Finding aid for the John S. Knight Papers

John S. Knight Papers
Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, The University of Akron
Phone: 330-972-7670
Knight, John Shively, 1894-1981
100 cubic feet (62 boxes)
John Shively Knight, founder of Knight Newspapers, was considered a visionary of journalism in the sense that he belonged to a breed of publishers, who were strong-willed, competitive, and politically conscious. To the City of Akron, Ohio, Knight signified a "mover and shaker," because he was instrumental to the area's growth and development, observing and contributing to Akron's metamorphosis from a canal town to a heavy industrial center to a post-industrial city. Knight parlayed the Akron Beacon Journal, which he inherited from his father, into Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc., which by 1981 consisted of 32 newspapers in 17 states, employed 15,000 workers, and boasted a circulation of 3.6 million daily. The John S. Knight papers (1894-1981) consist primarily of material relating to his life as a newspaper editor and publisher. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, "Editor's Notebooks," newspaper clippings, photographs, phonotapes, and memorabilia, plus a variety of other materials which document the significant events of Knight's life and legacy.
Archival Services, Polsky Building, LL-10
The records are in English
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