Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

RS 13/13/55
John D. "Jack" Shelley (1912-2010)
Papers, 1944-2011, undated


Descriptive summary

creator:

Shelley, John D. "Jack" (1912-2010)

title:

Papers

dates:

1944-2011, undated

extent:

13.72 linear feet (13 boxes)

collection number:

RS 13/13/55

repository:

University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.

 

Administrative information

access:

Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

John D. "Jack" Shelley Papers, RS 13/13/55, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

 

Biographical note

John D. "Jack" Shelley was born in Boone, Iowa, on March 8, 1912. He graduated from Boone High School (1929), and earned a Bachelor of Journalism Degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia (1935).

After a short stay with the Iowa Herald in Clinton, Iowa, Shelley went to work for WHO radio (1935) in Des Moines, Iowa. He was assistant news director for five years, then became news director for both radio and television until he left in 1965. Shelley was a war correspondent (1944-1945) in Europe and the Pacific covering World War II. He interviewed hundreds of combat soldiers in both theaters. Shelley recorded one of the first broadcast interviews with crew members of the airplanes that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. He was aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay to cover the Allies' acceptance of the unconditional Japanese surrender, and was one of twenty reporters chosen to cover the atomic bomb tests at Yucca Flats, Nevada (1953). The tape recorder Shelley took along to record the event was one of the few to withstand the shock of the blast.

Mr. Shelley joined Iowa State University as an Associate Professor of Journalism (1965), then served as Professor (1969) until his retirement (1982). Iowa State University honored him for his academic contributions with an Outstanding Teacher Award and a Faculty Citation from the Iowa State University Alumni Association (1982).

Jack Shelley helped found the Iowa Broadcast News Association, an organization that honored him by establishing the Jack Shelley Award (1971). He is a past president of the International Radio-Television News Directors Association, which he helped found, and of the Associated Press Radio and Television Association. He was president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council (1981) and a member of a committee appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to advise it on the use of cameras and tape recorders in court trials. He received the Broadcaster of the Year Award (1980) from the Iowa Broadcasters Association.

Shelley died September 14, 2010.

 

Collection description

The materials from Shelley's time as a war correspondent in World War II comprise the majority of this collection. It includes biographical information and personal memorabilia from his travels as a war correspondent, radio broadcast scripts, war documents, cablegrams, news releases and clippings, personal accounts and reports of events witnessed, family correspondence, photographs, and audio recordings on reel to reel, cassette tape, and VHS video tape.

Audio reel to reel tapes have been digitally transferred to compact disc for listening, Disc 004 336, #s 1-12. Use of boxes 9-13 has been restricted due to the brittleness of the original paper. These files have been photocopied and provided for viewing in folders 1-5.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

1

1

Biographical information

1962-2011

1

2

Radio broadcast scripts from Europe

1944

1

3

Radio broadcast scripts from Europe

1945

1

4

Radio broadcast scripts from the Pacific area

1945

1

5

Radio broadcast schedules

1944-1945

1 6 WHO Radio publicity poster 1935 circa

2

1

Personal notebook

1944-1945

2

2

Business and travel receipts

1944-1945

2

3

Personal programs, information

1944-1945

2

4

Tickets, business cards, expense books

1944-1945

2

5

Personal notes

1944-1945

2

6

Maps

1943-1945

2

7

Stage bills

1944-1945

2

8

Magazines and newspapers

1944-1945

2

9

Japanese money

n.d.

2

10

War correspondent patches and buttons

n.d.

2

11

War correspondent arm band

n.d.

2

12

Official war documents

1944-1945

2

13

News clippings

1944-1996

3

1

Cables from Europe, October

1944

3

2

Cables from Europe, November

1944

3

3

Cables from Europe, December

1944

3

4

Cables from Europe, January

1945

3

5

Cables from Europe, January

1945

3

6

Cables from Europe, February

1945

3

7

Cables from Pacific area, July

1945

3

8

Cables from Pacific area, August

1945

3

9

Cables from Pacific area, September

1945

4

1

News releases

1944-1945

4

2

Report on the Fourth Cavalry Group

1945

4

3

European war correspondent talk

1945

4

4

Commencement address programs

1945

4

5

Des Moines Chamber of Commerce address

1945 ca.

4

6

Atomic bomb testing summary

1993

4

7

Talk material for October 23, 1993 proceedings

1993

4

8

Acceptance remarks for James W. Schwartz Award

1993

4

9

Correspondence with wife, photos of son

1944-1945

4

10

Business correspondence

1944-1945

4

11

WHO correspondence

1941-1945

5

1

Listener correspondence

1945

5

2

Listener correspondence

1945

5

3

Listener correspondence

1945

5

4

Passport, Enola Gay and Bocks Car Crew

1944-1945

5 5 Photographs of Shelley and his family 1983-2010
5 6 Photographs of Shelley at work, including one with Herb Plambeck and Ronald Reagan undated

6

1

Group Photo of Annual Dinner, National Association of Radio News Directors, Hotel Commodore, New York, New York

1949

7

Reel 1

Last Part Roosevelt – Congress
Lone Journey
Laura Laughton
Jack Shelley on signing of Japanese surrender

1939-1946

7

Reel 2

Broadcast from London (North American Guest Night)
Daily Broadcast from Paris
Daily Broadcast from London
Daily Broadcast from London

1944-1955

7

Reel 3

Jack Shelley with the First Army in the German frontier

1944

7

Reel 4

Daily Broadcast from Holland
Daily Broadcast from Holland

1944-1945

7

Reel 5

Broadcast from Holland (POW)
Broadcast from Holland (Censors)
Broadcast from Holland (Stage Show)
Broadcast from Holland (Marshall Montgomery)

1944-1945

7

Reel 6

Daily Broadcast from Holland

1945

7

Reel 7

Daily Broadcast from Holland
Daily Broadcast from Holland
Daily Broadcast from Holland
Fourth Cavalry Group

1945

7

Reel 8

Daily Broadcast from Holland
Daily Broadcast from Holland
Daily Broadcast from Holland
Daily Broadcast from Guam

1945

7

Reel 9

Broadcast from Guam (Russia declares war on Japan)

1945 ca.

7

Reel 10

Daily Broadcast from Guam
Daily Broadcast from Tokyo Bay

1945

7

Reel 11

Daily Broadcast from Guam
Broadcast from Guam (Atomic blast report)
Peace rumor report
Broadcast from Guam (Guam to San Francisco)

1945

7

Reel 12

Interviews with the atomic bomb crews

1945

7

Reel 21

Japanese surrender on the Battleship Missouri

1945

7

Reel 20

Telephone reports from Las Vegas prior to atomic bomb test

1953

7

Reel 13

Reports from Las Vegas (pre-atomic bomb test)

1953

7

Reel 19

Las Vegas report prior to atomic bomb test

1953

7

Reel 25

Atomic bomb test during the blast

1953

7

Reel 14

Atomic bomb test report

1953

7

Reel 23

Atomic bomb blast minutes before and after the blast

1953

7

Reel 24

Colonel Tidbits interview concerning atomic blast
Atomic bomb test from the trench
MacArthur on Missouri
McGee – McNeil Kennedy Assn.

1953, n.d.

7

Reel 15

15 Minutes after atomic blast; interview with Lt. Colonel Frazier of Colfax, Iowa

1953

7

Reel 22

Interview with Iowa Legislators witnessing bomb blast
Interview with Bill Binford of radio station KORK, Las Vegas

1953

7

Reel 16

Jack Shelley at the Garst Farm during Khrushchev visit
Jack Shelley at Yucca Flats before, during and after atomic blast

1953-1959

7

Reel 17

Command Post briefing

1954-1958

7

Reel 18

Khrushchev Dinner at Hotel Fort Des Moines

1959

7

Reel 26

Tribute to Herbert Hoover

1964

8

Reel 27

Broadcast 18 second excerpt of atomic blast on 6:15 p.m. news

1953

8

Reel 28

Phone recorded interview with Congressman Ben Jensen of Iowa after he was shot by Puerto Rican Nationalists in the halls of the U.S. Congress

1954

8

Reel 29

Khrushchev Dinner at Hotel Fort Des Moines (part 1)

1959

8

Reel 30

Khrushchev Dinner at Hotel Fort Des Moines (part 2)

1959

8

Reel 31

Interviews with the atomic bomb crews

1945

8

Cass. Tape

Tape 1 – Japanese Surrender

1945 ca.

8

Cass. Tape

Tape 2 – Interview with Colonels Tibbets and Sweeney

1953 ca.

8

VHS Tape

Tape of the Rails

1989

8

CDs

Copies of reel-to-reel recordings (also in vault as "Disc 004 336")

1939-1946

9

1

Radio broadcast scripts from Europe – Original restricted due to brittle paper condition, usable copies in boxes 1-5

1944

9

2

Radio broadcast scripts from Europe – Restricted

1945

9

3

Radio broadcast scripts from the Pacific area – Restricted

1945

9

4

Radio broadcast schedules – Restricted

1944-1945

10

1

Receipts – business and travel – Restricted

1944-1945

10

2

Personal programs, information – Restricted

1944-1945

10

3

Tickets, Business Cards, Expense Books – Restricted

1944-1945

10

4

Personal Notes – Restricted

1944-1945

10

5

Maps – Restricted

1943-1945

10

6

Stage bills – Restricted

1944-1945

10

7

Official war documents – Restricted

1944-1945

10

8

News clippings – Restricted

1944-1946

10

9

Cablegrams from Europe – Restricted

1944

10

10

Cablegrams from Europe – Restricted

1944

10

11

Cablegrams from Europe – Restricted

1944

11

1

Cablegrams from Europe – Restricted

1945

11

2

Cablegrams from Europe – Restricted

1945

11

3

Cablegrams from Europe – Restricted

1945

11

4

Cablegrams from Pacific area – Restricted

1945

11

5

Cablegrams from Pacific area – Restricted

1945

11

6

Cablegrams from Pacific area – Restricted

1945

11

7

News releases – Restricted

1944-1945

11

8

Report on the Fourth Cavalry Group – Restricted

1945

12

1

European war correspondent talk – Restricted

1945

12

2

Commencement address programs – Restricted

1945

12

3

Des Moines Chamber of Commerce address – Restricted

1945 ca.

12

4

Atomic bomb testing summary – Restricted

1993

12

5

Talk material for October 23 proceedings – Restricted

1993

12

6

Acceptance remarks for James W. Schwartz Award – Restricted

1993

12

7

Correspondence with wife, photos of son – Restricted

1944-1945

12

8

Business correspondence – Restricted

1944-1945

12

9

WHO correspondence – Restricted

1941-1945

12

10

Listener correspondence – Restricted

1945

13

1

Listener correspondence – Restricted

1945

13

2

Listener correspondence – Restricted

1945