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Betty Winfield Newspaper Collection.


Winfield, Betty Houchin, 1939-


Betty Winfield Newspaper Collection.




8 boxes.


Biographical Note

[information from the School of Journalism]

Betty Houchin Winfield, PhD, is a specialist in political communication and mass media history. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Washington and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University (1991) and the Gannett Center for Media and Politics at Columbia University (1988-1989).

Among Winfield’s four books are Journalism, 1908: Birth of a Profession (University of Missouri Press, 2008) and the award-winning FDR and the News Media (University of Illinois Press, 1990, and Columbia University Press, 1994). Her other publications include two monographs, 12 book chapters, and more than 80 encyclopedia and journal articles. Winfield has given numerous scholarly lectures and competitive papers on mass media history and White House communication. Among them are analyses of the free expression conflicts with the Commander-in-Chief role of the President, the models of attorneys general during wartime, and first lady relationships with the public and the media.

Scope and Content Note

The Betty Winfield Newspaper Collection is composed of a variety of U.S. newspapers and magazines covering 1850-2010. The collection includes scans, facsimiles, and original publications from national and regional titles and chronicles events in American and world history through the front pages of various news outlets.


Dr. Betty Winfield, a professor of political communication and mass media history at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, assembled the collection for use during her teaching career. Upon her retirement in 2011, Winfield donated her collections of books, videos, and other teaching and research materials to the University of Missouri Journalism Library. The Journalism Library transferred the collection to Special Collections at Ellis Library in 2018.


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Access Rights

Materials do not circulate but are available to users in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by appointment.