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Siebert, Fred S. (Fred Seaton), 1901-1982



  • Existence: 1901 - 1982


Frederick Seaton Siebert graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1923 and worked for a short time as a reporter for the Duluth Herald. In 1924 was at the copy desk of the Chicago Herald-Examiner. He became an instructor in journalism at the University of Illinois in 1929, the year he graduated from the University of Illinois Law School. He was named director of that school in 1941, remaining until 1957 when he was named director of the Division of Mass Communications and School of Journalism at the University of Michigan. From 1960 to 1966 he was dean of the College of Communication Arts at Michigan. Siebert developed an expertise in freedom of the press and press law and served as an advisor to the United States 1976 copyright law committee.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Chicago Tribune. Frederick S. Siebert Papers

Identifier: XI-142
Abstract Frederick Siebert was interested in two lawsuits concerning the freedom of the press which resulted in landmark decisions by the United States Supreme Court: the so-called Minnesota "gag law" case (Near versus Minnesota, 1931) and the Associated Press anti-monopoly suit (AP versus U.S., 1945). This collection contains Siebert's collection of materials on these cases: correspondence, articles, papers, Supreme Court...
Dates: 1932 - 1946