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  • Title: Jack Belden papers
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1989
    Collection Number: 90020
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and 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.
    Creator: Belden, Jack, 1910-1989
    Creator: Smedley, Agnes, 1892-1950
    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.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

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

    Preferred Citation

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

    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 Author, Retreat with Stilwell
      Returned to the United States
    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

    Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
    China -- History -- 1937-1945
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front
    Germany -- History -- 1945-1955
    China -- History -- Civil War, 1945-1949
    Military government
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Africa, North