Lawrence Laurent papers
Scope and Contents
This collection contains course materials, correspondence, written reviews, speeches and lectures, programs, photographs, and audio materials. The material dates from 1948-2010. These are the records of Lawrence Laurent from his professional career as a radio and television critic and from his academic career teaching at American University and George Washington University. The material in the collection covers how his work influenced both his students and his peers in the field of radio and television broadcasting.
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This collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Lawrence Bell Laurent, a professorial lecturer for GWU, had a long career as a radio and television critic. From 1951-1982, Laurent worked as a writer for the Washington Post. After establishing himself as a respected radio critic, he soon became the first television critic for the Washington Post. During this time, he became very involved in the broadcasting industry and developed close relationships with with fellow critics, writers, directors, and actors. In 1982, Laurent retired from his job at the newspaper and began teaching broadcasting and journalism classes at several universities in the Washington, D.C. area. From 1965 to 1984, he taught several courses at American University. Then from 1984 to 2006, Laurent worked at the George Washington University as a Professorial Lecturer in both Journalism and Media and Public Affairs.
6.75 Linear Feet (11 standard document boxes, 1 slim document box for audio materials, and 1 flat box for oversized material)
Language of Materials
This collection contains course materials, correspondence, written reviews, speeches and lectures, programs, photographs, and audio materials from Lawrence Bell Laurent, a former Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington Univeristy. The material in this collection dates from 1948-2010, and includes records from Laurent's professional career as a radio and television critic for "The Washington Post" and his academic career teaching at American University and George Washington University . The material in the collection covers how his work influenced both his students and his peers in the field of radio and television broadcasting.
Organized into 6 series: American University materials, George Washington University materials, Professional career, Correspondence, Photographs, and Audio materials.
Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Lawrence Laurent, 2013 (2013.035).
- Guide to the Lawrence Laurent papers, 1948-2010
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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- Finding aid written in English