ARTHUR L. OLSZYK PAPERS 1946-1996, BULK 1965-1980

32 Boxes, 9.4 ft.


Arthur L. Olszyk, a pioneer in Milwaukee television news, was born in Milwaukee in 1923. He graduated from Pulaski High School and afterward studied journalism at Marquette University. Immediately after graduation from Marquette in 1944, Olszyk began his career in broadcast journalism at WTMJ-AM. He remained with WTMJ, working in both radio and television, until his retirement in 1980. Olszyk received the By-Line Award from Marquette's School of Journalism in 1978, and in 1987 was inducted into the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame. After retirement from WTMJ Olszyk taught broadcast journalism at Marquette University for seven years until his second retirement in 1987. Arthur Olszyk died on November 29, 1996 at age 73.

Olszyk began his career in television news before many people even knew about the medium. Some the earliest TV shows he produced were the weekly program Around Town, which was launched in 1948; Milwaukee Newsreel, in the 1950s; and the later daily documentaries, Special Assignment.

While at WTMJ Olszyk served as assistant news editor under Jack Krueger from 1953 to 1963. Promoted to news editor for WTMJ-TV in 1963, he remained at that position until his retirement. In 1993 he published the book, Live. . . At the Scene: Local TV News in Milwaukee, 1944-1980.

Scope and Content

The papers of Arthur L. Olszyk are organized within two series.

The Olszyk Papers series contains correspondence, office memoranda, press clippings photographs, and publications from Olszyk's tenure at WTMJ and from his work on Live. . . At the Scene: Local TV News in Milwaukee, 1944-1980. The bulk of the material comes from his tenure as news editor of WTMJ-TV.

The Marquette-University Related Papers series contains records relating to Olszyk's teaching years at Marquette University. The correspondence was maintained in its original arrangement, a combination author and chronological file. As a result, some correspondence by a particular author may be located in either the author or chronological file, and the research will want to consult both to ensure that all appropriate correspondence is located. Records related to the administration of the College of Journalism (faculty meeting minutes, dean's memos, etc.) were removed and arranged within the College of Journalism records series.