Register of the Lester Ziffren Papers

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Inventory of the Lester Ziffren Papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
David Jacobs
Date Completed:
2012
Encoded by:
Machine-readable finding aid derived from Microsoft Word and MARC record by Samira Bozorgi.
© 2012 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Title: Lester Ziffren Papers
Dates: 1933-1989
Collection Number: 90009
Creator: Ziffren, Lester
Collection Size: 8 manuscript boxes (3.2 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: The Lester Ziffren papers contain materials relating to the Spanish Civil War. As Madrid bureau chief for United Press, Ziffren filed dispatches and made nightly radio broadcasts in which he described political, economic, and social conditions in Spain in the period prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and during the first six months of the conflict itself. The Speeches and Writings series of the papers contains compilations of Ziffren's articles and dispatches, as well as transcripts of his radio broadcasts. There are also two sets of diary entries in the series, including his diary from the opening months of the Civil War, and several later articles in which Ziffren recounts his experiences as a war correspondent.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: In English and Spanish

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lester Ziffren Papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1990.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Biographical Note

1906 Born, Rock Island, Illinois
1927 Graduated from the University of Missouri's journalism school
1933-1936 Bureau chief for United Press in Madrid, Spain
1937-1940 Worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood
1941-1945 Public relations officer, U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile
1961-1971 Public relations director, Kennecott Copper Corporation
2007 Died

Scope and Content of Collection

The Lester Ziffren papers contain significant materials relating to the Spanish Civil War. As Madrid bureau chief for United Press, Ziffren filed dispatches and made nightly radio broadcasts in which he described political, economic, and social conditions in Spain in the period prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and during the first six months of the conflict itself. The Speeches and writings contains compilations of Ziffren's articles and dispatches, as well as transcripts of his radio broadcasts. There are also two sets of diary entries in the series, including his diary from the opening months of the Civil War, and several later articles in which Ziffren recounts his experiences as a war correspondent.
The Biographical file series contains clippings and an interview with Ziffren about his time in Spain. The Writings by others contains articles on the Spanish Civil War written by other correspondents and a diary kept by Tomás Caro, a volunteer in the Republican army. The Printed matter series of the papers is comprised of materials largely relating to the Civil War. It includes numerous clippings from Spanish, English and American newspapers, as well as bulletins and serial issues pertaining to the conflict. Additionally, there are some monographs and other printed matter relating to Spain in the Franco era. The Photographs contains prints depicting scenes of the Civil War, as well as prints that depict cities, towns, and rural life in Spain.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into 6 series: Biographical file; Cables sent to United Press; Speeches and writings; Writings by others on the Spanish Civil War; Printed matter relating to Spain and the Spanish Civil War; Photographs

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939.
Spain--Politics and government--1931-1939.
Spain--Social conditions--1886-1939.
Journalists.


Box: 1

Biographical file, 1935-1982

Scope and Content Note

Contains clippings and a transcript of a radio interview, arranged by physical form
Box/Folder: 1

Clippings, 1935-1982

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

1935-1937

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

1937

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

1982

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Transcript of radio interview conducted by Lowell Thomas, 1937

Box: 1 : 5

Cables sent to United Press, 1936

Scope and Content Note

Consists of one folder of cablegrams
Box: 1-5

Speeches and writings, 1933-1937

Scope and Content Note

Contains articles; compilations of articles, dispatches, and transcribed radio broadcasts; and diaries, arranged by title or form
Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Diary, 1933-1934

Box/Folder: 1-4

"Spain Day by Day," a compilation of transcribed United Press radio broadcasts and dispatches, 1933-1936

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

1933 September-October

Box/Folder: 1-2

1934

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

January-June

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

July-December

Box/Folder: 2-3

1935

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

January-June

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

July-December

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

1936 January-June

Box/Folder: 5 : 1

"Spanish Letters," a compilation of United Press articles and dispatches, 1933-1936

Box/Folder: 5 : 2

Articles written for United Press, 1936-1937

Box/Folder: 5 : 3

"Diary of a Civil War Correspondent," 1936-1937

Box/Folder: 5 : 4

"Spain in Upheaval," Current History, 1936 May

Box/Folder: 5 : 5

"I Lived in Madrid," Current History, 1937 April

Box/Folder: 5 : 6

"The Correspondent in Spain," The Public Opinion Quarterly, 1937 July

Box: 5

Writings by others on the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1940

Scope and Content Note

Contains articles and a diary, arranged alphabetically by author
Box/Folder: 5 : 7

Allen, Jay, 1937

Box/Folder: 5 : 8

Carro, Tomás, 1940

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence
Box/Folder: 5 : 9

Fernsworth, Lawrence A., 1936

Box/Folder: 5 : 10

Fischer, Louis, 1936-1937

Box/Folder: 5 : 11

Newbigging, Duncan, 1936

Box: 6-8

Printed matter relating to Spain and the Spanish Civil War, 1934-1989

Scope and Content Note

Contains bulletins, clippings, map, monographs, pamphlets, postcards, and serial issues, arranged by physical form
Box/Folder: 6

Bulletins, 1936-1980

Box/Folder: 6 : 1

1936

Box/Folder: 6 : 2-3

1937

Box/Folder: 6 : 4

1946

Box/Folder: 6 : 5

1950

Box/Folder: 6 : 6

1980

Box/Folder: 6-7

Clippings, 1934-1986

Box/Folder: 6 : 7

1934

Box/Folder: 6 : 8

1935

Box/Folder: 6 : 9-12

1936

Box/Folder: 6 : 13-17

1937

Box/Folder: 6 : 18-19

1938

Box/Folder: 7 : 1-3

1939

Box/Folder: 7 : 4-5

1940

Box/Folder: 7 : 6

1946-1950

Box/Folder: 7 : 7

1966-1986

Box/Folder: 7 : 8

Map, 1936

Box/Folder: 7

Monographs, 1937-1966

Box/Folder: 7 : 9

1937

Box/Folder: 7 : 10-14

1940

Box/Folder: 7 : 15

1946

Box/Folder: 7 : 16

1949

Box/Folder: 7 : 17

1966

Box/Folder: 8

Pamphlets, 1936-1989

Box/Folder: 8 : 1-2

1936

Box/Folder: 8 : 3-4

1937

Box/Folder: 8 : 5

1938-1939

Box/Folder: 8 : 6-7

1940

Box/Folder: 8 : 8

1974-1989

Box/Folder: 8 : 9

Postcards, 1936

Box/Folder: 8

Serial issues, 1936-1989

Box/Folder: 8 : 10-11

1936

Box/Folder: 8 : 12

1938

Box/Folder: 8 : 13

1961

Box/Folder: 8 : 14

1989

Box: 8 :

Photographs, 1936

Scope and Content Note

Consists of prints depicting scenes of the Spanish Civil War and of Spain, arranged by subject
Box/Folder: 8 : 15

Thirty-one prints depicting scenes of the Spanish Civil War, 1936

Box/Folder: 8 : 15

Twenty-one prints depicting various cities, towns, and rural life in Spain, 1936