The University of Texas at El Paso Library

Guide to JOHN J. MIDDAGH PAPERS 1893-19731950-1972



Title: JOHN J. MIDDAGH PAPERS
Identification: MS 145
Extent: 13 feet, 5 inches (linear)
Repository: C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department University of Texas at El Paso

BIOGRAPHY

On January 2, 1916, John Judy Middagh, Jr. was born to John Judy Middagh and Reba Fowler Middagh, in Lawrenceville, Illinois. He attended school in Lawrenceville until 1928, when he and his parents moved to Odessa, Texas, where he completed high school. He attended Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College from 1932-1935. During 1936, he worked at The Odessa News-Times as an office boy and printer's devil. In September of that year, he went to the University of Missouri to study journalism. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1938 and, after graduation, he worked at The Oklahoma News as a paper boy and reporter until the paper ceased publication in 1939. Middagh then returned to The Odessa News-Times, and worked from June to September, 1939, when he left to join the staff of the El Paso Herald-Post.

In 1941, Middagh left his position with the El Paso Herald Post to join the Army. On May 3, 1942, he married the former Winifred Marie McVey of El Paso. During his four years of service in the military, he took part in the campaigns in Hurtgen Forest (where he was wounded), the Battle of the Bulge, and the advance on the Rhine River. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and the European Campaign Ribbon with two stars.

When he returned from WWII, Middagh went back to work as a reporter and telegraph editor at The El Paso Herald-Post until he joined the faculty of Texas Western College in September 1948 where he taught journalism. Middagh eventually became the co-chairman of the Department of Journalism and Radio-Television, which was renamed the Department of Mass Communication. He was also director of the College's Student Publications.

Middagh received a Master's Degree in History from Texas Western College in 1952. His thesis was titled Frontier Journalism in El Paso, 1872-1900. He continued to research the history of El Paso and its newspapers, and in 1958 he published Frontier Newspaper: the El Paso Times. At the time of his death he was also gathering material for a book he was thinking of calling Utah Street: Tenderloin Tales of the El Paso Border. There is also evidence in the collection that he was collecting research material for a book about The El Paso Herald Post.

Middagh and his wife had two sons and a daughter, John McVey, William Andrew, and Marie. He died on February 18, 1973.


SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The John J. Middagh Papers includes thirty-three boxes and consists primarily of research files collected and organized by Middagh over the course of his career as a reporter and journalism professor. His primary research was the history of El Paso; he also had files on current events of the times, such as Communist Propaganda, John F. Kennedy, and the first moon landing.

The Personal series consists of Army papers, a few photographs of family members, and family history information. There are a few entries from journals he kept regarding classes he was teaching. Five of the journals remained, but for space purposes all but one journal was discarded after the notes were removed to folders. Journal 3102 was kept as an example. There are also maps and travel brochures that he collected, and five annotated books that were received with the papers.

The Research Files include information on the history of El Paso. These files also contain some correspondence. Middagh's notes for his books are included in this series. As a reporter and professor of journalism, he was also very interested in the current events of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and he collected articles and information on a wide variety of subjects during this time period, including some student papers.

The Photographs are copies of original photographs, the subject being the history of El Paso. There is also a report on medical photography by one of his students. It includes a number of photographs and details the most effective techniques and materials to use for medical photography. The oversized photographs are unidentified, with a western theme.

The Periodicals consist of copies of UTEP's The Ass and El Burro, including a copy of the issue that caused the publication to cease for a time. There is also a gathering of various titles that might have been used in his classes.


 

SERIES DESCRIPTION

Series I. Personal, 1942-1973. 7.5 linear inches (2 document boxes). This material includes personal information and family history, journal entries, travel information and guides, and books with annotations.
Series II. Research Files, 1893-1973. 130 linear inches (26 document boxes). Arranged alphabetically. This material includes newspaper clippings, research notes, correspondence, student papers, class information, and a few photographs.
Series III. Photographs. 2.5 linear inches (1 document box). Arranged alphabetically by title of folder.
Series IV. Periodicals, 1918-1972. 5 linear inches (1 document box). Arranged alphabetically by the title of the periodical. This material consists of periodicals collected by Middagh that were not in a specific research file.

Restrictions

LITERARY RIGHTS

Restrictions: Student papers may not be photocopied without that person's permission.


INDEX TERMS

People
Middagh, John.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Subjects
Propaganda, Communist.
Journalism teachers - Texas - El Paso.
Medical photograph.
Moon - Exploration.
Places
El Paso (Tex.) - History.

Administrative Information

Citation:

John J. Middagh Papers, 1893-1973, MS 145, C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department. The University of Texas at El Paso Library.

PROVENANCE

The John J. Middagh Papers were donated to the University of Texas at El Paso Library C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department by Winifred M. Middagh in June 1976. In March 1995 she signed a deed of gift.

Processed by Heather Lindsay

June 1997


Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box
1-2 PERSONAL
Box Folder
1 1 [Personal - Army Papers]
2 [Personal Papers - Miscellaneous]
3 [Memorial Park - Middagh Luna]
4 [Middagh Obituaries]
5 Mother's "Most Unforgettable Character" [Family History]
6 [Journal 3102]
7 [from Journal 3203 - ] 1972
8 [from Journal 3312, ] 1972
9 [from Journal 3401, ] 1972
10 [Tourism/Travel Information and Guides]
11 [Travel Info. - Bermuda]
12 [Travel Info. - Europe]
13 [Travel Info. - Mexico]
14 [Travel Info. - Texas]
Box
2 Five Books
Foster, Arnold and Benjamin R. Epstein. Danger on the Right. 1964.
Pearl, Cyril. The Girl With the Swansdown Seat. 1956.
Spencer, Herbert and Edgar Allen Poe. Philosophy of Style and Philosophy of Composition. 1959.
Strunk, William Jr. and White, E.B. The Elements of Style. 1959.
Thouret, P. Anthony. Pour qui n'a pas vu Reims au sortir de l'Enreinte Allemande. October 1918



 
Box
3-28, 33, o/s RESEARCH FILES
Box Folder
3 15 ABM - Sentinel Fuss [1969]
16 Africa [1953 - 1969]
17 V.P. Agnew
18 Stephen Aguirre (spon. by: Edw. H. Kornhauser)
19 Frederick Lewis Allen (Books Material) [1954 -1968]
20 Apollo [1969 - 1972]
21 [Arkansas Gazette - ] September 4, 1931
22 Atom Bomb [1949 - 1954]
23 Babb, Walter Dillard, Reg. No. 41412-T
24 Russel Baker, Art Buchwald [1969 - 1970]
25 Ben Barnes [1968 - 1972]
Box Folder
4 26 Basketball - NCAA #1 [1966]
27 William Beaumont, Course Data
28 Behavior
29 Berlin Crisis, 1948 [1948 - 1952]
30 Lady Flo and Lord Beresford
31 [Bethune, Philip H.]
32 Bible [1956 - 1966]
33 "The Big Rape Americans Ignore"
34 [Billy the Kid]
35 Birch Society [1961 - 1962]
36 Black Power [1966 - 1970]
37 Fort Bliss
38 Book [1963, 1970]
39 Book Listings, 1961
40 Book Reviews [1957 - 1966]
Box Folder
5 41 Bullfighting [1959 - 1965]
42 Butterfield Overland Mail, Jackass Mail
43 Calley [Vietnam Scapegoat]
44 Cameras
45 Capote Book
46 M.W. Carrico
47 [Case Histories of the "New York Issue of Holiday" and "A Ladies Home Journal Article"]
48 Castro, Arturo [Correspondence]
49 Census, 1970
Box Folder
33 50 Chamizal, with Photographs
51 China
52 Chester Chope
53 Churchill
54 CIA Scrap
Box Folder
6 55 City-County Merger
56 Civil Rights Fight
57 Columbia University Journalism Report
58 Common Market
59 Communication and Ignorance
60 Communist Propaganda [Issues of "Czechoslovak Life"] 1949
61 Congress and Capitol
62 Congressional Voting
63 John Connally and Texas Politics
64 Consensus Government
65 Conservation
66 Miss Anastacia Cooper
67 Copyright Forms
68 Council of Chairmen
69 Cuba
70 Current Events 3203 [Lesson Plan, Information for Class]
Box Folder
7 71 Customs Bureau History
72 U.S. Customs Service
73 A.K. Cutting
74 Daily File 3418 [Class]
75 [Articles - "The Day of the Six Shooter," and "The Gun Days"]
76 Democracy in Action
77 Democracy Losing by Default
78 Senator Paul Douglas
79 Dryden Press
80 Doug Early [Journalism Class 3418 Substitute Teacher]
81 Wyatt Earp
82 Ecology; Environment
83 Eisenhower
84 Election, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954
85 Elements of Style
86 Elephant Butte Dam
Box
8 El Paso
87 1900
88 Banks
89 Business - Commercial
90 First Census - 1860
91 City Directories
92 City Government
93 City Hall (1899)
94 [City Plan, ] 1925
95 Downtown, Marshall Hail
96 [Electric Company]
97 Front. Newspaper Copy
98 Ghost Towns, Mine Camps, Mil. Posts, etc.
99 Herald
100 [Historic Buildings]
101 Historical Resumes
102 [A Short History of Northeast El Paso]
103 [History]
104 History Foundation
105 Industry - Heany
106 Irrigation, Agriculture
107 Junior College Campaign
108 Medics, Hospitals
109 Military Bases
110 Modern
Box Folder
9 111 [The Story of El Paso's Newspapers]
112 Newspapers - Herald Post
113 Pioneer Days, Early Photos, Sports
114 Pioneers (Civic)
115 Religious Groups
116 Rudolph Chevrolet
117 1st 4 Chapters "El Paso Southwest History"
118 Southwest History Foundation [1]
119 Southwest History Foundation [2]
120 Southwest - Ranch Country
121 The Southwest I, El Paso and Vicinity (Owen White)
122 The Southwest II, New Mexico and Arizona
123 The Southwest III, El Paso
124 Strike, 1972
125 Telephone and Telegraph Company
126 Texas Western College
Box
9-10 El Paso Times
Box Folder
9 127 ["Chapter IX - Wide Open Town"]
Box Folder
10 128 Chapter XXV, Frontier Newspaper: The El Paso Times[1]
129 Chapter XXV, Frontier Newspaper: The El Paso Times [2]
130 Draft of Book [1]
131 Draft of Book [2]
Box Folder
11 132 Draft of Book [3]
133 [Dust Cover]
134 E.P. Newspaper - Times
135 Book II, PDR Letter
136 Politics
137 Research [1]
138 Research [2]
139 Research [3]
140 [Research] [4] Frontier Times etc. 1952,
141 Ysleta Edition, [photocopy] April, 1882
Box Folder
12 142 Transportation - Air
143 Transportation - Automotive
144 Transportation - Railroads
145 Industry - Utilities
146 Engledow and Jones
147 [Enrique Fernandez]
148 Far East (Asia, Excluding China, which see)
149 Firearms
150 [The Flowsheet Texas College of Mines Yearbook] 1928,
151 Flynn
152 3402 Material [Report on Foot-Mouth Disease]
153 Foreign Policy (U.S.) Acheson Aptmt.
154 Chris Fox
155 France
156 Mt. Franklin Pix
157 Frontier Newspaper
158 Glasgow, Gen. Wm. J
159 Germany
160 Goldwater, B.
Box Folder
13 161 Grade Distribution [1969]
162 Graffiti
163 Great Britain
164 "Great Western"
165 Greek Crisis
166 Guild
167 ["The Gun Days - I"]
168 David Hall, October 18, 1970
169 Nancy Miller Hamilton
170 John Wesley Hardin
171 M.A. Harlan Administration
172 Juan Hart
173 Juan S. Hart
174 Hate Groups
175 [Health Plan]
176 Hemingway
177 H.P. Book, [Herald-Post] July 22, 1970
Box Folder
14 178 Hickel Letter
179 History Book Incidentals
180 Miscellaneous History
181 History of the British Empire
182 Hist. 324 (Europe)
183 History of Russia
184 Times Book #2, Hooten
185 J. Edgar Hoover
186 ["Horses and Their Masters in History," Dallas News, ] September 17, 1939
187 [Houston Chronicle]
188 Human Events
189 H.H. Humphrey [Photograph]
190 Hunter Later Years
191 Ibarra's Series on Chicanos
192 Interesting Clips
193 In Every War But One
194 IACF (Intn'l. Assn. For Cult. Freedom)
195 Israel - Arab War, 1967 Editions
Box Folder
15 196 Italy
197 Jamaica
198 President Johnson
199 John Birch Society Material [1]
200 John Birch Society Material [2]
201 John Birch Society Material [3]
202 Jolly, Manson S.
203 Jornada Del Muerto
Box Folder
16 204 [Journalism Class]
205 [Journalism - "Concerning Dissent and Civil Disobedience"]
206 Journalism - Education 3418
207 [Journalism Education]
208 [Miscellaneous Articles on Journalism and Newspapers]
209 [Journalism Classes - Graded Papers] [1]
210 [Journalism Classes - Graded Papers] [2]
211 [College and University Journalism Programs]
Box Folder
17 212 [Chiang Kai-Shek]
213 Maury Kemp Letters
214 Maury Kemp Memoirs
Box Folder
33 215 John F. Kennedy
216 Kent State Massacre
217 [Henry Kissinger]
218 Korea
219 Kraenzel
220 Ku Klux Klan
221 Labor
222 Land in the U.S.
223 Laos, Cambodia
224 Latin America
225 [Lawrence County News Sold," Lawrence County News, ] January 30, 1964
Box Folder
18 226 R.W. Lee of the Herald Post
227 Art Leibson
228 Letters to the Editor
229 Sinclair Lewis
230 [A.J. Liebling]
231 Duplicates on Life and Literature of the Southwest
232 London Times
233 Ralph Lowenstein
234 ["Lungers' Plea for Recreation Gets Group Free Ride to E.P."]
235 MacArthur
236 Magoffin Family
Box Folder
33 237 [Man on the Moon]
238 Manchester Book
239 Maps
240 Marijuana
241 Marshall Plan
Box Folder
19 242 Joe McCarthy
243 Plagiarism - McCrocklin
244 McKinney's Book (Forgotten Flying Field)
245 H.L. Mencken
246 Mexico, Near El Paso, History in El Paso Area
247 Miller, Vernon L. (Editorials)
248 [Jud Milton]
249 Mission '73
250 Mississippi (Oxford)
251 Model for a Revolution [New York Times]
252 Montezuma Weekly Times
253 Monty Material (1)
254 Monty Material (2)
255 Monty II - Folder 1
256 Monty II - Folder 2
Box Folder
20 257 Muscat & Oman
258 National Review
259 Nature and Outdoors
260 Near East
261 Neill Historical Material
Box Folder
o/s 262 [Nevada - Territorial Enterprise] "Mark Twain's Newspaper" [Range S, Shelf 2] October 6, 1961 & September 2, 1960
263 [New Mexico Gold, Silver Mines for Sale]
264 [NMSU gets files of 10 Cruces Newspapers]
265 S.H. Newman
266 News in Review 1948, 1947, 1949
267 Newspaper Circ. & Nos.
268 [Blank newspaper layout/design form]
269 Newspapering odds and ends
270 Madame Nhu
271 Nixon
272 Nixon China Trip
273 China Trip - Nixon
Box Folder
21 274 Nova Utep Magazine
275 "Numbers" Game
Box Folder
o/s 276 [Ohio - Columbus Dispatch] "1871-1971 Centennial" [Range S, Shelf 2]
277 Start of "Old Homes" Series [El Paso]
278 Old Pix
Box Folder
33 279 [Lee Harvey Oswald]
280 [Pentagon Papers and freedom of the press]
281 [Pentagon - "The Selling of the Pentagon"] from subpoena to recommittal]
282 [Pentagon - CBS statements in pertinent documents]
283 [Pentagon - coverage and comment - April]
284 [Pentagon - coverage and comment - May]
285 [Pentagon - coverage and comment - June, July]
286 [Pentagon - cartoons and index]
Box Folder
22 287 Poker
288 Politics and Pistols
289 E.M. Pooley [El Paso Herald-Post editor]
290 [The Popular Dry Goods Company]
291 Peter Principal
292 Presidents
293 Presidents Concept of the Strong President
294 Pueblo Affairs January 1969
295 The Rails Arrive
296 Realtors PR Talk October 6, 1971
Box Folder
23 297 Rebel Raider
298 [R.B. Redic]
299 Republican Party
300 [Gary Leland Roberts]
301 Dorrance D. Roderick
302 F.D. Roosevelt
303 F.D. Roosevelt
304 [Robert Ruark]
305 Russia
306 San Francisco
307 Salt War
308 Saturday Evening Post
309 Schlock Novel
310 Segregation
311 Selman, John
312 The Sentinel
313 Sex Education Campaign
314 Shadle, Martha
315 Simmons, Aikman, Marshall correspondence
316 Since Yesterday
317 Situation Ethics
318 Slater, H D
319 Slurvian
Box Folder
24 320 Dean Small
321 Dean Ray Small
322 Dr. Smiley (Material from Colorado Papers)
323 James A. (Uncle Jimmy), Smith of the Herald
324 C.L.S. Marshall
325 Southwest Catholic Register
326 Anglo-American S. West History
327 S'west Hist. found
328 Southwest Studies
329 Southwestern Literature
330 [Bibliography of southwestern books from C.L. Sonnichsen]
331 Speeches
Box Folder
25 332 Stafford, Bart
333 State National Copy
334 State Nat'l Series
335 State Nat'l Series Pioneers
336 Judge Pine - Steel Decision
337 Steinbeck
338 Jesse C. Stephens
339 Adlai Stevenson
340 Stoudenmire, Dallas
341 Supreme Court
Box Folder
33 342 [Tarahumara Indians of Mexico]
343 Teacher Education Council
344 Teaching Salaries Tact
345 Texas Observer
346 ["Photos show old days of Texas Rangers" - E.P. Herald Post - ] September 5, 1963
347 ["Texas Sketchbook"]
348 TWC History
349 Texas Western College conference notes
Box Folder
26 350 Thesis material
351 Judge Thomason
352 ["Judge R.E. Thomason and the Jencks and Matison Communist Trials,""The Babb Case" A.W.P.]
353 Times personnel Latham - Halloran
354 Times statistics circulation, etc.
355 Tombstone Epitaph
356 T.R.B. - and New Republic
357 ["Train riding is no fun anymore" - E.P. Times ] February 22, 1964
358 Train Robberies and George Harold (1887)
359 Truman
360 Tugwell Constitution
361 Mark Twain's Farts
362 [Boss Tweed]
363 Ultra Right Hate Literature
364 US Armed Services
365 [UTEP search for pres.]
366 Utah Street #1
367 Utah Street-with photographs
Box Folder
27 368 Vandiver, Sam
369 Vietnam War
370 Dale Walker Material
371 Walker Case
372 War - Anecdotes, story ideas
373 War and GI morale
374 War with Russia
375 [Welfare]
376 West
377 Harry Dexter White Case
378 White Oaks R.R. 1885
379 Bryan Woolley
380 Words [1]
381 Words [2]
Box Folder
28 382 Journalistic History of World War II
383 [WWII news clippings]
384 ["Writing Case History, #5 and #8"]
385 Karl Wyler
386 Yalta Papers
387 Yemen
388 [YMCA]
389 Younger Generation (foreign)
390 Younger Generation
391 Younger Generation (recent university demonstrations)
392 Youth Groups
393 [The Youth's Companion] December 21, 1893
Box Folder
33 425 [Chamizal - with photographs]
426 John F. Kennedy
427 [Lee Harvey Oswald]
428 Man on the Moon, 1969
429 [Tarahumara Indians of Mexico]



 
Box
29, 33 PHOTOGRAPHS
Box Folder
29 394 [Report on "Medical Photography" by Barbara Lubecki]
395 ["Band of El Paso Boys"]
396 [Cigar Store on San Antonio St.] (owned by Geo. Ogden and H.B. Chaman)
397 [Miss Etta Clark's residence 401 South Utah Street]
398 [Ms. Tilly Howard's "House of Ill Repute", home and stable]
399 [Pomeroy's El Paso Transfer Company]
400 [Saloons, El Paso]
401 [Dr. Thatcher's office]
402 [US Mail Stagecoach], (Geo. Ogden driving)
Box Folder
33 403 [Oversized Photographs - Unidentified Historical - With a Western Theme, Document Removed Form]
430 [Oversized Photographs - Unidentified Historical - With a Western Theme]



 
Box
30-32 PERIODICALS
Box Folder
30 404 [The Ass, Texas Western College, ] n.d.
405 [El Burro, October 1955 - November 1969
406 [Columbia Journalism Cumulative Index - Issues: ] Fall 1961 - Winter 1970 - 1971,Spring 1965, September/October 1971, November/December 1971
407 [Famous Writers Magazine, ] 1967
408 [Harper's Magazine, ] October 1950
409 [National Review, ] September 15, 1972
410 [Newsweek, ] June 28 - July 12, 1971
411 [Physical Culture ] 1918, 1922
412 [The Quill, ] August 1971 - September 1972
Box Folder
31 413 [The Seminar, ] September 1971
414 [Sports Illustrated, ] August 16, 1954 & March 28, 1966
415 [The Silver City Enterprise, ] June 25, 1970
416 [Time, ] June 28, 1971 - July 12, 1971
Box Folder
32 417 [America's Front Page News ] 1690-1970
418 [Harper's Weekly, ] January 6, 1906
419 [Life, ] January 2, 1950-bound issue, July 5, 1968, December 26, 1969
420 [Look - "Inside the Twentieth Century] January 12, 1965,
421 [Philadelphia Inquirer, ] September 15, 1962
422 Dorrance D. Roderick [Article in Publication-"Editor and Publisher, the Fourth Estate," signed by Roderick] January 3, 1931,
423 [Vanity Fair, "Winston Churchill"] January 1916,
424 [Washington Post - Reprint of Article, "Russia Turns Back the Clock"] June 13-22, 1969