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Roscoe B. Ellard Papers, 1872-1955.

Summary Information

At a Glance

Title:Roscoe B. Ellard Papers, 1872-1955.
Physical description:2.5 linear ft. (2 record storage cartons)
Language(s): Material is in English


Material is arranged in three series


Scope and Content

The papers include correspondence, writings, and diaries of Columbia University School of Journalism Professor and Dean Roscoe Ellard.

Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Name of Collection; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 02/15/2012 Carrie Hintz

Finding aid written 02/15/2012 Carrie Hintz

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion February 16, 2012

Finding aid written in English.

    2012-02-16 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Roscoe Ellis, the newspaperman and journalism professor, was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1894. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1917. He went on to do graduate work in psychology at Beloit College from 1924-1925, but left his graduate studies to focus on working in journalism. He worked as a newspaperman in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Beloit, Wisconsin before starting his career as a professor of journalism.

In 1925 he founded the Lee Memorial School of Journalism at Washington & Lee University, which he directed from 1925-30 before moving on to teach at his alma mater, the University of Missouri. He was recruited by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1940 to serve professor and head of instruction. While at Columbia he initiated a series of programs that gave Columbia students the opportunity to staff suburban newspapers for a day. He briefly served as Associate Dean of the Journalism School in 1946-1947 and retired from the University in 1959.

Roscoe Ellard died on Aug. 14, 1962 in Alamogordo, New Mexico.