Mrs. Harold Jolley


A Woman Lost in Time

The Women’s Archive Project is dedicated to celebrating the lives of women who have contributed to the history of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), yet many of these women have been lost, and in some cases, virtually erased from its legacy. Very little is known about Mrs. Harold D. Jolley, yet she is still remembered as a part of the history of UNO’s School of Communication. Although her past before and after her time at UNO remains largely undiscovered, a handful of photos and small bits of information remain in the archives, giving us insight into Jolley as a woman, teacher, and trailblazer.

Part One An Important Unknown

She has come to be known as Mrs. Harold D. Jolley, as her first name and maiden name have never been recorded in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) archives; this is how she chose to be named during her short career at UNO.  There is very little about her in the University archives, and not much more can be found beyond them. Although much of her personal history has been obscured by time, Mrs. Harold D. Jolley’s contributions to UNO in its infancy cannot be ignored. She served as both an educator and a pioneer in the development of UNO’s School of Communication, a department that had yet to be fully developed in the 1920s. As a young female journalist, Jolley made her mark upon the University and has left a legacy that can be traced through the

Part Two The YELLow Sheet

Although the true first student newspaper, The Boomerang, was published in 1910, it only survived one issue (Thompson 21). It was the YELLow Sheet, a student created underground newspaper first produced in 1911, which provided students with University news.The YELLow Sheet was published daily through 1922. It was named for the color of paper on which it was created and also because it “yelled” for football (“Our History”). It began as an anonymous publication that was usually typed but was also sometimes handwritten, with hand-drawn images. By 1912, the YELLow Sheet had gained administrative approval and became OU’s source for student news, but 1912 also brought out competition; in the fall, three new student publications were born: The White Hope, The Prep Star, and The Censor. However, none of these gained the popularity of the YELLow Sheet and soon

Part Three Head of the Department

In 1922, the University’s class catalogue listed the “Department of Journalism” for the first time, and Mrs. Jolley was listed as the head of the department with Leona Leary, a former student and member of “The Pup,” listed as her assistant. This year marked new growth for students of journalism, and Jolley seems to have been a pinnacle factor in building students’ interests in news writing, namely because of her involvement in a student group like “The Pup.” 1922 marked the year of the first weekly publication of The Gateway, with its first issue published on January 13. Mrs. Jolley was listed on The Gateway’s board of publishers, which consisted of only 28 people. 

A group photo