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Don Naylor:

A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

March 14, 1991 (revised September 1991)

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 from HTML source, April 17, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Naylor, Don (Donald Covey), 1910-1991
Title:Don Naylor papers
Dates: 1934-1970
Quantity: 3 linear ft. (in 6 Boxes)
Abstract:Don Naylor (1910-1991) was production manager of radio station WGST in Atlanta, Georgia,1936-1950, and program director at WAGA Radio and later television in Atlanta, 1950-1959. His papers include scrapbooks he compiled about his career, and scripts for radio programs he wrote and produced. Most of the scripts were written during Naylor’s years with WGST Radio; a few were written for KTAT and KFJZ in Fort Worth, Texas. Listener corrrespondence and background materials are filed with many of the scripts.
Identification: M103

Scope and Content of the Papers

Mr. Naylor's papers include scrapbooks relating to his life and career, and scripts for radio programs that he wrote, produced and performed in from 1934 through 1950. Most of the scripts were written during his tenure at WGST, although some of them (dating from 1934 and 1935) were written for use on KTAT and KFJZ in Fort Worth, Texas. Many of the Folders of scripts also include listener correspondence relating to the programs, and some contain background material that Mr. Naylor used when creating the shows.

The Folder inventory of the collection begins with three scrapbooks compiled by Mr. Naylor that document his career and life in Atlanta during his years at WGST, WAGA and WAGA-TV. The first scrapbook was created by Mr. Naylor specifically for the archives at Georgia State University, and documents his years at WGST (1936-1950). The Folders immediately following the first scrapbook contain copies of materials from another scrapbook (also covering the years 1936-1950), which was compiled by Mr. Naylor for his own use. Materials in the second scrapbook that duplicated materials in the first scrapbook were not copied for inclusion in the collection a second time. The third scrapbook is entitled "Memories of My WAGA/WAGA-TV years, 1950-59. Plus 'My BDA Debacle' in the Spring and Summer of '59 and My Difficult Free-lance efforts that Fall, Including Being a Stock Salesman for 'The Black Sheep Club' and Manager of a Radio/TV Representative in Early 1960."

The Folders following the scrapbooks contain scripts for radio programs, along with accompanying correspondence and background material, filed in alphabetical order by name of program. The information on the Folder inventory includes the name of the program and the dates of the scripts and other materials contained within the Folder. When the program was sponsored by a particular company or product, and the sponsoring company was known to the archivist, the sponsor's name appears in parentheses after the program title and dates.

Materials relating to Wee Willie, Madame Bottlestopper, and Uncle Cyrus, three characters that Mr. Naylor created and performed himself and often included in his programs, are filed under their respective names. Researchers should bear in mind that although most of the material relating to each of these characters is filed by the character's name, additional material may be found with scripts filed elsewhere in the collection.

Biography of Don Naylor

Don Naylor was production manager of radio station WGST in Atlanta, Georgia from 1936 until 1950. He became program director at WAGA Radio in 1950, and was program director of WAGA radio and television from 1951 through 1959. From 1960 through 1986 he wrote and produced radio and television advertising for Coca-Cola products with the McCann-Erickson advertising agency.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Naylor, Don (Donald Covey), 1910-1991
WGST (Radio station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Radio broadcasting --Archival resources


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], Don Naylor Papers, M103, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Don Naylor, September 29, 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton, March 14, 1991; revised September 1991.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: WSB Collection, M004, Popular Music Collection

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