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Bentel, (Dwight) Papers
MSS.2004.04.02  
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Description
Dr. Dwight E. Bentel was a noted professor of journalism at San Jose State University from 1934 through 1974, as well as the acknowledged founder of the school’s Department of Journalism. Dr. Bentel also had a lifelong passion for Death Valley, and spent many hours visiting, studying and researching the Valley and the people who inhabited it. The majority of the collection pertains to Death Valley, its inhabitants and its history. Death Valley related materials include articles from various publications, photocopies of books, and notes and manuscripts written by Dr. Bentel. Other materials in the Dwight Bentel Papers include notes and texts for talks on various topics, honors and recognitions, news clippings, personal and professional correspondence, and other memorabilia.
Background
Dr. Dwight E. Bentel was a noted professor of journalism and the acknowledged founder of the San Jose State College (later San Jose State University) Department of Journalism. The son of educators, Dr. Bentel was born in Walla Walla, Washington in 1909, relocating shortly afterward with his family to the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Bentel got his start in journalism as a copy boy and reporter for the San Jose Mercury News in 1928. He later worked for the Associated Press and the San Francisco Call-Bulletin while completing bachelor's and master's degrees at Stanford University in the early 1930’s.
Extent
10.85 Linear Feet 8 records boxes, 1 legal document box, and 1 flat record box
Restrictions
Copyright has been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
With the exception of Series II: Personal Materials, the collection is open for research. Access to Series II: Personal Materials is by permission from the Director of Special Collections and Archives only.