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Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law records

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Identifier: UA-16.116.1

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials that the Quello Center collected about James H. Quello’s career as an FCC commissioner and acting chairman (1974-1999). Materials includes copies of speeches, statements, news articles, reports and a small amount of correspondence. An index provides an itemized list of the documents up to 2005. Of particular interest are Quello’s correspondence, statements, and speeches related to children’s programming, the fining of Howard Stern, and personal communications services (PCS). There are also a few photographs of James Quello.

Other materials in the collection include Quello Center annual reports, photographs, and audio and video recordings of Quello Center events.


  • Creation: 1974 - 2017


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

The James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law (Quello Center) was founded in 1998 under the Department of Media and Information in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. The Center is supported through an endowment in honor of James and Mary Quello.

James Henry Quello (April 21,1914-January 24, 2010) was born to the parents of Italian immigrants in Larium, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Quello attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) graduating in 1935 with his B.A. While at Michigan State, he met his future wife, Mary, and they were married on September 14, 1937. After returning from military service in World War II, Quello worked at Detroit radio stations and eventually became vice president of WJR. In addition, he was appointed and served on the Detroit Housing and Urban Renewal Commission for 21 years. Quello served as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 1974-1998. In 1993, Quello was appointed acting chair of the FCC by President Bill Clinton.

In 1998, Quello assisted James Spaniolo, Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, in the development of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University.

Quello was the recipient of many awards and honors including the Distinguished MSU Alumni Award (1998) and an honorary Doctor of Humanities (1977) from MSU and an honorary Doctor of Public Service (1975) from Northern Michigan University.

James H. Quello died on January 24, 2010.


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Custodial History

The Quello Center records were processed by Lauren Lincoln-Chavez of the Quello Center before being transferred to the MSU Archives.

Related Archival Materials

Digital files of some of the articles and statements in this collection can be found on the Quello Center's website

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Quello Center Records
4 Published And Cataloged
September 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
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