Spivak, Lawrence E. (Lawrence Edmund), 1900-1994

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Television producer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Lawrence E.Spivak : oral history, 1983. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309738962

Radio and television producer, editor, and publisher.

From the description of Lawrence E. Spivak papers, 1917-1994 (bulk 1945-1983). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979835

Biographical Note

  • 1900, June 11: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1921: A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1921 - 1930 : Business manager, Antiques magazine
  • 1924: Married Charlotte Beir Ring
  • 1930 - 1933 : Circulation director and assistant to the publisher, Hunting and Fishing and National Sportsman magazines
  • 1934 - 1939 : Business manager, American Mercury
  • 1937 - 1950 : Published paperback mystery and science fiction stories through Mercury Publications, Inc.
  • 1939 - 1944 : Publisher, American Mercury
  • 1944 - 1950 : Publisher and editor, American Mercury
  • 1945: Cofounder, co-originator, and coproducer with Martha Rountree of "Meet the Press," a radio program broadcast over the Mutual Broadcasting System to promote the American Mercury
  • 1947: "Meet the Press" separated from American Mercury, Inc., and put under Press Productions, Inc., with the stock split between Spivak and Martha Rountree "Meet the Press" television debut
  • 1948: "Meet the Press" aired as a regular series on the National Broadcasting Co.
  • 1950: “Meet the Press” canceled by Mutual Broadcasting System
  • 1951: "Meet the Press" thirteen-week extra series sponsored by Saturday Evening Post Teleproductions, Inc., established
  • 1952: Televentions, Inc., established "Meet the Press" awarded George Foster Peabody Television Award
  • 1953: Bought Martha Rountree's interest in "Meet the Press" Televentions, Inc., dissolved
  • 1954: Sold interest in Mercury Publications, Inc.
  • 1955: "Meet the Press" purchased by National Broadcasting Co.
  • 1956: Press Productions, Inc., dissolved
  • 1956 - 1975 : Regular panelist and producer, "Meet the Press"
  • 1964: "Meet the Press" interview of French Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville on its first intercontinental show via the Telstar satellite
  • 1965: "Meet the Press" interview of British Prime Minister Harold Wilson on its first transatlantic satellite show
  • 1973: Teleproductions, Inc., dissolved
  • 1975: Retired from "Meet the Press"
  • 1975 - circa 1989 : Consultant, National Broadcasting Co.
  • 1983: Last appearance on "Meet the Press"
  • 1985 - 1994 : Producer with Julia White, Public Broadcasting System television shows by Southern Center for International Studies
  • 1994, Mar. 9: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Lawrence E. Spivak Papers, 1917-1994, (bulk 1945-1983), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (bulk 1929-1957) Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Edward L. Bernays Papers, 1777-1994, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Kilpatrick, James Jackson, 1920-2010. James J. Kilpatrick papers [manuscript], 1925-1966 (bulk 1950-1966). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn American Medical Association. Dept. of Investigation. Records. Krebiozen, 1931-1978 (bulk 1951-1974). American Medical Association,James S. Todd Memorial Library
referencedIn Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (bulk 1929-1957) Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn John Tebbel Papers, 1936-1985 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Thomas S. Power Papers, 1928-1970 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Maxwell Evarts Perkins correspondence and papers on Thomas Wolfe, 1933-1948. Houghton Library
creatorOf Spivak, Lawrence E. (Lawrence Edmund), 1900-1994. Reminiscences of Lawrence E.Spivak : oral history, 1983. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Earl Browder Papers, 1879-1990 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Don Shoemaker Papers, 1937-1998 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Angoff, Charles, 1902-1979. Charles Angoff collection, 1927-1978. Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn Papers, ca. 1814-1936. Houghton Library
referencedIn Sheldon Glueck papers Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Minow, Newton N., 1926-. Papers, 1954-1965. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Lawrence E. Spivak Papers, 1917-1994, (bulk 1945-1983) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Spivak, Lawrence E. (Lawrence Edmund), 1900-1994. Letters, 1961-1975, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Thomas J. Dodd Papers, undated, 1919-1971. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
referencedIn White mss., 1932-1969 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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correspondedWith Dodd, Thomas J. (Thomas Joseph), 1907-1971 person
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associatedWith Edwin, Ed, person
associatedWith Evans, Bergen, 1904- person
associatedWith Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. person
associatedWith Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905-1995. person
associatedWith Glueck, Sheldon, 1896- person
associatedWith Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-1998. person
associatedWith Hesseltine, William Best, 1902-1963. person
associatedWith Hicks, Granville, 1901-1982. person
associatedWith Holbrook, Stuart. person
associatedWith Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989. person
associatedWith Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972. person
associatedWith Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978. person
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associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963. person
associatedWith Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968. person
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associatedWith King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. person
associatedWith Lasky, Victor. person
associatedWith Lyons, Eugene, 1898- person
associatedWith McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957. person
associatedWith Meet the Press Collection (Library of Congress) corporateBody
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associatedWith Mikoi︠a︡n, A. I. (Anastas Ivanovich), 1895-1978. person
associatedWith Minow, Newton N., 1926-. person
associatedWith Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957. person
associatedWith Murray, John Courtney. person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994. person
associatedWith Pauling, Linus, 1901-1994. person
associatedWith Perkins, Maxwell E. (Maxwell Evarts), 1884-1947 person
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associatedWith Power, Thomas S. (Thomas Sarsfield), 1905- person
associatedWith Press Productions, Inc. corporateBody
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associatedWith Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979. person
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associatedWith Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965. person
associatedWith Symington, Stuart, 1901-1988. person
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associatedWith Teleproductions, Inc. corporateBody
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associatedWith Viereck, Peter, 1916-2006. person
associatedWith Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998. person
correspondedWith Ward, Samuel, 1814-1884 person
associatedWith Welch, Robert, 1899-1985. person
associatedWith Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981. person
associatedWith Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959. person
associatedWith Wylie, Philip, 1902-1971. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
American periodicals
Anti-communist movements
Civil rights
Radio programs
Television producers and directors
Television programs
Radio producers
Television producers


Birth 1900-06-11

Death 1994-03-09


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