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Robert Mulhall papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 5/6/14

Scope and Content

This collection includes correspondence related to Robert Mulhall's work at WOI, administrative papers from Mulhall's leadership of WOI, legal documents regarding actions taken by and against WOI Radio and WOI Television, and documents related to WOI’s extensive application for special service authorization to broadcast during the night-time hours


  • 1939-2006

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Robert Mulhall (1921-1982) was born and raised in Story City, Iowa. He graduated from Ames High School in 1939 and attended Loras College, graduating from that institution in 1943. Mulhall began work for WOI (then only radio) in 1944, filling the position of news director. Two years after WOI added the country’s first educationally owned and operated television station (that is, 1952) Mulhall became operations manager of WOI. In 1956 he was named general manager of WOI Radio and Television. As general manager Mulhall oversaw many years of change at WOIDLthe transition from black-and-white television to color, the radio station again being allowed to broadcast during nighttime hours, and the first attempt to sell the television station. In 1982 Mulhall suffered a sudden heart attack and died.


7.56 Linear Feet ( 18 document boxes)


This collection is arranged by series:

Series 1: Administrative Papers, 1939-1985

Series 2: Correspondence, 1954-1985

Series 3: Legal Records, 1947-1985

Series 4: Special Service Authorization Records, 1949-1966

Items in related collections

RS 5/6. Iowa State University. WOI Radio and Television records, 1911-2012, undated

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 5/6/14. Robert Mulhall papers, 1939-2006
February 25, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672