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  • Title: Jack Kramer papers
    Date (bulk): 1968-1969
    Collection Number: 68016
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1 manuscript box (0.4 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, writings, printed matter, photographs, and one sound recording relating to the Eritrean Liberation Front and the movement for Eritrean independence. Also available on microfilm (1 reel).
    Creator: Kramer, Jack
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


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    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1968.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jack Kramer papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Alternative Forms of Material Available

    Also available on microfilm (1 reel).

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Jack Kramer is an American journalist and author. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English in 1965 and completed graduate work in journalism at Columbia University in 1970. Kramer worked as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, contributing editor for Time magazine, and Middle East Bureau chief for Bloomberg Businessweek. He covered a variety of subjects as a journalist in the 1960s, including Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, Laos, Egypt, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, the Western Sahara, Greece, and Turkey. Kramer's publications include: Travels with the Celestial Dog, a memoir of the 1960s; Rwanda Means the Universe,with Louise Mushikiwabo, the current foreign minister of Rwanda; and business-related books.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Jack Kramer papers include correspondence, memoranda, writings, printed matter, photographs, and one unique sound recording recorded in Eritrea in September 1968. The recording has interviews with rank and file independence fighters and commanders such as Osman Mohammed Idris (aka Abu Shenab) of the Eritrean Liberation Front (E.L.F.), who were fighting for independence from Ethiopia. The correspondence include letters to and from Eritrean nationalists such as Woldeab Woldemariam, Kidane Kiflu, Mohamud Dinai, and Osman Saleh Sabbe.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Eritrea -- History
    Nationalism -- Eritrea
    Tagādlo hārnat ʼÉrtrā