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

  • Collection Summary

    Title: John K. Cooley papers
    Dates: 1952-2008
    Collection Number: 63001
    Creator: Cooley, John K., 1927-2008
    Collection Size: 15 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (6.3 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Papers contain memoirs, other writings, notes, correspondence, memoranda, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the Middle East in international affairs; international terrorism, especially in relation to Libya; the Algerian war for independence; the Organisation Armée secrète; and international counterfeiting. Papers document in part the career of Cooley, an American journalist; Christian Science Monitor Middle East correspondent, 1965-1978; and ABC News Middle East correspondent, 1981-1999.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English French

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copiesof 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], John K. Cooley papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1963.


    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 Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

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    Biographical/Historical Note

    1927, November 25 Born, New York City
    Graduated, Dartmouth College
    1946-1947, 1951-1953 Military and U.S. government service, Vienna
    1954 Editorial writer, New York Herald Tribune
    1957-1964 Free lance journalist in North Africa
    1965 Published Baal, Christ and Muhammed: Religion and Revolution in Africa(New York: Holt Rinehart and Winston)
    1965-1978 Middle East staff correspondent, Christian Science Monitor
    1966 Published East Wind Over Africa(New York: Walker and Co.)
    1973 Published, Green March, Black September: The Story of Palestinian Arabs(London: Frank Cass)
    1978-1981 Pentagon correspondent, Christian Science Monitor
    1981-1998 Staff correspondent, London and the Middle East, ABC News
    1981 Published, Libyan Sandstorm: The Story of Qaddafi's Revolution (New York: New Republic Books)
    1992 Published, Payback: America's Long War in the Middle East (Brassey's)
    1995 Received George Polk Memorial Career Award for Distinguished Reporting, Long Island University
    1999 Published, Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America, and International Terrorism(London: Pluto Press, updated editions in 2001, 2002)
    2002 Published, An Alliance Against Babylon: America, Israel and Iraq
    2008 Published, Currency Wars
    2008, August 6 Died, Athens, Greece

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The John K. Cooley papers at the Hoover Institution Archives began as a collection of miscellaneous documents created and acquired by Cooley while reporting as a journalist from Algeria during that country's war for independence in the early 1960s. This material was donated by Cooley to the Hoover Institution Archives in 1963, and includes propaganda leaflets, interview transcripts, transcripts of Cooley's news dispatches and radio broadcasts, and other printed matter, especially material relating to the French military revolt led by the Organisation Armée Secrète in Algiers in 1961.
    The remaining papers in this collection were donated by Cooley's family shortly after his death in 2008, and chiefly document his activities as a journalist and author from the 1970s onward, while he worked for the Christian Science Monitoras well as ABC News, based alternately in Lebanon, Cyprus, and Greece. Although Cooley had maintained an extensive personal archive throughout his career as a journalist in North Africa and the Middle East, much of it was lost in 1975, when he was forced to flee his home in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War.
    The papers in his extant collection are divided in series by writings and speeches, research projects for ABC News, photographs, personal papers, and collected miscellany. The writings contain material related to some of his earlier books, but the bulk consists of typescript drafts and background materials for his last two books, An Alliance against Babylon (2005) and Currency Wars(2008). In addition, reprints of published articles and newspaper stories, as well as drafts of stories, texts of speeches and conference papers, and proposed projects are also included. Many of the speeches and unpublished conference papers contain autobiographical material about Cooley and his career as a journalist, and chapter drafts of his unfinished memoirs are also included in this series. A separate series is provided for research material related to stories he was assigned with ABC News. Of note in this series is the research he conducted while working on an Emmy Award-winning ABC News Primetime television special on the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. In addition to his work on the ABC project, Cooley also planned to write a book about the bombing, and material on that can be found in the series on proposed projects. Rounding out the collection are assorted photographs Cooley took or collected while on assignment in Algeria, Yemen, Western Sahara, Morocco, and Lebanon; as well as reporters' notebooks containing notes from interviews and for stories he planned to write.


    The collection is organized into 8 series, by format of material and then chronologically within the series and subseries.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Middle East--Foreign relations.
    Middle East--Politics and government.
    Counterfeits and counterfeiting.
    Organisation Armée secrète.
    Algeria--History--Revolution, 1954-1962.
    Journalism--United States.