Gordon A. Sabine Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Sabine, Gordon A.
Gordon A. Sabine papers
Date [inclusive]
0.6 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Gordon A. Sabine received his B.A. degree in 1939 and M.A. degree in Journalism in 1941 from the University of Wisconsin. He then received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 1949. Before becoming Dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon from 1950-1955, Sabine worked for several newspapers including the Milwaukee Journal,  Chicago Sun,  Christian Science Monitor, an the  Kansas City Star. Sabine also held teaching positions at the University of Kansas, University of Minnesota, and University of Oregon. He joined the Michigan State University faculty in 1955 as Dean of the College of Communication Arts. He became the Vice President for special projects in 1960. Sabine held the first post-doctoral research fellowship awarded by the American College Testing Program (ACTP) of Iowa City, Iowa. He took a one year leave of absence in 1970-1971 to do research and write for this fellowship, producing two books:  When You Listen, This is What You Can Hear and  How Students Rate Their Schools and Teachers.

In July 1971, Sabine stepped down from the position of VP for special projects to become a professor in the Department of Communication. In 1972, Sabine left MSU to become the director of the School of Journalism at the University of Iowa.

One of the projects run by Sabine while at MSU was the GI Project MEMO. For this project, MSU acted as a clearinghouse to help recruit soldiers to attend college when their tours of duty were complete. Sabine was a member of a team of 30 educators who traveled to Vietnam in the holiday season of 1969-1970 to encourage soldiers’ participation in the program.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection is composed of seven folders of writings by Gordon A. Sabine. The writings range in date from 1955-1970 and cover topics such as the teaching of journalism, the Michigan State University admissions program, and the development of MSU as a major university. There is one folder specifically dealing with G.I. Project MEMO, two folders of writings and speeches dealing with MSU, and four folders of materials dealing with Sabine’s professional writings in education and journalism.

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The folders are arranged in alphabetical order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections December 2002

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American College Testing Program.
  • Michigan State University. College of Communication Arts.
  • Michigan State University. G.I. Project MEMO.


  • Speeches

Personal Name(s)

  • Sabine, Gordon A.


  • College students -- Recruiting -- Michigan
  • Journalism -- Study and teaching
  • Universities and colleges -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

G.I. Project MEMO 

1751h 1

MSU Writings and Speeches 

1751h 2

MSU Writings and Speeches 

1752h 1

Writings and Speeches 1955-1956 

1752h 2

Writings and Speeches 1957-1961 

1752h 3

Writings and Speeches 1962-1966 

1752h 4

Writings and Speeches 1967-1970 

1752h 5