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Creator: William E. Winter and Adalee Duckett Winter, wife of William E. Winter

Collection Number: M437

Title: Winter (William E. “Bill”) Scrapbook

Dates: 1955-1958

Quantity: 3 Folders         

Abstract: This collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper articles from The State (Columbia, South Carolina), written by Dr. William E. “Bill” Winter.  The scrapbook was compiled by Adalee Duckett Winter, Dr. Winter’s wife.  Of particular interest are the annotations made by Mrs. Winter as she compiled the scrapbook.


Historical Sketch

William E. “Bill” Winter was born in 1917 in Missouri.  He married Adalee Duckett, and the couple had two children, a son and a daughter.

After serving as a pilot in World War II, William Winter received his PhD in Journalism from the University of Missouri.  The exact chronology of his career is not evident, but it is known that he lived and worked in South Carolina.  While there, he wrote for The State and was a professor of journalism at the University of South Carolina.  Records also indicate that he may have taught Journalism at the Universities of Arkansas and Florida. 

In 1966 he transferred to the University of Alabama where he became the Chair of the Department of Journalism.  Dr. Winter was the first member of their journalism faculty to hold an earned doctorate.  As the department chair, he took on the challenge of returning status and accreditation to the journalism program.  He was among fourteen faculty members who founded the new School of Communication and Information Sciences on July 1, 1973.

On March 6, 1974, Dr. Winter died unexpectedly.  In his honor, the School of Communication dedicated its reading room to him.  The William Winter Reading Room’s expansion began when members of the community including family, friends, and faculty contributed books and donated funds.  What began as a few journals and newspapers in the anteroom to Dr. Winter’s office has grown to become an invaluable resource for students of the School of Communication and Information Sciences by providing books, periodicals, videos, a viewing room and a computer lab.



Contents of the Collection

Henderson, Ann Bourne
            Librarian, University of Alabama, William Winter Reading Room
            Email correspondence dates: Jan. 31, 2007 and Feb. 2, 2007

Roche, Dr. Bruce


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings written in 1956 for The State, a South Carolina newspaper, by William E. “Bill” Winter.  The scrapbook was compiled by Adalee Duckett Winter, wife of William Winter.  In addition to the newspaper articles the collection also includes two congratulatory letters to William Winter dated 1955 and 1958.  For preservation purposes, a photocopy has been made of the scrapbook on acid-free paper. 


Topics Covered

1956 Presidential Election
Segregation / Integration
Senator Strom Thurmond
South Carolina State Government
States’ Rights
The Dixie Democrats (Dixiecrats)


Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Donated to McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi, by Dr. Michael A. Polushin on June 8, 2001.

Restrictions Governing Access:

No restrictions.  Open for research.

Restrictions Governing Use:

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Preferred Citation Method:

Item, Title of Collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Language of Materials:


Processing Information:

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