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Wilma Crumley, Journalism Papers

Identifier: RG-14-02-02

Scope and Contents

The Wilma Crumley, Journalism Papers includes the professional papers of Wilma Crumley, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of journalism. Papers include teaching materials for journalism courses, interviews carried out by students, grant and consulting project files, conference materials, correspondence, and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) accreditation files. Some of the topics covered by the collection include teaching in journalism, teaching evaluation, school accreditation, government PSA campaigns, the advertising industry, newspaper management, and public opinion towards crime and towards chemical dependency.


  • 1964 - 1990


Biographical / Historical

Wilma Crumley began working in the advertising department of the Fremont Guide & Tribute in 1945 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Midland College in 1949. Soon after her graduation, Crumley married, and while her husband pursued further education, she worked in the advertising departments of the Lincoln Journal and Star and the Manhattan Mercury in Kansas. Crumley briefly left newspaper work to raise her two daughters, but when her husband died suddenly, she decided to return to school. She entered the University of Missouri and received both her master’s degree and later a Ph.D. degree there. In 1966 she earned her Ph.D. degree from MU. While in graduate school, Crumley began teaching, starting at MU and at Stephens College.

In 1965, Crumley began teaching advertising in the School of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At UNL, she was the first woman to become a full professor in the Journalism School. Through her career there, she was chairwoman of the Advertising Department, Associate Dean of the College of Journalism and Chairwoman of the Journalism Graduate Program, which she established. She was also Secretary of the UNL Faculty Senate in 1979-1980. In 1977, Crumley attended the National Women’s Conference as an official observer. She was a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, although the Nebraska delegation was anti-ERA.

Crumley retired in 1991. After retiring, she traveled to Panama, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand. She also did volunteer work and served on the Board of Trustees at Midland College in her retirement.


4.54 Linear Feet

7 Boxes

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Separated Materials

In 2022, duplicates, applications to various seminars, correspondence with students, PhD proposals, and files protected by FERPA were removed from the collection.

Wilma Crumley, Journalism Papers
Madison White
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States