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McBurney, James H. (James Howard), 1905-1986

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Dates

  • Existence: 1905 - 1986

James Howard McBurney, the son of William and Martha Miller McBurney, was born June 19, 1905, in Tyndall, South Dakota. McBurney joined the Northwestern University faculty as an associate professor in 1936, and was appointed full professor of the School of Speech in 1941. He became Dean of the School of Speech in 1942 and held the position for thirty years until his retirement in 1972.

McBurney graduated in 1925 from Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota. McBurney received his master's degree in 1929 from the University of South Dakota in economics and business administration, and his Ph.D. in 1935 from the University of Michigan in speech and general linguistics. He also performed one year of post-doctoral work at Columbia University in 1936.

McBurney moderated the Reviewing Stand, a Chicago radio program, from 1936-1972. He also moderated Your Right to Say It, a Chicago television program, from 1956-1972. He co-authored seven books about speech and several articles. McBurney delivered numerous speeches and participated in many social and professional organizations. Upon his retirement in 1972, McBurney made his home in Columbus, North Carolina, where he died at the age of 80, in 1986.

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James H. McBurney (1905-1986) Papers

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Identifier: 20/45
Abstract McBurney joined the Northwestern University faculty as an associate professor in 1936, and was appointed full professor of the School of Speech in 1941. He became Dean of the School of Speech in 1942 and held the position for thirty years until his retirement in 1972. The series fills seventeen folders (three boxes). Materials include correspondence, teaching files, speeches and publications.