TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Leland Stowe

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Other Finding Aids

Container List

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Inventory of the Leland Stowe Papers, 1929-1988


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Alison Hinderliter, 2006.

©2006.


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Stowe, Leland, 1899-
Title Leland Stowe Papers
Dates 1929-1988
Extent 0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract Mostly photocopies of writings and some correspondence of newspaper foreign correspondent and author Leland Stowe. Stowe witnessed and wrote about many historic events and subject such as the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, the Russo-Finnish War, experiencing the Russian front during World War II, and the corruption in the regime of Chiang Kai-Shek.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Stowe
Collection Stack Location 3a 42 8

Administrative Information

Cite As

Leland Stowe Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift, Leland Stowe, 1984, with subsequent donations.

Processed by

Alison Hinderliter, 2006.

Acknowledgements

This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Access

The Leland Stowe Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Leland Stowe Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Leland Stowe

American journalist and author.

Leland Stowe was born Nov. 10, 1899, in Southbury, Connecticut. He began his journalism career in 1921 with the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram, and in 1922, joined the New York Herald Tribune. Four years later, he became a foreign correspondent and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for his coverage of the Paris Reparations Conference. Reporting for the Chicago Daily News, he covered the Russian invasion of Finland in 1940; revealed the collaboration of Norwegian Vidkun Quisling in helping the Nazis seize Oslo in 1940; reported from the Russian Front in 1942; and uncovered the scheme of Chinese leader Chiang Kai-Shek to use U.S. military supplies against Chinese Communists rather than the Japanese in 1941. Stowe published eight books based on his work as a foreign correspondent. After World War II, Stowe worked for various magazines and for Radio Free Europe's News and Information Service. In 1955, he began teaching at the University of Michigan, and taught there until 1970. Stowe died Jan. 16, 1994.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Some original correspondence (most notably with author Negley Farson and Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson), and five original photographs. The collection also includes an outline for an unpublished book, "Between the Crossfires," which is a compilation of letters and clippings related to Stowe's investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after Stowe publicly supported the Spanish Republican's cause during the Spanish Civil War. The remainder of the papers are photocopied documents; the originals are housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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Arrangement

Collection arranged alphabetically by type.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975
  • Farson, Negley, 1890-1960
  • Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965
  • Stowe, Leland, 1899-
  • United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Subjects

  • Authors, American -- 20th century
  • Foreign correspondents
  • Journalists
  • Manuscripts, American
  • Reporters and reporting
  • Russo-Finnish War, 1939-1940 -- Personal narratives
  • Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives

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Other Finding Aids

The main repository of the Leland Stowe Papers is the Wisconsin Historical Society, collection number U.S. Mss 99AF: The Leland Stowe Papers, 1925-87. 9.2 c.f. (23 archives boxes including 15 vols.), plus 9.5 c.f. of unprocessed additions. Stowe also donated material to the University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, collection number Bentley Historical 85400 Aa2.

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Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Bibliography - Leland Stowe Collection of books by U.S. Foreign Correspondents. Donated to the University of Michigan Department of Communications, 1984
1 2 Biographical Information and Publicity about Stowe, 1934-1988
1 3 Correspondence - Farson, Negley, and family, 1955-1962, 1975
1 4 Correspondence - Graves, Harold F. ("Barney") (photocopies), 1932-1933, 1961
1 5 Correspondence - Hamilton, Charles (re: sale of autographed letters), 1970
1 6 Correspondence - Heikal, Mohammed (advisor to Egypt president Nasser, with Nasser materials), 1960
1 7 Correspondence - Johnson, Walter (The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson), 1970-1973
1 8 Correspondence - Reader's Digest (re: articles accepted but not published) (photocopies), ca. 1966-1970
1 9 Correspondence - Stevenson, Adlai, 1952-1962
1 10 Correspondence - To family members, from Europe (photocopies), 1929-1940
1 11 Correspondence - letters of acknowledgement for donations (photocopies), 1987
1 12 Correspondence - Letters of recommendation for lectures (photocopies), 1943-1948
1 13 Interview transcript, re: Nazi Germany, 1982
1 14 Photographs - Leland and Dollika [wife] Stowe, ca. 1940's-1960's
1 15 Photographs - Leland Stowe with Edythe M. Dyer, 1938
1 16 University of Michigan School of Journalism, Retirement, Apr. 10, 1969
1 17 Works - 1931 Paris Journal (photocopy), 1931
1 18 Works - America and Europe's Wars: The War as I See it, Chicago Daily News articles (photocopies), Feb.-Mar. 1941
1 19 Works - American Volunteer Nurse in Spain (Edythe M. Dyer), ca. 1938
1 20 Works - Andrea: Child-Warrior of Spain (photocopy), 1938
2 21-23 Works - Between the Crossfires: A Case History of a Foreign Correspondent and Radio News Commentator Investigated by the FBI, 1984
2 24 Works - Blue Danube - Or Red? In Liberty Magazine, (photocopy), Dec. 7, 1946
2 25 Works - [China - Burma Road - Chiang Kai-Shek Scandal] (photocopy), 1941
2 26 Works - Concerning His Father, Frank Philip Stowe (photocopy), [n.d.]
2 27 Works - Discovering Life as a Cub Reporter on the Worcester (Mass) Telegram, July 1921-Oct. 1922 (photocopy), [n.d.]
2 28 Works - How Did Your Pulitzer Prize Happen? (photocopy), [n.d.]
2 29 Works - I Met Him in Moscow: The Story of Sora, A Russian Soldier, in The Villager, (photocopy), Jan. 1944
2 30 Works - Kremlin on the Defensive, The, in United Nations World, Sept.-Oct. 1953
2 31 Works - Lecture: [untitled - regarding the atomic bomb, at Berea College], Feb. 20, 1947
2 32 Works - Lecture: Meaning of the Soviet-American Crisis, The, Feb. 8, 1949
2 33 Works - Lecture: [untitled - to the Executives' Club of Chicago], May 23, 1952
2 34 Works - [Nazi invasion of Norway, articles] (photocopies), Apr. 1940
2 35 Works - [New York Herald Tribune articles] (photocopies), 1928-1935, 1939
2 36 Works - Notes, miscellaneous, [n.d.]
2 36a Works - On Growing Up to Grow Old (photocopy of typescript), 1987
2 37 Works - Poetry: Early Poems: In France, 1927-1930; A Mirror for a Wayward Heart (photocopies), 1923-1938
2 38 Works - Poetry: Jesting Verses About Ourselves (photocopies), [n.d.], 1960's, 1981-1986
2 39 Works - Poetry: Poems for Dollika (photocopies), 1978-1985
2 40 Works - Poetry: Toujours l'Amour! As When Romance Becomes Nomadic: Random Provocations of that Three-Letter Word (photocopies), [n.d.], 1944-1984
2 41 Works - Poetry: We Call it Peace, in The Fight (photocopies), Feb. 1939
2 42 Works - Poetry: miscellaneous (photocopies), [n.d.]
2 43 Works - Reporter in New York City, A: Nov. 1922-June 1926 (photocopies), 1981
2 44 Works - [Russo-Finnish War, articles] (photocopies), 1940-1941
2 45 Works - [Spanish Civil War articles] (photocopies), 1938
2 46 Works - Too Old to Cover a War (photocopies), 1939
2 47 Works - What Issues are at Stake in this War? In Town Meeting, Feb. 10, 1941
2 48 Works - Why I Love Reporting, 1957
2 49 Works - With the Russian Front-Zone Armies, Chicago Daily News articles (photocopies), Oct. - Nov. 1942
2 50 Works - World by the Ears, The, in The Villager (photocopy), Sept. 1938
2 51 Works - [World War II articles for the Chicago Daily News, Oct. - Dec. 1940