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Herbert Spendlove papers

Identifier: 00256

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of materials from Herbert W. Spendlove's time working in journalism. This includes his time as a reporter for the Saginaw News, city editor for the Saginaw News, editor for the Jackson Citizen Patriot, and editor of the Ann Arbor News. Of particular interest is correspondence between Spendlove and major figures such as J. Edgar Hoover, George Romney, and George Wallace. The collection also has several invitations to conferences and presidential inaugurations which were addressed to Spendlove. There are also two scrapbooks, which were made for his retirement and which document his career. Also included is a oversize cartoon "Hari-Kari" by Frank Williams depicting that Japan's involvement in a war with the United States.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1995


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Herbert W. Spendlove was born in 1919, in Saginaw, Michigan. Spendlove attended Alma College graduating in 1941. He met his wife Anne at Alma College and they married in 1943. Spendlove started his career as a reporter at the Saginaw News but left to enlist in the military during World War II. He served in the Army Air Corps in England and Belgium. After he was discharged in 1946, he and his wife, returned to Saginaw, where he worked as a reporter for the Saginaw News until 1958, and city editor until 1961. Spendlove then worked as editor of the Jackson Citizen Patriot from 1961 until 1976, then finally as editor of the Ann Arbor News from 1977 to his retirement in 1983. He and Anne lived the rest of their lives in Ann Arbor. Spendlove passed away in 1995 at the age of 75.

During his career, Spendlove served as president of the Michigan Associated Press Editorial Association, was a member of Pulitzer Prize award jury in 1970 and 1971, and was director of Mid-American Press Institute in 1977.


1 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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