Centennial of Journalism on Display

By Herbert Lowe

View of the Centennial of Journalism display at the Raynor Library

Michelle Sweetser and Matt Blessing of University archives in front of the Centennial of Journalism display, Raynor Library

From the founding fathers in the 1910s – John E. Copus, S.J., and John Danihy, S.J. – to those two benefactors who gave so much just a few years ago – J. William and Mary Diederich – many people have helped to shape journalism education at Marquette University.

To help focus attention on the Diederich College’s centennial of journalism celebration, the Raynor Libraries recently unveiled a large glass display that showcases Fathers Copus and Danihy, the Diederichs and others in several images related to those first 100 years.

At the behest of our college’s dean, Lori Bergen, Ph.D., I worked with Matt Blessing, head of the department of special collections and university archives, and associate archivist Michelle Sweetser, to produce the display now in the libraries’ primary passageway.

A large image of Johnston Hall serves as a backdrop for the display. Each of six shelves focuses on a particular theme: the early years; the 34-year deanship of Jeremiah O’Sullivan; the advent of broadcasting; diversity; student media, and today’s digital age.

Sweetser said she especially enjoyed putting the display together because of the variety of props that could be used to create visual interest and help draw in passersby.

The display includes eight old editions of The Marquette Hilltop and such artifacts as an on-air studio lamp and a 1930s-era radio, both of which students used to learn their crafts. There’s also a small digital photo frame that rotates about two dozen images.

“The journalism program has a long and storied history and it is one that deserves to be highlighted,” Sweetser said. “Displays such as this are a great opportunity to introduce a wider public to that history and to the resources held in the university’s archives.”

“The display will be available for public view at the library through April 1,” Blessing added.

Herbert Lowe is a professional in residence in the journalism department of the Diederich College.

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