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  • Biographical Note
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  • Title: Jack Belden Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1989
    Collection Number: 90020
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4 boxes, 1 oversize box (3.0 linear feet)
    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
    Creator: Belden, Jack, 1910-


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    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 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

    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, <title render="italic">Retreat with Stilwell</title>
    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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