Guide to the Bruce Bliven Papers, 1906-1985

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Guide to the Bruce Bliven Papers, 1906-1985

Collection number: m0294

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1983
© 1999 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bruce Bliven Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1906-1985
Collection number: Special Collections m0294
Creator: Bliven, Bruce, 1889-1977.
Extent: 8 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Rose Bliven and Bruce Bliven, Jr., 1977; and others, 1977-1983.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Bruce Bliven Papers, m0294, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical Note

Born July 27, 1889 in Emmetsburg, Iowa, Bruce Ormsby Bliven was the son of Charles and Lilla Ormsby Bliven. Having won prizes for his writing ability as early as age fourteen, Bruce went on to work his way through Stanford University as a cub reporter for the S.F. Bulletin. He received a B.A. in English in 1911.
Freelance magazine writing and advertising copywriting occupied the years immediately following graduation until he accepted a position as head of the University of Southern California School of Journalism from 1914 to 1916. After two years on the staff of Printer's Ink and four as an editorial writer and managing editor for the New York Globe, Bliven joined the New Republic in 1923.
Bliven, a determined critic of the Harding, Coolidge and Hoover Administrations, helped expose the Teapot Dome ore scandals of the twenties. Upon Herbert Croly's demise, Bliven succeeded as editor of New Republic. His principal colleagues on the magazine included George Soule, economist; Robert Morss Lovett, professor and reformer; Malcolm Cowley, literary critic; and Stark Young, drama critic.
Bliven moved the magazine's editorial policy noticeably to the left in the thirties, but by 1933 it supported Franklin Roosevelt's policies, both foreign and domestic. Bliven's insights into the 1930's and 1940's are reflected in his work, The World Changers. During these years (1927-1947), Bliven also served as New York correspondent for The Manchester Guardian.
In 1953, after suffering a heart attack, Bliven returned to Stanford University where he served as a lecturer in communications and journalism.
Continuing his freelance literary career, Bliven completed several works, including Five Million Words Later, his autobiography, and A Mirror for Greatness a biography of six famous Americans.
Bliven died May 6, 1977, and was survived by his wife of 64 years, Rose Frances Emery and a son, Bruce Bliven, Jr.

Scope and Content

This collection represents those files which were kept at Mr. Bliven's last place of residence, Kingscote Gardens (on the Stanford campus). The majority of the files date from the 1950s to the present, and are divided into alphabetically-arranged correspondence files and a number of subject-oriented files which include drafts of various literary manuscripts. The most notable exception to the collection is, of course, the files relating to Bliven's New Republic years, which remain with the publisher.

Note

See list of correspondents at end of guide

Additional Note

Box 15 green scrapbook of clippings

Additional Information

List of Correspondents

  • Alsop, Stewart
  • Anderson, Dewey (deceased)
  • Annunziata, Frank (Dr.)
  • Armstrong, Hamilton Fish
  • Asimov, Isaac
  • Bailey, Thomas
  • Baillie, Hugh
  • Bakeless, John
  • Baker, Carlos
  • Barnes, Harry Elmer
  • Basso, Hamilton
  • Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn, Inc.
  • Bean, Donald
  • Bear, James A. (Jr.)
  • Behrman, S. N.
  • Bennion, Sherilyn C.
  • Berlin, Ira R. (Mrs.)
  • Bernays, Edward
  • Billman, Carl
  • Bissell, Richard
  • Black, Susan M.
  • Blake, Peter
  • Blakeslee, Howard W. (Mrs.)
  • Blamchard, Paul
  • Blessing, George
  • Boorstin, Daniel J.
  • Bowen, Catherine Drinker
  • Bowles, Chester
  • Boydston, Jo Ann
  • Boyers, Jim
  • Braden, Thomas W.
  • Bradlee, Benjamin C.
  • Braley, Berton
  • Brasso, Hamilton (Mrs.)
  • Brinton, Jim
  • Bronowski, Jacob (Dr.
  • Brooks, Dell
  • Brooks, Van Wyck (Mrs.)
  • Brown, Francis
  • Brown, Harrison
  • Bruce, John
  • Burke, Kenneth
  • Burns, Angelina (Miss)
  • Burns, Jim
  • Busch, Noel F.
  • Bush, Chilton
  • Bush, Robert
  • Calledge, Turner
  • Calmer, Ned
  • Canfield, Cass
  • Caples, John
  • Capra, Frank
  • Carter, Don, Managing Editor
  • Cater, Douglas
  • Cerf, Bennett
  • Chamberlain, Dorothy
  • Chandler, Otis, Publisher
  • Chapman, William
  • Chase, Stuart
  • Chenery, William L.
  • Ciardi, John
  • Cogswell, Elinor V.
  • Collingwood, Charles
  • Cooke, Alistair
  • Coppel, Alfred
  • Cousins, Norman
  • Cowley, Malcolm
  • Cranston, Alan (Senator)
  • Crawford, Nelson Antrim
  • Crouse, Russell (Mrs.)
  • Cushway, Phil
  • Daley, Kay
  • Daniels, Jonathan
  • Danziger C. R.
  • Davidson, Ralph
  • Davis, Nuel (Dr.)
  • Day, James President
  • de Roos, Robert
  • De Witt, Wallave
  • deFord, Miriam Alan
  • Deirup, Anne (Mrs.)
  • Dervel, Helmut L. (DR.)
  • Dickson, Candy
  • Dietz, Howard
  • Diggins, John P.
  • Dizikes, John
  • Dodds, John W.
  • Dodge, John V.
  • Douglas, Paul (Senator)
  • Dr. and Mrs. R.W. Gerard
  • Drury, Allen
  • Duffus, Robert L. (Mrs.)
  • Edel, Leon
  • Eichelberger, Clark M., Executive Director
  • Elmhirst, Leonard
  • Ernst, Morris L.
  • Fadiman, Clifton
  • Falconer, Edith
  • Fanning, Odom
  • Fehrenbacher, Don (Prof.)
  • Feinman, Ronald
  • Felsteiner, Prof.
  • Ferguson, Charles W.
  • Fessler, Floyd
  • Finch, Nathan
  • Fingerson, Ronald L.
  • Finley, Murray H.
  • Fischer, John
  • Fontaine, Clarice (Miss)
  • Forcey, Charles B.
  • Ford, Corey
  • Frankfurter, Felix (Justice)
  • Frey, Richard C.
  • Friedrich, Otto
  • Fuller, Helen
  • Fuoss, Robert (Editor)
  • Galbraith, John Kenneth,
  • Gallaghar, J.A.
  • Gard, Wayne
  • Garnnett, Lewis
  • Gentry, Richard H.
  • Gerard, Ralph
  • Gilliam, Harold
  • Gilmore, Kenneth O.
  • Gingrich, Arnold
  • Glover, Frederic O.
  • Goldman, Eric
  • Gordon, Ruth
  • Gould, Karolyn R.
  • Gould, Mr. & Mrs.
  • Graham, Katherine
  • Gray, Henry David (proof.)
  • Green, Adolph
  • Greenbaum, Wolff & Ernst
  • Greene, Felix
  • Greene, Laurence D. (Mrs.)
  • Guening, Ernest
  • Guerard, Albert
  • Gumbach, Doris
  • Gunther, John
  • Hale, William Harlan
  • Hall, Alvin M.
  • Hall, William James
  • Hansen, Vern
  • Hanswirth, Frieda
  • Harriman, W. Averell
  • Harrison, Gilbert A.
  • Hartman, Joyce
  • Heckscher, August (Director)
  • Herrnstein, R. J.
  • Highet, Gilbert (Mrs.)
  • Hill, Robert(Dr.
  • Hills, Frederic W.
  • Hogan, William
  • Hollahan, Jack
  • Holmes, Charles
  • Hopkins, Jean
  • Hoppe, Arthur
  • Horn, Stephen
  • Houghteling, Joseph
  • Houghton, Mifflin Co. Publishers
  • Howe, Quincy
  • Huntley, Chet (deceased)
  • Irvine, William (Mrs.)
  • Janeway, Eliot
  • Jensen, Olive (Mr.)
  • Johnson, William W. (Professor)
  • Josephson, Matthew
  • Kalpan, Oscar (Dr.)
  • Kapp, Joellyn
  • Kaunitz, Julius (M.D.)
  • Kelley, Ryland
  • Kelly, John
  • Kennan, George
  • Kenny, James (Dr.)
  • Kilpatrick, James Jackson
  • Kone, Eugene H.
  • Krech, David (Professor)
  • Krononenberger
  • Kuehel, Thomas (Sen.)
  • Lafore, Lawrence
  • Lane, Rose Wilder
  • Lawrence, David (Editor)
  • Lazar, Lucille (Miss)
  • Lee, Russell Van Arsdale (Dr.)
  • Leighton, George
  • Leonard, John (Editor)
  • Levine, Isaac Don
  • Levy, Janet
  • Liebes, B. H. (Mr.)
  • Lillienthal, David E.
  • Littell, Anita D.
  • Littell, Robert (Mrs)
  • Little, Bill
  • Loeb, James I.
  • Luce, Henry R.
  • Lundberg, Louis
  • Lyman, Richard W.
  • Lynes, Russell
  • MacKenzie, Norman (Prof.)
  • MacLeish, Archibald
  • Maness, David
  • Mangione, Jerre
  • Marshall, Helen (Miss)
  • Matthews, Tom
  • Mayer, Arthur
  • Mayes, Herbert R.
  • Mazour, Anatole (Dr.)
  • Mc Carty, Dwight G. (deceased)
  • Mc Carty, Gaylord
  • McCabe, Britton C.
  • McGrory, Mary
  • McLaughlin, John J.
  • Mee, Charles L. Jr. (Editor)
  • Michaels, R. A. (Mrs.)
  • Miller, James G. (President)
  • Minucci, Corrado
  • Moise, Nina (Miss)
  • Morris, Willie
  • Mullaney, J.B. (Mr.)
  • Muller, Julian P.
  • Mumford, Lewis
  • Nelson, Frederick
  • Nelson, Frederick
  • Nelson, Lyle M.
  • Neuberger, Maurice (Hon.)
  • Neuberger, Richard L.
  • Nevins, Ellan
  • Newman, Edwin
  • Neylan, John Francis
  • Niebuhr, Reinhold (Mrs.)
  • Norman, Charles
  • Ochsner, Alton, M.D.
  • Oden, Melita H. (Mrs.)
  • O'Keefe, Dan
  • Older, Mrs. (Fremont)
  • Olding, Dorothy (Miss)
  • Olson, Reuel L.
  • Opler, Morris E.
  • Oravetz, Nancy (Mrs.)
  • Ormerod, Berkeley (Sir)
  • Packard, Hyland
  • Paluka, Frank
  • Paulsen, Viola (Mrs.)
  • Payne, Alarnin
  • Peretz, Martin
  • Peterson, Theodore
  • Peterson, William J.
  • Pilate, Oliver
  • Pilkington, John
  • Raditsa, Bogdan (Prof.)
  • Rank, Jane (Miss)
  • Reynolds, Paul
  • Richman, Robert
  • Rischin, Moses
  • Roberts, Steven
  • Rockmore, Irving
  • Rodman, Selden
  • Rollins, David
  • Roosevelt, Nicholas
  • Rose, Milton
  • Ross, Nancy Wilson
  • Rossant, M. J. Director
  • Roth, William
  • Rush, Chilton R.
  • Salisbury, Harrison E.
  • Sanders, Theodore M. (Mrs.)
  • Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr.
  • Schorer, Mark
  • Schwarz, Daniel
  • Scowcroft, Richard
  • Sears, Jesse (Dr.)
  • Sears, Robert R. (Dean)
  • Sevareid, Eric
  • Shapiro, Edward
  • Shapiro, Harvey
  • Shipley, Maynard (Mrs.)
  • Shirer, William
  • Shulman, Marshall (Dr.)
  • Siefert, Mary Harris
  • Simpson, Mary Jane (Miss)
  • smith, Howard K.
  • Smith, Kenneth Owler (Prof.)
  • Smith, Stephanie (Daughter of Judy Smith
  • Stanley, Don
  • Stearnes, Myton
  • Steiner, Ralph
  • Sterling, J.E. Wallace
  • Stern, Carl
  • Stern, Philip
  • Stettner, Edward A.
  • Sullivan, Frank
  • Svilajnac, Yugoslavia
  • Swing, Raymond
  • Taft, Charlie
  • Talese, Gay (Mr.)
  • Talley, Truman
  • Taylor, Rosmary
  • Thalken, Thomas
  • Thomas, Lowell
  • Thompson, Anna Fintana (Mrs.)
  • Trout, Robert
  • Truitt, Lucy Boogs (Mrs.)
  • Tuchman, Barbara W.
  • Turnbaugh, Roy
  • Tyrmand, Leopold
  • Upson, Mike
  • Villard, Oswald G. Jr.
  • Volkerts, Arthur
  • Vuckovic, Jovica
  • Vuncinich, Wayne (Dr.)
  • Walker, Gerald
  • Wallace, De Wit
  • Wallace, Lila Asheson
  • Walsh, Richard J. Jr.
  • Ward, John W. (President)
  • Warner, Eugene (Mrs.)
  • Webber, G. W. (Mrs. Edith)
  • Wells, Evelyn
  • Wendt, Gerald
  • Westberg, Phyllis
  • Weybright, Victor
  • Whaley, Barton
  • White, Katherine
  • White, Lynn, Jr,
  • White, Paul Dudley (Dr.)
  • White, Theodore
  • White, William Allen
  • Whitman, Alden
  • Whitmore, Gene
  • Wicker, Tom
  • Wilson, Carol
  • Winchester, Alice
  • Witonski, Peter
  • Wolfe, Bertram D.
  • Wormer, Grace
  • Wouk, Alan
  • Wouk, Herman
  • Wouk, Ursula

Note

Sept. 6, 1961 Box 15 (red scrapbook of clippings)

Index

Will the World Starve... 1
Conquering the Worst of All Diseases... I
Medical Aid to Peace... 2
Conspiracy Against Death... 5
Why The Fall for Communism... 8
When the Crash Comes... 13
Blackout for White Plague... 16
Can I Choose the Sex of my Child?... 18
Nutrition and Pregnancy... 20
Nutrition and Intelligence... 24
How to save lives in traffic... 28
Flying Saucers: Myth or Menace... 31
Baseball a la Moscow... 35
Your Personality Predicts your Disease... 36

Index

Note

Book no 1
Box 15 green scrapbook of clipings
Do Not Disturb... 3
The Case of the Radioactive Snail... 7
A Few Words from B.B.... 11
Politics and T.V.... 16
Colston Leigh Circular... 23
How Do the Communists Take Over One of France's Greatest Scientists... 25
Space Ship Craze Provides Escape... 26
Your Brain Is Like a Wet Cell Battery... 28
It Just Ain't Practical... 33
150,000 Science Jobs Waiting for Graduates... 34
Why Let Red Lies Go Unchallenged?... 40
Keeping the Value of Money Steady. Is a Big Administration Assignment... 41
Hullabaloo on K-Day... 42
The Facts About I.Q. Tests... 44
Expressways are Wonderful... 46
Games Disclose Secrets of Success... 48
About Those I.Q. Tests... 51
The Willoughbys' Christmas Carol... 53
Wondrous Storage Battery-The Brain... 54
Please, Where's Mr. Bliven's Pants... 55
Retired People Should Be Encouraged to Earn... 56
Will You Have Twins?... 57
Senator Phelan's Legacy... 58
Is There Life on Other Planets... 60
Libels on America Printed Abroad Should be Authoritatively Refuted... 60
California Here They Come... 62
Will We Live on Air?... 65
Why People Behave Like People... 68
The First Forty Years (History of the N.R.)... 70
Brain Waves Explain Family Fights... 77
The California Culture... 78
What We Know About Colds... 84
Food After Forty... 87
A Few Words from the Shelf... 88
ERMA... 92
Old School Type Grammarian... 96
Letthe Old Folks Earn... 97
Your Brain's Unrealized Powers... 97
Why Are Intellectuals Distrusted... 3
Soviet Abuse of Pasternak... 4
First Ocean, First City, First Drink... 5
Censorshipand the U.S.S.R.... 8
Editors are Fallible, too... 9
Little Oxford on West Coast... 10
Knowland Knight and Nixon... 12
San Francisco: New Serpents... 14
You Can Cultivate the Mind's Eye... 20
The Adventure of Being Human. (William James)... 22
City Boy vs Country Boy... 26
The Fairest of the Fairs... 28
California: Pioneer's Paradise... 32
Some People Don't Believe the Papers. (Con Games etc.)... 32
Emerson's Vital Message... 34
Emerson's Vital Message... 36
Revolution of the Joneses... 38
East Coast or West... 40
My, How Well You Look... 42
Why Not Let the Elderly Earn... 43
The Boodling Boss and the Musical Mayor... 44
Nixon goes for Broke 55
Mr. Thoreau of Walden Pond 56
After Obscenity, What? 59
The Most Creative Years of Our Lives, 60-61
How Did Southern California Get That Way, 62-63
Two Newspapers In Search of A City 64-65
California's Culture Boom, 66 67 68 69
Oh, Come Now-Can Culture Be That Esoteric, 70-71

Note

Book no 2

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

A (general)

Box 1, Folder 2

Adams, John

Box 1, Folder 3

Alcott, Bronson

Box 1, Folder 4

Astonomy

Box 1, Folder 5

B (general)

Box 1, Folder 6

Baruch, Bernard M.

Physical Description: (2)
Box 1, Folder 7

Box 1, Folder 8

Bay Region Planning

Box 1, Folder 9

Best of Times...

Box 1, Folder 10

Bliven, Rosie

Box 1, Folder 11

Brain

Box 1, Folder 12

C (general)

Box 1, Folder 13

California For Challenge

Box 1, Folder 14

California, General

Box 1, Folder 15

Christmas Letters

Box 2, Folder 1

Churchill

Box 2, Folder 2

Claremont College

Box 2, Folder 3

Clippings

Physical Description: (4)
Box 3, Folder 1-8

Colloquium on Mass Communication

Physical Description: (8)
Box 3, Folder 9

Cousins, Should They Marry?

Box 3, Folder 10

Corly

Box 3, Folder 11

D (general)

Box 3, Folder 12

Day, John

Box 3, Folder 13

E (general)

Box 4, Folder 1

Elmhûrst

Box 4, Folder 2

Emerson

Box 4, Folder 3

Emmetsburg

Box 4, Folder 4

F (general)

Box 4, Folder 5-6

Fan Mail

Physical Description: (2)
Box 4, Folder 7-8

Fan Mial

Physical Description: (2)
Box 4, Folder 9-10

Five Million Words Later

Physical Description: (2)
Box 5, Folder 1-5

Five Million Words Later

Physical Description: (5)
Box 5, Folder 6

Forcey, Charles

Box 5, Folder 7-9

Franklin, Benjamin

Physical Description: (3)
Box 6, Folder 1

Franklin, Benjamin

Physical Description: (1)
Box 6, Folder 2

G (general)

Box 6, Folder 3

Genetics

Box 6, Folder 4-5

Ghandi

Physical Description: (2)
Box 6, Folder 6

H-I (general)

Box 6, Folder 7

Harding, Warren

Box 6, Folder 8

Hoover, Herbert

Box 6, Folder 9-11

Human Fly

Physical Description: (3)
Box 7, Folder 1

Ice Age

Box 7, Folder 2

Intellectuals

Box 7, Folder 3

Intelligence

Box 7, Folder 4

Iowa, State Historical Society

Box 7, Folder 5

J-K (general)

Box 7, Folder 6-7

James, William

Physical Description: (2)
Box 7, Folder 8

Jefferson

Box 7, Folder 9

L (general)

Box 7, Folder 10

Leisure

Box 7, Folder 11

Libraries, My Love Affair With

Box 8, Folder 1

Little House

Box 8, Folder 2

M (general)

Box 8, Folder 3

Magilligan

Box 8, Folder 4-8

Mirror for Greatness

Physical Description: (5)
Box 9, Folder 1-4

Mirror for Greatness

Box 9, Folder 5

Mudge Stern

Box 9, Folder 6

N (general)

Box 9, Folder 7

Nevins, Allan

Box 9, Folder 8

New Republic

Box 9, Folder 9

New York Society Library

Box 9, Folder 10

O-P (general)

Box 10, Folder 1-2

Older, Fremont

Physical Description: (2)
Box 10, Folder 3

Palimpsest

Box 10, Folder 4

Phi Beta Kappa

Box 10, Folder 5

Planning

Box 10, Folder 6

Poems

Box 10, Folder 7

Permission to Reprint

Box 10, Folder 8

Postwar World

Box 10, Folder 9

Postwar Years, Carbon Mss.

Box 10, Folder 10

Postwar Years

Box 10, Folder 11

Preview for Tom

Box 10, Folder 12

Pronunciation

Box 10, Folder 13

Psychopaths

Box 11, Folder 1

Q-R (general)

Box 11, Folder 2

Radar

Box 11, Folder 3

Random House

Box 11, Folder 4

Reader's Digest

Box 11, Folder 5

Referees

Box 11, Folder 6-7

S (general)

Physical Description: (2)
Box 11, Folder 8

S.F. - N.Y. Times

Box 11, Folder 9

Saturday Evening Post

Box 11, Folder 10

Sense of National Purpose

Box 11, Folder 11

Speech for County Supervisors

Box 11, Folder 12

Stalin

Box 11, Folder 13

Stanford Miscellaneous - 1961Stanford

Box 11, Folder 14

Stanford University Alumni Conference, 1977

Box 12, Folder 1

Stanford University Center for Behavioral Sciences

Box 12, Folder 2

Sterling, Jan. 16, 1968

Box 12, Folder 3

Straight

Box 12, Folder 4

T (general)

Box 12, Folder 5

T.V. & Radio for Colloquium

Box 12, Folder 6-10

Terman, Lewis

Physical Description: (5)
Box 12, Folder 11

Thoreau

Box 12, Folder 12

Three Momentous Decades

Physical Description: (1)
Box 13, Folder 1-3

Three Momentous Decades

Physical Description: (3)
Box 13, Folder 4

Toynbee

Box 13, Folder 5

Sojourner Truth

Box 13, Folder 6

Twentieth Century Fund

Box 13, Folder 7

U-V (general)

Box 13, Folder 8

Universe, Unity of

Box 13, Folder 9

W-X (general)

Box 13, Folder 10-11

Will Power

Box 14, Folder 1

Wilson, Edmund

Box 14, Folder 2

World Changers

Box 14, Folder 3

Y-Z (general)

Box 14, Folder 4

Publications & Photos - Miscellany

Box 14, Folder 5

Unidentified

Box 14, Folder 6

Mort Lewis addition, 11/17/77

Box 14, Folder 7

Lewis Spitz addition, 9/28/77

Box 14, Folder 8

Gwen Sommers addition, 2/17/78

Box 14, Folder 9

Frederic Glover addition

Box 15, Folder 1

Two albums (one black and one brown) of letters from Bruce Bliven Sr. to members of his family. Includes typed notations by Bruce Bliven Jr.

Box 15, Folder 2

Two scrapbooks of clippings indexed by Bliven himself