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One Man's Family radio program collection

Identifier: ahc.MSS822f

Scope and Content

This collection contains published material from Standards Brands Incorporated about the radio program One Man's Family. There is a large folded pamphlet titled "One Man's Family" History: In Words and Pictures; a booklet, I Believe in America, which presents "the family's" thoughts on the United States during the early 1940s through poems, quotes, and a discussion in the form of a script; and A Barbour Family Scrap Book which contains photos of the "family members," fictional newspaper clippings, and a family tree.


  • 1935-1946


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

One Man's Family was a radio program that aired from 1932 to 1959, making it the longest running serial in American radio history. The program, set in Sea Cliff, San Francisco, California, followed the fictional lives of the Barbour family, including the grandparents, five adult children, their spouses, and eleven grandchildren. The show focused on the dynamics of the family with drama between different generations and major plotlines centered on marriage, death, and wartime issues. Carlton Morse (1901-1993), the creator of the show, was a journalist who wrote for many west coast newspapers, including the Sacramento Union and The Seattle Times. He began his career in radio in 1928 as a script writer. Standard Brands Incorporated sponsored the show. In 1929, the Fleischmann Company, the Royal Baking Powder Company, and Chase and Sanborn merged to form Standard Brands Incorporated.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2005

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.
One Man's Family radio program collection
Louanne Heintz
October 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305