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Riegel, O. W. (Oscar Wetherhold)



  • Existence: 1902-1997

Oscar W. Riegel, also known as Tom, was a member of the Journalism faculty at Washington and Lee University from 1930-1997.
A.B., University of Wisconsin, 1924; A.M., Columbia, 1930. Assistant professor of journalism, W&L, 1930; associate professor, W&L, 1936; professor, W&L, 1941; professor of journalism and communications, W&L, 1962; professor emeritus, W&L, 1973-1997. Cultural attache, Hungary, 1945-46. See Who's Who, 1970-71.

Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:

Personal Publicity, 1937-1977

 Series — Box: 1, Folder: 1-37
Scope and Contents Items in this series consist primarily of articles, bulletins, memos, and programs which are in reference to O.W. Riegel and his career achievements. The material spans the majority of his professional carreer and makes reference to his published works, acts as a staff member of Washington and Lee, and personal achievements. The publicity material is primarily newspaper clippings selected by Riegel himself.
Dates: 1937-1977

Post-War Travel, 1946 - 1989

 Series — Box: 1-4, Folder: 1-93
Scope and Contents Materials in this series consist of items Riegel acquired while traveling after World War II. Riegel went to several european nations during the Cold War including Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Italy, East Germany, Germany, and Britain. Throughout his journeys, Riegel retained numerous maps, brochures, publications, and pamphlets of places and events he attended.
Dates: Issued: 1946 - 1989

Projects, 1950 - 1952

 Series — Box: 1-3, Folder: 1-126
Scope and Contents The items in this series relate to two major projects Riegel conducted in Europe between 1950 and 1952. The first one focused on public opinion in West Germany on a variety of topics, but emphasised government and politics in particular. This project was conducted with assitance in the form of a grant, stipend, and paid travel by the State Departnment. The second project, through Princeton University, focused on the impact of the cross cultural exchange program between Belgium and the United...
Dates: Event: 1950 - 1952

Public Opinion Quarterly, 1936 - 1970

 Series — Box: 1, Folder: 1-84
Scope and Contents This series consists of items related to Riegel's work with the Public Opinion Quarterly, an academic journal that focuses on forms of media and their effects on the public, primarily via Radio, the Press, and Movies. The bulk of material in this series consists of correspondence between Riegel, editors for the Public Opinion Quarterly, and prospective article writers.
Dates: 1936 - 1970

Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA), 1937 - 1991

 Series — Box: 1-6, Folder: 1-117
Scope and Contents Items in this series are relevant to the Southern Interscholastic Press Association. Within this series are correspondence between speakers for the conventions and O.W. Riegel, photographs of the annual convention, SIPA programs, Quill and Scroll Banquet artifacts, and speech excerpts from the various speakers. Some items and subjects of note include correspondence regarding the permission of black delegates during the process of desegregation, a scrapbook of events during the 1959 SIPA...
Dates: Agent Relation: 1937 - 1991

Unprocessed Materials, 1902 - 1993

Scope and Contents The rest of the collection is still being processed. We anticipate additional series' to be added to the collection upon their completion. Some anticipated series include: Film, Riegel's early life, Pre-War Travel, Early Academic Work (undergrad and grad school, Mobilizing for Chaos and Crown of Glory, Communications Institutions (such as the International Association of Mass Communication Research), The Science Service, and Riegel's East-Germany Survey.
Dates: 1902 - 1993

Virginia Politics, 1974 - 1982

 Series — Box: 1, Folder: 1-26
Scope and Contents Items in this series relate to Virginia Democratic Politics from the early 1970s to the early 1980s. Riegel was a member of the Rockbridge County Democratic Committee and attended the Virginia State Democratic Convention. His records include political correspondence between congressman Olin, delegate Davis, other local candidates, and party members.
Dates: Usage: 1974 - 1982