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

Series II: Cuba, 1948-1978

This large series consists of material related to the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath, both in Cuba and the United States. These documents chart Matthews' life after his reports on the Revolution, particularly his celebrated 1957 New York Times article announcing the survival and progress of Fidel Castro and his guerrillas whom the dictatorship claimed had been defeated. This part of the Matthews Papers represents a considerable collection of material from Cuban revolutionaries and the revolutionary government, including statements and publications. The American reaction to the Cuban Revolution is present here in responses to Matthews' writing for the New York Times. This series also contains manuscripts and notes for Matthews' several books on the Cuban revolution.

The correspondence in the series, much of which is related to the Cuban Revolution and Matthews' journalism on this subject, includes letters from Matthews and his wife, Nancie Matthews, regarding developments in Cuba in 1959; letters between Matthews and historian Theodore Draper, some of which were reprinted in Draper's book, Castro's Revolution: Myths and Realities (1962); letters from Ernest and Martha Hemingway; communications from the New York Times; and congratulatory and critical letters from Matthews' readers. Also here are personal items, including travel documents, and a number of photographs of Fidel Castro and Matthews in Cuba in the 1950s and 1960s, some of which were published.

The largest part of the Cuba series holds assorted research materials collected and used by Matthews for his reporting and his manuscripts. These include an atlas published by the Cuban revolutionary government, books, clippings from a variety of periodicals in the United States, Cuba, and Latin America, including clippings regarding Matthews himself. Publications and statements issued between 1955 and 1968 by the United States and Cuban governments and their agencies, the July 26 Movement and other rebel groups, and other individuals and groups. This part of the series provides a wealth of historical documents regarding Cuba, relations between Cuba and the United States, and the response in American society to the Cuban Revolution and Matthews' reporting in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Matthews' various writings on Cuba and the revolution make up the final portion of this series, and include articles written for periodicals, addresses, and manuscripts, notes, and reviews for Matthews' books: The Cuban Story (1961), Fidel Castro (1969), and Revolution in Cuba (1975). Also contained here are materials, written about Matthews by the United States and Cuban press, which indicate the diversity and severity of reactions to Matthews' coverage of the Cuban Revolution. Included are notes from conversations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding an alleged plot to assassinate Matthews.

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Correspondence, 1953-1978

Box 2 Folder 4 Draper, Theodore, 1962-1964

Box 2 Folder 5 General, 1956-1968

Box 2 Folder 6 Hemingway, Ernest and Martha, 1960-1969

Box 2 Folder 7 Knudson, J.W., 1976-1978

Box 2 Folder 8 Matthews, Nancie and Herbert, 1959

Box 2 Folder 9 New York Times, 1953-1961

Personal, 1950s-1960s

Box 2 Folder F.10 Documents and Press Passes, 1950s-1960s

Box 2 Folder F.11 to 12 Photographs, 1950s-1960s, (2 Folders)

Box 45 Photographs, 1950s-1960s

Research Material, 1952-1970

Box 3 Atlas, 1970

Books (See also Box 19 and Box 44)

Box 4 Cuba and Castro Teresa Casuso, 1961

Box 4 Cuba and the United States Russell H. Fitzgibbon, 1935

Box 4 Fidel Castro Luis Conte Agüero, 1959

Box 4 La Generation del Centenario en el Moncada, Marta Rojas, 1964

Box 4 La Revolution Cubana Gregorio Selser, 1960

Box 4 Moncada; Premier Combat de Fidel Castro Robert Merle, 1965

Box 4 Revolucion en la Revolucion? Régis Debray, 1967

Box 4 Révolution dans la Révolution? Régis Debray, 1967

Box 4 Utiles Despues de Muertos Carlos Manuel Pellecer, 1966


Box 5 Folder 1 to 6 1952-1965, (6 Folders)

Box 6 Folder 1 Undated

Box 6 Folder 2 to 3 Regarding Herbert L. Matthews, 1953-1964, (2 Folders)

Printed Material, 1955-1968

Box 6 Folder 4 to 8 1955-1959, (5 Folders)

Box 7 Folder 1 to 7 1959-1962, (7 Folders)

Box 8 Folder 1 to 9 1962-1968, undated, 1962-1968, undated, (9 Folders)

Box 9 Folder 1 1962-1968


Box 9 Folder 2 Castro, Fidel, 1948-1963, undated, 1948-1963, undated

Box Miscellaneous Mss Collections Castro, Fidel-- Interview--rough Notes, 1957 February

Box 9 Folder F.3 to 8 Others, 1957-1962, (6 Folders)


Box 9 Folder 9 Addresses, 1959-1964

Box 9 Folder 10 Assassination Plot--Journal--1964

Box 9 Folder 11 Chubb Fellow, 1960

The Cuban Story

Box 10 Folder 1 to 2 Manuscript, 1961, (2 Folders)

Box 10 Folder 3 to 4 Research, 1950s-1961, (2 Folders)

Box 10 Folder 5 Reviews, 1961-1962

Box 19 Volume--Annotated, 1961

Fidel Castro

Box 10 Folder 6 to 7 Manuscript, 1968-1969 (2 of 6 Folders), 1968-1969

Box 11 Folder 1 to 4 Manuscript, 1968-1969 (4 of 6 Folders), 1968-1969

Box 11 Folder 5 Reviews, 1969

Box 11 Folder 6 Notes, 1952-1972 (1 of 4 Folders), 1952-1972

Box 12 Folder 1 to 3 Notes, 1952-1972 (3 of 4 Folders), 1952-1972

Box 12 Folder 4 to 5 Papers and Articles, 1954-1967, (2 Folders)

Revolution in Cuba

Box 12 Folder 6 Correspondence, 1971-1975

Revolution in Cuba

Box 13 Folder 1 to 6 Manuscript, 1975, (6 Folders)

Box 14 Folder 1 to 6 Manuscript, 1975, (6 Folders)

Box 15 Folder 1 to 3 Manuscript, 1975, (3 Folders)

Box 15 Folder 4 Reviews, 1975