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  • Title: Allen Drury papers
    Collection Number: 65007
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 74 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box, 7 envelopes, 6 phonorecords, 18 phonotape cassettes, 2 videotape cassettes (29.5 linear feet)
    Date (inclusive): 1890-1995
    Abstract: Correspondence, drafts of writings, galley proofs, book reviews, memorabilia, sound recordings, and photographs, relating to the novelistic treatment of twentieth-century American politics by news correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Allen Drury.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Drury, Allen.


    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], Allen Drury papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1963, with increments added until Drury's death in 1998.


    1918 September 2 Born, Houston, Texas
    1939 B.A., Stanford University
    1940-1941 Editor, Tulare Bee, awarded national Sigma Delta Chi Editorial Award for writings in this publication
    1941-1943 Editor, The Bakersfield Californian
    1942-1943 Served in the United States Army
    1943-1946 United States Senate staff of United Press
    1954-1959 Washington reporter, New York Times
    1959 Author, Advise and Consent
    1960 Awarded Pulitzer Prize
    1961 Author, Education for Politics
    1962 Author, A Shade of Difference
    1963 Author, A Senate Journal, 1943-1945
    1965 Author, That Summer
    1966 Author, Capable of Honor
    1967 Author, A Very Strange Society
    1968 Author, Preserve and Protect
    1971 Author, <title render="italic">Courage and Hesitation, </title>
      Author, <title render="italic">The Throne of Saturn</title>
    1973 Author, Come Nineveh, Come Tyre
    1975 Author, The Promise of Joy
    1976 Author, A God Against the Gods
    1980 Author, Egypt: The Eternal Smile
    1981 Author, The Hill of Summer
    1982 Appointed to the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities
    1983 Author, Decision
    1984 Author, The Roads of Earth
    1986 Author, Pentagon
    1990 Author, Toward What Bright Glory?
    1993 Author, Into What Far Harbor?
    1995 Author, A Thing of State
    1998 Author, Public Men
    1998 September 2 Died, Marin County, California

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The first part of the papers of Allen Drury was acquired by the Hoover Institution in 1963. Increments continued to be added until his death in 1998. The papers relate to Allen Drury's career as news correspondent turned Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
    The bulk of the papers are the speeches and writing series, which spans the years 1932 through 1995. Included in this series are drafts and galley proofs for his books, as well as numerous articles which were published separately. Most of his writings pertain to the subjects of American politics and foreign relations.
    Of significance is Drury's extensive correspondence with a wide array of politicians, heads of state, and celebrities. Included are letters to and from Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.
    Drury's professional and social contacts illustrated by material in the biographical series, tie in closely to his work as author and journalist.


    Arranged into eight series: Bigraphical File, Correspondence File, Speeches and Writings, Memorabilia, Card Index, Photographs, Sound Recordings, and Videorecordings.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States--Politics and government--1945-1989--Fiction.
    Video tapes.