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Name of Creator:Herman, Gerald H.
Title:Gerald H. Herman papers
Reference Code:M168
Location Code:56/2-3
Extent:5 cubic ft. (6 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the activities of Professor Gerald H. Herman as a faculty member and administrator at Northeastern University. The records focus on his involvement with University committees, particularly technology and telecommunications groups. Files from the Technology Convergence Taskforce, the Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and the Taskforce on Distance Education are included in the first series. These groups were broadly concerned with technological development and accessibility across the Northeastern campus from the 1980s through the early 2000s. Also documented is Professor Herman's involvement with Roland Nadeau's long-running radio program “A Note To You” and with Northeastern University's collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including the Online Conservatory project and a planned but unrealized child-focused website for the Boston Symphony. The “A Note To You” files are of particular interest because they illustrate negotiations between Northeastern and WGBH over the future of the program. The second series includes a complete collection of video lectures Professor Herman created with Martha E. Francois, Donald Allen, Charmarie J. Blaisdell, and E.H. Harbison for the “To Know Thyself” Western Civilization survey class, covering the history of Western Europe to the post-Cold War West. Topics in the collection include planning for technological expansion, upgrades to University technology, issues surrounding local radio broadcasting, Northeastern's student radio station WRBB, physical plant planning, and the installation of Northeastern's NUnet online computer network. Records include correspondence, memoranda, reports, newsletters, project proposals, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and VHS recordings.
Historical Abstract:Gerald H. Herman, professor and administrator at Northeastern University, was born in 1944 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his Bachelor's degree in 1965 from Hunter College and his Master's degree in 1967 from Northeastern University. He served as a United States Department of State Reserve Foreign Service Officer from 1965 to 1968 and was appointed to his first teaching position at Northeastern University in 1967 as an instructor in the History Department. He served as a special assistant to the Northeastern University Office of the Provost between 1978 and 1988. His focus as a historian has been modern and contemporary European cultural and intellectual history, focusing on the relationships between the arts and sciences. He has also done work on twentieth century military history and history as seen through the media. He is the author of several publications, including The Media, the Academy, and the Law: Assessing the Truth from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to Holocaust Denial (2007). In the 1980s, he was a founding member of the Historians' Film Committee and contributed to the 1988 project “Image as Artifact” created by the American Historical Association and the Library of Congress. In 2009, he is a tenured faculty member with a joint appointment in History and Education. He serves as the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Liberal Arts Academic Director for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, and as a special assistant to the Office of the University Legal Counsel.
Language and Scripts:Material is entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Organized in two series: 1. Northeastern University Committees and Activities; and 2. Video Lectures.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Herman, Gerald

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)

  • Educational technology
  • Lectures and lecturing -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Faculty
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Department of History
  • Radio
  • Radio programs, Musical

Conditions Governing Access:Records are restricted for 25 years from date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office; the video lectures are unrestricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:The collection was donated to the Archives by Professor Gerald H. Herman in May 2004; the Western Civilization I and II video tapes were transferred to the Archives by Carol Poulliotte, Snell Library Media Center, in June 2007.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Hanna Clutterbuck, October 2009