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

Series IV: New York Times, 1935-1960s

This series documents more than three decades of correspondence and editorial writing by Matthews for the New York Times, his employer from 1922 to 1967. The series is arranged chronologically by assignment to a particular nation or region, beginning with the Italian invasion of Abyssinia in 1935 and 1936, then Spain and the Spanish Civil War, Italy, India, Europe and World War II, postwar Europe, Latin America, and ending with Matthews' editorials on Vietnam, China, and Latin America. Generally these folders include notes, ephemera, periodicals and other printed material used for research, and Matthews' original dispatches to the New York Times, not all of which were published.

Material on the Italian invasion of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) includes a collection of official maps issued and used by the Italian military, Matthews' personal bag, and a press armband issued by the Italian government. Material on the Spanish Civil War contains numerous photographs and publications issued by the Abraham Lincoln Brigades, and critics and sympathizers of the Republicans. Materials related to Matthews' subsequent reporting in Italy from 1939 to 1942, and in Italy during and after the Allied invasion in 1943, include Matthews' interviews with philosopher Benedetto Croce and newspapers published by partisans and other anti-fascist forces. In reporting about World War II in Europe, Matthews noted the widespread destruction of art and the Allies' attempts to mitigate the damaging of Europe's cultural legacy; a folder retains his notes and writings on this subject. Notes from the 1960s record the content of conversations between Matthews and John F. Kennedy and officials in his administration, as well as conversations with Johnson administration officials, regarding U.S foreign policy, particularly towards Latin America and Cuba. Finally, this series contains scrapbooks of Times' editorials authored by Matthews between 1949 and 1967; created and donated by the New York Times.

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Italy--Abyssinian War, 1935-1936



Box 17 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1935-1936


Box 17 Folder 2 to 4 Dispatches, 1935-1936, (3 Folders)


Box 17 Folder 5 to 6 Dispatches--Scrapbook, 1935-1936, (2 Folders)


Box 17 Folder 7 Photographs, 1935-1936



Box 18 Maps, 1935-1936



Box 19 Realia, 1935-1936


Spain, 1936-1960s



Box 17 Folder 8 Correspondence, 1937-1963


Dispatches



Box 20 Folder 1 to 10 Volume I, 1936-October, 1937, (10 Folders)


Box 20 Folder 11 Volume II, 1938-1939 (1 of 7 Folders), 1938-1939



Box 21 Folder 1 to 6 Volume II, 1938-1939 (6 of 7 Folders), 1938-1939


Box 21 Folder 7 Ephemera, 1937-1939


Box 21 Folder 8 Herbert L. Matthews--Subject, 1938


Box 21 Folder 9 Notes, 1940s-1960s


Box 21 Folder 10 Printed Material, 1937-1959



Box 22 Folder 1 to 2 Photographs, 1936-1939, (2 Folders)


Box 22 Folder 3 Writings, 1937-1956


Italy, 1939-1965


Box 22 Folder 4 Correspondence, 1944-1946


Dispatches


Box 22 Folder 5 to 9 1939-1944 (5 of 23 Folders), 1939-1944



Box 23 Folder 1 to 6 1939-1944 (6 of 23 Folders), 1939-1944



Box 24 Folder 1 to 8 1939-1944 (8 of 23 Folders), 1939-1944



Box 25 Folder 1 to 4 Dispatches, 1939-1944 (4 of 23 Folders), 1939-1944


Box 25 Folder 5 Ephemera and Documents, 1939-1944


Notes


Box 25 Folder 6 to 7 1939-1965, (2 Folders)


Box 25 Folder f.8 Notebooks, undated


Box 25 Folder 9 Croce, Benedetto, 1943-1944


Box 25 Folder 10 Prince Umberto, 1944


Box 25 Folder 11 to 12 Periodicals, 1943-1946 (2 of 5 Folders), 1943-1946



Box 26 Folder 1 to 3 Periodicals, 1942-1943 (3 of 5 Folders), 1942-1943


Box 26 Folder 4 Photographs, 1930s-1940s


India, 1942-1943


Box 26 Folder 5 to 9 Dispatches, July, 1942-July, 1943 (5 of 6 Folders), 1942-July, 1943



Box 27 Folder 1 Dispatches, July, 1942-July, 1943 (1 of 6 Folders), 1942-July, 1943


Box 27 Folder 2 to 4 Periodicals, 1942-1943, (3 Folders)


Europe--World War II


Box 27 Folder 5 Art--Destruction of, 1943-1945


Box 27 Folder 6 to 7 Dispatches, 1943-1944 (2 of 4 Folders), 1943-1944



Box 28 Folder 1 to 2 Dispatches, 1943-1944 (2 of 4 Folders), 1943-1944


Box 28 Folder 3 Ephemera, 1944


Box 28 Folder 4 Notes, 1944


Box 28 Folder 5 Periodicals, 1943-1944


Europe--Postwar


Box 28 Folder 6 Notes, 1948-1966


Box 28 Folder 7 Periodicals, 1949-1953


Latin America, 1950s-1960s


Box 28 Folder 8 to 11 Notes, 1950s-1960s, (4 Folders)



Box 29 Folder 1 Writings, 1950s-1960s


Box 29 Folder 2 Correspondence, 1951-1952


Box 29 Folder 3 Notes, 1960s


Box 29 Folder 4 Photographs, 1950s-1960s


Box 29 Folder 5 Writings, 1950s-1960s


Scrapbooks



Box 30 Volume 1, 1949-1951



Box 31 Volume 2, 1952-1955



Box 32 Volume 3, 1956-1960



Box 33 Volume 4, 1960-1963



Box 34 Volume 5, 1963-1965



Box 35 Volume 6, 1965-1967



Box 29 Folder 6 Volume 7, undated