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A Guide to the Conversation Collection

Finding aid created by Carl Van Ness

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

September 2009

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gannon, Michael, 1927-2017.
Title: Conversation Collection
Dates: 1976-1986
Abstract: Episodes of Conversation, an interview format television series broadcast on WUFT-TV in the 1970s and 1980s.
Extent: 1.82 Linear feet. 3 Boxes (43 video tapes).
Identification: Ms Coll. 128
Language(s): English
Online ContentItems from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Conversation was broadcast on WUFT-TV at the University of Florida. The show first aired in 1975 and ended production in 1987. Conversation was produced and hosted by Michael V. Gannon, Professor of History and Religion and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Conversation was a thirty minute show which featured guests from the academic, administrative and athletic departments of campus as well as visiting lecturers and speakers. For a period of time in the 1980s, the show was broadcast as part of WUFT's 5 Live programming.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 130 episodes of the more than 300 that were broadcast. The source tapes for all of the episodes was VHS. All of the tapes have been reformatted and 75 are available online in the University of Florida Digital Collections. Links to the online episodes are provided. Of the remaining 55 episodes, eleven are available on DVD and can be accessed in the Special Collections Research Room. The remainder exist on DVCPRO tapes and can only be accessed by special arrangement.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

For a brief period, the show was simultaneously aired on radio station WRUF under the title, Point of View. Five episodes from the first season, which are not available on video, are described here.

The Michael Gannon Papers

Administrative Information

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of selected items in the collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Conversation Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Processing Notes

Digitization of the collection is ongoing.

Contents List

Online Richard Thompson; Svarupa Damodara. 1976
Online Charles Mahan. 1976
Online William Woodruff. 1976
Online William Munselle. 1976
Online Kelly Brooks.
Online Kevin McCarthy. 1977
Online Benjamin Barger. 1978
Online Philip Callahan.
Online William Woodruff. 1978
Online Erich Farber. 1979
Online William Childers. 1979
Online Volney Wilson. 1979
Online Linton Grinter. 1979
Online Jose Llado; Jaime de Pinies. 1980
Online C. V. and Marylou Whitney. 1979
Online Kenneth Tefertiller. 1979
Online Kent Beyette. 1979
Online Barney Capehart. 1979
Online David Chalmers. 1979
Online Bill Sabis. 1980
Online Raymond Gay-Crosier. 1980
Online Harry Shaw. 1980
Online Knox Millshaps. 1980
Online Charles Fairbanks. 1981
Online Heinz Eulau. 1981
Online Ray Washington. 1981
Online Pete Indelicato. 1981
Online Samuel Hays. 1982
Online Art Marshall. 1982
Online Michael W. Fox. 1982
Online Walter Ong. 1982
Online Read Baker; Irene Thompson. 1982
Online Olga Hirshhorn. 1982
Online Leonard Beeghley. 1983
Online Norton Baskin: Part 1. 1983
Online Norton Baskin: Part 2. 1983
Online Ralph Albertazzie. 1986
Online Robert Mason. 1987
Online William F. Buckley, Jr.. 1986
Online Shannon McCune. 1984
Online William Friedman. 1983
Online Robert Bowman. 1983
Online John Stockwell. 1984
Online Pierre Ramond. 1983
Online William Goza; William Maples. 1984
Online John Paling. 1985
Online Michael Gannon. 1985
Online Ralph Lowenstein. 1984
Online Charles Thomas. 1985
Online Martin Marty. 1983
Online David Chalmers; David Colburn. 1986
Online Theodor Gaster. 1982
Online Charley Pell. 1983
Online Art Day. 1984
Online Dan T. Carter. 1985
Online Jack Doherty. 1986
Online Thomas Gumbleton. 1983
Online Jerry Uelsmann. 1986
Online John Spanier. 1986
Online Leonard Hayflick. 1982
Online Melyvn New; David Colburn. 1984
Online Meir Rosenne. 1984
Online Michael Copps. 1983
Online Sam Hill. 1986
Online Sam Proctor. 1985
Online Marshall Criser. 1985
Online Leroy Matthiesen. 1982
Online Wayne Chen. 1983
Online Tom Rider. 1985
Online Bill Rion. 1983
Online Donald Justice. 1983
Online Albert Hague. 1983
Online Charles Sidman. 1980
Online Stanley Kutler. 1984
Online Tom Wolfe. 1984
2 Daniel Graham (DVD). 1985
2 Barbara Purdy (DVD). 1982
2 Kathy Deagan (DVD). 1982
2 Sam Proctor; Ramon Bela (DVD). 1980
2 Paul Doughty (DVD). 1980
2 Jerold Lowenstein (DVD). 1983
2 Stephen Saxon (DVD). 1984
2 Nigel Smith (DVD). 1985
2 Marvin Harris (DVD). 1983
2 Bob McMahon (DVD). 1982
2 John Faricy (DVD). 1982
3 Eugene McCarthy (DVCPRO).
3 Roy Hunt; George Percy (DVCPRO).
3 Larry Smith (DVCPRO).
3 George McGovern (DVCPRO).
3 Irving Redliner (DVCPRO).
3 Red Barber (DVCPRO).
3 William Friedman (DVCPRO).
3 Andrew Hines (DVCPRO).
3 George Plimpton; Willie Stargell (DVCPRO).
3 Michael Gordon (DVCPRO).
3 Bob Edwards (DVCPRO).
3 Don Fugua (DVCPRO).
3 Fred Gregory (DVCPRO).
3 George Tindall (DVCPRO).
3 David Glosson (DVCPRO).
3 David Challoner (DVCPRO).
3 Elie Wiesel (DVCPRO).
3 Robert Marston (DVCPRO). 1981
3 Shelby Foote (DVCPRO).
3 Lincoln Brower (DVCPRO).
3 Robert Marston (DVCPRO). 1982
3 Dean Rusk (DVCPRO).
3 Charley Pell (DVCPRO). 1982
3 John Staudhammer (DVCPRO).
3 Carter Randall (DVCPRO).
3 William Winslade (DVCPRO).
3 Henry Fishkind (DVCPRO).
3 John Houseman (DVCPRO).
3 David Chalmers; Paul Doughty (DVCPRO).
3 Sidney Ives (DVCPRO).
3 Stanley Karnow (DVCPRO).
3 William Westmoreland (DVCPRO).
3 Harvey Wasserman (DVCPRO).
3 Parker Small (DVCPRO). 1978
3 Robert Hatch; Fred Gregory (DVCPRO).
3 Alistair Duckworth (DVCPRO).
3 Bertram Wyatt-Brown (DVCPRO).
3 Gainesville Chamber Orchestra (DVCPRO).
3 Robert Bach (DVCPRO).
3 Otis Boggs (DVCPRO).
3 Gene Roddenberry (DVCPRO).
3 Galen Hall (DVCPRO).
3 Jack Horkheimer (DVCPRO).
2 Ambassador Clare Boonstra (VHS).

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Interviewing on television.
WUFT (Television station : Gainesville, Fla.).

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