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Larry Walklin, Journalism Papers

Identifier: RG-14-02-03

Scope and Contents

The Larry Walklin, Journalism Papers contain the professional records and research files of Larry Walklin, a professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The majority of the files are related to Larry Walklin's interest in writing a history of the College, including research files, photocopies of archival materials, book drafts, outlines, research correspondence, oral histories, and collected photographs. There is a also a small amount of Walklin's professional records, which covers conferences and events, department projects and meetings, Theta Sigma Chi, correspondence, and teaching.


  • Creation: 1857 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

University of Nebraska-Lincoln retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators.

Biographical / Historical

Larry Walklin was a professor of Broadcasting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, from 1967 to 2017.

Born in Grand Island, Walklin began his broadcast career as an announcer at KMMJ while he was a junior in high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University in three years while working as reporter, newscaster, and announcer for KSDB radio. He earned a master’s degree at Michigan State an a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.

Walklin accepted a position at Creighton University in Omaha in 1966. A year later, he was offered an assistant professorship in broadcasting at the UNL School of Journalism. When Walklin joined the journalism program he was able to help rebuild it after a long period of budget cuts. The program hired a group of young men who would be able to work long hours to rework and rebuild the program. Walklin helped earn the school’s accreditation in 5 years. He became a full professor in 1974 and also served as general manager of Radio KRNU.

Walklin has extensively contributed to the sucess of the University. He was president of the Faculty Senate, the chair of the University Curriculum Committee and served on the Executive Graduate Council. Along with helping rebuild the Journalism program, Walklin also played a key role in setting up the online distance program in 1994. He was named the first Fred and Gladys Seaton Distinguished Professor of Journalism and was the first winner of the M. Duncan Sowles Distinguished Teaching Award.

Walklin was also very active in the journalism field in Nebraska outside the university. He began working to get cameras into courtrooms in 1982 after attending a meeting at which Joe R. Seacrest, then editor of the Lincoln Journal, nominated him for the job. He continued this work for many years as chair of the media committee that coordinates the radio, television and photo pool coverage of the courts in Nebraska, Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

He has been president and chair of the board of directors of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association (NBA), a member of the national board of directors of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, head of the Radio-TV Journalism division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, and a member of the First Amendment Committee of the National Association of Broadcasters.

One of the highlights of Walklin’s year as NBA president was the opportunity to coordinate and host the association-sponsored debate between incumbent Governor Kay Orr and challenger Ben Nelson in October, 1990. With 52 radio stations and 23 TV stations covering the program, it was the largest single broadcast event ever held in Nebraska.

Larry Walklin retired in 2017.


13 Boxes

11.39 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection is divided into four series.


  1. Photographs
  2. College of Journalism history research files
  3. Oral history projects
  4. Larry Walklin professional records

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Series 3 contains oral histories, including video and audio recordings on audiocassettes, VHS tape, and microcassettes. Special equipment may be required to access these recordings.

Custodial History

Larry Walklin donated these records in 2005 and 2014.

Existence and Location of Originals

Much of series 2 contains photo copies of archival materials at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Archives and Special Collection and other repositories. For originals of these doucments, see collections related to the Board of Regents, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Catalogs, and University publications.

Related Materials

Wilma Crumley was a long-time collegue of Larry Walklin in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication. For her teaching and professional records, see the Wilma Crumley, Journalism Papers (RG 14-02-02).

Separated Materials

In 2022 during processing, material was weeded from this collection, including duplicate copies, FERPA-protected student work, journalism publications that are widely available (for example, copies of Newsweek), and several books about the history of higher education generally.

Processing Information

In 2022, Madison White lightly processed the collection. She weeded the collection. Then she arranged the records into four series to make it clear what was Walklin's own files and what were files that he collected as part of his research. Files that were out of folders were put into new folders. She then described the collection and created a finding aid.

Larry Walklin, 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