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Al Hester papers

Al Hester papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Al Hester papers
Creator: Hester, Albert Lee, Dr., 1932-2019
Inclusive Dates: 1950-2010
Language(s): English
Extent: 5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Collection Number: UA20-004
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

Dr. Albert Lee Hester (1932-2019) was a professor at the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia from 1972 - 1997. In this role he founded the James A. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research in 1985. During his teaching and research career, he authored and edited numerous books, scholarly and popular magazine articles, training handbooks, and monographs, and traveled to 36 countries, from Albania to Tunisia. Previously, he spent 13 years (1955-1968) as a reporter and editor for The Dallas Times Herald, receiving numerous awards for his writing. They included the National School Bell Award for Distinguished Service in the interpretation of education for a series, "The Shame of Our Schools," about the Texas state school system. He embarked on his journalistic career at age 16 as a copy boy in The Associated Press's Dallas office.

Hester was also a writer, publisher, and local historian who devoted a significant amount of research and writing to the history of Athens, Georgia. He edited Athens Memories : The WPA Federal Writers' Project Interviews and wrote Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery : An African-American Historic Site, Enduring Legacy : Clarke County, Georgia's Ex-slave Legislators Madison Davis and Alfred Richardson, and Putting on Blue : Confederates from the Athens, Georgia, Area Who Became Galvanized Yankees.

Scope and Content

The collection contains Dr. Hester's teaching materials from his tenure at the University of Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Al Hester papers, UA20-004, University of Georgia Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Processing Information

This collection is not processed.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2020.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Hester, Albert Lee, Dr., 1932-2019
University of Georgia

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections include the Al Hester papers, MSS-069, Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library and the Conoly Hester papers, MSS-074, Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Life timeline, undated
12Tri-City Herald stories (2), 1950
13Southern Methodist University certificates and diploma, 1955-1958
14Dallas Times Herald correspondence and memoranda, 1958-1967, undated
15Dallas Times Herald Morocco stories and travel application, 1960-1961, undated
16Dallas Times Herald stories, 1961-1965, undated
17"A Note About Mrs. Tom C. (Lula) Gooch, or My Chance to be a Millionaire" and supporting documentation, 1952-1964, undated
18Major William Harrison Pitts and His Town Pittsburg pamphlet and notes, circa 1962
19Dallas Times Herald transit series (submission to Headliners Contest), 1964
110Awards for Dallas Times Herald writing, 1960-1966
111"College Education" chapter in Goals for Dallas, 1966
112University of Wisconsin, Madison correspondence and memoranda, 1968-1971, undated
113Writing at University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1969-1972
114University of Wisconsin, Madison report cards, 1969-1971
115University of Wisconsin, Madison diplomas and certificates, 1970-1972
116University of Georgia hiring correspondence, 1971 October
117"This Column Written to Defend 'Bad' News", 1972 October 25
118University of Georgia Journalism 558/758 syllabi, 1975-1985
119University of Georgia Journalism 558/758 assignments, undated
120Academic writing, 1972-1973
121Academic writing, 1974-1976
21Academic writing, 1977-1979
22Academic writing, 1980
23Academic writing, 1981-1982
24Academic writing, 1983-1990
25Academic writing, undated
31Annual reports, faculty activities reports, 1971-1995
32Correspondence, 1977-2000, undated
33Certificates, 1978-1983, undated
34University System of Georgia fiscal year contracts (2), 1984-1985
35Freelance writing, 1998-2002, undated
41Requests for research release time, 1985-1995
42James M. Cox, Jr., Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research annual reports, 1985-1996
43Nigeria workshop photograph, 1986
44Schedule for visit to Amman, Jordan, 1987 March
45The Lesotho Herald (Maseru, Lesotho workshop participants' work), 1989 May
46Certificates from Cox Center for International Mass Communication and Training workshops, 1992-1997, undated
47Cox Center Albania photographs, 1991-1992, undated
48Cox Center Bulgaria photographs, 1993, undated
49Cox Center Czech Republic photographs, undated
410Cox Center England photographs, undated
411Cox Center Fiji photographs, undated
412Cox Center Hungary photographs, undated
413Cox Center Marquesas Islands photographs and brochure, undated
414Cox Center Morocco photographs, 1996, undated
415Cox Center Niue photographs, 1992
416Cox Center other Pacific islands photographs, undated
417Cox Center Saudi Arabia photographs, undated
418Cox Center Slovakia photograph, 1996 August 26
419Cox Center South Africa photographs, undated
420Cox Center Tunisia photographs, 1984 February, undated
421Cox Center Khedidja Boudaba photographs, undated
422Cox Center James Cox painting (photograph), undated
423Cox Center Al Hester photographs, 1993, undated
424Cox Center Ashleigh Morris photograph, undated
425Cox Center Nicki Norris photographs, 1992
426Cox Center Melinda Robins photographs, 1994
427Cox Center Kristina White photographs, undated
428Cox Center unidentified photograph, undated
429Cox Center slides, undated
430Commendation letters, 1991-1996, undated
431Cox Center publications, 1993-1996, undated
432U.S. passport, 1994-2004
433Betty Gage Holland obituaries and funeral program, 2004 May
434Cox Center 25th anniversary invitation, 2010 December 3
51Seminar Papers, University of Wisconsin, 1968-1970
52A Comparison of Associated Press News Flow from Developed and Developing Countries to Selected Wisconsin Dailies (masters thesis), 1970
53Preliminary Examinations for Ph.D. in Mass Communication, 1971 May 3-7
54The Associated Press and News from Latin America: a Gatekeeper and News-Flow Study (Ph.D. thesis), 1972
11Golden Key National Honor Society Outstanding Faculty Award, 1982
12Award for sustained contributions to the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, 1972-1997
13Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 1997 Distinguished Service Award, 1997