Alfred L. Higginbotham Papers

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0255

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence with students, alumni, members and officers of local, University and professional organizations, boards and committees, 1920-1966; information on the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame, including student papers on Nevada's earliest newspapers, 1928-1965; articles and speeches; early records of the Nevada State Press Association, 1924-1966; records of the Far Western Association of Departments of Journalism (FWADJ) ,1934- 1942; the American Society of Journalism School Administrators (ASJSA) , 1943-1963; Sigma Delta Chi, 1944-1965; Kappa Tau Alpha, 1936-1965; and a collection of materials entitled Propaganda, 1929- 1941; 1950.

Dates

  • 1920-1966

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Alfred Leslie Higginbotham, September 12, 1895-June 22, 1967, taught for more than 40 years at the University of Nevada. A graduate of Oberlin College, Ohio, he came to the University in 1923 as an English instructor, the same year the school began its first journalism class. He became an instructor in journalism and in 1965 the Regents named the Department of Journalism the Alfred L. Higginbotham Department of Journalism in his honor.

During his tenure at the University, he served on numerous committees and boards both on and off campus. For twenty years he was advisor of the campus chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the National Journalistic Society (in 1960 it became the National Professional Journalistic Society) and was national vice-president for campus affairs for two years. As a thirty year advisor of the University chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Journalism Scholarship Society, he also served as national vice-president for two years and president for two years.

Active in professional journalism societies, he belonged to the Far Western Association of Departments of Journalism (FWADJ) and the American Society of Journalism School Administrators (ASJSA). He was a charter member in 1944 for the ASJSA and served as Secretary, 1944- 1947, and as President, 1952.

He assisted in founding the Nevada State Press Association in 1924 which he served as secretary-manager for twenty-two years, and president in 1958-59. In addition, he was appointed historian of the University of Nevada during World War 11, and he began the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1948.

He also wrote numerous publications and speeches.

Extent

7 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection includes correspondence with students, alumni, members and officers of local, University and professional organizations, boards and committees, 1920-1966; information on the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame, including student papers on Nevada's earliest newspapers, 1928-1965; articles and speeches; early records of the Nevada State Press Association, 1924-1966; records of the Far Western Association of Departments of Journalism (FWADJ) ,1934- 1942; the American Society of Journalism School Administrators (ASJSA) , 1943-1963; Sigma Delta Chi, 1944-1965; Kappa Tau Alpha, 1936-1965; and a collection of materials entitled Propaganda, 1929- 1941 ; 1950.

Arrangement

The records are arranged in the following series. A history or explanation of the records is provided in the individual series descriptions.

Series 1. Correspondence and miscellaneous records. 1920s- 1966. Series 2. Nevada State Press Association. 1924- 1967. Series 3. Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame; student papers on Nevada Newspapers, Articles and Talks by and about Higginbotham. 1928-1965. Series 4. Sigma Delta Chi. 1954-1967. Series 5. Kappa Tau Alpha. 1936-1965. Series 6. Far Western Association of Departments of Journalism and the American Society of Journalism School Administrators. 1934- 1963. Series 7. Propaganda. 1929-1941; 1950.

Tracings

Afro-American Newspapers.
Alfred L. Higginbotham Department of Journalism.
American Newspapers-History-Nevada.
American Society of Journalism School Administrators.
Angel, Myron.
Beebe, Lucius.
Booth, John.
Booth, William.
Chartz, Alfred.
Consolidated Press Association.
Crisler, Carol.
Daggett, Rollin M.
Davis, Nellie Verrill Mighels.
Davis, Robert.
Davis, Samuel P.
DeQuill, Dan.
Dickerson, Sr., Denver.
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in Journalism.
Doten, Alf.
Drury, Wells.
Duncan, Charles.
The Eastern Slope (Washoe City, Nevada)
The Ely Daily Times (Ely, Nevada)
The Ely Record (Ely, Nevada)
Emerson, Clyde C.
Eureka Sentinel (Eureka, Nevada)
The Fairview News (Fairview, Nevada)
Farnworth, Joseph.
Far Western Association of Departments of Journalism.
Forbes, William J.
Gardnerville Record-Courier (Gardnerville, Nevada)
Garside, Frank F.
Gillis, Stephen Edward.
Goodman, Joseph T.
Goodwin, Charles C.
Hart, Frederick.
Hartman, Leon.
Humboldt Star (Winnemucca, Nevada)
Jenegan, William L.
Journalism-History.
Journalism Department.
KUNR-FM .
Kappa Tau Alpha.
Las Vegas Review-Journal (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Lovejoy, John K.
McCarthy, Denis.
McEwen, Arthur.
Mack, Effie Mona.
Mackay Statue.
Mark Twain Memorial.
Mason Valley News (Yerington, Nevada)
Mighels, Henry R.
Moseley, John.
National Farm and Home Hour.
Nevada Editorial Association.
Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Nevada State Press Association.
Newspapers-Nevada-Directory.
Orvis, Arthur E.
Phillips, William.
Powning, Christopher.
Press Club (Reno, Nevada)
Propaganda.
Rawhide Rustler (Rawhide, Nevada)
Sailford, Graham.
Selkirk, Bert N.
Sigma Delta Chi.
Skillman, Abraham.
Squires, Charles P.
Steninger, E. M.
Stitser, Rollin C.
Stout, Minard.
Taylor, John M. "Jock"
Thacher, William M.
Tonopah Daily Bonanza (Tonopah, Nevada)
Tonopah Daily Times (Tonopah, Nevada)
Townsend, James.
Twain, Mark.
University Chapel [Proposed].
University of Nevada. National Farm and Home Hour.
Virginia Evening Chronicle (Virginia City, Nevada)
Wadsworth Dispatch (Wadsworth, Nevada)
War History.
Washoe Weekly Times (Washoe City, Nevada)
Washington Journalism Center.
William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
Williams, Delbert .
Williamson, David E. W.
United State. Work Progress Administration-Writer's Project.
Title
A Guide to the Alfred L. Higginbotham Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Karen Gash
Date
Approximately 1998
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

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