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  • Title: Richard Hanser papers
    Date (inclusive): 1937-1981
    Collection Number: 86011
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 42 manuscript boxes (17.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: Television scripts, other writings, correspondence, notes, printed matter and other research materials relating to a wide variety of episodes in American and world history, including the 1923 putsch by Adolf Hitler, anti-Nazi resistance by students at the Universität München during World War II, and the role of humor in politics.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Hanser, Richard.


    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], Richard Hanser papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1986.


    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

    Richard Hanser (1909-1981) was an award-winning historical novelist and writer of television documentary series. A native of Buffalo, New York, Hanser was a descendant of three generations of clergymen. He prepared for the Protestant ministry at Concordia Lutheran Collegiate Institute in Bronxville, New York, before turning to journalism.
    Hanser worked for The Buffalo Times, The Cleveland Press, and subsequently served as editor for Fawcett Publications. During the war, he served in the Office of War Information and created broadcasts for the office's psychological warfare department. Hanser joined the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) after World War II and co-wrote Victory at Sea, a naval history of the war, with television producer Henry Salomon.
    The program, which was accompanied by the music of Richard Rodgers, won the George Foster Peabody Award and many other honors. Hanser also was the chief writer for NBC's Project XX series. His scripts included "Meet Mr. Lincoln," which won the Robert E. Sherwood Award; "Life in the Thirties"; "He is Risen"; and "Mark Twain's America," which won the Writers Guild of America Award.
    Hanser's most noteworthy books include A Noble Treason: The Revolt of the Munich Students Against Hitler and Putsch: How Hitler Made Revolution.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Richard Hanser papers include biographical material, and research, production, and publicity material for the NBC television series Victory at Sea, Project XX, and Wisdom.
    Documentation of the Project XX program is complete and includes scripts and drafts, correspondence, press releases, reviews, and other production information for 24 episodes. Victory at Sea is represented by narrations for all 26 episodes, a script for a motion picture version of the series (United Arts, 1954), and material pertaining to a book by Hanser and producer Henry J. Salomon, Jr. Also included are notes, scripts, and promotional material pertaining to five programs of the Wisdom series.
    In addition to these major works, the collection contains a wide variety of notes from various research projects conducted by Hanser, ranging from Hitler and his colleagues to alcoholism in Russia during the 1970s. These research materials are comprised of Hanser's handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, photocopies, and other manuscripts.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Germany--History--Beer Hall Putsch, 1923.
    Universität München.
    Anti-Nazi movement.
    National socialism.
    World War, 1939-1945--Germany.
    Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.
    Political satire.