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FA-58094-15

Susan Dorrit Murray
New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)

A Cultural History of American Color Television

The more than three decades between the early tests of mechanical color television in the late 1920s and full adoption of color by U.S. networks in the 1960s saw extended and compelling popular, scientific, and industrial conversations about the utility and meaning of color television. This occurred alongside and in between debates about technical standards, dueling technical systems, concerns over interference and bandwidth, color in product design, programming, perception and psychophysics, optics, fidelity, color harmony, colorimetry, and aesthetics. This book project tells this story, culminating in the postwar decades, and positions color television as central to the broader history of twentieth century visual culture.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Media Studies

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 5/31/2016