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Grace Ernestine Ray Collection

Identifier: WHC-M-513

Scope and Contents


University of Oklahoma Journalism professor. Manuscripts (1947-1980) of articles and books by Ray; journals and newspapers (1939-1968) containing her articles; printed materials (ca. 1940-1970); other papers used for research; and Ray's professional correspondence.


  • Creation: 1939-1982


Restrictions on Access

Open for public research.

Biographical / Historical

Grace E. Ray joined the University of Oklahoma faculty in 1920 as a professor of Journalism. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Oklahoma. She was the editor of the Sooner State Press; secretary and treasurer of both the Phi Beta Kappa and the Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association, and was also a sponsor of Theta Sigma Phi and a member of the Cleveland County Bird Club, as well as a dedicated horsewoman. In researching for her books, magazines and newspaper articles Ray traveled to Europe, Canada, Mexico and across the United States. She freelanced for such newspapers as the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and many popular magazines. During the summers of 1952, 1953, and 1954 Ray interned on the New York World Telegram and Sun. Ray published two books, entitled Early Oklahoma Newspapers and Wily Women of the West. She was working on a new book, You Hobnob with Horses, at the time of her death. Ray retired from teaching in June 1970, after 50 years of service. At the time two scholarships, one named for her mother Geneva, were established in Ray's honor.


26.1 Cubic Feet (26.1 ft.)

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Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of David Grossblat, University of Oklahoma School of Journalism, and Grace Ray Estate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Grossblat, David, of the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism, and Grace Ray Estate. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1956.

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Repository Details

Part of the Western History Collections Repository

Monnet Hall, 3rd Floor
630 Parrington Oval
Norman Oklahoma 73019