Ackerman, Carl W. (Carl William), 1890-1970

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Journalist, educator, and public relations consultant.

From the description of Carl W. Ackerman papers, 1833-1970 (bulk 1931-1956). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979841

Biographical Note

  • 1890, Jan. 16: Born, Richmond, Ind.
  • 1911: A.B., Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.
  • 1913: B.Litt., Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1913 - 1914 : Correspondent, United Press Associations, Albany, N.Y., and Washington, D.C.
  • 1914: Married Mabel L. VanderHoof
  • 1915 - 1917 : Correspondent, United Press Associations, Berlin, Germany
  • 1917: Special writer for New York Tribune Published Germany, the Next Republic? New York: G. H. Doran Co.
  • 1917 - 1918 : Contributor to Saturday Evening Post; trips to Mexico, Spain, France, Switzerland
  • 1918: Published Mexico's Dilemma. New York: G. H. Doran Co.
  • 1918 - 1919 : Correspondent for New York Times in Siberia, China, and Japan
  • 1919: Published Trailing the Bolsheviki. New York: C. Scribner's Sons Toured U.S. for Philadelphia Public Ledger, writing articles on industrial unrest
  • 1920 - 1921 : Organized and served as chief of Philadelphia Public Ledger Foreign News Service, London, England
  • 1922 - 1928 : Corporate public relations work as president of Carl W. Ackerman, Inc., Editorial Research Association, and ERA Publications
  • 1924: Published Dawes-the Doer! New York: Era Publications
  • 1927 - 1930 : Public relations work for the Eastman Kodak Co.
  • 1930: Published George Eastman. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • 1930 - 1931 : Assistant to the president, General Motors Corp.
  • 1931 - 1956 : Dean, School of Journalism (1931-1935) and Graduate School of Journalism (1935-1956), Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1932 - 1954 : Secretary, Pulitzer Prize Advisory Board, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1935 - 1936 : World trip
  • 1937: Trip to Venezuela
  • 1938: Organized Maria Moors Cabot Prizes for Latin American journalists
  • 1943 - 1945 : Founder and administrator with others of Post-Graduate School of Journalism, Chungking, China
  • 1945: Toured Europe and Asia as member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors World Free Press Mission
  • 1947: Trip to Venezuela
  • 1956: Retired from Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1970, Oct. 9: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Carl W. Ackerman Papers, 1833-1970, (bulk 1931-1956), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Carl William Ackerman (1890-1970), Columbia University B. Litt. 1913, was Dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism from 1931 to 1956. He spent from 1960 to 1962 researching and writing a biography (unpublished) of Hokan Bjornstrom Steffanson, 1883-1962, the Swedish-American industrialist and financier.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Ackerman was a champion of freedom of the press. His professional career was forged in both major World Wars. While working as a correspondent in World War I with the United Press, Ackerman came to attention when he published Germany, The Next Republic?, a book that discussed the possibility of a successful democracy in post-Kaiser Germany. When the book was printed in 1917, at the height of World War I, this sentiment was considered quite radical. The London Times Literary Supplement commented: "For the serious student of affairs the importance of the book lies in the large mass of information which it contains as to the struggle which was going on all the time in Germany between the two great parties, the Pan-Germans and the party of comparative moderation which centered round the Foreign Office."

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Mexico's Dilemma was considered "topical," "limited in scope and subject," and of "little relevance." Trailing the Bolsheviki was similarly received. As a biography, Dawes, the Doer was panned as "poorly handled," whereas Biography of George Eastman was called by the New York Tribune "objective in the sense that it holds strictly to the drama of events in justification of its hero. This makes it eminently readable, even exciting at times, purely as an epic of success achieved, a sort of `Pilgrim's Progress' of business."

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Mr. Ackerman was an outspoken advocate of a journalism foundation in the United States "dedicated to the study of the daily newspaper and government." He explained, "We need scientific studies of the press by the press, and for the press, which will contribute to the progress of journalism as the great educational foundations have advanced medicine."

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Ackerman married Mabel VanderHoof in 1914, and was the father of Robert VanderHoof Ackerman.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Writings by Ackerman: Germany, the Next Republic?, Hodder & Stoughton, 1917.; Mexico's Dilemma, Doran 1918, Gordon Press, 1976; Trailing the Bolsheviki, Scribner, 1919; Dawes, the Doer (biography), Houghton, 1930; Biography of George Eastman, Houghton, 1930. Ackerman authored numerous articles, pamphlets, and reports on journalism and related affairs.

From the guide to the Carl W. Ackerman Papers, 1910-1962., (Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, )

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-1938 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Roy Wilson Howard Papers, 1911-1966, (bulk 1920-1963) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Carl W. Ackerman Papers, 1910-1962. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn John Tebbel Papers, 1936-1985 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Graduate School of Journalism records, 1912-1999, [Bulk Dates: 1950-1989]. Columbia University. University Archives. Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Carl W. Ackerman Papers, 1833-1970, (bulk 1931-1956) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Valle, Rafael Heliodoro 1891-1959. [Correspondencia con Carl W. Ackerman, con relación a la entrega del premio María Moors Cabot] / Rafael Heliodoro Valle Manuscrito. Biblioteca Nacional de Mexico
referencedIn Graduate School of Journalism Photographs, 1918-2002 University Archives-Columbiana Library Columbia University
referencedIn Gordon Auchincloss papers, 1914-1951 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949 Houghton Library
referencedIn Robert E. Sherwood papers, 1917-1968 (inclusive), 1934-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Ackerman, Carl W. (Carl William), 1890-1970. Carl W. Ackerman papers, 1833-1970 (bulk 1931-1956). Library of Congress
referencedIn Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-2007, 1885-1938 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-2007 (inclusive), 1885-1938 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Steffanson, Hokan Bjornstrom, 1883-1962. Reminiscences of Hokan Bjornstrom Steffanson : oral history, 1960. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest. William Ernest Hocking Papers. 1860-1979. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Wallace, Tom, 1874-1961. Tom Wallace papers, 1925-1960. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Papers, 1879-1926 (inclusive), 1916-1922 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Auchincloss, Gordon, 1886-1943. Gordon Auchincloss papers, 1914-1951 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Sir William Wiseman papers, 1916-1961 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Wiseman, William, Sir, b. 1885-1962. Sir William Wiseman papers, 1916-1961 Yale University Library
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associatedWith Ackerman family. family
associatedWith Ackerman, John F. person
associatedWith Ackerman, Mabel VanderHoof. person
associatedWith Ackerman, Mabel VanderHoof. Mabel VanderHoof Ackerman papers. person
associatedWith Ackerman, Robert V. person
associatedWith Ackerman, Robert V. (Robert VanderHoof). Robert V. Ackerman papers. person
associatedWith American Society of Newspaper Editors. corporateBody
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associatedWith Auchincloss, Gordon, 1886-1943. person
correspondedWith Baker, Newton Diehl, 1871-1937 person
correspondedWith Benton, William, 1900-1973 person
correspondedWith Bernstein, Herman, 1876-1935 person
associatedWith Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947. person
correspondedWith Castle, William R. (William Richards), 1878-1963 person
correspondedWith Cole, Felix, 1887-1969 person
associatedWith Columbia University. corporateBody
associatedWith Columbia University. Graduate School of Journalism corporateBody
associatedWith Columbia University. School of Journalism. corporateBody
correspondedWith Cooper, Kent, 1880-1965 person
associatedWith Dawes, Charles Gates, 1865-1951 person
correspondedWith Dennis, William Cullen, b. 1878 person
associatedWith Dodge, M. Hartley (Marcellus Hartley), 1881-1963 person
correspondedWith Dresel, Ellis Loring, 1865-1925 person
correspondedWith Dulles, Allen, 1893-1969 person
associatedWith Eastman, George, 1854-1932. person
associatedWith Eastman Kodak Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969. person
correspondedWith Elkus, Abram I., 1867-1947 person
associatedWith Eno, Mary Pinchot. person
correspondedWith Fackenthal, Frank Diehl, 1883-1968 person
correspondedWith Freeman, Douglas Southall, 1886-1953 person
correspondedWith Gerard, James W. (James Watson), 1867-1951 person
correspondedWith Graves, William Sidney, 1865-1940 person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. person
correspondedWith Howard, Roy Wilson, 1883-1964 person
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
associatedWith Kahn, Otto Hermann, 1867-1934 person
associatedWith Keir, Malcolm. person
associatedWith Kirk, Grayson L. (Grayson Louis), 1903-1997. person
correspondedWith Krock, Arthur, 1886- person
associatedWith Latimer, S. L. (Samuel Lowry), 1891-1975 person
correspondedWith Lawrence, David, 1888-1973 person
associatedWith Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America. corporateBody
associatedWith New York Times Company corporateBody
associatedWith Oberlaender Trust. corporateBody
correspondedWith Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945 person
correspondedWith Pegler, J. Westbrook (James Westbrook), 1894-1969 person
associatedWith Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948 person
correspondedWith Pulitzer, Joseph, 1885-1955 person
associatedWith Pulitzer Prize Board (Columbia University) corporateBody
correspondedWith Pulitzer, Ralph, 1879-1939 person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 person
associatedWith Scully, Frank, 1892-1964 person
correspondedWith Sherwood, Robert E. (Robert Emmet), 1896-1955 person
associatedWith Steffanson, Hokan Bjornstrom, 1883-1962. person
associatedWith Tebbel, John William, 1912- person
correspondedWith Thomson, Basil, 1861-1939 person
associatedWith United Press Associations. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933. corporateBody
associatedWith Valle, Rafael Heliodoro 1891-1959. person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
associatedWith Wallace, Tom, 1874-1961. person
associatedWith Washington Cathedral. corporateBody
associatedWith Watts, Harvey Maitland, 1864-1939 person
associatedWith Willert, Arthur, Sir, 1882- person
correspondedWith Wilson, Hugh Robert, 1885-1946 person
associatedWith Wiseman, William George Eden, Sir, bart., 1885- person
associatedWith Wiseman, William, Sir, b. 1885. person
correspondedWith Yalman, Ahmet Emin, 1889- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Middle East
Latin America.
United States
United States
East Asia
Siberia (Russia)
New York (State)--New York
Middle East
Latin America
East Asia.
Siberia (Russia)
World War, 1939-1945
International organization
Germans--United States
Freedom of the press
Lend-lease operations (1941-1945)
History, Modern--20th century
World War, 1914-1918--Mexico
Journalism--Study and teaching--China--Chongqing
Labor--United States
World War, 1914-1918 Switzerland
World War, 1939-1945--United States
Wood-pulp industry
World War, 1914-1918
Public relations--United States
Journalism--Study and teaching
Public relations
Universities and colleges
Journalism--Study and teaching--New York (State)--New York
Government and the press
Universities and colleges--New York (State)--New York
Public relations consultants


Birth 1890-01-16

Death 1970-10-09



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