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.
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.
10.85 Linear Feet
8 records boxes, 1 legal document box, and 1 flat record box
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.
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.