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Curt J. Zoller Churchill Collection: Printed Materials and Ephemera: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note on Winston Churchill
  • Biographical Note on Curt J. Zoller
  • Scope and Content
  • Related materials in the Huntington Library
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Curt J. Zoller Churchill Collection: Printed Materials and Ephemera
    Dates (inclusive): 1902-2010
    Bulk dates: 1930-1966
    Collection Number: 609303
    Compiler: Zoller, Curt J., 1920-2014
    Extent: approximately 550 items in 17 boxes, 2 oversized folders, and 1 bound volume.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Rare Books Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The Curt J. Zoller Churchill Collection: Printed Materials and Ephemera contains approximately 550 items related to British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965). The items date from 1902 to 2010 and consist of articles from a variety of periodicals by and about Churchill, the text of speeches delivered by Churchill, ephemera, audio and visual materials, and printed World War II propaganda in a variety of languages.
    Language: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Luxembourgish, and Norwegian.
    Finding aid last updated on August 28, 2015.


    The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.  

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Curt J. Zoller Churchill Collection: Printed Materials and Ephemera, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Curt J. Zoller, 2005-2010.

    Biographical Note on Winston Churchill

    Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) was one of the most prominent politicians of the 20th century. He was first elected to the British Parliament in 1900 and went on to serve as First Lord of the Admiralty (1911-1915, 1939-1940), Chancellor of the Exchequer (1924-1929), Leader of the Conservative Party (1940-1955), and twice as Prime Minister (1940-1945, 1951-1955), among numerous other positions. Churchill also wrote dozens of books and articles, including memoirs, biographies, and histories, and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.

    Biographical Note on Curt J. Zoller

    Curt J. Zoller (1920-2014) was a scholar of Winston Churchill and book collector in Southern California. His works included the Annotated Bibliography of Works about Sir Winston S. Churchill (2004) and Becoming Winston Churchill: the untold story of young Winston and his American Mentor (2009) with Michael McMenamin.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains approximately 550 printed items, covering a span of 1902 to 2010, with articles and the texts of speeches by British statesman Winston Churchill, articles and pieces of propaganda about Churchill, and a variety of ephemera and audio and visual materials related to Churchill. These materials were collected by Churchill scholar Curt J. Zoller and form a subsection of the Curt J. Zoller Churchill Collection. The focus of the Zoller Collection is the literary and rhetorical works of Winston Churchill, though they are obviously closely tied to his political life.
    Notably, the collection includes 165 pieces of printed propaganda leaflets from World War II, particularly in Dutch, English, French, and German. Most have a portrait, quote, or article about Churchill. Many of these fliers were intended for aerial delivery. The collection also includes issues of newspapers providing extensive coverage of the London Printers' Strike of 1911 (when Churchill was Home Secretary) and the Great Britain General Strike of 1926 (when Churchill was Chancellor of the Exchequer).
    The periodicals, pamphlets, and clippings in the collection are a mixture of articles and speeches by Churchill (with a large number printed in Colliers and Reader's digest), a few articles about Churchill, and international coverage of Churchill's funeral in 1965.
    The ephemera includes commemorative coins and trinkets, stamped envelopes, photographs of Churchill and people at Churchill-related events, reproductions of documents from Churchill's life, postcards, calendars, two LP albums, and a talking Winston Churchill action figure. The audiovisual materials include VHS tapes with programs on Churchill and recordings of lectures about Churchill, while the audio items are mostly recordings of Churchill's speeches. Some of the posters are reproductions of photographs or paintings of Churchill, while the others are informational or announce Churchill-related events.
    When applicable, entries include reference numbers for A bibliography of the works of Sir Winston Churchill KG, OM, CH (St Paul's Bibliographies, 1979) by Frederick Woods.

    Related materials in the Huntington Library

    Other items in the Curt J. Zoller Churchill Collection can be searched in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog   as a whole under the collection name in subject: Curt J. Zoller Churchill Collection.


    The collection is arranged in six series:
    • Periodicals, pamphlets, and clippings (Boxes 1-5, 17)
    • Propaganda flyers (Boxes 6-7)
    • Newspapers (Boxes 8-9 and Volume 1)
    • Ephemera (Boxes 10-11)
    • Audiovisual materials (Boxes 12-13)
    • Posters (Boxes 14-16)
    Individual items are described in the container list in the following format (when applicable):
    • Title, Date
    • Language of material
    • Publisher and location of publication
    • Author
    • Editor
    • Related content page(s)
    • Woods bibliography number
    • Notes

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965
    Europe – Politics and government – 1918-1945
    Great Britain – Foreign relations – 1936-1945
    Reconstruction (1914-1939)
    World War, 1939-1945
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda
    Strikes and lockouts -- Great Britain
    General Strike, Great Britain, 1926
    Great Britain
    London (England)


    Journals (periodicals)
    Magazines (periodicals)


    Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965
    Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
    British Broadcasting Corporation, publisher
    Crowell Publishing Company, publisher
    George Newnes, Limited, publisher
    Illustrated London News & Sketch, publisher
    P. F. Collier & Son Corporation, publisher
    Stationery Office (Great Britain), publisher
    Time, inc., publisher
    Times Publishing Company Ltd., publisher
    Zentralverlag der NSDAP, publisher