W. Sprague Holden Papers

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Born in Grand Rapids Michigan in 1909, Willis Sprague Holden earned his AB from the University of Michigan in 1930 and his MA from Columbia University in 1932, and completed his graduate work at the University of Michigan. Holden wrote for Grand Rapids, Detroit and San Francisco newspapers from 1926-1936, and the Detroit Free Press from 1940-1946. Holden served as Chair of Wayne State university’s Department of Journalism from its beginning in 1949 until his death in 1973. He was a prolific writer, contributing to newspapers and magazines. Keenly interested in Australian journalism, he wrote Australia Goes to Press, which was published by Wayne State University Press in 1961. In the mid 1960s Holden again traveled to Australia to study journalism, focusing on the Australian conciliation-arbitration system, particularly as it related to newspaper disputes. Holden’s writing compared American and Australian methods of handling newspaper disputes during the 1960s.

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