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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Willys Peck Papers
    Dates: 1950-1988
    Collection Number: 2013-59
    Creator/Collector: Peck, Willys I. American Newspaper Guild. Local 98 (San Jose, Calif.) San Jose Mercury-news
    Extent: 5 linear feet (5 boxes)
    Online items available
    Repository: History San Jose Research Library
    San Jose, California 95112
    Abstract: Papers from the estate of Willys I. Peck related to his work for the San Jose Mercury News and the American Newspaper Guild.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Open to the public for research by appointment.

    Publication Rights

    Contact History San Jose Research Library for information on publication and reproduction.

    Preferred Citation

    Willys Peck Papers. History San Jose Research Library

    Acquisition Information

    Donated to History San Jose after Peck's death in 2013. The collection is comprised of several accruals over a period of eight years as Peck's estate was processed.

    Biography/Administrative History

    According to his Mercury News obituary, Peck graduated from UC Berkeley in 1949 with a degree in journalism, and began his career as a journalist for the San Jose Mercury Herald as a copy editor and assistant city editor. Years later he wrote a column for the Saratoga News. In 1962 he graduated from Santa Clara Law School and practiced law until returning to the Mercury where he continued to work on the city desk even after his official retirement in 1989 for a total of 55 years. He was born August 21, 1923, and served in World War II as a member of the 20th armored division. He died at his Saratoga, California, home on April 16, 2013, survived by his wife Betty, and two children.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers from the estate of Willys I. Peck related to his work for the San Jose Mercury News and the American Newspaper Guild. Includes performance evaluations, letters from the public, and Mercury News employee publications, as well as American Newspaper Guild Local 98 publications, Guild memoranda, Gridiron Dinner programs, Gridiron skits, and several comedic plays written by Peck.

    Indexing Terms

    Journalists
    Labor unions
    Strikes and lockouts
    Newspapers
    Employees' magazines, newsletters, etc
    Nineteen fifties
    Nineteen eighties
    Nineteen sixties
    Nineteen seventies
    San Jose (Calif.)

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