Inventory of the Cecil Dorrian papers

Finding aid prepared by Theresa Berger
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
© 2008, 2016
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6003

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


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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

box 1, folder 1

Biographical File, 1917, 1919, 1920, undated

Scope and Contents

Contains original collection acquisition card, travel visas, travel permits granting Dorrian entry into various countries, event pamphlets, and event invitations.
box 1, folder 2

Correspondence, 1917, undated

Scope and Contents

Contains postcards received by Dorrian from various persons and locations, mostly unidentified.

Writings, 1912-1926, undated

Scope and Contents

Contains album collection of articles written by Dorrian and arranged in chronological order. Includes both news features and opinion pieces. Some articles have handwritten notes and commentary by Dorrian written on margins. Series also includes an untitled draft on the political state of post-war Europe, especially France, as well as fragments of clippings from various albums.
box 1, folder 3

untitled draft, March 10

box 2, folder 1

clippings 1912-1915

box 3, folder 1-5

clippings, 1916-1920 1916-1920

box 4, folder 1-4

clippings, 1921-1924 1921-1924

box 2, folder 2-4

clippings, 1924-1926 1924-1926

box 4, folder 5

fragments, undated


Photographs, circa 1914-1926

Scope and Contents

Contains photographs organized into two sub-series, "General" and "Country." Photographs in the country sub-series are organized alphabetically. Notable figures included in the series include: King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, Abdullah I of Jordan, and Cecil Dorrian. Some photographs include commentary or descriptions by Dorrian.

General, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 4

unidentified circa 1914-1926

Scope and Contents

Contains photographic prints of various people, locations, and groups unidentified. Some photos contain observations or descriptions by Dorrian, either too general to determine exact location or illegible.
box 1, folder 5

Cecil Dorrian circa 1914-1926


Country, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 6

Albania circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 6

Austria, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 7

Egypt, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 7

France, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 8

Greece, 1920, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 8

Italy circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 8

Israel, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 9

Romania circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 10

Russia circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 11

Serbia circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 12

Turkey 1920, circa 1914-1926


Printed Matter circa 1914-1926

Scope and Contents

Contains postcards of various locations and persons significant to the First World War, some with commentary by Dorrian. Organized alphabetically by country.

Postcards circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 13

General circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 14

France, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 14

Germany, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 14

Hungary circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 15

Italy, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 15

Poland, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 16-17

Serbia circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 18

Switzerland, circa 1914-1926

box 1, folder 19

Turkey 1920 April 15, circa 1914-1926