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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series: Series I. William O. Trapp papers, 1940s-1950s.
This collection consists of William Trapp's lectures and class materials for his Government and Writing courses taught at the School of General Studies in the 1940s and 1950s.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
There are no restrictions on this collection.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William O. Trapp papers; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
No additions are expected.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
This collection was processed by Joanna Rios. Finding aid ware written by Joanna Rios in October 2019.
History / Biographical Note
William O. Trapp was as a newspaper journalist from 1914 to 1938. He was a political and legislative correspondent for the New York Evening World and later the World Telegram. In 1929 Trapp directed a campaign which won for the Evening World a Pulitzer prize for exposing ambulance-chasing lawyers. At age 51, he returned to school and received a master's degree (1941) and doctorate (1943) from Cornell University. After receiving his degrees, Trapp started teaching at Columbia in the School of Journalism before also joining the School of General Studies (1950), where he supervised the SGS's newspaper, News in General. He served on the Pulitzer Prize Board and remained at Columbia until his retirement at the age of 64 in 1954.