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Ross Warren Cummings Papers

Identifier: CAC-PP-2017-4
The Cummings papers document accounts of various clients of the Public Relations firm Ross Cummings & Company, including Kerr-McGee, Senator Fred Harris, Senator A.S. “Mike” Monroney, Hubert Humphrey, the Democratic National Convention, and others. The collection also includes publications and promotional materials created for clients, negatives of photographs, files on political campaigns and other accounts held by the company, personal files, miscellaneous photographs, awards won by Cummings, and many oversize promotional items.


  • 1952 - 2017

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20 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Ross Warren Cummings was born on April 22, 1930 in Springfield, Illinois. He attended Pembroke-Country Day School in Kansas City, Missouri and The University of Oklahoma. He began his career as a journalist in 1949 as a radio announcer for WBBZ in Ponca City, Oklahoma, his hometown. He served twice more in news media, becoming a reporter and editor for The Holdenville Daily News in 1950 and a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKY (now KFOR) under the pseudonym Reed Connolly in 1954.

After his time as a television reporter, Cummings was chosen by Kerr-McGee Corporation as in 1956 their first Director of Public Relations. Cummings held this position until 1960 after which he left the company to found the full-service communications firm Ross Cummings and Company. His work with the company led Cummings oversee public relations and communications for many political campaigns and entities including Fred Harris’ 1964 Senate Campaign and 1966 re-election campaign, the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., Representative Glenn English, Lieutenant Governor and State Treasurer of Oklahoma Leo Winters, and many State Questions. Cummings also worked on tourism campaigns for Oklahoma and awareness campaigns for nonprofits such as Oklahomans for Indian Opportunity.

Outside of his work for Ross Cummings and Company, Cummings was the co-founder of the Oklahoma City Press club, and co-founder and former president of the Oklahoma City chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Ross Cummings passed away on August 4, 2017 at 87 years old. He was inducted posthumously into the Southwest American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame in 2018. Cummings is one of only four Oklahomans to recieve this honor since the Hall of Fame's creation in 2008.

Source: (2017, August 13). Ross Cummings Obituary. The Oklahoman.

Arrangement Note

The Cummings collection is arranged in 8 series:

1. Account Files

2. Publications and Promotional Materials

3. Photograph Negatives

4. Campaign Files

5. Personal Files

6. Ephemera

7. Oversize Material

8. Digital Material
Guide to the Ross Warren Cummings Papers
Rachel Henson
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Repository Details

Part of the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 202B
Norman Oklahoma 73109 United States