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Personal papers of John B. Bremner

Call Number: PP 600


The personal papers of John B. Bremner contain notes for classes, personal correspondence, notes on seminars, University of Kansas internal communications, and a few photographs. Dr. Bremner taught in the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas from 1969 until his retirement in 1985 and held the Oscar S. Stauffer Distinguished Professor of Journalism position within the School of Journalism from 1977-1985.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1986


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Conditions Governing Use

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Biography of John B. Bremner

John B. Bremner was an Australian-American journalist born on December 28, 1920. He arrived in the United States in the 1950s. Before receiving his doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1965, he worked as a magazine editor, newspaper columnist, and radio writer and announcer. He went to school internationally in Australia, Rome, as well as in the United States at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also worked at the University of San Diego and the University of Iowa.

Bremner was an ordained Catholic priest and worked at the Florida Catholic and The Tidings, a newspaper published by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Arriving at the University of Kansas as an associate professor in 1969, Dr. Bremner became director of graduate studies in the School of Journalism in 1971 and a full professor in 1972, holding the position of Oscar S. Stuaffer Distinguished Professor of Journalism until his retirement in 1985.

Bremner published two books while at KU, including Words on Words, a guide to proper journalism standards, and he received two distinguished teaching awards. He was a member of Sigma Delta Chi and Phi Beta Kappa. He also left the priesthood during his tenure at KU and married Mary McCue. Bremner was a nationally esteemed journalist consulted by newspapers across the country. He toured much of the United States, giving seminars at universities, news agencies, and businesses.

John B. Bremner died in his home in Ponce Inlet, Florida at the age of 66 on July 30, 1987.


3 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The first two boxes in this collection mostly contain files on the classes Bremner taught at the University of Kansas, as well as personal correspondence and materials related to Bremner's career before coming to KU. This series also includes correspondence from within the University of Kansas School of Journalism. The last two boxes contain correspondence and notes relating to seminars Bremner gave across the country. All four boxes contain editing notes dispersed throughout. Boxes are organized alphabetically by folder title, and generally in reverse-chronological order within folders. The original arrangement as it was found at the time of processing has been maintained.

Physical Location

PP 600

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfered from School of Journalism records, University of Kansas, 2017.

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Preferred citation
Personal papers of John B. Bremner, PP 600, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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