The Curtis MacDougall Papers fill one and one-half boxes and span the years 1940 to 1992. Class handouts and syllabi comprise the bulk of the material, although there is a considerable amount of material pertaining to MacDougall's political campaigns.
The biographical folder includes basic information about MacDougall's professional accomplishments. Personal and professional correspondence and several Northwestern University press releases are included in this folder.
Clippings, which span the years 1944 to 1992, document events such as MacDougall's speeches and awards and the FBI's 30-year surveillance of him. Letters to the Editor written by MacDougall and obituaries about him and his wife are included in this folder.
The curricular documents and handouts from two of MacDougall's graduate-level Medill courses, Contemporary Public Affairs and Reporting of Public Affairs, are divided by course. One folder contains beat reports – the memos students wrote about their reporting experiences to help future students. The material dates from 1955 to 1956.
The papers also contain an undated paper titled “Interpretative Reporting – 50 Years of Significant Contributions to Journalism Education” about the lasting effects of MacDougall's textbook, Interpretative Reporting.
Most of the material concerning MacDougall's political campaigns relates to his 1944 bid for the 10th District Congressional seat. Political literature and clippings documenting MacDougall's arrest are included.
The papers also include a few samples of MacDougall's writings. MacDougall was also a frequent participant on “The Reviewing Stand,” a radio show co-sponsored by Northwestern and Chicago's WGN. Transcripts from shows on which MacDougall appeared are included.