Finding aid for the Alexander L. and Thelma S. Ostrow Papers


Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Ostrow, Alexander L. and Thelma S.
Title: Alexander L. and Thelma S. Ostrow Papers
Dates: 1939-1960
Extent: 1.40 linear feet (3 containers)
Abstract: Alexander Ostrow was an award-winning investigative reporter, working for the Cleveland Press, 1951-1964. He later became a public relations officer and then an administrative aide to Congressman Ron Mottl. His wife, Thelma Swank Ostrow, was an employee counselor for Vultee Aircraft Corporation, developing a counselor training course designed to aid women entering the work force during World War II. She later worked for Cleary Realty in Cleveland, Ohio. The collection consists of biographical material, a diary, and scrapbooks of newspaper articles written by Alexander Ostrow, primarily on Cleveland topics. Also, clippings and speeches of Thelma Ostrow and a 1944 counselor's manual for Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, San Diego. The collection pertains primarily to Al Ostrow's career as a journalist at the Cleveland Press and specifically to his coverage of the Sam Sheppard murder trial, the 1951 concrete "shakedown" of Auditor Joseph T. Ferguson, and the expose of conditions at Cleveland State Mental Hospital. Thelma Ostrow's papers highlight the problems of women entering the work force during World War II and the efforts of employers to address them.
MS Number MS 4349
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English