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Ben Gelman collection


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Delyte Morris Oral History Project and Printed Materials


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Title: Ben Gelman collection, circa 1940-1999Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:circa 1950-1969

ID: 3/RG 76/RG 76-1-4-2-F1

Primary Creator: Gelman, Ben

Extent: 4.5 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in two series: Series I: Delyte Morris Oral History Project and Printed Materials, 1958-1990, and Series II: Photographs, 1940s-1980s.  The oral histories are arranged chronologically.  The photographs in Series II are not arranged in a particular order because most are undated and the number of topics was too large for a detailed arrangement.

Date Acquired: 10/24/2007

Subjects: Agricultural exhibitions - Illinois - Du Quoin, Carbondale (Ill.), Carbondale (Ill.) - Social life and customs, College and school drama, American - Illinois - Carbondale, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge (Ill.), Drama - Illinois - Carbondale, Du Quoin (Ill.), Illinois Central Railroad Company, Jackson County (Ill.), Murphysboro (Ill.), Railroads - United States - Illinois - Jackson County, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Buildings, Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Students, Steam locomotives - Illinois - Carbondale, Tornado damage - Illinois - Murphysboro, Turntables (Railroads) - Illinois - Carbondale

Forms of Material: Aerial photographs - Illinois - Jackson County, Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.), Diesel locomotives - Illinois - Carbondale - Photographs, Marion Penitentiary (Ill.) - Photographs, Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982 - Photographs, Oral history, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ben Gelman Collection consists of oral histories, clippings, and photographs created by Ben Gelman during his tenure at the Southern Illinoisan newspaper.  The materials document industrial, educational, and social life in Southern Illinois with special emphasis on Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Jackson County, and the surrounding counties.  The collection is arranged into two series: Series I: Delyte Morris Oral History Project and Printed Materials, 1958-1990, and Series II: Photographs, 1940s-1980s which are described in more detail in the collection inventory below.

Biographical Note

Ben Gelman was born on November 1, 1920 to Arthur and Pauline (Reichstein) Gell-Mann in New York City.  He graduated Theodore Roosevelt High School at age 14.  As a young man Gelman was an outdoor and bird watching enthusiast, who was mentored by ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson.  His passion for ornithology and bird watching continued throughout his life.  At age 16 he enrolled in City College and became a commercial photographer at age 18.

Gelman served as first lieutenant in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a photograph interpreter, intelligence staff officer, and aerial photographer in North Africa and Italy.  After the war he returned to Manhattan and studied at the School of Modern Photography.  He married Virginia Lee Smith on December 16, 1947 and had a son, Roger, born in 1953.

The Gelman family moved to Carbondale, Illinois in 1956 where Ben began a career at the Southern Illinoisan newspaper as a photographer.  In the 1960s he primarily reported on Southern Illinois University news, and his reporting on a financial scandal surrounding the construction of the Stone House won him a Pulitzer Prize nomination.  Gelman became regional editor in 1970 and the Sunday news editor in 1976.  He retired from the Southern Illinoisan in 1982.  Gelman then worked for Southern Illinois University as public information specialist in University Relations, editor of campus newsletter SIUCourier, and wrote for the alumni magazine.  He retired from SIU in 1996 and died on July 21, 2007.

Ben Gelman won several awards and honors throughout his life including: the Lindell Sturgis Award from the SIU Board of Trustees, the Service to Southern Award from the Jackson County Chapter of the SIU Alumni Association, the Delta Award from the Friends of Morris Library, the Service to Education Award from the Educational Council of 100 and the Conservationist of the Year Award from the Southern Illinois Audubon Society.  He was a first place award from the Illinois Associated Press for a photograph of the 1957 tornado in Jackson County, and his photographs have also appeared in Time and other magazines.

Subject/Index Terms

Agricultural exhibitions - Illinois - Du Quoin
Carbondale (Ill.)
Carbondale (Ill.) - Social life and customs
College and school drama, American - Illinois - Carbondale
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge (Ill.)
Drama - Illinois - Carbondale
Du Quoin (Ill.)
Illinois Central Railroad Company
Jackson County (Ill.)
Murphysboro (Ill.)
Railroads - United States - Illinois - Jackson County
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Buildings
Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Students
Steam locomotives - Illinois - Carbondale
Tornado damage - Illinois - Murphysboro
Turntables (Railroads) - Illinois - Carbondale

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Received from Laraine Wright on October 24, 2007, accession 684.

Related Materials: Other oral history recordings and transcripts documenting Delyte Morris's Southern Illinois University presidency can be found in the Betty Mitchell Collection (FP17-8-5) and the Delyte Morris Oral Histories (FP 17-25-F3).

Preferred Citation: [Item(s)], Ben Gelman Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Processed by Matt Gorzalski in September-October 2012.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Delyte Morris Oral History Project and Printed Materials, 1958-1990],
[Series 2: Photographs, circa 1940-1989],

Series 1: Delyte Morris Oral History Project and Printed Materials, 1958-1990Add to your cart.
This series contains oral histories conducted by Ben Gelman with several Southern Illinois University faculty and staff that had a relationship with former SIU president Delyte Morris.  Gelman interviewed these people for a book project proposed by John C. Guyon.  The interviews focus on Morris and his presidency from the faculty and staff perspectives.  This series also contains printed materials, including Southern Illinoisan articles written by Gelman.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Interview:  Charles Dewey Teney, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Vice President and English and Philosophy Professor, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Interview:  Fount G. Warren, 1983 June 10Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Interview:  James W. Neckers, Chemistry Department Chair, 1983 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Interview:  A. B. Mifflin, Director of Publications, 1988 July 7Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Interview:  George Kimball Plochmann, Philosophy Professor and Author of "The Ordeal of Southern Illinois University", 1988 July 25Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Interview:  Lois Nelson, Secretary in Delyter Morris Office, 1988 July 26Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Interview:  Charles Pulley, University Architect, 1988 July 29Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Interview:  Joe Widdows, Superintendent of Building and Grounds, 1988 August 4Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Interview:  Buren C. Robbins, Former Director of Broadcasting Service and Chairman of Radio-Television, 1988 August 24Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Interview:  Kenneth R. Miller, Former Executive Director of Souhtern Illinois University Foundation and Administrative Assistant to President Delyte Morris, 1988 September 30Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Interview:  Virginia Marmaduke, 1988 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Interview:  Clarence W. Stephens, Faculty and Chairman of University Administrative Council, 1988 October 19Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Interview:  Reesie Richardson, Delyte Morris Housekeeper, 1988 December 5Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Interview:  E. J. Simon, Founder of Vocational Technical Institute and Dean of Technical Adult Education, 1988 December 13Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Interview:  Paul H. Morrill, Assistant to Delyte Morris and English Faculty, 1988 December 23Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Interview:  Robert W. "Rip" Stokes, University Photographer, 1989 January 11Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Interview:  Herbert Marshall, Director of the Center for Soviet and Eastern European Studies in the Performing Arts, 1989 January 12Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Interview:  Fredda Brilliant, Wife of Herbert Marshall, Scultpor of Delyte Morris Statue, 1989 January 12Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Interview:  John W. Voigt, Botany Faculty and Former Dean, 1989 March 23Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Interview:  Dorothy Morris, Wife of Delyte Morris, 1989 June 2Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Interview:  Howard W. Webb Jr., Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, 1989 June 7Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Interview:  Willis E. Malone, Acting Chancellor, 1989 September 7Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Interview:  Madely Scott Treece and Marion "Bev" Treece, Student Work and Financial Assistance, 1989 November 20Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Interview:  Carolyn Saunders, Executive Secretary at Southern Illinois University, 1990 June 20Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence on Oral History Project, 1988-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Board of Trustees Area Service Plan of Southern Illinois University, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Master Planning-Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Southern Illinois University-Disaster and Civil Defense Plan, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 29: John Dewey Center Proposal, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Printed Materials, 1961-1962, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Letter Regarding Souhtern Illinois University Pay Increase, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Residence Hall Council (Communications Committee), 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Lab-Line Instruments, Etc., 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 34: General Studies Program Development, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Articles by Ben Gelman, 1958-1960Add to your cart.

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