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James W. Schwartz papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RS 13/13/15

Scope and Content

This collection (1939-2011) contains research and course material James W. Schwartz used to teach his classes on Technical Journalism, Public Speaking and Radio Broadcasting. In addition, there are biographical materials and publications in newspapers and his publication "Public Access to Meetings and Records in Iowa." Schwartz was involved in the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. The research materials consist of documents related to Radio and Television materials such as programming, writing and procedures.


  • 1939-2011


Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


James W. Schwartz was born April 18, 1916 in Fenton, Iowa. He received his B.S. (1941) in Agricultural Journalism and M.S. (1960) in History from Iowa State University. While working towards his undergraduate degree at Iowa State, Schwartz was editor and sports editor of the Iowa State Student (Iowa State Daily).

Schwartz was editor and manager of the Fenton Reporter (1933-1936), editor and manager of the Denison Review (1938-1939), editor of the Harlan Tribune (1941-1942) and publisher and manager of the Rockwell City Advocate (1942-1943, 1944-1945). He left the Rockwell City Advocate for a year for military service in WWII. Prior to joining the Department of Journalism at Iowa State University, Schwartz was the news editor and then news director of WOI radio and television, Iowa State University’s broadcasting station. He was appointed as assistant professor in agricultural journalism (1945). Schwartz retired for the Journalism department on May 30th, 1979 and became professor Emeritus (1980).

He belonged to numerous honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, scholastic honorary; Gamma Sigma Delta, honor society of agriculture; Sigma Delta Chi (society of professional journalism); Cardinal Key (Iowa State University honorary society); and Alpha Zeta (agriculture honorary society). In addition, Schwartz actively participated in several professional organizations such as the Association for Education in Journalism (president,1968-1969) and the Cooperative Committee on Journalism Education (co-chair, 1970-1974) . He became the first academician elected a Master Editor-Publisher by the Iowa Press Association (1947), the top award of that organization.

Schwartz died on July 12, 2011 in Edina, Minnesota.


1.3 Linear Feet (1 document box)


The collection is organized Alphabetically.

Items in related collections

RS 13/13. Iowa State University. Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication records

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 13/13/15. James W. Schwartz papers, 1939-2011
April 10, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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