Collection MSS 030 - Carmen Fields News Video Collection

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US MBE MSS 030

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Carmen Fields News Video Collection

Date(s)

  • 1979 - 2004 (Creation)

Extent

8.5 linear feet; 67 tapes, multi formatted

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Biographical history

Carmen Fields was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Lincoln University (Missouri), where she received a B.A. degree in journalism and received a M.S. in broadcast journalism from Boston University. She worked for the Boston Globe as a reporter, editor and columnist; on several Boston television channels 7 (WNAC), 4 (WBZ), and 2 (WGBH) as a news reporter and anchor. Carmen Fields was the writer for the documentary “Goin’ back to T-Town,” which aired on PBS’s The American Experience in 1983.

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Scope and content

The Carmen Fields collection consists of Ms. Fields professional work, as a reporter, anchor, writer and host. Ms. Fields worked at three major Boston area television networks: WNAC, WGBH and WBZ and helped produce the documentaries “Goin’ Back to T-Town” and “Wake Up Everybody,” produced for a BU School of Medicine program for minority students. Much of this collection consists of Ms. Fields reporting on various news stories, anchoring news shows, and interviewing guests. Carmen Fields’ documented career in this collection spans from 1979 to 1992. The tapes are multi formatted, with U-matic being the bulk of the collection as well as several VHS and beta tapes.

System of arrangement

All tapes are organized chronologically by date, when date is available, following the path of Carmen Fields career. Series 1 contains Ms. Fields work at WNAC, channel 7 news; Series 2 contains Ms. Fields’ audition composite tapes from WNAC and WBZ; Series 3 contains Ms. Fields’ work as a reporter on WGBH’s Ten O’clock News; Series 4 contains different production levels of “Goin’ Back to T-Town,” a documentary written by Ms. Fields. All tapes are VHS format; Series 5 contains one VHS copy of “Wake Up Everybody,” a documentary hosted by Carmen Fields for the Boston University School of Medicine.

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Technical access

A U-matic tape player, a VHS tape player, and a beta tape player are necessary to view this collection.

Conditions governing reproduction

The status of copyright in this collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C). This collection is for research purposes only. No portions of these videos may be reproduced. These are non-circulating materials.

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  • English

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Immediate source of acquisition

The Carmen Fields Collection was donated to Emerson College by Lorenz Finison and Carmen Fields in November 2011.

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Videos of Carmen Fields as an anchor on WGBH’s Ten O’clock News are available on these websites:
The Boston TV News Digital Library: http://bostonlocaltv.org/
WGBH Media Library and Archives, Open Vault: http://openvault.wgbh.org/

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Archivist's note

Finding Aid prepared by Janis Jackson; last updated on January, 22 2014.
AtoM record created by Samantha Quinon on October, 27 2014.

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