photocopies of script pages
  • newspaper and magazine clippings
  • various drafts of his manuscript

A finding guide to the collection is here.

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