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School of Journalism and Communication records

Identifier: UA 013

Scope and Contents

The collection contains records that document the functions and activities of this school. Collection organized by accession and includes (but is not limited to) the following material:

Accession 00045.A: School history, publications, press, correspondence of P.L. Campbell, A.B. Hall, and various Deans of Journalism schools, 1915-1954.

Accession 10646.A: Meeting minutes and inventory materials, 1966-1975.

Accession 1996.344.A: Correspondence, accreditation, and minutes, 1921-1988.

Accession 1996.377.A: old publications and brochures, Hill Seminar reports, Allen Hall records, Old Oregon and Emerald records, 1939-1977.

Accession 1996.346.A: Correspondence and newspaper articles, 1963-1985.

Accession 1996.711.A: Memoranda, correspondence of H.K. Newburn correspondence, University Press, and records of the Oregon Press Conference, 1946-1980.

Accession 1996.200.A: Newsletters, 1960-1970.

Accession 1996.97.A: Publications, booklets, and books, 1965-1984.

Accession 1996.131.A: Minority student projects, speech texts 1975-1978.

Accession 2002s.285.A: Correspondence and meeting minutes, 1957-1980.

Accession 11.101.A: Alphabetically organized subject files, 1984-2010.

Accession 2002s.100: Broadcasting and TV services records, 1940-1987.

Accession 10464.A: Oregon Newspaper Salary Survey and curriculum records, 1949-1968.

Accession 10511.A: Correspondence regarding Mellett (Don) Lectureship, visiting lectureers, and journalism assemblies, 1948-1967.

Accession 11001.A: Correspondence, awards, and records related to the operation of Broadcast Services, 1966-1977.

Accession 11249.A: Meeting minutes and correspondence, 1974-1984.

Accession 11296.A: Records of the Dean including correspondence, 1967-1977.

Accession 11341.A: Correspondence, records associated with OSP, awards, newspapers, and yearbooks, 1966-1981.

Accession 09.133.A: Two copies of "Journalists in the Making," three copies of "Planning for Curriculum Change in Journalism Education," Ruhl Symposium records, and Richard W. Johnston Memorial Project booklets, 1974-1984.


  • Creation: 1915-2010


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Permanent University Archive public records are available for research, and are subject to state, and in some cases federal freedom of information laws. In compliance with applicable state and federal laws, including, but not limited to, FERPA and HIPAA, specific records that are legally protected, sensitive, private, or confidential are exempt (not subject to disclosure) and closed to protect individual privacy. Access to paper records will be granted after a professional review of the records occurs based on regulations in state and federal laws. Contact Special Collections and University Archives well in advance in order to access these records.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon was created in 1916. Eric Allen was its first Dean.

What had begun as a single course offering in journalism in 1901 had, by 1916, developed into a full-fledged program with five courses, all taught by Allen and two part-time instructors. That was the year that the Board of Regents of the University of Oregon raised the fledgling program to the status of a School of Journalism with Eric Allen as the new dean.

During those first few years, the program indeed focused on the traditional aspects of newspaper journalism; however, in the 1914-15 academic year a single course in advertising was available to students. Advertising and public relations have since been a part of the School.

Although radio transmission at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication goes back to 1925, there were no official courses in radio broadcasting until 1938. However, as early as 1931, journalism students enrolled in Dean Eric Allen's editing class, along with Emerald staff members, aired a 15-minute broadcast five times a week over KORE, Eugene's earliest radio station. The first full-fledged course was called Radio Program Production and was conducted by the Speech Department in cooperation with the Schools of Music, Business Administration, and Journalism. In the following years, courses in television news were added as well as facilities for both radio and television production.

In 1930, a new graduate program was established —the first such program in journalism in the Northwest.

Built in 1954, Allen hall is a living memorial to the man who is almost single-handedly responsible for the practice of journalism in Oregon.



33.5 linear feet (32 containers) : 18 record storage boxes, 12 manuscript boxes, 2 half manuscript boxes

Language of Materials



The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) at the University of Oregon was created in 1916 and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. The collection includes faculty meeting minutes and correspondence, special lecture and symposium information, SOJC publications, accreditation reports, records of the Dean's office, awards, scripts and audio tapes, and event information, 1915-2010.


Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records have been acquired through occasional transfers from the School of Journalism and Communications.


Continued transfers of records from the School of Journalism and Communication are expected indefinitely.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to the School of Journalism and Communication at Special Collections and University Archives include: University Archives alphabetical subject files, UA Ref 1; University Archives biographical files, UA Ref 2; University Archives publications, UA Ref 4.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jenn Newby, 2012. Updated by processing staff, 2015.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.

Guide to the School of Journalism and Communication Records
Complete Description
Jenn Newby and Tanya Parlet. Updated by processing staff.
2012; 2013; update 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA