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Andrew A. Rooney papers, A1234

Identifier: A1234

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials relating to Rooney's time as a student at Colgate including some of his writings for class and the Banter.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1934-2009

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

From the 1986 Commencement program "His columns appear in 300 newspapers. He has written, produced and narrated television specials on America and American life. He is the author of seven books, with another scheduled for publication this year. He has lectured on the subject of documentary writing at major univerisities. But perhaps he is best known for "A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney," a regular feature of television's "60 Minutes" since 1978. Andy Rooney, who was drafted into the Army in 1941 while a student at Colgate, started as a Stars and Stripes reporter. He was one of eight correspondents who flew with the Eighth Air Force on the first American bombing raid on Germany. His first book was The Story of the Stars and Stripes. His first television essay, "Essays on Doors," in 1964 focused on a subject that is all too often taken for granted; essays on bridges, hotels, chairs, women, and war followed. He has won the Writers Guild Award for Best Script of the Year six times, more than any other writer in television's history, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has awarded him an Emmy three times. As a CBS News writer-producer, Andy Rooney contributed special reports at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in 1980 and 1984. His versatile writing career has also included radio, public affairs broadcasting, and magazine articles. Andy Rooney has returned to Colgate frequently - as a parent (his son Brian is a 1974 graduate), as a lecturer in the "Living Writers" course, and as a reuning member of the Class of 1942"


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 letter document box, 1 letter sized flat box, 1 item)

Language of Materials


Guide to the Andrew A. Rooney papers
Erin Patterson
May 16, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

13 Oak Drive
Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
Colgate University
Hamilton New York 13346 United States US
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