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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Lester Ziffren Papers
    Dates: 1933-1989
    Collection Number: 90009
    Creator: Ziffren, Lester
    Collection Size: 8 manuscript boxes (3.2 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The Lester Ziffren papers contain materials relating to the Spanish Civil War. As Madrid bureau chief for United Press, Ziffren filed dispatches and made nightly radio broadcasts in which he described political, economic, and social conditions in Spain in the period prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and during the first six months of the conflict itself. The Speeches and Writings series of the papers contains compilations of Ziffren's articles and dispatches, as well as transcripts of his radio broadcasts. There are also two sets of diary entries in the series, including his diary from the opening months of the Civil War, and several later articles in which Ziffren recounts his experiences as a war correspondent.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: In English and Spanish

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lester Ziffren Papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1990.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1906 Born, Rock Island, Illinois
    1927 Graduated from the University of Missouri's journalism school
    1933-1936 Bureau chief for United Press in Madrid, Spain
    1937-1940 Worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood
    1941-1945 Public relations officer, U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile
    1961-1971 Public relations director, Kennecott Copper Corporation
    2007 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Lester Ziffren papers contain significant materials relating to the Spanish Civil War. As Madrid bureau chief for United Press, Ziffren filed dispatches and made nightly radio broadcasts in which he described political, economic, and social conditions in Spain in the period prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and during the first six months of the conflict itself. The Speeches and writings contains compilations of Ziffren's articles and dispatches, as well as transcripts of his radio broadcasts. There are also two sets of diary entries in the series, including his diary from the opening months of the Civil War, and several later articles in which Ziffren recounts his experiences as a war correspondent.
    The Biographical file series contains clippings and an interview with Ziffren about his time in Spain. The Writings by others contains articles on the Spanish Civil War written by other correspondents and a diary kept by Tomás Caro, a volunteer in the Republican army. The Printed matter series of the papers is comprised of materials largely relating to the Civil War. It includes numerous clippings from Spanish, English and American newspapers, as well as bulletins and serial issues pertaining to the conflict. Additionally, there are some monographs and other printed matter relating to Spain in the Franco era. The Photographs contains prints depicting scenes of the Civil War, as well as prints that depict cities, towns, and rural life in Spain.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into 6 series: Biographical file; Cables sent to United Press; Speeches and writings; Writings by others on the Spanish Civil War; Printed matter relating to Spain and the Spanish Civil War; Photographs

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939.
    Spain--Politics and government--1931-1939.
    Spain--Social conditions--1886-1939.
    Journalists.