Fran Harris-Tuchman (1915- ) began her broadcasting career in 1942 as a member of the pioneering all-female group known as the Women's Auxiliary Television Technical Staff (WATTS). The WATTS kept WBKB-TV (now WLS) in Chicago on the air for the duration of WWII, as the majority of the station's male staff were overseas.
Later, Harris-Tuchman would go on to become the first woman to head the television division of a major advertising agency, when she founded the TV department of Ruthrauff & Ryan in Chicago. She also founded her own highly successful ad firm, Harris-Tuchman Productions. Her firm produced commercials for Starkist Foods and Mattel, including the first TV ads for the Barbie doll in 1959.
This gallery presents samples from The Fran Harris-Tuchman Collection at the Library of American Broadcasting.
The collection spans the years 1946 to 1996, and contains clippings, photos, scripts, reports, minutes of meetings, and production elements including slides, story boards, and animation cells. Fran Harris-Tuchman donated the collection in two installments: the first in 1998, with a subsequent donation in 1999.