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Don Naylor papers

Identifier: 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 Freelance 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.


  • Creation: 1934-1970


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.

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.


2.5 Linear Feet (in 6 boxes)

Language of Materials



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 correspondence and background materials are filed with many of the scripts.


The papers are arranged into alphabetical order.

Off-Site Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Don Naylor, September 29, 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton at the file level, March 14, 1991.

Don Naylor:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Christopher Ann Paton
14 March 1991
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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