Title: William Linton Andrews correspondence and papers
Classmark: SC MS Andrews
Creator(s): Andrews, Linton (1886-1972)
Size and medium: 4 boxes
Comprises two accessions MS 385, MS 1603. Diaries, correspondence, press cuttings, publications. Specific details are listed in descriptions of the files.
Sir (William) Linton Andrews was born in Hull in 1886 and was educated at Hull Grammar School and Christ's Hospital. From school he entered journalism and worked on a number of provincial newspapers, including the Sheffield Telegraph, before the First World War. He served on the Western Front with the Black Watch during the war. Afterwards he was a sub-editor on the Daily Mail and in 1923 was appointed editor of the Leeds Mercury. He remained with the Mercury until 1939 when it was decided, partly as an economy measure, to amalgamate with the Yorkshire Post. Arthur Mann, editor of the Post, retired and Sir Linton succeeded him as editor of the Yorkshire Post under whose title the two newspapers were combined. He served as editor until 1960 and during the later years of his editorship he took a leading part in the affairs of his profession's organisations. He was president of the Guild of British Newspaper Editors in 1952-1953 and was a founder member of the Press Council, and its chairman from 1955 to 1959. He was knighted in 1954. Sir Linton was a member of the court and council of the University of Leeds from 1943 to 1959, and the University awarded him an honorary LLD. in 1955. Although he retired from the editorship of The Yorkshire Post in 1960, he remained on its board of directors until 1968. He died on 27 September 1972; an obituary and photograph appeared in The Times on 29 September 1972 (p16).
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