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WAMH/WAMF Records, 1955-2015
5.5 Linear feet 4 record box, 2 archives boxes, 1 oversize flat box
Collection number: MA.00257

Abstract:
Records of the Amherst College student radio station, WAMH (formerly WAMF). Records include audio recordings, publicity materials, program guides, correspondence, photographs, training materials, FCC materials and internal documentation of radio station operations.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There are limited restrictions on access to the collection for research use as noted at the folder level. All audio recordings are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical / Historical

Amherst College has had a student radio station since 1945. For the first ten years, the station operated on AM frequencies until increasing interference prompted a move to FM. In 1955, WAMF began broadcasting at 89.5 FM from a transmitter in the tower of Walker Hall. Individual FM to AM converters were installed in each dormitory and fraternity to allow students with AM radios to continue to recieve the station. With the imminent destruction of Walker Hall to make way for Frost Library, the transmitter was moved to Stearns Tower in 1962. In pursuit of increased broadcasting power, the station constructed a new transmitting tower on the top of Mt. Lincoln in the years from 1971 to 1976. In the course of this process, the station's call letters changed from WAMF to WAMH in 1971 and its broadcast frequency changed from 89.5 to 89.3 in 1972. The station continues broadcasting at these call letters and frequency.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of records of the Amherst College student radio station, WAMH (formerly WAMF). The records include audio recordings, publicity materials, program guides, correspondence, photographs, training materials, FCC materials and internal documentation of radio station operations.

Where possible the contents of folders have been maintained in original order and original folder titles have been maintained.

The collection is organized into five series:

  1. Series 1: General
  2. Series 2: Training Materials
  3. Series 3: Governance and Internal Files
  4. Series 4: FCC and Techincal Materials
  5. Series 5: Audio Recordings

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There are limited restrictions on access to the collection for research use as noted at the folder level. All audio recordings are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in WAMH/WAMF Records [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

Accession numbers 2015-034, 2015-056, 1989-008


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English

Contents List
Series 1. General



Comprehensive report
2006 Aug 7

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence (3 folders)
1966-1995, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2-4
Photographs
n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Program guides (2 folders)
1968-2009

Box 1: folder 6-7
Program guides, poster format
1991-1999

Box OS1: folder 1
Promotional material
1988-1997, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8 Box OS1: folder 2
Products (button art, catalogs, misc)
1988-1997, n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
WAMH concerts, posters
2012-2015, n.d.

Box OS1: folder 3
WAMH Concert Group (3 folders)
1978-2000, n.d.

Box 1: folder 10-12
WMUA material
1998-2004

Box 1: folder 13
Series 2. Training Materials



DJ Manual (3 folders)
[1979]

Box 1: folder 14-16
DJ Manual
[1986]

Box 1: folder 17
DJ Manual
[c. 1988]

Box 1: folder 18
DJ Manual
1988

Box 1: folder 19
DJ Manual, second revision
1989

Box 1: folder 20
DJ Manual, third revision
1989

Box 1: folder 21
DJ Manual, fourth revision
1990

Box 1: folder 22
DJ Manual, fifth revision
1991

Box 1: folder 23
DJ Manual, sixth revision
1992

Box 1: folder 24
DJ Manual, seventh revision
1992

Box 1: folder 25
DJ Manual, ninth revision (2 versions)
1994

Box 1: folder 26
DJ Manual, eleventh revision
n.d.

Box 1: folder 27
DJ Manual, twelfth revision
n.d.

Box 1: folder 28
DJ Manual, thirteenth revision
1998 Sep

Box 1: folder 29
DJ Manual, fourteenth revision
2000 Sep

Box 1: folder 30
DJ exam
1972 Apr

Box 1: folder 31
DJ exam
n.d.

Box 1: folder 32
"WAMH Instruction Book" with log and exam
1982 Feb 24, n.d.

Box 1: folder 33
Educational material on broadcasting
c. 1979

Box 1: folder 34
National Student Broadcasters Convention
1977 Oct 14-16

Box 1: folder 35
Series 3. Governance & Internal Files



Administrative materials
1989-2009

Box 1: folder 36
Alumni Advisory Board (2 folders)
1989-1995, n.d.

Box 1: folder 37-38
Airwaves, internal newsletter (includes internal lists and correspondence, 2 folders)
1987-2001

Box 1: folder 39-40
Canidacy statements (2 folders)
1988-2001

Box 1: folder 41-42
Capital improvements (2 folders)
1988-1995

Box 1: folder 43-44
Constitution
1974, n.d.

Box 1: folder 45
Constitution, proposed changes
1982-1990

Box 1: folder 46
Disciplinary material [RESTRICTED]
1989-1991

Box 1: folder 47
Executive board lists
1988-1993

Box 1: folder 48
Four College Broadcasting Committee
1965

Box 1: folder 49
General manager files, Timothy Rowe
1988-1989

Box 1: folder 50
General manager files, Chip Galaty
1989

Box 1: folder 51
General manager files, David Lapides
1989-1990

Box 1: folder 52
General manager files, Robert Kwak
1991

Box 1: folder 53
General manager files, David Jarman
1991-1992

Box 1: folder 54
General manager files, John Hopkins
1993-1994

Box 1: folder 55
General manager files, MC Brown
1994

Box 1: folder 56
General manager files, Scott MacMillan (2 folders)
1995-1996

Box 1: folder 57-58
General manager files
1996-1998

Box 1: folder 59
General maganer files
2000-2011

Box 1: folder 60
Mobile Sound Unit Rental
1991-2001

Box 1: folder 61
Music director files
1995

Box 1: folder 62
Protocol - guide for station managers
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Security (2 folders)
1989-1996

Box 2: folder 2-3
Show request forms
2002-2004

Box 2: folder 4
Blank DJ request forms
2001-2003, n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
Sports
1989, n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Staff lists and schedules (2 folders)
1984-2001, n.d.

Box 2: folder 7-8 Box OS1: folder 4
Restricted material
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Series 4. FCC & Technical Materials



FCC correspondence and licence renewals
1955-1965

Box 2: folder 10
FCC licences and applications
1957-1971

Box 2: folder 11
FCC licence renewal
1963-1969

Box 2: folder 12
Correspondence regarding Mt. Lincoln antenna site and power increase
1970-1975

Box 2: folder 13
FCC construction permits and licence applications
1971-1976

Box 2: folder 14
FCC application
1971

Box 2: folder 15
FCC correspondence and licence applications
1971-1974

Box 2: folder 16
FCC licence renewal
1971-1978

Box 2: folder 17
FCC applications and correpondence
1975, 1998

Box 3: folder 1
Agreement with UMass re: transmitter site
1972-1974

Box 3: folder 3
FCC applications and permit
1978, 1983

Box 3: folder 2
Radio transmitter and tower
1989, n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Radio frequency radiation exposure
1998

Box 3: folder 5
Equipment manuals
1957-2002, n.d.

Box 3
Series 5. Audio Recordings



Provenance:

Accession 1989-008

Scope and content:

Recordings made by and for the radio station between 1957 and 1976, contents include lectures, interviews, music, dramatic productions, and radio broadcasts. An unknown portion of the recordings are copies made for the archives in 1980 by WAMH staff. Where two titles appear, it is unclear if both of the subjects are represented on the recording or if one was taped over. Of additional interest are the notes on the reel boxes indicating the previous contents of the reels. These recordings are currently restricted for preservation purposes.

Julie Harris interview with David Porter and Samuel Lockhart, AC 1977, regarding Emily Dickinson
1976 Nov 5
1/2 track 1.5ips 52 minutes
Box 4
Bruckner's 8th symphony/ Robert Frost in Johnson Chapel (2 reels)
1961 Apr 14, n.d.

Box 4
Robert Frost in Johnson Chapel
1960 Apr 25
75 minutes
Box 4
Robert Frost (with introduction by Calvin Plimpton)
1958 Jul 7, 1961 Apr 14

Box 4
First Interview with President Ward/ The Sunday Evening Armchair Theatre: A Slight Ache by Harold Pinter
1973 Oct 11, n.d.

Box 4
Julian Bond and introducers
1975

Box 4
Black Studies (Nature and Function) Ray Bryee La Porte, Hollis Lynch, Atlanta V./ Protest speeches at Westover Airforce Base
1969 Nov 21, 1972

Box 4
Panel discussion: "Does Amherst Need a Curriculum?" Professors Birnbaum, Halstead, Kateb and Yost
1974 Nov 6
65 minutes
Box 4
Basketball, AC-Trinity and AC-Merrimack ECAC Championship win
1975 Feb 5, 1976 Mar 6

Box 4
Espiritu Salsa/ The Last 1976 Broadcast
1976 Dec 17

Box 4
Unlabeled mastering tape
n.d.

Box 4
Collegium Musicum concert
1964 Mar 13
90 minutes
Box 4
Unlabeled
n.d.

Box 4
Convocation for President Kennedy
1963 Oct 26

Box 4
Early 70s interview with President John Ward, then various deans, on coeducation and related matters/ Vietnam interview
n.d.

Box 4
Die Fledermaus
n.d.

Box 4
Russ Williams, Herbert Aptheker Lecture 1 on W.E.B. DuBois
1971 Sep 21

Box 5
Robert Frost, contains interviews with Professors and friends
1962 May 15

Box 5
Robert Frost memorial service, Johnson Chapel
1963 Feb 17

Box 5
Election night 1972
1972

Box 5
WVUV Time capsule show
1971 Oct 2

Box 5
Black students panel (part of 7 hour special)
1968 Apr 8

Box 5
David Smilow/ Acheson lecture
1964 Dec 9

Box 5
National student strike, Henry Steele Commager among others
1970

Box 5
Native American News, Perspective - 3rd World Projects/ American Indian Music
1977 Mar

Box 5
Daniel Watts, introduction Alex Gordon, AC 1969
1969 Mar 15

Box 5
Martin Luther King, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaking at the New School for Social Research on "The Summer of Discontent"
1964 Feb

Box 5
Wayne Morse on Vietnam
1963 Oct 5

Box 5
Seminar from Johnson Chapel: The Incarceration of Victor Richardson
1970 Nov 16

Box 5
President Ward Inauguration
1971 Oct 23

Box 5
Amherst College Science Building dedicatory services - opening speech, introduction by Calvid Plimpton, Alfred Gelhorn on "Medicine: Education for where the action is"
1968 Nov 22

Box 5
Mock Out sermon on the youth of today rejecting religion
1964 Nov

Box 5
Neils Bohr, complete set of 6 lectures on facets of atomic theory (6 reels)
1957

Box 6
Timothy Leary
n.d.

Box 6
Margaret Shook lecture on Sylvia Plath
1971 Dec 16

Box 6
George Plimpton, "The Amateur in the World of the Professional"
n.d.

Box 6
Ernest M. Potts III Memorial Hour: Music of the Turned on Generation
n.d.

Box 6
Washington DC, Counter-Inaugural protests
1973 Jan 20

Box 6
War protest activities
1972 Apr 16

Box 6
Johnson Chapel meeting, Ward Westover speech
n.d.

Box 6

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Subjects
  • Amherst College
  • College Radio Stations
  • Radio Broadcasting

Contributors
  • WAMH (Radio station: Amherst, Mass.)
  • WAMH (Radio station: Amherst, Mass.)


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