Guide to the Henry Misselwitz Papers
1927-1946

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Creator: Misselwitz, Henry Francis, 1900-
Title: Henry Misselwitz papers
Dates: 1927-1946 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (1 container)
Collection Number: Ax 357
Summary: Henry Misselwitz (1900 - ?) became a reporter and foreign correspondent, was the author of three books on his experiences in the Far East, and promoted the establishment of a foreign service training center for U.S. diplomats. The collection contains correspondence regarding the proposed Academy of Foreign Service, book manuscripts, radio scripts, newspaper columns and articles, two journals Misselwitz kept while travelling in China, and a general merchandise account book belonging to a Mrs. Carolyn Converse Misselwitz.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

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

Henry Misselwitz (1900 - ?) was born in Leavenworth, Kansas and educated at the University of Missouri Journalism School. His career in journalism began with the Kansas City Star in 1917. Next, he was a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and then taught for one year at the University of Missouri.

In 1924 he went to Japan as a reporter for the Japan Advertiser. In 1927 he began a two-year assignment as foreign correspondent in China for the New York Times. After returning to the United States in 1929, he covered the Hoover Administration in Washington, D.C. for the United Press. After 1938 he worked for MGM as a scenario writer and as a free-lance writer.

Misselwitz published three books on his experiences in the Far East: The Dragon Stirs: An Intimate Sketch-Book of China's Kuomintang Revolution, 1927-29 (1942), Japan Commits Hari-kari (1945), and The Melting Pot Boils Over (1946).

Content Description

Collection contains book manuscripts, radio scripts, newspaper columns and articles, and also two journals Misselwitz kept while travelling in China. Also contains a general merchandise account book of Mrs. Carolyn Converse Misselwitz.

Series I: Manuscripts contains manuscript material for Misselwitz's three published books based on his experiences in the Far East: The Dragon Stirs: An Intimate Sketch-Book of China's Kuomintang Revolution, 1927-29 (1942), Japan Commits Hari-kari (1945), and The Melting Pot Boils Over (1946). Other manuscript material includes radio scripts for a political commentary program (1941) and articles for a newspaper column, "From Where I Sit," (1942)

Series II: Journals contain two journals Misselwitz kept while in China as a correspondent for the New York Times (1927).

Series III: Correspondence deals primarily with Misselwitz's attempt to influence Congress to establish a national training center for U.S. diplomats, called the Academy of Foreign Service. The letters are separated into outgoing and incoming sections. The incoming letters are organized alphabetically by senders last name.

Series IV: Miscellaneous contains clippings about the Academy of Foreign Service, stories from the NY Times, and published copies of Misselwitz's books.

Also included in the collection is a general merchandise account book (1765-1829) belonging to a Mrs. Carolyn Converse Misselwitz showing sales of rum, flour, salt, etc.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Henry Misselwitz papers, Ax 357, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I: Manuscripts; Series II: Journals; Series III: Correspondence; Series IV: 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.

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.

Additional Reference Guides :  

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


Subjects

  • Subject Terms :
  • Diplomatic and consular service, American
  • Foreign correspondents--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Journals (accounts)
    • Manuscripts for publication

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