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Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Paul J. Thompson Papers, 1919-1963



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Thompson, Paul J., 1890-1964
Title: Thompson, Paul J. Papers
Dates: 1919-1963
Abstract: Correspondence, awards, research and course material, financial records, speeches, and book manuscripts record Paul J. Thompson’s professional career as a University of Texas Journalism faculty member from 1919 to 1959. Contains the manuscript of his book, Professional Responsibilities in Journalism.
Accession No.: 70-112A, 92-022, 2001-222
OCLC No.: 833168700
Extent: 28 ft., 10.5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Paul J. Thompson was born in Quincy, Illinois on September 26, 1890, one of three children of William F. and Calpernia (née Oldenhage) Thompson, and was raised in Kahoka, Missouri. Thompson entered the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in 1910.

In September 1919, Thompson joined the faculty of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas as an adjunct professor. He received an M.B.A. from the university in August 1927, which he earned while teaching. He continued his graduate studies in the summers of 1930 and 1931 at Columbia University and the University of Chicago before being promoted to full professor at UT in 1929.

Thompson was elected national president of the American Association of Schools and Departments of Journalism for 1946-1947 and served on the Council on Standards of Journalism that designed accreditation standards for journalism education programs. UT received accreditation, promoting the Department to the School of Journalism and appointing Thompson as Director. The Paul J. Thompson Appreciation Dinner and Fund was established to honor and benefit the School. Thompson retired as Director in 1958.

In 1953, he received the Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Thompson retired as Director of the School of Journalism in 1958, and retired from teaching in the fall of 1959. He devoted himself to writing his book, Professional Responsibilities in Journalism, which he completed shortly before his death on May 22, 1964.

Source:

"In Memoriam: Paul Jennings Thompson."Office of the General Faculty Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches, University of Texas at Austin. Accessed March 7, 2013. http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/2000-2001/memorials/SCANNED/thompson_p.pdf.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, awards, research and course material, financial records, speeches, and book manuscripts record Paul J. Thompson’s professional career as a University of Texas Journalism faculty member from 1919 to 1959. Contains the manuscript of his book, Professional Responsibilities in Journalism.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Most of these papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Thompson, Paul J., 1890-1964 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas--Faculty
University of Texas. School of Journalism
Subjects
Journalism--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States--History--20th century.
Journalism teachers.
The Daily Texan
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul J. Thompson Papers, 1919-1963, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff.

Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, March 2013.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3D111 (3413404) Correspondence, general:
A-F
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3D112 (3413801) G – M
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3D113 (3418099) N – T
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3D114 (3417493) U -Z
Correspondence, classified
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3D115 (3417132) School of Journalism:
Correspondence, academic records
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3D116 (3413700) Academic records
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3D117 (3413540) Academic records
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3D118 (3413550) Academic records
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3D119 (3413460) Academic records
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3D120 (3413787) Academic records
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3D121 (3413470) Academic records
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3D122 (3416129) Financial records
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3D123 (3413481) Research materials
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3D124 (3413415) DeWitt C. Reddick
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3D125 (3416118) DeWitt C. Reddick
Building specifications
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3D126 (3416107) Building specifications
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3D127 (3413594) Building dedication
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3D128 (3413459) Miscellaneous
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3D129 (3419229) Texas student publications:
Correspondence
Lease agreements
Financial records
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3D130 (3419218) Publications
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3D131 (3418973) Daily Texan material
Miscellaneous records
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3D132 (3419069) Miscellaneous records
Southwestern Journalism Congress:
1931
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3D133 (3419150) 1931-1951
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3D134 (3419149) 1952-1968
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3D135 (3418930) Academic records:
Class registers:
1919-1949
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3D136 (3418951) 1949-1960
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3D137 (3418940) Grade records
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3D138 (3413619) Course materials and exams
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3D139 (3418929) Course materials and exams
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3D140 (3413620) Literary productions:
Speeches
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3D141 (3417290) Addresses
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3D142 (3417482) Reference files
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3D143 (4265980) Miscellaneous
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3D144 (4266258) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D145 (4266270) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D146 (4266280) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D147 (4266316) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D148 (4266167) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D149 (3413448) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D150 (3413608) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D151 (3417030) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D152 (4266462) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D153 (4266021) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D154 (4266000) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D155 (3416060) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D156 (3416050) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D157 (3417460) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D158 (3417471) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D159 (3417722) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D160 (3417700) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D161 (3417711) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D162 (3417450) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D163 (3417019) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D164 (3416082) Professional Responsibilities in Journalism manuscript
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3D165 (3416071) Honors and awards:
Letters of commendation, 1934-1960
Paul J. Thompson Dinner, 1949
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3D166 (3418918) Paul J. Thompson Dinner, 1949
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3A215 Letters of appreciation, March 1949
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3D166 (3418918) Missouri Honor Award, 1953
Paul J. Thompson Dinner, 1958
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3D167 (3418962) Paul J. Thompson Dinner, 1958
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3D168 (3419070) Paul J. Thompson Dinner, 1958
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3D169 (3419080) Paul J. Thompson Dinner, 1958
Retirement letters
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4M490 Appreciation Plaque for 30 Years of Service
Texas Press Association Plaque, 1958
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4M491 Southwestern Journalism Congress Certificate of Recognition, March 16, 1962
University of Texas Service Recognition Certificate, 1958
University of Missouri School of Journalism Award, 1958
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4A311 University of Missouri Bulletin: Journalism Award, 1953
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4M492 Texas Public Relations Association Award, December 6, 1958
Southwestern Journalism Forum Certificate of Recognition
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4M493 Texas Daily Newspaper
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3D178 (3419091) Miscellaneous:
Posters on journalism ethics
Graphs on "Costs to Run Texas"
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92-022/1 (3414746) Research notebooks on newspaper publishing in Texas, compiled [circa 1920s] - 1962:
A - H
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92-022/2 (3414860) I – Z

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