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  • Title: Cecil Dorrian papers
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1926
    Collection Number: XX223
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1 manuscript box, 3 album boxes (4.6 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Clippings, writings, postcards, and photographs, relating to World War I, postwar reconstruction in Western Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Russian Revolution and Civil War.
    Creator: Dorrian, Cecil
    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

    Preferred Citation

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

    Biographical/Historical Note

    1916 Dorrian covered the Italian front in Rome.
    1914 Dorrian began writing for the Newark Evening News as a European Correspondent covering the Western front of the war.
    1916-1918 Dorrian was a regular contributor to the Newark Evening News and other American and European news publications. She covered the effects of the war in England as well as the international response to America's entry into the war.
    1916 Dorrian was sent to Paris to cover American entry into the war.
    1918 Dorrian joined a group of American and French news correspondents, authors, and government officials on a tour of a battlefield in Verdun. One woman was killed, while two people were injured after a grenade exploded in front of Dorrian.
    1924 Dorrian was presumably sent to Turkey and Russia to cover the effects of the Bolshevik Revolution and Russian civil war. She continued to provide coverage of post-war reconstruction in general for the Newark Evening News.
    1919-1924 Dorrian provided extensive international coverage of the post-war situation in Europe for the Newark Evening News, including the armistice, Treaty of Versailles, and rise of Mussolini in Italy.
    1926 Dorrian died of pneumonia, possibly in Russia.
    1912-1914 Dorrian wrote for the New York Tribune as a dramatic critic and European representative of the Oscar Morosco Theater Company.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Cecil Dorrian papers contain news clippings, postcards, and photographs relating to World War I, post-WWI reconstruction in Western Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, the rise of Italian facism, and the Russian Revolution and Civil War. Dorrian was one of the first American female news correspondents to cover the front lines during World War I and traveled extensively throughout Europe from 1914-1924. All articles featured in the collection were written by Dorrian (mostly for the Newark Evening News in New Jersey) and contain both news features as well as opinion pieces on international effects and topics related to the war. Cecil Dorrian was one of the first female news correspondents to cover the front lines of World War I.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921
    World War, 1914-1918
    Reconstruction (1914-1939) -- Europe
    Reconstruction (1914-1939) -- Middle East