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Herbert Lionel Matthews papers, 1909-2002, bulk 1937-1976

Series I: Correspondence, 1938-1973

This series contains correspondence, between Matthews and numerous political, intellectual, and artistic figures of the twentieth-century world, that documents Matthews' journalism and the relationships he forged with many of these individuals through his work. The bulk of the correspondence, which also includes interview transcripts and notes, is related to Matthews' reporting and editorials on Latin America, and particularly Cuba, for the New York Times in the 1950s and 1960s. This includes most notably Matthews' notes from his famous interview with Fidel Castro in the Sierra Maestra in 1957, an interview with Fulgencio Batista, and correspondence with Ernest Hemingway. Other correspondence related to Matthews' coverage of Latin America includes communications with various Latin American presidents, such as Romulo Betancourt of Venezuela, Francois Duvalier of Haiti, and Juscelino Kubitschek of Brazil.

The majority of correspondence in this series is arranged alphabetically by author, but several folders are arranged chronologically by year. These folders contain numerous letters to Matthews regarding Cuba, and his reporting and writings on Cuba and Latin America. Included here are letters from Ruby Hart Phillips, a Times correspondent in Cuba. The last folder in this series contains photocopies of correspondence with notable individuals, including Eleanor Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Anthony Eden, and Nelson Rockefeller.

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Box 1 Folder 1 Acheson, Dean, 1953-1959


Box 1 Folder 2 Baker, Carlos, 1966-1967


Box 1 Folder 3 Batista, Fulgencio, 1957


Box 1 Folder 4 Betancourt, Romulo, 1955-1957


Box 1 Folder 5 Bowers, Claude, 1951-1952


Box 1 Folder 6 Castro, Fidel, 1955-1962


Box 1 Folder 7 Churchill, Winston, 1948-1954


Box 1 Folder 8 Croce, Benedetto, 1943-1946


Box 1 Folder 9 Duvalier, Francois, 1957


Box 1 Folder 10 Eaton, Cyrus, 1969


Box 1 Folder 11 Frankel, Max, 1966


Box 1 Folder 12 Guevara, Ernesto, 1961


Box 1 Folder 13 Hemingway, Ernest, 1938-1964


Box 1 Folder 14 Keller, Fred, 1938-1954


Box 1 Folder 15 Kubitschek, Juscelino, 1965


Box 1 Folder 16 Lippman, Walter, 1959-1961


Box 1 Folder 17 MacLeish, Archibald, 1966


Box 1 Folder 18 Marín, Luis Muñoz, 1957-1964


Box 1 Folder 19 Miró Cardona, José, 1958


Box 1 Folder 20 Peter, Prince of Greece, 1947


Box 1 Folder 21 Quintanilla, Luis, 1938


Box 1 Folder 22 Reston, James, 1960


Box 1 Folder 23 Sulzberger, Arthur Hays, 1937-1939


Box 1 Folder 24 Thomas, Norman M., 1957-1964


Box 1 Folder 25 to 28 1951-1958, (4 Folders)



Box 2 Folder 1 to 2 1959-1973, (2 Folders)


Box 2 Folder 3 Photocopies, 1943-1958