Scope and arrangement
The papers include correspondence with Casselman's colleagues in the newspaper industry; news clippings documenting the New York Daily News and it's parent company the Tribune Company; typescripts chronicling Casselman's career in newspapers and the development of newspaper printing processes; personal memorabilia including press passes, programs and several issues of the Daily News' News Pix magazine (a publication for employees); photographs capturing the workroom of the Daily News and portraits of Casselman at various functions and receptions; and a sound recording capturing the sounds of several machines in the Daily News buildings.
The William A. Casselman papers are arranged in six series:
The correspondence is arranged chronologically in a single file. Of note is Casselman's 1925 letter to his mother describing his first experience working in newspapers in New York, dealing with being fired and determination to stay in New York to pursue his career. Included in the file are letters of bereavement sent to the Casselman family after his passing.
The news clippings are organized into two folders; the first pertaining to the New York Daily News, and a second that Casselman kept on the Tribune Company (the parent company of the New York Daily News).
This series contains various items relating to Casselman and his work. A folder of biographical materials contains Casselman's resumes that he wrote in 1983 and obituaries for Casselman from various newspapers. Also in the series are folders containing Casselman's press passes, programs from receptions and several issues of News Pix magazine (published for employees of the New York Daily News.)
The writings series contains two unpublished manuscripts. The first, Casselman's "Fifty Years of Newspapering," is a chronicle of Casselman's experiences in the newspaper industry. The second, "Paper Type Newspaper," is a collaboration between Casselman and author Russ Symontowne that describes the development and use of the photoengraving process in the newspaper industry.
The photographs series consists of mainly of portraits of Casselman at the New York Daily News workrooms or at various receptions and ceremonies. Also included are pictures of Mayor John V. Lindsay throwing out an opening pitch at Yankee Stadium in 1967 (Casselman is present behind Lindsay), and several contact sheets and negative prints. One oversized print of the New York Daily News workroom has been separated and placed with oversize materials.