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Ed Simpson

Graduate student Ed Simpson will present “A Journey through the E.W. Scripps Papers at Alden Library” April 7 from 1-2 p.m. in Alden Library room 319.

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Caricature of E.W. Scripps by Rosenberg, Oct. 30, 1920.

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A journey through the E.W. Scripps Papers

Alden Library to host graduate student presentation on April 7


Lack of sleep, cheap food and dead-end research are all part of the graduate student experience, but the “Eureka!” moments that follow make it all worth the effort.

For Ohio University graduate student Edgar Simpson, this moment came through the use of primary resources from the E.W. Scripps Papers, a collection of letters and other original documents by one of America’s pioneering newspaper publishers. Housed in Alden Library, the collection has been key to Simpson's research success.

During a presentation at Alden Library, Simpson will discuss the research process that led to his award-winning paper, Predatory Interests and the Common Man: Scripps, Pinchot and the Nascent Environmental Movement, 1908 to 1910The presentation, titled “A Journey through the E.W. Scripps Papers at Alden Library,” will take place April 7 from 1-2 p.m. in Alden Library room 319.

Simpson, a second-year doctoral student in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, will describe how he used the Scripps collection at Alden Library to take his historical research project from idea to class project to paper to conference presentation.

“I am persuaded the best way to do historical research begins with original sources, the authentic voices of those directly involved in what we are writing about,” said Simpson. “I gained a different insight into E.W. Scripps from reading his letters than I did by reading the books written about him.”

The E.W. Scripps Papers is one of more than 300 manuscript collections held in the Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections at Alden Library.