HU OSA 300-6-1 Administrative Files

Identity statement

Reference code
HU OSA 300-6-1
Title
Administrative Files
Date(s)
1956 - 1994
Description level
Series
Extent and medium (processed)
13 Archival box, 1.63 linear meters

Content and structure

Scope and Content (Abstract)
The series contain different types of evaluations, mainly concerned with the content and the impact of Radio Liberty broadcasts before and after 1989. They are presented either as personal comments written by professional analysts and random persons on some special programs, or as sociological surveys combining statistical data and excerpts from the listeners’ mail. Issued four times a year, the last ones are the most representative of the attempts of the Research Division to grasp the listening trends of Radio Liberty in the target area. They contain systematic indications about the geographic and ethnic origin of listeners, their social and educational profile as well as their listening habits, preferences, and strategies (when confronted to jamming). Audience mail-flow is also classified according to the geographical distribution of the letters, their content and their authors’ social profile. Among the documents relating mainly to the Soviet area and Radio Liberty broadcasts, there are scattered reports about Radio Free Europe’s impact on Eastern European countries after 1990. (Although RFE and RL merged in 1976, their research divisions were united only in 1990. RFE’s East European Audience and Opinion Research Unit then joined SAAOR.) One can also find a few holograph and typewritten letters coming from the listeners. The whole material is of special interest because of the sociological difficulties in conducting audience surveys under abnormal sampling conditions. The detailed reports convey the tension of transmitting accurate data by means of distant assessment. Particularly interesting are the critical evaluations coming from the listeners, which highlight the complex perceptions towards Radio Liberty’s role. The special program evaluations can thus be viewed as complementary technical inputs about the possible improvement of a message sometimes perceived as propagandistic or not consistent with its mission.
Accruals

Not expected

Conditions of access and use

Conditions governing access
Unknown
Languages
English, French, German, Russian

Description control

Archivist's note
The surveys are based on interviews conducted with Soviet citizens traveling outside the USSR, under the auspices of the Soviet Area Audience and Opinion Research Unit (SAAOR) of RFE/RL. Projections of Western radio audience estimates on the population of the USSR were done through the mass media computer simulation methodology developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and adapted to the requirements of RFE/RL. As complex computational procedures are elaborated to serve SAAOR’s particular needs, one can argue that the development of statistical methods is enhanced by the sociological challenges brought about by RFE/RL problematic assessment of their audiences.
Description notes
The surveys are based on interviews conducted with Soviet citizens traveling outside the USSR, under the auspices of the Soviet Area Audience and Opinion Research Unit (SAAOR) of RFE/RL. Projections of Western radio audience estimates on the population of the USSR were done through the mass media computer simulation methodology developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and adapted to the requirements of RFE/RL. As complex computational procedures are elaborated to serve SAAOR’s particular needs, one can argue that the development of statistical methods is enhanced by the sociological challenges brought about by RFE/RL problematic assessment of their audiences.
Call Number Description
Archival boxes #1
300-6-1:1/1
Acknowledgements: Correspondence, 1967
300-6-1:1/2
Analysis Reports, 1956 - 1957
300-6-1:1/3
Analysis Reports, 1957 - 1958
300-6-1:1/4
Analysis Reports, 1958
300-6-1:1/5
Analysis Reports, 1959
300-6-1:1/6
Analysis Reports, 1960
300-6-1:1/7
Analysis Reports, 1961
300-6-1:1/8
Analysis Reports, 1962
Archival boxes #2
300-6-1:2/1
Analysis Reports [1/2], 1963
300-6-1:2/2
Analysis Reports [2/2], 1963
300-6-1:2/3
Analysis Reports, 1964
300-6-1:2/4
Listener Mail Reports [1/2], 1964
300-6-1:2/5
Listener Mail Reports [2/2], 1964
300-6-1:2/6
Analysis Reports, 1965
300-6-1:2/7
Analysis Reports, 1966
300-6-1:2/8
Analysis Reports, 1967
Archival boxes #3
300-6-1:3/1
Analysis Reports, 1968
300-6-1:3/2
Analysis Reports, 1969
300-6-1:3/3
Analysis Reports, 1970
300-6-1:3/4
Analysis Reports, 1971
300-6-1:3/5
Analysis Reports, 1972
300-6-1:3/6
Analysis Reports, 1973
300-6-1:3/7
Analysis Reports, 1974
300-6-1:3/8
Analysis Reports, 1975
300-6-1:3/9
Analysis Reports, 1976
300-6-1:3/10
Analysis Reports, 1977 - 1979
Archival boxes #4
300-6-1:4/1
Background Reports, 1977
300-6-1:4/2
Background Reports, 1978
300-6-1:4/3
Background Reports, 1979
300-6-1:4/4
Background Reports, 1979 - 1980
300-6-1:4/5
Listener Mail Reports, 1963
300-6-1:4/6
Listener Mail Reports [1/3], 1964
300-6-1:4/7
Listener Mail Reports [2/3], 1964
Archival boxes #5
300-6-1:5/1
Listener Mail Reports [3/3], 1964
300-6-1:5/2
Miscalleneous, 1981 - 1993
300-6-1:5/3
Miscalleneous, 1991
300-6-1:5/4
Miscalleneous, 1991 - 1992
300-6-1:5/5
Miscalleneous, 1992 - 1994
300-6-1:5/6
Miscalleneous, 1993 - 1994
300-6-1:5/7
Miscalleneous: Press [1/2], 1976
300-6-1:5/8
Miscalleneous: Press [2/2], 1976
Archival boxes #6
300-6-1:6/1
Non-Slavic Program Review, 1964
300-6-1:6/2
Non-Target Area: Correspondance, 1965 - 1969
300-6-1:6/3
Non-Target Area: Correspondance, 1967 - 1973
300-6-1:6/4
Non-Target Area: Kennedy: Correspondance, 1964
300-6-1:6/5
Non-Target Area: Correspondance, 1964
300-6-1:6/6
Performance Trend Reports, 1965 - 1967
300-6-1:6/7
Performance Trend Reports, 1965 - 1967
300-6-1:6/8
Program Evaluation Reports [1/7], 1961
300-6-1:6/9
Program Evaluation Reports [2/7], 1961
300-6-1:6/10
Program Evaluation Reports [3/7], 1961
300-6-1:6/11
Program Evaluation Reports [4/7], 1961
Archival boxes #7
300-6-1:7/1
Program Evaluation Reports [5/7], 1961
300-6-1:7/2
Program Evaluation Reports [6[7], 1961
300-6-1:7/3
Program Evaluation Reports [7/7], 1961
300-6-1:7/4
Program Evaluation Reports [1/2], 1962
300-6-1:7/5
Program Evaluation Reports [2/2], 1962
300-6-1:7/6
Program Series Reviews, 1965
300-6-1:7/7
Program Series Reviews, 1966
300-6-1:7/8
Program Series Reviews, 1967
300-6-1:7/9
Program Series Reviews, 1968
300-6-1:7/10
Quality Control Reports, 1974
Archival boxes #8
300-6-1:8/1
Quality Control Reports [1/2], 1975
300-6-1:8/2
Quality Control Reports [2/2], 1975
300-6-1:8/3
Quality Control Reports [1/2], 1976
300-6-1:8/4
Quality Control Reports [2/2], 1976
300-6-1:8/5
Quality Control Reports, 1977
300-6-1:8/6
Questionnaires, 1956 - 1966
Archival boxes #9
300-6-1:9/1
Questionnairies, 1960 - 1966
300-6-1:9/2
Questionnaires, 1966 - 1978
300-6-1:9/3
Research Memorandums, 1983 - 1990
300-6-1:9/4
Research Memorandums, 1987 - 1993
300-6-1:9/5
Special Broadcast Area Listener Evidence, 1974
300-6-1:9/6
Special Broadcast Area Listener Evidence, 1976
300-6-1:9/7
Special Broadcast Area Listener Evidence, 1975
300-6-1:9/8
Special Broadcast Area Listener Evidence, 1977 - 1979
300-6-1:9/9
Special Broadcast Area Listener Evidence, 1978 - 1979
300-6-1:9/10
Special Newscast Evaluation, 1965
300-6-1:9/11
Special Panel Program Reviews, 1964
Archival boxes #10
300-6-1:10/1
Special Panel Program Reviews, 1965
300-6-1:10/2
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1963
300-6-1:10/3
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1964 - 1965
300-6-1:10/4
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1966
300-6-1:10/5
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1967 - 1968
300-6-1:10/6
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1969 - 1970
300-6-1:10/7
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1971
300-6-1:10/8
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1972 - 1973
300-6-1:10/9
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1974
300-6-1:10/10
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1975
300-6-1:10/11
Special Program Evaluation Reports [1/2], 1976
300-6-1:10/12
Special Program Evaluation Reports [2/2], 1976
300-6-1:10/13
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1977
300-6-1:10/14
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1978
300-6-1:10/15
Special Program Evaluation Reports [1/2], 1979
Archival boxes #11
300-6-1:11/1
Special Program Evaluation Reports [2/2], 1979
300-6-1:11/2
Special Program Evaluation Reports, 1980
300-6-1:11/3
Special Program Reviews, 1963
300-6-1:11/4
Special Program Reviews, 1964
300-6-1:11/5
Special Regime Reaction Evidence, 1977
Archival boxes #12
300-6-1:12/1
The Arab-Israeli Conflict and Public Opinion in Eastern Europe, 1970
300-6-1:12/2
The Bulgarian Audience of Western Broadcasters, 1970
300-6-1:12/3
Attitudes Toward Key Political Concepts in East Europe, 1970
300-6-1:12/4
A Comparative Content Analysis of RFE, BBC, Voa, and Radio Prague Czech and Slovak Newscasts, 1970
300-6-1:12/5
The Czech and Slovak Listeners of Western Broadcasts, 1970
300-6-1:12/6
Flight Motivations of Refugees from Four Soviet Bloc Countries, 1970
300-6-1:12/7
The Listening Habits of Czech and Slovak Listeners of Western Broadcasts, 1970
Archival boxes #13
300-6-1:13/1
Listening Behavior and Related Attitudes of Hungarian Listeners to Western Broadcasts, 1960
300-6-1:13/2
Listening Patterns and related Attitudes of Polish Listeners to Western Broadcasts, 1960
300-6-1:13/3
The Method of Comparative and Conditional Sampling, 1976
300-6-1:13/4
The Psycho-Political Climate in Bulgaria, 1960
300-6-1:13/5
RFE Listens to Its Listeners, 1964
300-6-1:13/6
Social research in Poland, 1961
300-6-1:13/7
Some Aspects of the Attitudinal and Political Climate in Poland, 1963
300-6-1:13/8
Some Aspets of the Attitudinal and Political Climate in Poland [Attitude Survey II], 1963
300-6-1:13/9
Some Aspects of the Social-Psychological and Political Climate in Poland, 1961