Guide to the Medill School of Journalism Records of the Dean, Ira W. Cole

Collection Title: Medill School of Journalism Records of the Dean, Ira W. Cole
Dates: 1957-2002
Identification: 16/16
Creator: Cole, Ira W. (Ira William), 1924-2002
Extent: 15 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Records of Dean Ira W. Cole fill 15 boxes and span the period 1957 to 2002. The papers include biographical material,  general correspondence, administrative subject files and publications and speeches.
Acquisition Information: This series is comprised of the following accessions of Medill School of Journalism dean’s records: 91-114, 91-120, 92-85 and 92-146.
Processing Information: Stacy Vogel; May 26, 2006.
Separated Materials: Approximately two linear feet of duplicative and extraneous materials have been discarded. Two linear inches of Medill faculty minutes have been added to University Archives’ Series 16/15.
Conditions Governing Access: The series may be used only with permission of the University Archivist.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Ira William (Bill) Cole was born April 21, 1924 in Mattoon, Ill. He graduated from high school at a relatively young age and traveled on the Illinois Central Railroad, where his father was employed, across the country and to Mexico City, sending back stories on Mexican culture to the Mattoon school board. He enrolled at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1941 but put his education on hold to serve in the U.S. Army during 1942-45. (He was later recalled to military service as a public information specialist during the Korean War.) He married Sally Savage, whom he had met at Illinois, in 1944.

Cole returned to the University of Illinois after the war and earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism in 1948. He also reported for the Champaign News-Gazette in 1941-43 and 1946-47. Cole earned a Master’s degree from Illinois in 1952 in journalism and political science. He served as assistant to the director of the School of Journalism at Illinois from 1948 to 1956 and director of the School of Journalism at Pennsylvania State University in 1956-57.

Cole was appointed dean of the Medill School of Journalism on Sept. 1, 1957, at the age of 33. During his 26 years as dean, he oversaw the creation of several professional and educational

programs for journalism students. He led efforts to develop the graduate broadcast school, the Medill News Service in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, and the Teaching Newspaper student internship program. He established and directed the Gannett Urban Journalism Center in 1966 through grants from the Ford Foundation and the Gannett Newspaper Foundation. The center trained reporters in the coverage of urban, economic, political and social issues. Cole worked to attract more diversity to the Medill faculty and student body and supported the Consortium for the Advancement of Minorities in Journalism through the Gannett Center.

Cole was often a controversial figure, especially toward the end of his career. In 1980 Cole

resisted a faculty plan to impose bylaws on the school that would give them more control, and some blamed him for the subsequent resignations of three Medill professors that year. Also in 1980, he personally bought the private plane Medill had been renting for administrative trips such to Teaching Newspaper meetings and set up an airplane rental company operating out of his office in

Fisk Hall. He primarily rented the plane to Medill and paid the pilot out of funds provided by the Gannett Foundation, listing him on the payroll sheets as a Medill professor. Some blamed Cole for Medill’s loss of accreditation in 1982, although the university maintained it chose not to seek further accreditation because, as a private institution, it did not want to release faculty salary information. Finally, some students and faculty complained of what they called his autocratic style and inaccessibility to students.

Cole resigned as dean in August, 1983, in order to devote his full attention to the Gannett Urban Journalism Center, which he continued to direct until his retirement in 1987. He moved to Mexico with his wife after retirement but relocated to Connecticut a few years after her death in 1993 to be closer to his daughter. Cole died June 7, 2002, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Scope and Content

The Records of Dean Ira W. Cole fill 15 boxes and span the period 1957 to 2002. The papers are divided into four categories: approximately one-half box of biographical material, three and one-half boxes of general correspondence, ten and one-half boxes of administrative subject files and one-half box of publications and speeches. All folders within these categories are arranged alphabetically by subject headings while the papers in each folder are arranged chronologically unless otherwise noted.

The biographical materials are divided into three folders: clippings and press releases, general biographical information and obituaries. The clippings and press releases span Cole’s appointment as dean in 1957 to his resignation in 1983. Two articles that appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business in 1983 highlight the successes and controversies of Cole’s career. The general folder contains resumes, surveys and other biographical items of Dean Cole.

Most of the correspondence files are letters to and from Cole’s professional colleagues outside of Medill. There are miscellaneous files for each letter of the alphabet for items that did not merit their own folder, arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Items within folders on individuals or institutions, on the other hand, are arranged chronologically. The files also contain exchanges with Northwestern’s Provost Raymond Mack and University President Robert Strotz.

Administrative subject files cover a wide variety of topics from Cole’s tenure as dean of Medill and director of Northwestern’s Gannett Urban Journalism Center. There is an extensive collection of files on the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism, mostly pre-visit reports from accrediting sessions in 1961, 1968 and 1975. There is little information from the 1982 visit, whose premature end resulted in a loss of accreditation of Medill’s program. The Gannett Urban Journalism Center files include correspondence, proposals, and general files on the center as a whole and on individual programs within the center. The professional organizations section details some of Cole’s work outside Medill, including his membership in the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Finally, the collection includes a small sample of publications and speeches by Cole. There are folders of miscellaneous articles and speeches arranged chronologically when a date is known.

Individual files cover a speech to the Financial Public Relations Board, an appearance at a Harte- Hanks Management Meeting, an essay entitled “Journalism Education” that appeared in the 1969 Federal Commission on the Mass Media and Violence, and a speech to the Northwestern University Planning and Development Task Force.

Arrangement of Materials

The papers are divided into four categories: biographical material, general correspondence, administrative subject files and publications and speeches. All folders within these categories are arranged alphabetically by subject headings while the papers in each folder are arranged chronologically unless otherwise noted.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Medill School of Journalism--Administration

Personal Name

Cole, Ira W. (Ira William), 1924-2002

Subjects

Journalism--Study and teaching (Higher)--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical
    • Clippings / Press ReleasesBox 1, Folder 1
    • GeneralBox 1, Folder 2
    • ObituariesBox 1, Folder 3
  • Correspondence
    • A MiscellaneousBox 1, Folder 4
    • Argonne National Laboratories, 1957Box 1, Folder 5
    • Arnold, Russ, 1959-1970Box 1, Folder 6
    • Arpan, Floyd, 1948-1968Box 1, Folder 7
    • B MiscellaneousBox 1, Folder 8
    • Badgikian, Ben, 1972Box 1, Folder 9
    • Beck, Joan, 1977Box 1, Folder 10
    • Black, Creed, 1959-1980Box 1, Folder 11
    • Botter, David E., 1959-1963Box 1, Folder 12
    • Botthof, Walter, 1963-1969Box 1, Folder 13
    • Brucker, Herbert, 1961-1966Box 1, Folder 14
    • C MiscellaneousBox 1, Folder 15
    • Christmas Cards, 1975-1984Box 2, Folder 1
    • Clark, William, 1981-1982Box 2, Folder 2
    • Colburn, John, 1959-1973Box 2, Folder 3
    • Copple, Neale, 1966-1978Box 2, Folder 4
    • D MiscellaneousBox 2, Folder 5
    • Davies, Michael, 1979-1980Box 2, Folder 6
    • Davis, Joel, 1977-1978Box 2, Folder 7
    • DeMott, John, 1962-1971Box 2, Folder 8
    • Dew, G. Richard, 1960-1971Box 2, Folder 9
    • Durke, King, 1969-1981Box 2, Folder 10
    • E MiscellaneousBox 2, Folder 11
    • F MiscellaneousBox 2, Folder 12
    • Fellman, Nicholas, 1958-1971Box 2, Folder 13
    • G MiscellaneousBox 2, Folder 14
    • Gray, Richard, 1965-1984Box 2, Folder 15
    • Grey, David, 1965-1967Box 2, Folder 16
    • H MiscellaneousBox 2, Folder 17
    • Hampson, Philip, 1957-1966Box 2, Folder 18
    • Hearst Foundation, 1978-1979Box 2, Folder 19
    • Horowitz, David, 1978-1982Box 2, Folder 20
    • J MiscellaneousBox 2, Folder 21
    • Janeway, Eliot, 1979-1980Box 2, Folder 22
    • K MiscellaneousBox 2, Folder 23
    • Kreml, Franklin, 1962-1968Box 2, Folder 24
    • L MiscellaneousBox 2, Folder 25
    • M MiscellaneousBox 2, Folder 26
    • Mack, Raymond, 1971-1979Box 3, Folder 1
    • Mack, Raymond, 1980-1983, n.d.Box 3, Folder 2
    • Marstellar, 1975-1976Box 3, Folder 3
    • Marvin, Burton, 1956-1971Box 3, Folder 4
    • Maxwell, Donald, 1958-1964Box 3, Folder 5
    • Morehouse, Ward, 1975-1979Box 3, Folder 6
    • N MiscellaneousBox 3, Folder 7
    • O MiscellaneousBox 3, Folder 8
    • P MiscellaneousBox 3, Folder 9
    • Perlik, Charles, 1977-1978Box 3, Folder 10
    • Peterson, Theodore, 1957-1985Box 3, Folder 11
    • Quill and Scroll, 1958-1983Box 3, Folder 12
    • R MiscellaneousBox 3, Folder 13
    • Reader’s Digest, 1953-1978Box 3, Folder 14
    • Sa-Si MiscellaneousBox 4, Folder 1
    • Sk-T MiscellaneousBox 4, Folder 2
    • Siebert, Fred, 1957-1979Box 4, Folder 3
    • Stanford University, 1977Box 4, Folder 4
    • Stanton, Frank, 1973-1978Box 4, Folder 5
    • Stolley, Richard, 1977-1982Box 4, Folder 6
    • Strotz, Richard, 1977-1982Box 4, Folder 7
    • U MiscellaneousBox 4, Folder 8
    • University of Queensland, 1976-1977Box 4, Folder 9
    • V MiscellaneousBox 4, Folder 10
    • W-Z MiscellaneousBox 4, Folder 11
    • WGN, 1969-1975Box 4, Folder 12
    • Whiting, Fred, 1951-1969Box 4, Folder 13
    • Wild, Payson S., 1957-1971Box 4, Folder 14
    • WTTW, 1976Box 4, Folder 15
  • Administrative Subject Files
    • ACEJ Accreditation
      • Accrediting Committee, 1954-1956Box 4, Folder 16
      • Ad Hoc Committee on Accrediting, 1957-1975Box 4, Folder 17
      • Correspondence, 1956-1977Box 5, Folder 1
      • General, 1960-1965Box 5, Folder 2
      • 1946-1947 Visit, 1946-1947Box 5, Folder 3
      • 1961 Visit, General, 1961Box 5, Folder 4
      • 1961 Visit, Pre-Visit Report (Bound), 1961Box 5, Folder 5
      • 1968 Visit, Background, 1968Box 6, Folder 1
      • 1968 Visit, General, 1968Box 6, Folder 2
      • 1968 Visit, Pre-Visit Report (Folder I), 1968Box 6, Folder 3
      • 1968 Visit, Pre-Visit Report (Folder II), 1968Box 6, Folder 4
      • 1968 Visit, Pre-Visit Report (Folder III), 1968Box 6, Folder 5
      • 1975 Visit, Background, 1975Box 6, Folder 6
      • 1975 Visit, General, 1975Box 6, Folder 7
      • 1975 Visit, Pre-Visit Report (Folder I), 1975Box 6, Folder 8
      • 1975 Visit, Pre-Visit Report (Folder II), 1975Box 6, Folder 9
      • 1982 Visit, 1982Box 7, Folder 1
    • Add One, 1961-1962Box 7, Folder 2
    • Allen-Heath Memorial Foundation, 1966-1970Box 7, Folder 3
    • Alumni Association, 1973-1981Box 7, Folder 4
    • American Business Publications Grant, 1957-1963Box 7, Folder 5
    • Bakersfield Newspaper Project, 1986Box 7, Folder 6
    • Board of Trustees Meeting, March 27, 1978Box 7, Folder 7
    • Board of Visitors, 1984-1986Box 7, Folder 8
    • Calendars, 1954-1974Box 7, Folder 9
    • Calendars, 1986-1988Box 7, Folder 10
    • Champion Media Awards for Economic Understanding, 1982-1984Box 7, Folder 11
    • City News Bureau, 1957-1958Box 7, Folder 12
    • Committees
      • Ad-Hoc Planning, 1977-1983Box 7, Folder 13
      • Faculty Planning, “Research, Teaching and University Goals”, 1979Box 7, Folder 14
      • Futures Committee, 1982Box 7, Folder 15
      • Promotion and Tenure, 1986-1987Box 7, Folder 16
      • Research, 1961Box 7, Folder 17
      • University Committees, 1949-1970Box 8, Folder 1
    • Conferences and Seminars
      • Business and the Media, Feb. 2-4, 1979Box 8, Folder 2
      • Canadian Seminar, 1984Box 8, Folder 3
      • Communications Educators Seminar, Aug. 10-14, 1979Box 8, Folder 4
      • Media and the Law, Sept. 12-14, 1975Box 8, Folder 5
      • Media and the Seventies, Jan. 2, 1970Box 8, Folder 6
      • Press and the City (Folder I), Oct. 27-29, 1965Box 8, Folder 7
      • Press and the City (Folder II), Oct. 27-29, 1965Box 8, Folder 8
    • Curricula, 1973-1974Box 8, Folder 9
    • Editor Project Meeting, April 28, 1984Box 8, Folder 10
    • File Index, n.d.Box 9, Folder 1
    • Ford Foundation, Correspondence, 1961-1979Box 9, Folder 2
    • Ford Foundation, General, 1955-1975Box 9, Folder 3
    • Ford Foundation Proposal, 1964Box 9, Folder 4
    • Foreign Journalist Program, 1957-1958Box 9, Folder 5
    • Gannett Urban Journalism Center
      • Ford Foundation and UJC, 1966-1983Box 9, Folder 6
      • Gannett Foundation, 1975-1983Box 9, Folder 7
      • IBM Proposal (Mid-Career Journalism Program), 1976-1979Box 9, Folder 8
      • Minorities Project, 1978-1983Box 9, Folder 9
      • Proposals, 1973Box 9, Folder 10
      • Proposal to Change to Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies, 1982-83Box 9, Folder 11
      • Reports: “Bare Facts Overview of the Buffalo Area” (Folder I), 1967-1968Box 10, Folder 1
      • Reports: “Bare Facts Overview of the Buffalo Area” (Folder II), 1967-1968Box 10, Folder 2
      • Reports: "Jackson Citizen Patriot", Vol. I, 1985Box 10, Folder 3
      • Reports: "Jackson Citizen Patriot", Vol. II (Folder I), 1985Box 10, Folder 4
      • Reports: "Jackson Citizen Patriot", Vol. II (Folder II), 1985Box 10, Folder 5
      • Reports: “Seattle: City with a Chance", 1968Box 10, Folder 6
      • Urbanization Seminar (Folder I), Feb. 5-April 29, 1967Box 10, Folder 7
      • Urbanization Seminar (Folder II), Feb. 5-April 29, 1967Box 10, Folder 8
    • General, 1958-1982Box 11, Folder 1
    • German Journalists at Medill, 1950-1953Box 11, Folder 2
    • Hartley vs. Conrad, 1974Box 11, Folder 3
    • Institute for Public Policy, Clips, 1975-1980Box 11, Folder 4
    • Institute for Public Policy Proposal, 1978-1979Box 11, Folder 5
    • Jones Memorial Fund, 1974-1985Box 11, Folder 6
    • Magazine Sequence (Folder I), 1975-1976Box 11, Folder 7
    • Magazine Sequence (Folder II), 1975-1976Box 11, Folder 8
    • McAllister Publications Grant, 1976-1978Box 11, Folder 9
    • McCormick Charitable Trust
        Note:  See also Clark and Hampson correspondence
      • Correspondence, 1956-1970Box 11, Folder 10
      • General, 1958-1960Box 11, Folder 11
      • Proposed Special Seminar, 1963Box 11, Folder 12
      • Statistics, 1957-1970Box 11, Folder 13
      • Student Lists, 1957-1960Box 12, Folder 1
    • McCormick Freedom of the Press Library, 1974-1975Box 12, Folder 2
    • Medill News Service, 1965-1973Box 12, Folder 3
    • Medill Review, 1979Box 12, Folder 4
    • Medill 25th Anniversary, 1947Box 12, Folder 5
    • National Broadcast Journalism Center, 1972-1976Box 12, Folder 6
    • Newspaper Contacts, n.d.Box 12, Folder 7
    • North American Association of Venezuela
      • General, 1962-1963Box 12, Folder 8
      • Orinoco Mining Company Visit, 1962Box 12, Folder 9
      • Seminars for Venezuelan Newsmen, Clippings, 1961Box 12, Folder 10
      • Seminars for Venezuelan Newsmen, Correspondence, 1960-63Box 12, Folder 11
      • Seminars for Venezuelan Newsman, General, 1960-1963Box 13, Folder 1
      • Venezuelan Seminars for American Newsmen, Clippings, 1962Box 13, Folder 2
      • Venezuelan Seminars for American Newsmen, Correspondence, 1961-67Box 13, Folder 3
      • Venezuelan Seminars for American Newsmen, General, 1961-1963Box 13, Folder 4
    • Placement Reports, 1971-1978Box 13, Folder 5
    • Policies, 1985-1986Box 13, Folder 6
    • Policy Analysis Degree Proposal, 1982Box 13, Folder 7
    • Professional Organizations
      • American Newspaper Publishers Association, 1984-1985Box 13, Folder 8
      • American Society of Newspaper Editors
        • Clippings, 1964-1985Box 13, Folder 9
        • Committee on Minorities, 1968-1978Box 13, Folder 10
        • Correspondence, 1961-1985Box 14, Folder 1
        • Education Committee Conference, Jan. 16, 1970Box 14, Folder 2
        • Education Committee Meeting, Feb. 18-20, 19Box 14, Folder 3
        • General, 1967-1988Box 14, Folder 4
        • Outreach on Law and Ethics, Aug. 28, 1976Box 14, Folder 5
      • Christian Century Foundation, 1984-1987Box 14, Folder 6
      • Defense Information School, 1983-1985Box 14, Folder 7
      • Quill and Scroll, 1984-1986Box 14, Folder 8
      • RTNDA Breakfast, Dec. 6, 1984Box 14, Folder 9
      • RTNDA Clippings, 1984-1987Box 14, Folder 10
    • Quincy Herald-Whig Project, 1965-1966Box 14, Folder 11
    • Saler Scholarship Fund, 1973-1975Box 14, Folder 12
    • Scher Memorial Award, 1961-1974Box 15, Folder 1
    • Secretary Manual (Folder I), n.d.Box 15, Folder 2
    • Secretary Manual (Folder II), n.d.Box 15, Folder 3
    • Social Science Methodology, 1975Box 15, Folder 4
    • Teaching Newspaper, 1960-1979Box 15, Folder 5
    • University Building and Refurbishing Requirements, 1975Box 15, Folder 6
  • Publications/Speeches
    • Articles, MiscellaneousBox 15, Folder 7
    • Financial Public Relations Board, 1966Box 15, Folder 8
    • Harte-Hanks Management Meeting, Feb. 23-25, 1977Box 15, Folder 9
    • “Journalism Education,” Federal Commission on the Mass Media and Violence, 1969Box 15, Folder 10
    • Speeches, 1958-1965Box 15, Folder 11
    • Speeches, 1966-1980, n.d.Box 15, Folder 12
    • University Planning and Development Task Force, June 8, 1978Box 15, Folder 13