Wilson, Craig

Range: 1976 - 1997 Size: 15 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Craig Wilson (1927-2007) was a journalist from Akron, Ohio who served as a reporter and editor of the Akron Beacon Journal for 40 years. He also free lanced stories to numerous national publications including Popular Mechanics, Antique Trader, and other special-interest publications. His collection includes materials from Wilson’s Akron Beacon Journal project that documents the lives of 40 people born in the Akron Area on July 4, 1976, the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, over a twenty-one year period.


WHLO Broadcast Recordings

Range: 1962 - 1977 Size: 10 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

WHLO (640 AM) is a commercial radio station licensed to Akron, Ohio that serves both the Akron and Canton metropolitan areas. Owned by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the station broadcasts primarily a news/talk format. The recordings consists of approximately 310 reel-to-reel tapes of broadcasts from the 1960s and ‘70s concerning local people, issues, and events. 


Whited, Charles, Manuscript and Oral History Interviews

Range: 1985 - 1985 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group: 99/155

Charles “Charlie” Whited (1929-1991) was a columnist for The Miami Herald for more than 25 years and was American newspaper publisher John S. Knight’s official biographer. The collection consists of a typescript of Whited’s biography of Knight in addition to various oral history interviews of Knight’s friends, family, and associations conducted by Whited in the 1980s during his research for the book.

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Waterhouse, Helen, Papers

Range: 1930 - 1964 Size: .66 cubic feet Record Group: 99/85

Helen Waterhouse (1892-1965) was a journalist in Akron, Ohio who was considered “the most controversial newspaperwoman in Akron history." She wrote numerous articles and front page stories covering some of the most important topics of the day for the Akron Beacon Journal for almost 40 years. Her papers contain correspondence and a selection of her published articles, including her Russia Series, in addition to reports from the Ohio Newspaper Woman's Association and National Federation of Press Women.

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Telephone Directories

Range: 1912 - 1990 Size: 6 cubic feet Record Group:

Akron and surrounding area telephone directories, including Barberton, Clinton, Cuyahoga Falls, Macedonia, Uniontown, Tallmadge, Copley, Ghent, and Kenmore.


Knight, John S.

Range: 1921 - 1981 Size: 100 cubic feet Record Group: 99/110

John S. Knight (1894-1981) was a journalist and newspaper publisher from Akron, Ohio who inherited the Akron Beacon Journal from his father and parlayed it into a newspaper conglomerate known as Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc. His papers consist primarily of material relating to his life and career including correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, “Editor's Notebooks,” newspaper clippings, photographs, phonotapes, and memorabilia.

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Grismer, Karl H.

Range: 1913 - 1952 Size: .25 Record Group: 99/242

Karl H. Grismer was a journalist who worked in Akron, Ohio and Florida. He published several books on local history in the two states. His papers contain materials that document his life and work including his writings and a selection of his artwork as well as numerous newspaper clippings.

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Fetzer, Herman and Hazel, Papers

Range: 1918 - 1973 Size: 7.88 cubic feet Record Group: 99/129

Herman Fetzer (1899-1935) was a journalist in Akron, Ohio who worked for a number of local newspapers and contributed numerous articles and columns to several local and national publications, usually under the pen-name Jake Falstaff. After Fetzer’s death, his wife, Hazel, edited many of his works and published them posthumously. The papers consist of manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous material that document Fetzer’s life and work. 

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Endres, Dr. Kathleen L. Collection

Range: 1841 - 2018 Size: 6 Record Group: 99/253

Dr. Kathleen L “Kitty” Endres is a distinguished professor emerita of Communications at The University of Akron. This collection is comprised of files and collected materials assembled and used by Dr. Endres during her career as a professor of Communications and Women’s Studies at The University of Akron.

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Communications Workers of America, Local 4303 (Canton) Records

Range: 1935 - 1972 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group: 99/17

The Communications Workers of America (CWA), which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, is the largest communications and media labor union in the United States. Before combining with CWA Local 4302 (Akron), CWA Local 4303 was in District 4 and represented workers in Canton, Ohio. The records include minutes of grievance meetings and reports on contract bargaining. 

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Communications Workers of America, Local 4302 (Akron) Records

Range: 1937 - 1971 Size: 5.33 cubic feet Record Group: 99/16

The Communications Workers of America (CWA), which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, is the largest communications and media labor union in the United States. CWA Local 4302 is in District 4 and now represents workers in Akron and Canton, Ohio. The records include meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, bargaining and grievances documents, materials about AFL-CIO affiliates and community activities, and publications of CWA Local 4302 and its predecessor, Ohio Federal of Telephone Workers Local 201.

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Clark, C. J., Collection

Range: 1922 - 1933 Size: 0.33 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Mrs. C.J. Clark, an early radio enthusiast, transcribed radio program transmissions from around the world and corresponded with various radio stations in the 1920s and ‘30s. Her collection includes scrapbooks, postcards, and correspondence collected by Clark over a ten year period.


Clapp, Kate, Papers

Range: 1931 - 1977 Size: 10 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Kate Clapp was a journalist from Akron, Ohio who served as the garden specialist for the Akron Beacon Journal for over forty years. Her papers include scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and photographs that document her life and career.

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