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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James (Daniel) Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1953-1969
    Collection number: Mss69
    Creator: Daniel James
    Extent: 54 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James (Daniel) Papers, Mss69, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    James, Daniel (b. 1914)
    Guevara, Ernesto "Che"
    Lopes Mateos, Adolfo
    Castro, Fidel
    Diaz Ordaz, Gustavo


    Communism -Latin America
    Business and politics -Latin America
    Labor -Latin America
    Business and politics -Brazil
    Labor -Brazil
    Communism -Guyana
    Latin America -Economic conditions
    Argentina -Politics and government
    Bolivia -Politics and government
    Guyana -Politics and government
    Central America -Politics and government
    Chile -Politics and government
    Cuba -Politics and government
    Dominican Republic -Politics and government
    Guatemala -Politics and government
    United States -Foreign relations
    Mexico -Politics and government
    Panama -Politics and government
    Peru -Politics and government
    Venezuela -Politics and government


    Free-lance American journalist, Daniel James (b. 1914), covered Latin America during the Cold War years. His writings reflect two themes: 1) that the region had become a primary target for Soviet aggression against interests of the United States; and, 2) that American policies had failed to reflect the importance of the region to the United States. The author of hundreds of columns, articles and at least four books on these topics, including: "Red design for the Americas: Guatemala prelude" (1954), James first went to Latin America in 1953. He described Communist activity in Guatemala and in British Guiana in articles published in that year. James continued to publish articles reflecting his favorite themes in "Harper's," "The Saturday Evening Post," and the "London Observer." Later, he prepared a study of U.S. business activities in Mexico for the United States Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico (1956). From 1955 through 1967 Daniel James was a syndicated columnist for the Hearst Newspapers and SPADEA, publishing his views under the title: "Dateline Latin America." During the 1960s he published: "Cuba: the first Soviet satellite in the Americas" (1961); "Mexico and the Americas" (1963); and, "Che Guevara; A biography" (1969), the last written with the aid of diaries found when their author was killed while trying to start a Communist revolution in Bolivia (1967). Subsequently, James was for four years a tourism director in Mexico City (1974-1978). After 1987 he operated the Mexico-United States Institute in Washington, D.C.

    Scope and Content

    The Daniel James Collection contains James' correspondence, notes and drafts (1953-1969), including most of his "Dateline Latin America" columns and an unpublished work titled "Communism in Mexico." The collection also contains information files on Latin America and individual Latin American nations (1953-1969) made up of clippings, pamphlets and other similar materials, many of them in Spanish. The bulk of these files is devoted to Cuba and to Mexico.