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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jack Belden Papers
    Dates: 1935-1989
    Collection Number: 90020
    Creator: Belden, Jack, 1910-
    Collection Size: 4 boxes, 1 oversize box (3 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, news dispatches, and other writings, relating primarily to the Sino-Japanese War, American military operations in North Africa, France, Belgium and Germany, the occupation of Germany, and the publication of China Shakes the World. Includes correspondence with Agnes Smedley.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research. Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives Audiovisual Specialist for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jack Belden Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was acquired by the Hoover Instituion Archives in 1990.


    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 Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1910, February 3 Born, Brooklyn, New York
    1926 Graduated, Summit High School, New Jersey
    1931 Graduated, Colgate University, New York
    1931-1933 Seaman - Java, Phillippines, Germany, and South America
    1933 Teacher, Peking University, China
    Late 1930s Reported on the Second Sino-Japanese War for the United Press International
    Early 1940s Covered Italy, North Africa, and Burma for Time and Life magazines
    1943 Returned to the United States
      Author, Retreat with Stilwell
    1944 Author, Still Time to Die
    1946 Returned to China
    1949 Author, China Shakes the World
    1989 June 3 Died, Paris, France

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers of Jack Belden cover his career as an American journalist. He was a foreign correspondent in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War; in China, Burma, North Africa, and Europe during World War II; and in China during the Civil War.
    The materials, consisting of correspondence, news dispatches, writings, diary, and notes, relate primarily to the Second Sino-Japanese War, American military operations in North Africa, France, Belgium, and Germany, the occupation of Germany, the publication of China Shakes the World, and reviews of his writings. An insight into United States Army operations in Europe and the Far East during World War II is also provided.
    The Jack Belden papers were acquired originally in 1990. Incremental materials, received in 2008, have been added alphabetically at the end of the register by the original series.


    Arranged into seven series: Biographical File, Correspondence, Office File, Writings, United States Army File, Incremental Material, and Oversize Material.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945.
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Africa, North.
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Western Front.
    China--History--Civil War, 1945-1949.
    Military government.
    Smedley, Agnes, 1892-1950.