Collections documenting journalists, editors, and their profession are abundant and span many geographic areas. The papers of foreign correspondents, especially during wartime, include reporting on the Spanish Civil War, Chinese Civil War, both world wars, and conflicts in the Middle East. Radio broadcasts and news commentary also exist, notably in the records of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
NYM WALES PAPERS - US journalist in China
KARL H. VON WIEGAND PAPERS - Hearst newspaper foreign correspondent, 1917–61
LESTER ZIFFREN PAPERS - United Press bureau chief, Madrid, 1933–36
LEWIS H. LAPHAM PAPERS - US journalist; editor, Harper’s Magazine, 1971–81
RANDALL CHASE GOULD PAPERS - US journalist in China
JOHN K. COOLEY PAPERS - US journalist in Middle East
MARK SULLIVAN PAPERS - Editor, Collier’s Weekly, 1912–19; columnist, New York Herald-Tribune, 1923–52
GEORGE E. SOKOLSKY PAPERS - US journalist; editor, Far Eastern Review, 1927–30
MILLY BENNETT PAPERS - US journalist in China, the Soviet Union, and Spain
RALPH DE TOLEDANO PAPERS - US journalist; national reports editor, Newsweek, 1948–60
CLAIRE STERLING PAPERS - US journalist and author on organized crime and terrorism
IRIS CHANG PAPERS - US journalist and author
JOSEPH FREEMAN PAPERS - Editor, New Masses, 1926–37; editor, Partisan Review, 1934–36
JUDE WANNISKI PAPERS - US journalist
RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY BROADCAST RECORDS - US radio broadcasting organization
RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY CORPORATE RECORDS - US radio broadcasting organization
BURNETT BOLLOTEN PAPERS - United Press war correspondent in Spain, 1936–38
SAID HYDER AKBAR SOUND RECORDINGS - US author in Afghanistan, 2002–3
Rarely seen photographs take center stage for the Hoover Library & Archives’ 2018 exhibition We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam. Exploring the interrelationships between art, journalism, and politics, the exhibition features photographs submitted to the Overseas Weekly’s Pacific edition–a military tabloid at once beloved by troops and reviled by the Pentagon for its controversial content.
The Vietnam War occurred in a period of dramatic political, social, and cultural upheaval. The harrowing images that emerged from this era have shaped public opinion, have left indelible imprints on the American psyche, and continue to rivet viewers today. This exhibition adds new material to the canon, presenting intimate images of soldiers and civilians taken by photojournalists who immersed themselves in the daily life of the war-torn nation. The photographs reveal the gritty realism of combat alongside sanguine moments of hope and humanity in fresh and unfamiliar ways, strengthening our understanding of the realities of wartime. These rare photographs—spanning 1966 to 1972—emerge from a vast collection of 20,000 film negatives acquired by the Hoover Archives in 2014. A publication featuring select essays by the Overseas Weekly reporters and photographs from the collection was published by Hoover Press in 2018.
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