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Mike Wallace donates notes to alma mater

Papers given to University of Michigan cover his 40-year career
/ Source: The Associated Press

Mike Wallace has given papers from his 40-year career at CBS News to the University of Michigan, his alma mater.

The papers include notes, transcripts, photographs, correspondence, interviews and research, and fill about 50 file cabinet drawers, The Detroit News reported Thursday. Wallace, 87, helped launch the TV news magazine “60 Minutes.”

“Researchers will find these papers an archival treasure trove,” Francis X. Blouin, director of the university’s Bentley Library, said in a statement. “These papers reconstruct the thinking that lay behind groundbreaking television journalism. Wallace’s well-crafted interviews explored the gamut of major issues of our time.”

Wallace graduated from Michigan in 1939 and worked for the school’s low-power radio station. He earlier gave the Bentley Library his papers from the 1950s, when he wrote a newspaper column and hosted an interview program on ABC.

“My 40 years with CBS News have been a fascinating voyage of discovery,” Wallace said in a statement. “Thirty-seven years with ‘60 Minutes’ have given me the chance to travel the globe, meet and report on world issues, and broadcast what I’ve learned to an audience at home that had long trusted CBS News reporters like Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid.”