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CRA386 -- John Hmurovic Papers


0.25 Linear Feet
November 1996

Mr. John Hmurovic, a native of the Robertsdale section of Hammond, donated a portion of his papers to the Calumet Regional Archives in November 1996. The collection comprises two series: minute books of Slovak community organizations; and materials produced during the making of the television documentary "The Magic City of Steel: A History of Gary, Indiana." Mr. Hmurovic, a veteran television producer, wrote, directed, filmed, and produced the program during 1996-1997, the first comprehensive, professionally produced video documentary of Gary, Indiana.

Note: These minute books are written in Slovak.
Box Folder Description
1 Minute Books (2), Slovak Athletic Club, Whiting, (1924-1950)

Series: "The Magic City of Steel" Materials
Box Folder Description
2 1 Script, "The Magic City of Steel: A History of Gary, Indiana," 1997
3 Working Draft Script, "The Magic city of Steel," 1997 (contains photograph index to original S-VHS video tapes)
4 Correspondence / Outlines, "The Magic City of Steel," 1996-1997
5 Press releases, 1997
6 Music Scores, n.d.
7 Typescript, "Forty Years of Black Physicians in Gary Hospitals," n.d.

Note on Related Audio-Visual Material

During the production of "The Magic City of Steel," Mr. Humurovic gathered a number of audio tapes documenting local history. Many of the tapes were recorded during Gary's Golden Jubilee in 1956 and presented on radio station WWCA that year. Others captured oral histories of Gary pioneers during meetings of the Gary Historical Society. The original copies of these audio tapes reside at the Gary Public Library, while duplicate copies have been placed in the CRA Oral History Collection. An inventory to that collection is available in the Archives.

In addition to the audio tapes, Mr. Hmurovic donated two copies of the final edited program, "The Magic City of Steel," along with twenty videotapes of unedited footage, including all still photographs gathered during the research process and all interviews with live subjects. These video tapes have been placed in the WYIN-TV Records (CRA 375) and indices to the tapes are listed above as part of the Hmurovic Papers.

Subject Tracings

  • Ethnic Groups
  • Gary (Ind.)
  • Hospitals
  • Sports
  • Whiting (Ind.)