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William C. Sexton Papers

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: -
Date: circa 1970

Biographical History

William C. Sexton (1929- ) is an American journalist. Born in 1929, Sexton attended Culver Military Academy and the University of North Carolina. He was with the United Press bureau from 1947 to 1959 (with a two-year absence for military service), then in 1961 joined the American Press Institute, eventually becoming its associate director. He was managing editor for the Louisville Courier-Journal and editor of World Book News Science Service.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William C. Sexton Papers consist of biographical material, correspondence, printed material, speeches and writings.

Biographical material contains news releases from various significant points in Sexton's career.

Correspondence, most of which is photocopies of outgoing letters, contains relatively few letters but they are of notable length and substance. An index to correspondents appears at the end of this inventory.

Printed material contains a few items from 1946-1962 for which no drafts are present, only the published version.

Speeches include addresses given at professional conferences, workshops, and other occasions.

The majority of Writings appear to be pieces written for trade or professional journals; topics include information retrieval for the mass market, operation of news departments, staff meetings, newspaper style, and similar.

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence, printed material and speeches are arranged chronologically. Writings are arranged alphabetically by title.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has substantial holdings relating to journalism and journalists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Sexton, William C.


Journalism -- United States.
Journalists -- United States.
Newspaper editors -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Speeches (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William C. Sexton Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of William C. Sexton, 1968-1969.

Table of Contents

Biographical material


Printed material



Index to correspondence


Index to correspondence