Guide to the Otto David Tolischus Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Tolischus, Otto David, 1890-1967
Title: Otto David Tolischus papers
Dates: 1927-1966 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 368
Summary: Otto D. Tolischus was a German immigrant and journalist and is known for his Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of Nazi Germany. Collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, editorials, lectures, scripts, biographical information, memos, and a photograph.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Content Description

Collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, editorials, lectures, scripts, biographical information, memos, and a photograph.

Correspondence, 1922-1966, is organized alphabetically. People represented include editors, publishers, politicians, and government officials from the United States, Germany, and other international locations. There is one folder concerning the Tolischus family's wherabouts and safety during World War II. Major correspondents are Frank S. Booth, Barry Farris, Frank Mason, Arthur H. Sulzberger.

Manuscripts includes articles, editorials, lectures, and radio scripts for the New York Times and International News Service. Articles deal with the rise of Hitler, Germany, and Japan in World War II, as well as the growth of Communism, 1936-1966.

There are six volumes of news clippings from the New York Times, 1942-1965.

Miscellaneous documents includes notes, memos, reports, correspondence, biographical information, and a photograph.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Otto David Tolischus papers, Ax 368, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, News Clippings and Miscellaneous.

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Related Materials :  

Collections/papers regarding Otto D. Tolischus can also be found at the Einstein Archives Online and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1967.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.


  • Personal Names :
  • Tolischus, Otto David, 1890-1967
  • Subject Terms :
  • Editorials
  • Foreign correspondents--United States
  • Journalists--United States
  • Journalists--United States--Biography.
  • World War, 1939-1945
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Lectures
    • Manuscripts
    • Memorandums
    • Photographs
    • Scripts

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