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Elmer J. Emig Papers

Identifier: Ms Coll. 022

Scope and Content

His papers include lecture and research notes, a small amount of correspondence, and manuscripts. Of special interest are his research notes on the history of Florida journalism. Included in his lecture notes are two surveys done by his Public Opinion students on reading, listening, and viewing habits of Gainesville residents. Part of his Mass Communication 505 notes appear to be a transcript of classroom discussion.

Also included is the "World's Week", an editorial review of world events which he wrote in the years prior to World War II, radio broadcast transcripts, and a history of the Florida chapter of Sigma Delta Chi.


  • Creation: 1929-1955



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Biographical/Historical Note

Elmer J. Emig (1898-1956) was the head of the Journalism Department from 1929 to 1949. He received his B.A. at Canterbury College and his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin. He taught journalism at Baker University before coming here in 1927. In addition to his faculty work, Emig wrote editorials for Florida newspapers including the Florida Times-Union. He was a member of Sigma Delta Chi, the professional journalism fraternity and helped organize the University of Florida chapter.


1.3 Linear feet (3 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Lecture and research notes on the history of journalism in Florida. Among his research notes are two public opinion surveys on the reading, listening, and viewing habits of Gainesville residents and a history of Sigma Delta Chi at UF.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Related Material

Additional records on Emig are located in the University Archives Series 47, Administrative Policy Records for the Dean of the College of Commerce and Journalism.

A Guide to the Elmer J. Emig Papers
Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff
March 2005
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America