Albert E. Whitehead papers, 1941-1990

Overview of the Collection

Whitehead, Albert E.
Albert E. Whitehead papers
1941-1990 (inclusive)
1940s (bulk)
0.5 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG 423
Whitehead was chair of the English Department of the University of Idaho and was instrumental in creating the School of Communication. The papers include a typed draft for his book Oratorical Career of William Edgar Borah, which was published in 1944 and personal memorabilia.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

The manuscript group is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Albert Edward Whitehead was born on February 28, 1907 in Manitou, Colorado. He received his undergraduate degree in speech from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin in 1930. That same year, Albert Whitehead became an instructor at the University of Idaho teaching public speaking.

After his marriage to Pauline Lamar in 1936, Whitehead returned to the University of Wisconsin to obtain his Ph.D. in rhetoric, graduating in 1940. In 1941, he returned to Moscow as an assistant professor in the English Department. Whitehead was named chair of the department in 1947 and in the late 1960s, was instrumental in creating the School of Communication.

Albert Edward Whitehead retired from the University of Idaho in 1972 and received the UI Alumni Service Award in December 1990. He died in Moscow in 1991 at the age of 84. He was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and a memorial service was held there on December 23, 1991.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of Albert E. Whitehead span the years 1941 to 1990, with the bulk of the material covering the 1940s.

Included in the papers is Dr. Whitehead’s typed draft for his book Oratorical Career of William Edgar Borah that was published in 1944. Also included in this manuscript collection are five folders of personal memorabilia that can be seen in the inventory below.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Consult Head of Special Collections and Archives on permission for use.

Preferred Citation

Albert E. Whitehead papers, MG 423. Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The papers of Albert E. Whitehead were delivered to Special Collections in a box with no folders or labels. The collection was easily organized and cataloged according to subject matter and theme. The manuscript is over 600 pages long and for ease of handling, has been divided into separate folders with page numbers noted in the inventory.

Acquisition Information

Albert Whitehead donated his papers to the University of Idaho Library in 1992.

Processing Note

The papers were processed by Marilyn Sandmeyer in April 2007.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Senator Borah Manuscript/PublicationReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Manuscript pp. 1-116, undated
1 2
Manuscript pp. 117-250, undated
1 3
Manuscript pp. 251-346, undated
1 4
Manuscript pp. 347-410, undated
1 5
Manuscript pp. 411-499, undated
1 6
Manuscript pp. 500-566, undated
1 7
Manuscript pp. 567-630, undated
1 8
Manuscript draft (various pages), undated
1 9
The Quarterly Journal of Speech, 1946

Series II:  MemorabiliaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 10
Moscow High School newsclipping, ribbon, hall pass, 1941
1 11
Photographs (3), undated
1 12
Religious memorabilia and art work, undated
1 13
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church bulletins, booklet, 1953-1975
1 14
Postcards (2), 1986, 1990

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Corporate Names

  • Moscow High School.
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.