Papers of Frank Tillman Durdin, China specialist, journalist for the
New York Times (1937-1974) and the first American journalist granted a visa to reenter China in 1971. During his career, Durdin reported
on the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), the collapse of European colonial rule in Indo-China and the emergence of the People's
Republic of China. Materials include correspondence between Durdin and the
New York Times staff, original copies of news reports filed by Durdin, extensive subject files on the People's Republic of China, Taiwan
and other East Asian countries, and photographs documenting the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945.
Frank Tillman Durdin was born on March 20, 1907, in Elkhart, Texas. He began his career in journalism during high school as
editor of the weekly newspaper
Pecos Enterprise. During college Durdin worked intermittently for the
San Antonio Express and the
Los Angeles Times.
29.8 Linear feet
(27 archives boxes, 5 card files boxes, 16 records cartons, and 1 flat box)
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Collection is open for research.