Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Wokoun mss., 1941-1953, consists of radio scripts collected by psychologist William Wokoun, 1931-1984. Wokoun worked at the Human Engineering Laboratory for the U.S. Army and in 1968 he became director of human factors at Muzak, Inc. There he conducted research on the effects of music on productivity. He later became president of B.W. Research Laboratories, Inc., a research and consulting firm that uses psychological techniques to solve human factors and communications problems.

The scripts are mostly for NBC-affiliated, Chicago-based programs and were collected by Wokoun when he worked part-time at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago as a high school and college student. The collection contains scripts from such radio serials as The Guiding Light, Captain Midnight, Lone Journey, Ma Perkins, Masquerade, The Road of Life, Today's Children, Vic and Sade, and Woman in White. Also included are emcee scripts for music and variety shows, and commercial scripts for various products and companies. An inventory is available.

Gift. 1995

Collection size: 768 items

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