Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I recently found this clip from the Penney-Missouri Awards Workshop. It includes many of the women who I have studied, such as Marie Anderson, Maggie Savoy, Dorothy Jurney and Beverley Morales.
Also included in the photo is Fort Lauderdale women's page editor Edee Greene. I am presenting a paper about Edee at a conference this weekend. Here is a link to the conference program.
Women's page journalist and food editor Jeanne Voltz (of the Miami Herald and then Los Angeles Times) is mentioned several times in this biography of food great James Beard. The two were good friends.
I am working on a book chapter about Jeanne and a biographical sketch of James.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I just found this image of Miami journalist Helen Muir. (It's in the Florida Photographic Collection.) I learned last week that Helen was Dorothy Jurney's initial boss in the women's at the Miami News before she left for Washington. Helen held an annual party for Dorothy after she left for Detroit.
I am working on a revise and resubmit of Dorothy's career. I plan to go through the papers of Helen Muir at the University of Miami in the future. Here is a link about her papers.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I just received this book through ILL. It includes references to women's page editor Beverley Morales. She interviewed subjects for the oral history project. I am working on an article about Beverley.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I just noticed that women's page columnist Eleanor Hart is in this photo of the Miami Herald newsroom. That's her standing near the filing cabinet. (The photo is at the WHMC. In Dorothy Jurney's papers.)
We went through Eleanor's 1950s and 1960s columns at a Miami archive a few weeks ago.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Today I am working on a conference paper about the Fort Lauderdale News women's page editor Edee Greene. She is referenced in this book about her city. The reference is about her threat to picket a restaurant that wanted to exclude women.
Yesterday I received the divorce record of legendary women's page editor Dorothy Jurney. (It was found in the State of Florida Office of Vital Statistics.)
Dorothy mentioned in her oral history that her husband Frank had appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court. She also stated that she did not know why he had appealed the ruling for divorce.
The record reveals why he may have appealed the ruling. The divorce was granted on Dorothy's grounds of "extreme cruelty."
Here's information about the appeal:
Florida Case Law
JURNEY v. JURNEY, 110 So.2d 49 (Fla.App. 3 Dist. 1959)
March 19, 1959. Rehearing Denied April 8, 1959.
The appellee-wife sued appellant for a divorce and the chancellor, after hearing the evidence, entered a final decree for the appellee-plaintiff-wife, and thereupon the husband-defendant appealed. We find error and reverse.
I am working on a revise-and-resumbit about Dorothy's long career.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Today I worked on my article about political reporter and columnist Vera Glaser. (Her work often ran in the women's pages.) I spoke with one of her relatives on Thursday. I am presenting the article next month in New York.
Vera is featured in this photo with President Nixon.
Here's an article Vera wrote.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
This is a letter from Paul Myhre, director of the Penney-Missouri Awards, to the Miami Herald women's page editor Marie Anderson. In it he tells of the death of 25-year-old Bobbi McCallum, a women's page journalist in Seattle.
I have an article about Bobbi's career under contract at a history publication.
Today I am going to be interviewing one of Vera Glser's relatives. She was one of the first journalists to cover the women's movement. Her political columns often ran in the women's pages. I went through her papers at the University of Wyoming. I am presenting a paper about Vera in March.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This is a letter from Miami Herald women's page editor Marie Anderson to Paul Myhre, the director of the Penney-Missouri Awards. Paul was a big advocate for women's page journalism and often worked with Marie. The letter can be found in the Penney-Missouri Award papers at WHMC.
The Penney-Missouri Awards were a way for women's page editors to network.
The letter includes a reference to Edee Greene, women's page editor at the Fort Lauderdale News. I am presenting a paper about Edee at the end of the month.
This week I received materials from the Duke University Archives about Marie Anderson. (She's an alum.) One of the pages shows that Marie spoke at an alumni event in May/June 1972 about her experiences as a woman journalist. Marie earned a degree in English - she received her journalism training from Dorothy Jurney.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I recently found this image of Hugh Hefner visiting the Miami Press Club sometime in the 1960s. That's the Miami Herald women's page editor Marie Anderson sitting with him. (I've circled her.)
I published an article about Marie in Spring 2007.
Monday, February 9, 2009
This image is of top women's page editors Carol Sutton and Koky Dishon. They are speaking at a Penney-Missouri Workshop. They were also personal friends.
I have article about Koky coming out this Spring. My article about Carol has been revised and resubmitted.
Today I am working on a chapter of the book I am writing about Dallas women's page journalist Vivian Castleberry. Vivian is included in the above book, Reporting the Kennedy Assassination. She was at the Trade Mart building during the assassination.
I visited Vivian and her husband Curtis last summer. They were wonderful hosts.
This is a letter I got from the legendary women's page editor and later Gannett publisher Marjorie Paxson. I published an article about Marj last Spring.
I am working on getting her nominated into a journalism hall of fame.
I have a travel grant to go through Molly's papers at the University of Texas. In the WPCF oral history project, Molly said the following about Dallas women's page editor Vivian Castleberry: "Vivian had a remarkable sensitivity to news that women wanted to know and how that news should be covered by women, for women."
I plan to go through Molly's papers this Spring.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
While in Miami, we found a final edition of the Miami News. Billie O'Day was an award-winning women's page editor at the News. I'm researching Billie's career.
Here is more about Billie.
I just ordered the book Beyond Julia's Daughters. It's an update to the book on Miami women that Miami Herald women's page editor Marie Anderson wrote, Julia's Daughters. Included in the updated edition are the biographies of Marie Anderson and Helen Muir.
Lance and I spent Friday in Miami going through the papers of Miami Herald women's page columnist Eleanor Hart. Her papers are at the Historical Museum of South Florida.
Eleanor worked for Dorothy Jurney in the 1950s and then Marie Anderson in the 1960s. Her columns are a great representation of social history. Included in her papers were letters from readers and social agencies.
I plan to write an article about Eleanor's columns.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Yesterday I received the program for the Florida Conference of Historians. I am presenting a paper on Edee Greene, women's page editor at the Fort Lauderdale News in the 1960s, at the conference at the end of the month.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Editor & Publisher has named the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Marty Kaiser the editor of the year. It's really a great newspaper. (Milwaukee is my hometown.)
Marty is the nephew of Jim Bellows. He went along with Los Angeles Times women's page editor Maggie Savoy (Jim's wife) when she covered the 1968 convention in Chicago. The story is in Jim's book, The Last Editor. Much of the book is available through Google books.
My article about Maggie comes out in March.
I have just confirmed our plans to go through the papers of Miami Herald columnist Eleanor Ratelle. (She wrote under the name "Eleanor Hart." Her columns ran in the women's section.) Her scrapbooks are at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida in Miami.
Eleanor reported to women's page greats Dorothy Jurney and then Marie Anderson. I am working on a revise and resubmit on Dorothy. I published an article about Marie in Spring 2007.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I am working on the revisions of an article about women's page editor Dorothy Jurney. She had such a long career that it is difficult to summarize without leaving out important information.
This is the photo of Miami millionaire Neville McArthur who proposed to Dorothy twice while she was divorcing her husband Frank in 1959. She said no and moved on to Detroit. Proof of that story can be found here.
Yesterday I received the 1944 SMU yearbook that I found on ebay. That was the year Dallas women's page journalist Vivian Anderson Castleberry graduated from SMU. She was active in college - she is featured on five different pages.
I am working on a book-length manuscript about Vivian.