WW1HA 2013 Symposium speakers: Ross F. Collins

Ross Collins is a communications professor at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in Britain. WWI and the press is one of his research interests.

His book “World War I: Primary Documents on Events from 1914 to 1919,” published by Greenwood, is an anthology of newspaper and magazine excerpts. It was praised by Scott Stephenson (Department of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College):

“The author has done a superb job of collecting representative articles and providing explanatory annotation that puts the period pieces in context. He supports his primary object–providing a source text in journalism history–by including a short series of study questions at the end of each chapter.”

Here’s a link to the review:


Here is the link to Collins’ Symposium page:


3 thoughts on “WW1HA 2013 Symposium speakers: Ross F. Collins

      • Hello Susan, no I wouldn’t say so, I would think the journalist’s photographs, acquired documents, and even direct transcripts from the principals would constitute primary documents, but then, we’re hearing the heavy hammers of my career as an archivist at Cornell University’s Division of Rare Books and Manuscripts, and archivists are traditionally insufficiently patient with a journalist’s interpretations. But the gulf between the disciplines is likely never to be bridged, but I extend to you hearty best wishes, kind regards, Phil


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