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Riegel, O. W. (Oscar Wetherhold)



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 15 Collections and/or Records:

Autobiography: "Hacking It", 1982 - 1996

 Series — Box 1-2, Folder: 1-80
Scope and Contents Items in this series consist of and are related to O.W. Riegel's unpublished memoir "Hacking It". The first section of the series contains the most refined drafts of the Autobiography. Then there is correspondence between individuals who assited Riegel in drafting and editing his work. There are also several unrefined drafts of material, and a couple of artifacts and notes related to the Memoir. Housed separately from the rest of the collection, is one box of Newspaper clippings sorted by...
Dates: 1982 - 1996

Communication Satellites, 1962 - 1974

 Series — Box 1-2, Folder: 1-66
Scope and Contents

Items in this series relate to news and developments in communications sattelites. Riegel wrote a short article about their impact on mass media. His manuscripts along with correspondence, reports, and publications about communications satellites make up the bulk of this series. Some items of note include reports on the progress of Canada's Telesat system, Riegel's analysis of satellite communication, and Comsat and Intelesat reports from the early 1970's

Dates: Issued: 1962 - 1974

Dupont Awards, 1943 - 1982

 Series — Box 1-18, Folder: 1-530
Scope and Contents Items in this series are relevant to the Dupont Awards, which were given to Television stations, Radiostations, and commentators who have contributed to the field in their performance on the air. Award winners received $1,000, and most used the money to fund a journalism scholarship. Within this series are correspondence between award winners, judges, the Dupont estate, Washington and Lee University, members of the Federal Communications Commission, public relations firms, and O.W. Riegel,...
Dates: Event: 1943 - 1982

Hungary (Not Yet Processed), 1945 - 1947

Scope and Contents

After World War II, Riegel worked as a U.S. diplomat in Hungary. This subseries consists of items related to his time there. Items of note include his diplomatic ID, hungarian currency, hungarian newspapers and magazines, Monthly reports on his work in Hungary, and detailed notes on events he experienced while there.

Dates: Agent Relation: 1945 - 1947

Journalism Department, 1932 - 1974

 Series — Multiple Containers
Scope and Contents Items in the Journalism Department series are based in the time period when Riegel was a member and later director of the department. sub-sections of this series include correspondence within the department, course materials, department seminars, accreditiation discussions,the Lee Memorial Journalism Foundation, the maintenance of the department's library, and publicity related to the department and its faculty. some items of note include some student work for classes, including a project by...
Dates: Event: 1932 - 1974

O.W. Riegel (Professor of Journalism) Interview

Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Mame Warren Collection consists of 90 oral history interviews and historic photographs collected for her 1998 book project, 'Come cheer for Washington and Lee University: the University at 250 years!'. Warren conducted interviews with 90 individuals associated with Washington and Lee University, including former faculty, staff, coaches, employees, alumni, and friends. Each interview is boxed uniquely and includes audio cassette recordings, both master and user copies, and their...
Dates: date unknown

Personal Correspondence, 1926 - 1991

 Series — Box 1-3, Folder: 1-224
Scope and Contents

Items in this series pertain to Riegel's personal correspondence between himself and colleagues, friends, and family. Some material is related to or mentions his work, but the majority of the material is about his or other people's personal lives, opinions, and thoughts around world events.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.Creation: 1926 - 1991

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

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