Guide to the Journalism Department Records
1918-1988

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Creator: Oregon State University. Dept. of Journalism.
Title: Journalism Department Records
Dates: 1918-1988 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.35 cubic feet (2 boxes)
11 microfilm reels
Collection Number: RG 091
Summary: The Journalism Department Records document the undergraduate and graduate instruction programs in technical journalism at Oregon State University. The records also include materials pertaining to the reorganization of higher education in Oregon in the early 1930s and the controversy between the University of Oregon and Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in the 1920s regarding the offering of journalism degrees at OAC.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives

Languages: Materials in English. 

Historical Note

Journalism courses were first offered at Oregon Agricultural College during the 1914/15 school year, and the Department of Industrial Journalism was created in 1918. The department's purpose was to train students "who wish to take positions on farm and trade journals, newspapers, and other publications, especially where writing on industrial subjects such as Agriculture, Home Economics, and Engineering is required" (1919/20 OAC Catalogue). On three occasions during the 1920s, the State Board of Higher Curricula was requested to consider restricting or eliminating industrial journalism at Oregon State.

During the 1930s and 1940s, journalism at Oregon State was administered jointly with the program at the University of Oregon as part of the higher education reorganization in Oregon. In 1969, departmental majors were offered for the first time; subsequently, thirty technical minors were added. In 1992, the Journalism Department was eliminated as part of university wide budget reductions.

Department chairs have included Frank Snow, 1928; Maynard Brown, 1929; Charles D. Byrne, 1929-1932; Fred M. Shideler, 1932-1967; Fred Zwahlen, 1967-1989; and Jon Franklin, 1989-1991.

Content Description

The Journalism Department Records document the development of undergraduate and graduate instruction programs in technical (industrial) journalism at Oregon State University. The records include materials pertaining to the reorganization of higher education in Oregon in the early 1930s and the controversy between the University of Oregon and Oregon Agricultural College in the 1920s regarding the offering of journalism degrees of OAC.

Much of the collection consists of microfilmed scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from Oregon newspapers. The clippings are of articles about Oregon State and/or ones written by Oregon State students for the newspapers. Many of the scrapbooks have accompanying subject indexes.

The remainder of the collection was created or assembled by department chair Fred Zwahlen and includes materials pertaining to accreditation and special events, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention in Corvallis in 1983; subject files pertaining to curriculum, faculty, budgets, and graduates and advisees; and materials assembled for the Journalism Advisory Council. Of particular note in the subject files are materials regarding former Oregon Governor Tom McCall's position at OSU in the early 1970s.

Also of note in the collection are sound recordings of Associated Press science writer and editor, Alton Blakeslee; New York Times science writer, Sandra Blakeslee (with KOAC reporter Shirley Howard); Oregonian editor, J. Richard Nokes, and KGW-TV News Director, Ed Godfrey recorded in 1970-1971.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research. Access to materials in Series VII and VIII pertaining to journalism advisees is restricted and subject to review by the University Archivist.

Preferred Citation :  

Journalism Department Records (RG 091), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The records are arranged in nine series: I. Briefs and Statements, 1920-1928; II. Clippings on OSSHE Budget and Survey of Higher Education, 1930-1931; III. Miscellaneous, 1921-1925; IV. Oregon Newspaper Scrapbooks, 1918-1951; V. Accreditation, 1977-1988; VI. Special Event Records, 1979-1988; VII. Subject Files, 1966-1988; VIII. Journalism Advisory Council, 1988; and IX. Sound Recordings, 1970-1971.

Acquisition Information :  

Transferred in several accessions from the 1960s through 1995.

Related Materials :  

Photographs pertaining to the Journalism Department can be found in the Journalism Department Photographic Collection (P 208) and in Harriet's Collection. The Beaver Yearbook (P 003) and Barometer (P 035) Photographic Collections include photographs taken by student photojournalists. The Archives includes the papers or records of several journalism faculty, alumni journalists, and journalism organizations, including Fred M. Shideler, Frank H. Bartholomew, Ted Carlson, Hope Chamberlin, A. Freeman Mason, and Theta Sigma Phi (Alpha Eta Chapter).


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Briefs and Statements, 1920-1928

Series I pertains to attempts by the University of Oregon in the 1920s to discontinue or reduce the courses in industrial journalism at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) and OAC's responses.

Container(s)
Description
Reel
1 Correspondence, 1920-1922
1 Statements on Industrial Journalism at Oregon Agricultural College, 1920
1 Correspondence regarding establishment of a Sigma Delta Chi chapter at OAC, 1920-1921
1 Correspondence regarding the OAC industrial edition of the Albany Herald, 1921
1 Statements by OAC deans and extension agents, editors of student publications, and farm paper and other editors on the value of industrial journalism training, 1922
1 Statement by the University of Oregon regarding alleged violations of rulings by the State Board of Higher Curriculum by Oregon State Agricultural College, 1928

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Series II:  Clippings on OSSHE Budget and Survey of Higher Education, 1930-1931

Series II contains newspaper clippings about the Oregon State System of Higher Educations' budget and the survey of higher education in Oregon in the early 1930s which led to the reorganization of higher education and the transfer of academic programs between Oregon State College and the University of Oregon.

Container(s)

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Series III:  Miscellaneous, 1921-1925

Series IIII pertains to attempts by the University of Oregon in the 1920s to discontinue or reduce the courses in industrial journalism at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) and OAC's responses.

Container(s)
Description
Reel
1 Briefs, statements, and studies, pertaining to elimination of Industrial Journalism at Oregon State Agricultural College, undated
1 Correspondence from editors of Oregon farm journals and newspapers, 1921-1925
1 Correspondence from graduates of Oregon Agricultural College who studied Industrial Journalism, 1925
1 President Kerr's response to the Board of Higher Curricula regarding the University of Oregon's petition to eliminate or reduce Industrial Journalism at Oregon Agricultural College, April 15, 1922

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Series IV:  Oregon Newspaper Scrapbooks, 1918-1951

Series IV consists of 68 newspaper clippings scrapbooks that include articles about Oregon State and/or that were written by Oregon State students for the newspapers. Indexes are available for some of the scrapbooks. A few of the volumes have handwritten indexes. The scrapbooks are only available on microfilm; the indexes are available in original paper form.

Container(s)
Description
Indexes, 1923-1940
Reel
box 1 Oregonian and Portland News, 1923-1924
box 1 Oregonian, 1928-1931
box 1 Oregon Journal, 1930-1931
box 1 Oregonian, 1931-1932
box 1 Oregon Journal, 1931-1937
box 1 Oregonian, 1934-1937
box 1 Oregon Journal, 1937-1939
box 2 Oregon Journal, 1939-1940
Reel
reel 2 Oregonian, Oregon Journal, Portland Telegram and Portland News, 1918-1921
reel 2 Corvallis Gazette-Times and Benton Courier, 1920-1921
reel 2 Oregonian, Oregon Journal, Portland Telegram and Portland News, 1921-1922
reel 2 Corvallis Gazette-Times and Benton Courier, 1921-1922
reel 3 Oregonian, Oregon Journal, Portland Telegram and Portland News, 1922-1923
reel 3 Corvallis Gazette-Times and Benton Courier, 1922-1923
reel 3 Oregonian and Portland News, 1923-1924
reel 3 Oregon Journal and Portland Telegram, 1923-1924
reel 3 Gazette Times and Benton Courier, 1923-1924
reel 3 Oregonian and Portland News, 1924-1925
reel 3 Oregon Journal and Portland Telegram, 1924-1925
reel 3 Corvallis Gazette-Times, 1924-1925
reel 4 Oregonian and Portland News, 1925-1926
reel 4 Oregon Journal and Portland Telegram, 1925-1926
reel 4 Corvallis Gazette-Times, 1925-1926
reel 4 Oregonian and Portland News, 1926-1927
reel 4 Oregon Journal, 1926-1927
reel 5 Oregon Journal, Portland Telegram and Portland News, 1929-1930
reel 5 Oregonian, 1929-1931
reel 5 Oregon Journal, 1930-1931
reel 5 Portland News and Portland Telegram, 1930-1931
reel 5 Oregonian, 1931-1932
reel 6 Oregonian, 1933-1934
reel 6 Oregon Journal, 1933-1934
reel 6 Oregonian, 1934-1935
reel 6 Oregon Journal, 1934-1935
reel 6 Oregonian, 1935-1936
reel 6 Oregon Journal, 1935-1936
reel 6 Oregonian, 1936-1937
reel 6 Oregon Journal, 1936-1937
reel 7 Oregonian, 1937-1938
reel 7 Oregon Journal, 1937-1938
reel 7 Oregonian, 1938-1939
reel 7 Oregon Journal, 1938-1939
reel 7 Oregonian, 1939-1940
reel 7 Oregon Journal, 1939-1940
reel 7 Oregonian, 1940-1941
reel 8 Oregonian, 1941-1942
reel 8 Oregon Journal, 1941-1942
reel 8 Oregonian, 1942-1943
reel 8 Oregon Journal, 1942-1943
reel 8 Oregonian and Oregon Journal, 1943-1944
reel 8 Oregonian, 1944-1945
reel 8 Oregon Journal, 1944-1945
reel 9 Oregonian, 1946-1947
reel 9 Oregon Journal, 1946-1947
reel 9 Oregonian, 1947-1948
reel 9 Oregon Journal, 1947-1948
reel 9 Oregonian, 1948-1949
reel 9 Oregon Journal, 1948-1949
reel 9 Oregonian, 1949-1950
reel 9 Oregon Journal, 1949-1950
reel 10 Oregonian, Oregon Journal, Portland Telegram and Portland News, 1919-1920
reel 10 Oregon Journal and Portland Telegram, 1926-1927
reel 10 Oregonian, Oregon Journal, Portland Telegram and Portland News, 1927-1928
reel 10 Oregonian, 1928-1929
reel 10 Oregon Journal, Portland Telegram and Portland News, 1928-1929
reel 11 Oregon Journal, 1931-1932
reel 11 Oregonian, 1932-1933
reel 11 Oregon Journal, 1932-1933 and 1940-1941
reel 11 Oregonian, 1945-1946
reel 11 Oregon Journal, 1945-1946
reel 11 Oregonian, 1950-1951
reel 11 Oregon Journal, 1950-1951

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Series V:  Accreditation, 1977-1988

Series V documents accreditation of the department by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 1977 and 1985.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Accreditation and Evaluations, 1984-1988
1 Materials (portion of) Assembled for Site Visit, 1984
1 Pre-Visit Report, 1977

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Series VI:  Special Event Records, 1979-1988

Series VI contains special event records from the 1983 annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication held in Corvallis and from the department's 75th anniversary activities in 1988.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1-2 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication - 1983 Annual Convention in Corvallis, 1979-1983
2 folders
1 75th Anniversary, 1988

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Series VII:  Subject Files, 1966-1988

Series VII consists of subject files pertaining to advising, affirmative action, budgets, curriculum, faculty, and graduates. Many of the materials were created or assembled by department chair, Fred Zwahlen.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Affirmative Action Plan, 1974
1 Budgets, 1980-1981 (including Program Improvement Requests for 1981-1983)
1 Correspondence, 1985-1988
1 Curriculum and Instruction, 1973-1979
1 Department Brochure, 1982
1 List of Graduates, 1968
1 Technical Journalism - Advisees and Minors, 1980
Restricted and subject to review by the University Archivist.
1 Budgets, 1977-1979
1 CETA position, 1978
1 Curriculum Proposal for M.S. in Technical Writing, 1977
2 folders
Faculty,
Box
1 McCall, Tom, 1973-1975
1 Scheel, Jean, 1976-1977
1 Shideler, Fred, 1969-1975
1 Smith, Robert Burr ("Bob"), 1978-1979
Environmental and wildlife photography.
2 Faculty - General, 1967-1977
1 Forestry annual report, 1980
1 Journalism 110 study guide, undated
1 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association (ONPA) Board of Directors, 1978-1979
1 Promotion and Tenure Policies and Procedures, 1972-1976
1 Liberal Education by Kenneth D. Patterson, 1966
1 Anderson, N. Christian (Chris), 1988
Alumnus.
2 Teaching Assignments, 1977-1980

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Series VIII:  Journalism Advisory Council, 1988

Series VIII consists of an information book assembled for the Journalism Advisory Council. It includes summary and promotional information about the department and includes a curriculum proposal for a master's degree in scientific and technical communication, budget information, a site visit report, a list of journalism advisees, and a paper by Edwin J. Peterson, Black Hats: The Inevitable Garb of Lawyers and Reporters.

Access to materials pertaining to journalism advisees is restricted and subject to review by the University Archivist.

Container(s)

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Series IX:  Sound Recordings, 1970-1971

The sound recordings consist of 13 reel-to-reel tape recordings, primarily of journalists. Several of the tapes are of Alton Blakeslee (Associated Press Science Writer) with Fred Zwahlen and Sam Bailey. The tapes also include recordings of Sandra Blakeslee (Science Writer with the New York Times), Science Journalism in the '70s, with KOAC radio reporter Shirley Howard; a news seminar with Richard Nokes of the Oregonian and Ed Godfrey of KGW; and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin (Tickener?).

Container(s)

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Blakeslee, Alton L.
  • Blakeslee, Sandra.
  • McCall, Tom, 1913-1983.
  • Nokes, J. Richard.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State System of Higher Education.
  • Oregon State University--Faculty.
  • Subject Terms :
  • American newspapers--Oregon.
  • Journalism--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Audiotapes.
  • Scrapbooks.
    • Other Creators :
    • Howard, Shirley Jean, 1928-
    • Zwahlen, Fred C., 1924-
    • Oregon Agricultural College. Dept. of Industrial Journalism.
    • Oregon State College. Dept. of Journalism.

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