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Al Hester papers

Al Hester papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Al Hester papers
Creator: Hester, Albert Lee, Dr., 1932-
Inclusive Dates: 20th century
Language: English
Extent: 3 Linear Feet (3 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.

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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-
University of Georgia

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Teaching materials
2Teaching materials