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Harry Hamm Papers, 1937-1991

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Harry Hamm Papers

About this collection:

Harry Hamm, journalist and newspaper editor, was born on May 26, 1923 in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Hamm began his career as a journalist in 1941 at the Wheeling News-Register. He served in the Army during WWII and returned to the News-Register after the war. He became city editor in 1948, managing editor in 1951 and editor in 1956. He was promoted to editor-in-chief of Ogden Newspapers in 1968. He was active in Wheeling Area Conference on Community Development, Inc. in the 1950s, and continued in other community development efforts, culminating in Wheeling 2000 which he started in 1987. He was also a member of various governmental development agencies. He was at various times on the boards of Wheeling College, Wheeling Hospital and the Benedum Foundation. He retired September 3, 1991 and died October 25, 1991.

The collection consists of papers of Harry Hamm from 1937-1991, and includes writings, project reports, feasibility and planning studies, development plans, meeting minutes, photographs and correspondence. Notable plans and studies include the Waterfront Development Plan (1981), the Parking Garage Feasibility Study (1964) and Wheeling 2000.

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