Inventory to the Free to Choose video tape collection

Finding aid prepared by Natasha Porfirenko
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
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Title: Free to Choose video tape collection
Date (inclusive): 1977-1987
Collection Number: 80201
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 10 manuscript boxes, 10 motion picture film reels, 42 videoreels (26.6 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Motion picture film, video tapes, and film strips of the television series Free to Choose, featuring Milton Friedman and relating to laissez-faire economics, produced in 1980 by Penn Communications and television station WQLN in Erie, Pennsylvania. Includes commercial and master film copies, unedited film, and correspondence, memoranda, and legal agreements dated from 1977 to 1987 relating to production of the series. Digitized copies of many of the sound and video recordings in this collection, as well as some of Friedman's writings, are available at http://miltonfriedman.hoover.org .
Creator: Friedman, Milton, 1912-2006
Creator: Penn Communications
Creator: WQLN (Television station : Erie, Pa.)
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Access

The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.

Use

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1980, with increments received in 1988 and 1989.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Free to Choose video tape collection, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Scope and Content of Collection

Motion picture film, video tapes, and film strips of the television series Free to Choose, featuring Milton Friedman and relating to laissez-faire economics, produced in 1980 by Penn Communications and television station WQLN in Erie, Pennsylvania. Includes commercial and master film copies and unedited film, as well as project files, correspondence, memoranda, publicity materials, and legal agreements dated from 1977 to 1987 relating to production of the series.
Digitized copies of many of the sound and video recordings in this collection, as well as some of Friedman's writings, are available at http://miltonfriedman.hoover.org .

Related Collection(s)

Milton Friedman papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives Collected Works of Milton Friedman website, http://miltonfriedman.hoover.org  Collected Works of Milton Friedman Project records, Hoover Institution Library & Archives The Legacy of Milton and Rose Friedman's Free to Choose conference proceedings, 2003, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Video tapes
Free enterprise
Motion pictures
Economics

 

Project Files 1977-1981, 1987

box 1, folder 1

Milton Friedman series, #1-10, draft outline of argument 1977

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence.
box 1, folder 2

Friedman proposal, proposal for a series of television programs, Public Broadcasting of Northwest Pennsylvania, Inc. 1977

box 1, folder 3

Bechtel Foundation 1977-1980

Scope and Contents note

Includes extensive correspondence with George Shultz.
box 1, folder 4

FMC Foundation, correspondence 1977-1980

box 1, folder 5

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, correspondence 1977-1980

box 1, folder 6

General Motors Corporation, correspondence 1977-1980

box 1, folder 7

General Mills Foundation, correspondence 1977-1980

box 1, folder 8

Getty Oil Company 1977-1980

box 1, folder 9

W. R. Grace and Company, correspondence 1977-1980

box 1, folder 10

Working papers 1977-1979

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, Friedman project analysis, working schedule and responsibilities, budget, planning session, TV topics and key ideas, notes of the meetings, proposals and lecture list, and cash flow chart.
box 1, folder 11

Invoices, expenses 1980

box 1, folder 12

Friedman lecture series 1978

box 1, folder 13

Friedman TV series and progress report 1977-1979

box 1, folder 14

Friedman underwriters 1979-1981

box 2, folder 1

Free to Choose, Chicago, remote 1979

box 2, folder 2

Planning grants 1977-1978

box 2, folder 3

Participation, promotion for rebroadcasts of series 1980

box 2, folder 4

Free to Choose, general information

box 2, folder 5

Videocassette/video disc - guide to the manuals undated

box 2, folder 6

Milton Friedman series, winter, 1980 tune-in, media recommendations 1979

box 2, folder 7

Friedman program description (titles and key ideas) 1978-1979

box 2, folder 8

Ohio state award 1981

box 2, folder 9

Friedman dinners and luncheons 1978-1980

box 2, folder 10

Hallmark Cards, Inc. 1977-1980

box 2, folder 11

Solicitation 1977-1979

box 2, folder 12

Lilly Endowment, Inc. 1977-1981

box 2, folder 13

John M. Olin Foundation, Inc. 1977-1980

box 2, folder 14

Pepsico, Inc. 1977-1980

box 2, folder 15

L. E. Phillips Charities, Inc. 1977-1980

box 3, folder 1

Reader's Digest, 1978-1980

box 3, folder 2

Sarah Scaife Foundation, Inc. 1977-1980

box 3, folder 3

Whittaker Corporation 1979-1980

box 3, folder 4

Legal opinions/Friedman materials 1979

box 3, folder 5

In-house, employees, and to watch file 1979-1980

box 3, folder 6

Friedman study guides 1978-1980

box 3, folder 7

Friedman, PBS 1979-1980

box 3, folder 8

Penn Communications, Inc., agreement 1983

box 3, folder 9

Publicity 1978-1979

box 3, folder 10

Free to Choose broadcast dates 1979-1980

box 3, folder 11

Non-broadcast distribution 1978-1979

box 3, folder 12

Moynahan Landou Communications, public relations approach for WQLN-TV 1978

box 3, folder 13

Milton Friedman script 1987

box 3, folder 14

Friedman cassette sales 1978-1981

box 3, folder 15

Friedman previewers 1979

box 3, folder 16

Free to Choose, letters from other PBS stations 1980

box 3, folder 17

Friedman contracts, video arts 1978-1979

box 3, folder 18

NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) 1979-1981

box 3, folder 19

Fundraising/thank you notes 1981

box 3, folder 20

Denial of petitions for support with financial assistance 1981

 

Correspondence 1977-1981

box 4, folder 1

A-D

box 4, folder 2

E-H

box 4, folder 3

I-L

box 4, folder 4

M-P

box 4, folder 5

Q-T

box 4, folder 6

U-Z

 

Printed Matter circa 1977-1981

box 4, folder 7

Viewer's guide

Scope and Contents note

Guide to ten stimulating television programs in which Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate, economist, and columnist, challenges us with startling facts and thought-provoking ideas, then responds to opposing views, raising brass-tack questions about the future of our free society.
box 4, folder 8

Instructor's resource guide to Free to Choose, a television series by Milton Friedman

Scope and Contents note

Written by John M. Allen and David G. Armstrong, Center for Education and Research in Free Enterprise, A&M University, Texas.
box 4, folder 9

Titles and key ideas

box 4, folder 10

Press releases: individual program descriptions

box 4, folder 11-12

Discussion leader's resource guide to Free to Choose, a television series by Milton Friedman, programs 1-10

Scope and Contents note

Written by John M. Allen and David G. Armstrong, Center for Education and Research in Free Enterprise, A&M University, Texas.
box 5, folder 1

Personal statement of Milton Friedman on the series of ten films, programs 1-10

box 5, folder 2

List of stations airing Free to Choose programs

Scope and Contents note

Includes repeat time.
box 5, folder 3

Milton Friedman photographs (4 prints)

box 5, folder 4

Video guide orders

box 5, folder 5

Ten posters reflecting the theme of the programs

box 5, folder 6

Cartoons promoting free market

box 5, folder 7

Order forms

 

Audiovisual Materials 1977-1985

shelf shelf

Milton Friedman Speaks videorecordings 1977-1978

Scope and Contents note

Milton Friedman Speaks was a series of 15 lectures, with question and answer sessions, given by Friedman between 1977 and 1978 that formed the basis for the Free to Choose television series. Master copies, 27 two-inch videoreels.
 

"Who Protects the Consumer?," lecture 1, Pfizer Corporation, New York City 1977 September 12

reel 10

Reel 1

reel 11

Reel 2, Q&A

 

"Putting Learning Back in the Classroom," lecture 2, Harlem Parents for Vouchers, New York City 1977 September 15

reel 14

Reel 1

reel 15

Reel 2, Q&A

 

"Is Capitalism Humane?," lecture 3, Cornell University 1977 September 27

reel 5

Reel 1

reel 6

Reel 2

reel 7

Reel 3

 

"Who Protects the Worker?", lecture 4, WQLN-TV, Erie, Pennsylvania 1977 September 29

reel 8

Reel 1

reel 9

Reel 2

 

"What Is America?," lecture 5, University of Chicago 1977 October 3

reel 3

Reel 1

reel 4

Reel 2, Q&A

 

"Myths That Conceal Reality," lecture 6, Utah State University 1977 October 13

reel 18

Reel 1

reel 19

Reel 2

 

"Money and Inflation," lecture 7, University of San Diego/San Diego Chamber of Commerce 1977 November 7

reel 23

Reel 1

reel 24

Reel 2

 

"Is Tax Reform Possible?," lecture 8, Americanism Education League, Pasadena, California 1978 February 6

reel 21

Reel 1

reel 22

Reel 2, Q&A

Scope and Contents note

Tape cut in two at 11:00 minutes.
reel 25

"The Role of Government in a Free Society," lecture 9, Stanford University 1978 February 9

 

"The Energy Crisis: A Humane Solution," lecture 10, Bank of America, San Francisco, California 1978 February 10

reel 1

Reel 1 (break in tape at 7:38 minutes)

reel 2

Reel 2, Q&A

 

"What Is Wrong with the Welfare State," lecture 12, University of Rochester 1978 February 23

reel 26

Reel 1

reel 27

Reel 2, Q&A

 

"Free Trade: Producer vs. Consumer," lecture 13, Kansas State University 1978 April 27

reel 16

Reel 1

reel 17

Reel 2, Q&A

 

"Equality and Freedom in the Free Enterprise System," lecture 14, College of William and Mary, Newport News Campus 1978 May 1

reel 12

Reel 1

reel 13

Reel 2, Q&A

reel 20

"The Economics of Medical Care," lecture 15, Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota, Q&A 1978 May 19

 

Free to Choose (original series) 1980

Scope and Contents note

Each hour-long program consists of a segment of Milton Friedman discussing free market issues in various locations worldwide, followed by a discussion between Friedman and other scholars and experts.
 

Program 1 (#101), "The Power of the Market"

box 6, folder 1

Transcript

box 6

VHS videocassette

box 7

3/4-inch U-matic videocassette

shelf shelf

16mm motion picture film reel, 1200 ft.

shelf shelf

One-inch videoreel

 

Program 2 (#102), "The Tyranny of Control"

box 6, folder 2

Transcript

box 6

VHS videocassette

box 7

3/4-inch U-matic videocassette

shelf shelf

16mm motion picture film reel, 1200 ft.

shelf shelf

One-inch videoreel

 

Program 3 (#103), "Anatomy of Crisis"

box 6, folder 3

Transcript

box 6

VHS videocassette

box 7

3/4-inch U-matic videocassette

shelf shelf

16mm motion picture film reel, 1200 ft.

shelf shelf

One-inch videoreel

Scope and Contents note

Label on videoreel indicates that it consists of two 30-minute shows.
 

Program 4 (#104), "From Cradle to Grave"

box 6, folder 4

Transcript

box 6

VHS videocassette

box 8

3/4-inch U-matic videocassette

shelf shelf

16mm motion picture film reel, 1200 ft.

shelf shelf

One-inch videoreel

 

Program 5 (#105), "Created Equal"

box 6, folder 5

Transcript

box 6

VHS videocassette

box 8

3/4-inch U-matic videocassette

shelf shelf

16mm motion picture film reel, 1200 ft.

shelf shelf

One-inch videoreel

 

Program 6 (#106), "What's Wrong with Our Schools?"

box 6, folder 6

Transcript

box 6

VHS videocassette

box 8

3/4-inch U-matic videocassette

shelf shelf

16mm motion picture film reel, 1200 ft.

shelf shelf

One-inch videoreel

 

Program 7 (#107), "Who Protects the Consumer?"

box 6, folder 7

Transcript

box 7

VHS videocassette

box 8

3/4-inch U-matic videocassette

shelf shelf

16mm motion picture film reel, 1200 ft.

shelf shelf

One-inch videoreel

 

Program 8 (#108), "Who Protects the Worker?"

box 6, folder 8

Transcript

box 7

VHS videocassette

box 8

3/4-inch U-matic videocassette

shelf shelf

16mm motion picture film reel, 1200 ft.

shelf shelf

One-inch videoreel

Scope and Contents note

Label on videoreel indicates that it consists of one 30-minute show.
 

Program 9 (#109), "How to Cure Inflation"

box 6, folder 9

Transcript

box 7

VHS videocassette

box 8

3/4-inch U-matic videocassette

shelf shelf

16mm motion picture film reel, 1200 ft.

shelf shelf

One-inch videoreel

 

Program 10 (#110), "How to Stay Free"

box 6, folder 10

Transcript

box 7

VHS videocassette

box 9

3/4-inch U-matic videocassette

shelf shelf

16mm motion picture film reel, 2000 ft.

shelf shelf

One-inch videoreel

box 9

Sound discs (CDs)

 

Programs 1 and 2 (two copies)

 

Programs 3 and 4 (two copies)

 

Program 5

 

Programs 5 and 6

 

Programs 7 and 8

 

Programs 9 and 10

 

Teacher's guide

Scope and Contents note

Three units; each unit contains three sound cassettes and three sound and color film strips that furnish the basis for a wide variety of classroom projects.
box 9

Unit 1, The Line Between Freedom and Equality

Scope and Contents note

Includes "From Cradle to Grave," "Created Equal," and "How to Stay Free."
box 10

Unit 2, The Free Market and Business Cycles

Scope and Contents note

Includes "The Power of the Market," "Anatomy of Crisis," and "How to Cure Inflation."
box 10

Unit 3, Protection...or Freedom

Scope and Contents note

Includes "The Tyranny of Control," "Who Protects the Consumer?," and "Who Protects the Worker?"
shelf shelf

Free to Choose: A Second Look videorecordings 1985

Scope and Contents note

Consists of the original series documentary segment, followed by a half-hour question and answer session with Milton Friedman and high school students. Edit master copies, 5 one-inch videoreels.
 

"The Power of the Market," 56:37

Scope and Contents note

Label: air master.

Access

Use copy reference number: 80201_v_0002334
 

"The Tyranny of Control," 58:54

 

"Anatomy of Crisis," 58:15

 

"Created Equal," 57:40

 

"How to Cure Inflation," 58:12