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  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
    Title: Mike Emery Collection
    Creator: Emery, Michael C. (1940-1995)
    Identifier/Call Number: TBC.MEC
    Physical Description: 8.83 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1801-1996
    Abstract: Michael "Mike" Emery was a journalist, author, and professor of journalism at California State University, Northridge. The collection consists of photographs, audiovisual materials, papers, and mass media reporting of conflicts, politics, and the press in several geographic areas, specifically locations in Central America, the Middle East, the Balkans, Asia, and the United States. Emery's teaching resources and publication records on the history of newspapers, media criticism, and other journalism topics are also present. Dates of materials span from 1801 to 1996, with bulk dates of 1970 to 1992.
    Language of Material: English, Spanish; Castilian, Arabic, Chinese, Korean.

    Biographical / Historical

    Michael "Mike" Emery was born in 1940 and grew up in Minneapolis. His father, Edwin Emery, was a journalism professor at the University of Minnesota. Mike Emery earned his BA and MA at the University of Minnesota. He first worked for United Press International before joining University of Wisconsin as professor. He became faculty at Cal State Northridge in the Department of Journalism in 1968. He also taught classes at USC, UC Berkeley, and South Australian College of Advanced Education in Adelaide.
    Emery authored On the Front Lines: Following America's Foreign Correspondents Across the Twentieth Century in 1995 and co-authored several editions of The Press and America: An Interpretive History of the Mass Media with Edwin Emery. He contributed to editorials in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, the Village Voice, and several other publications. He also assisted in reporting broadcast news on international stories for Los Angeles radio stations such as KNX and KFWB and for CBS News. He received the following recognition: the Mencken Award from the Free Press Association for best investigative report for "The War That Didn't Have to Happen: How U.S. Scuttled the Arab Peace Plan" in 1990; outstanding journalism educator by California Newspaper Publishers Association in 1977; and the national outstanding chapter advisor award from Society of Professional Journalists in 1986. One of his career highlights was an interview with King Hussein of Jordan in 1991.
    He married Lulu Calnan, a Palestinian American, and had three children and three stepchildren. He died from cancer in 1995 in Woodland Hills, California.

    Scope and Contents

    The Mike Emery Collection consists of photographs, audiovisual materials, papers, and mass media reporting of conflicts, politics, and the press in several geographic areas, specifically locations in Central America, the Middle East, the Balkans, Asia, and the United States. Conflicts documented include civil war in Nicaragua involving the Sandinista government and the US-supported Contras, the Israel-Palestine conflict and the plight of Palestinians, and former Yugoslavia and the Bosnian War. People documented include President Slobodan Milošević of Serbia and Yugoslavia, King Hussein of Jordan, President Óscar Arias Sánchez of Costa Rica, President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, President Jimmy Carter, and talk show host Bill Press. Emery's teaching resources and publication records on the history of newspapers, media criticism, and other journalism topics are also present. The collection is arranged into three series: Audiovisual Materials (1973-1994), Photographs (1936-1996), and Professional Papers (1801-1994).
    Series I, Audiovisual Materials (1973-1994), consists of audiocassettes, microcassettes, videocassettes, magnetic tape, and a phonograph recording. The series contains interviews with political figures, journalists, and civilians of conflict-ridden areas; recordings from elections, press conferences, symposiums, conferences, talks, and political rallies and activities; broadcast news segments; and field notes from international assignments. Locations where recordings were created or discussed in the recordings include Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Israel, and Palestine. People recorded include Slobodan Milošević, King Hussein, Óscar Arias Sánchez, Daniel Ortega, and Bill Press.
    Series II, Photographs (1936-1996), consists of slides, prints, and negatives. The images' bulk dates are from 1980s to the 1990s and document political and cultural events, such as presidential elections, political rallies, and protests; armed conflicts; press events; and urban and rural landscapes from Emery's professional and personal travels. The series contains proofs of the front pages of newspapers and other mass media that headline major events and political figures from a variety of U.S. and international newspapers, dating from the 1750s to the 1990s. Teaching resources, publication proofs, and visual references on such topics as newspaper history, the ethics of journalism, newspaper design and technology, newsroom operations, and media criticism are also present and have bulk dates from the 1970s to the 1980s. Not all images are created by Emery; some images come from Vis-Com, Inc., which supplied visual educational resources, and other companies or tourism industries. The images capture several international locations, such as China, South Korea, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Bahrain, Dubai, the former Yugoslavia, Serbia, Croatia, Turkey, England, Italy; Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, and Chile. People documented include Daniel Ortega, Jimmy Carter, and Slobodan Milošević.
    Series III, Professional Papers (1801-1994), consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, full newspaper issues, publication correspondence and permissions, source copies, press and political materials, news releases, newsletters, tourist publications, notes, pamphlets, ephemera, and a scrapbook. Clippings represent the bulk of Emery's research files, which are typically categorized by country or geographic region and refer to conflicts and politics during the 1980s and the 1990s. Emery gathered clippings from multiple sources to also critique mass media's treatment of the international conflicts and political situations with concern for propaganda and disinformation. During assignments and travels, Emery collected full newspaper issues from different countries, such as Nicaragua, Israel, and South Korea. Several files contain publishing records for multiple editions of Readings in Mass Communication: Concepts and Issues in the Mass Media, a compilation edited by Mike Emery and Ted Curtis Smythe. The series also contains materials likely used as teaching resources for Emery's journalism classes. Subjects found in this series include the following: Central America, specifically Nicaragua regarding the Sandinista government, the US-supported Contras, the civil war, and CIA involvement, and Costa Rica; the Israel-Palestine conflict; the former Yugoslavia and civil war within the Balkans; China; South Korea; the assassination of John F. Kennedy; Christic Institute (the public interest law firm) and their case regarding the La Penca bombing of 1984; and the United Farmworkers Movement.
    Collection folders are arranged alphabetically by title.
    Content warning: Graphic images of civil unrest and war are present in Series II.


    Series I: Audiovisual Materials, 1973-1994
    Series II: Photographs, 1936-1996
    Series III: Professional Papers, 1801-1994

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    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research use.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright status for materials in this collection is unknown.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Lulu Emery, 1996

    Preferred Citation

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

    Processing Information

    Elizabeth Peattie, 2023

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Audiovisual materials