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Bing Crosby Show videotape collection

Identifier: M102

Scope and Content of the Collection

This collection consists of eleven two-inch quad videotapes containing seven discrete programs of The Bing Crosby Show dating from 1959 through 1962. The programs have been digitized and are accessible on DVD.

The recordings contain The Bing Crosby Show as broadcast, and include commercials for products such as Oldsmobile cars, Kodak cameras and Clairol hair products. Some tapes also contain extraneous undated material following the program, such as additional commercials and announcements for upcoming non-Crosby programs.

Of the original videotapes, four have not been reformatted to DVD. One videotape (M1989-02/2) contains audio only, of Crosby performing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." Four videotapes (M1989-02/1, 3, 6, 11) contained the same program, originally broadcast in 1960 and rebroadcast in 1962 with a different sponsor. The videotape collection contains one copy of each of the broadcasts plus two intermediate copies from which the commercials have been edited out, but only M1989-02/1 is available for viewing on DVD.

A detailed program log is available in the repository. It contains information on: Record/playback dates (if known). Indication of whether the show was taped in color or black/white, and information transcribed from the original box label. Description of any commercials. Lists of the performers and other credits (producers, directors, etc.). Lists of the numbers performed (in italics) with their performer(s), with approximate timings. Materials included at the beginning or end of the tape (extra commercials, advertisements for upcoming shows, etc.). Please note that timings will vary slightly, Frequently the original lyrics of numbers have been altered to fit the theme of the program or medley in which they occur. In these cases, the original title of the song is provided in square brackets. The log notes skips in the tape and audio or video distortions.


  • Creation: 1959-1962

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Reproduction is forbidden except with written permission of Bing Crosby Enterprises.

Historical Note

The Bing Crosby Show is a 28-episode situation comedy television program starring crooner, film star, iconic phenomenon, and businessman Bing Crosby and actress Beverly Garland as a middle-aged couple, Bing and Ellie Collins, rearing two teenaged daughters during the early 1960s. It ran from 1964-1965.


0.42 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of seven discrete programs of The Bing Crosby Show dating from 1959 through 1962.


The collection is arranged into chronological order.

Off-Site Storage

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Rusty Bruton, September 13, 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Christine de Catanzaro and Christopher Paton at the item level, December 2001.

The Bing Crosby Show:
A Guide to the Videotape Collection at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
December 2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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