The files contain miscellaneous clumps of papers relating to the engagement of those who contributed towards BBC radio programmes between 1963 and 1972. When previously the term ‘artist’ referred to performers, the papers in this artist file sequence also cover a range of other contributors including speakers and composers. However scriptwriters still maintain a separate file sequence. The contributions include domestic and overseas programmes, but not generally the regions.
These papers usually refer to contributors who had few or no bookings with the BBC between 1963 and 1972 and were not considered to have enough paperwork to warrant their own personal file. If a contributor is not listed in the run of files for RCONT12 , they may have unlisted papers held within the RCONT13 files.
As the papers cover different types of contributor, different departmental paperwork is included in the files. The contributions include those to Talks, Children’s Hour, Drama and Light Entertainment departments to name a few. The contents of the papers can vary depending on the contributor, but a majority of material consists of external and internal correspondence and contractual papers. Other papers include applications for auditions, reports on auditions and booking requisition forms. Occasionally biographical information, including photographs, was sent in by contributors and held on file.