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Paul Wynne Journal collection

 Collection
Identifier: WUA074

Scope and Contents

The Paul Wynne Journal collection contains master and composite video tapes of Paul Wynne's Journal, a serial news report originally broadcast by KGO-TV, San Francisco. Episodes of "The Journal" featured Wynne's observations on the struggles he and others living with AIDS faced. The program was well received critically for its comically grim, yet poignant portrayal of the disease. Also included in this collection are letters that Wynne received in the wake of airing the program, as well as other professional work Wynne completed as a newscaster.

The journal has been digitized and can be viewed on the Willamette University Archives website.

Dates

  • 1943-1997

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

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Biographical Note

Television journalist Paul Wynne was born October 24, 1943 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He attended Hillsboro Union High School in Hillsboro, Oregon before commencing his undergraduate career at Willamette University in the Fall of 1961. While at Willamette, Wynne and actively participated in campus life as a member of the Wallulah Staff, was lead actor in several theater productions, and writer of two class songs used in Freshman Glee. After graduating with a degree in Speech, Wynne spent several years in the United States Army. In 1969 he moved to San Francisco and began working in broadcasting. He worked for several local news stations before being hired by KGO-TV in 1981. After three years with the station Wynne was dismissed.

In 1987 Wynne was diagonsed with AIDS. He remained in good health until May 1989 at which point he conceived the idea of filming a video diary that documented his struggle with the disease. Segments of the Paul Wynne Journal began airing on January 11, 1990. Typical episodes featured Wynne's own anecdotes and observations about the difficulties of living with AIDS. The Journal, as it was colloquially referred to by Wynne, ran until June 20, 1990 with the final few episodes being filmed from Wynne's hospital bed in the San Francisco Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. Wynne died on July 6, 1990. He was 46 years old.

Extent

9 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Overview

The Paul Wynne Journal collection contains master and composite video tapes of Paul Wynne's Journal a video diary concerning Wynne's struggle with AIDS originally broadcast by KGO-TV, San Francisco. Also included are letters to Wynne, personal memorabilia, and professional work produced during his time as a newscaster. The journal has been digitized and can be viewed on the Willamette University Archives website.

Arrangement

The Paul Wynne Journal Collection has been arranged in four series Series I: Journal, Series II: Letters, Series III: Professional Work, Series IV: Personal Memorabilia. Items retain original order.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Paul Wynne's estate.
Title
Guide to Paul Wynne Journal collection, 1943-1997
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid processed by Christopher McFetridge and Kelci Jacoby.
Date
© 2014
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Contact:
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 United States