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Edmond Taylor Papers, 1935-1992 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Edmond Taylor Papers, 1935-1992Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1935-1992

ID: MS/MS/ms142

Primary Creator: Taylor, Edmond, 1908-1998

Extent: 187.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Edmond Taylor Papers document Taylor's career as a journalist and writer. The collection is divided into correspondence, manuscripts, articles, poems, speeches and interviews, research material, works by others, personal papers, and clippings.

Collection Historical Note

Edmond Taylor was born on February 13, 1908 in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, but abandoned school during his freshman year for journalism, starting as a police reporter for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Traveling to Europe in 1928, Taylor joined the Chicago Tribune’s Paris edition, first as a reporter then as news editor. He joined the Chicago Tribune’s foreign news service in 1930 and became head of the Paris Bureau in 1933. Taylor covered the major events leading up to World War II, including the rise of Nazi Germany, the Spanish Civil War, the Austrian Anschluss, Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia, and the fall of France.

Taylor’s book, The Strategy of Terror, was published in 1940 and played an important role in revealing the nature and methods the psychological warfare waged by Nazi Germany. As a result, he was invited to join the Office of Coordinator of Information (1941-1942) and later the planning board of the Office of Strategic Services (1942-1946). In 1943, he served as a Navy commander in the North African Theater, and then, until 1946 as a member of Lord Louis Mountbatten’s staff in the South East Asia Command. Taylor was awarded the Bronze Star. Taylor returned to the United States in 1946 and wrote about his experiences in India and Thailand in Richer By Asia, published in 1947.

Between 1948 and 1950, Taylor worked in the Mass Communications Department of UNESCO. Taylor then worked as study director for the Council on Foreign Relations on a project on strengthening democratic leadership abroad (1950-1952), a consultant for the Office of Public Affairs for HICOG (1951), and as Assistant Director for Office of Plans and Policy for the Psychological Strategy Broad (1952).

Beginning in 1954, Taylor served as chief European correspondent of The Reporter magazine. Taylor also wrote a weekly newspaper column for a number of American dailies including the Washington Post. In addition, Taylor published two more books, the Fall of the Dynasties (1963) and Awakening From History (1969).

Taylor had two children, William and Caroline, with his first wife, Irene Silverstein Taylor. He also had two children, Michael and Anne, with his second wife, Anne Verena de Salis Taylor. He passed away at the age of 90 on March 30, 1998.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Articles],
[Series 4: Poems],
[Series 5: Speeches and Interviews],
[Series 6: Research Material],
[Series 7: Works By Others],
[Series 8: Personal Papers],
[Series 9: Clippings],

Series 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Manuscripts consists of typescripts, notes and research material, clippings and reviews, etc. of published and unpublished books by Taylor. Arranged alphabetically by title.
Sub-Series 2.1: Material toward Awakening From HistoryAdd to your cart.
Box 32-37Add to your cart.
Folder 1045-1063: TypescriptsAdd to your cart.
3,071 pages
Box 37-43Add to your cart.
Folder 1064-1115: Typescript chaptersAdd to your cart.
Often includes notes and research material.
Box 37Add to your cart.
Folder 1064-1065: Prologue: Crisis and GrowthAdd to your cart.
475 pp
Folder 1066-1067: Dissolving Clouds of GloryAdd to your cart.
82 pp
Folder 1068: Classic InitiationAdd to your cart.
62 pp
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 1069-1070: The City and the City RoomAdd to your cart.
79 pp
Folder 1071-1072: The Village of DissentAdd to your cart.
85 pp
Folder 1073-1076: The Recession From HopeAdd to your cart.
250 pp
Folder 1077-1080: The Rot in the WallsAdd to your cart.
241 pp
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 1081-1082: The Innocence of EvilAdd to your cart.
112 pp
Folder 1083-1086: Reflections on a Lost CrusadeAdd to your cart.
264 pp
Folder 1087-1089: The Powers of Light and the Powers of DarknessAdd to your cart.
180 pp
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1090-1091: The Delusion of NormalcyAdd to your cart.
171 pp
Folder 1092-1094: The Sweet and Bitter YearsAdd to your cart.
297 pp
Folder 1095: The Geopolitics of AppeasementAdd to your cart.
10 pp
Folder 1096: The War in the MindAdd to your cart.
36 pp
Box 41Add to your cart.
Folder 1097-1099: The Shock of GrowthAdd to your cart.
178 pp
Folder 1100: A Certain Loss of Innocence, Indiscretions of a Democratic Well-Poisoner, and The World as ConspiracyAdd to your cart.
69 pp
Folder 1101: A Certain Loss of Innocence, Indiscretions of a Democratic Well-Poisoner, The World as Conspiracy, and Confessions of a Part-Time Contrary OneAdd to your cart.
187 pp
Folder 1102: A Certain Loss of Innocence, Indiscretions of a Democratic Well-Poisoner, The World as Conspiracy, and One World RevisitedAdd to your cart.
89 pp
Box 42Add to your cart.
Folder 1103-1106: One World RevisitedAdd to your cart.
567 pp
Folder 1107-1109: The Parable of the Mischievous GuruAdd to your cart.
212 pp
Folder 1110-1112: Return to the ComancheAdd to your cart.
98 pp
Folder 1113: Paris Indian SummerAdd to your cart.
45 pp
Box 42-43Add to your cart.
Folder 1114-1115: The Renewal of HopeAdd to your cart.
238 pp
Box 43Add to your cart.
Folder 1116-1117: CarbonsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1118: OutlineAdd to your cart.
Box 44-46Add to your cart.
Folder 1119-1130: Notes and research materialAdd to your cart.
990 pp, plus three spiral notebooks.
Box 46Add to your cart.
Folder 1131: Lecture tour expensesAdd to your cart.
Folder 1132-1133: Clippings and reviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1134: Publicity PhotographAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2.2: Material toward The Fall of the DynastiesAdd to your cart.
Box 47-48Add to your cart.
Folder 1135-1139: TypescriptsAdd to your cart.
824 pp
Box 49Add to your cart.
Folder 1140-1141: Typescripts, Chapter 1-10 final draftsAdd to your cart.
401 pp
Folder 1142: Typescripts, Chapter 17-20Add to your cart.
277 pp
Box 50-59Add to your cart.
Folder 1143-1191: Typescript chaptersAdd to your cart.
Often includes notes and research material.
Box 50Add to your cart.
Folder 1143-1144: Sarajevo: The Shots That Still Ring Round the WorldAdd to your cart.
182 pp
Folder 1145-1146: Flashbacks to a Sunset WorldAdd to your cart.
135 pp
Box 51Add to your cart.
Folder 1147-1148: Dynasts and DiplomatsAdd to your cart.
186 pp
Folder 1149: The Year of the Red CockAdd to your cart.
52 pp
Folder 1150: The Fossil MonarchyAdd to your cart.
102 pp
Box 52Add to your cart.
Folder 1151-1153: Sick Man's LegacyAdd to your cart.
336 pp
Folder 1154-1155: The Rehearsal for DoomAdd to your cart.
84 pp
Box 53Add to your cart.
Folder 1156-1157: The Unlucky Brinkmanship of Wilhelm IIAdd to your cart.
215 pp
Folder 1158: The Gravediggers of AutocracyAdd to your cart.
81 pp
Box 54Add to your cart.
Folder 1159-1162: Murder, Muddle, and MachiavelliAdd to your cart.
366 pp
Box 55Add to your cart.
Folder 1163-1165: The Failure of DiplomacyAdd to your cart.
316 pp
Folder 1166-1168: The Failure of ArmsAdd to your cart.
83 pp
Box 56Add to your cart.
Folder 1169-1170: The Suicide of the Russian MonarchyAdd to your cart.
247 pp
Folder 1171-1172: The Lost RevolutionAdd to your cart.
131 pp
Folder 1173-1175: The Age of the Witch DoctorAdd to your cart.
205 pp
Box 57Add to your cart.
Folder 1176-1178: To the Bitter EndAdd to your cart.
242 pp
Folder 1179-1180: Exit the HohenzollernsAdd to your cart.
246 pp
Box 58Add to your cart.
Folder 1181-1184: The Fall of the House of HabsburgAdd to your cart.
331 pp
Box 59Add to your cart.
Folder 1185-1188: The Time of TroublesAdd to your cart.
296 pp
Folder 1189-1191: The Doomed PeaceAdd to your cart.
261 pp
Box 60Add to your cart.
Folder 1192: BibliographyAdd to your cart.
138 pp
Folder 1193: OutlineAdd to your cart.
18 pp
Folder 1194: List of correctionsAdd to your cart.
12 pp
Box 60-61Add to your cart.
Folder 1195-1198: Notes and research materialAdd to your cart.
493 pp
Box 62-63Add to your cart.
Folder 1199-1203: NotecardsAdd to your cart.
271 pp
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 1204: Maps and family treesAdd to your cart.

Map of Bosnia and family trees of the House of Habsburg - Lorraine, the House of Romanov, and the House of Hohenzollern are located in oversize.

6 pp

Folder 1205: ContractAdd to your cart.
Folder 1206: Royalty statementsAdd to your cart.
Box 62-64Add to your cart.
Folder 1207-1209: Clippings and reviewsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2.3: Material toward The History of ColonialismAdd to your cart.
Box 64-66Add to your cart.
Folder 1210-1221: TypescriptAdd to your cart.
1376 pp
Box 67-83Add to your cart.
Folder 1222-1308: Typescript chaptersAdd to your cart.
Often includes notes and research material.
Box 67Add to your cart.
Folder 1222-1224: IntroductionAdd to your cart.
335 pp
Box 67-68Add to your cart.
Folder 1225-1229: Monument to a Myth (Chapter 2)Add to your cart.
303 pp
Box 68Add to your cart.
Folder 1230: The Renewal of Unreason (Chapter 3)Add to your cart.
98 pp
Box 68-69Add to your cart.
Folder 1231-1235: The Age of Conquest (Chapter 4)Add to your cart.
469 pp
Box 69-70Add to your cart.
Folder 1236-1239: The Leviathan Age (Chapter 5)Add to your cart.
305 pp
Box 70Add to your cart.
Folder 1240-1241: Folklore and Mythology of Privilege and Contempt (Chapter 6)Add to your cart.
65 pp
Folder 1242-1246: The Ordeal of Withdrawal (Chapter 7)Add to your cart.
364 pp
Box 71Add to your cart.
Folder 1247-1250: The Myth of the Sahib (Chapter 8)Add to your cart.
309 pp
Box 71-72Add to your cart.
Folder 1251-1255: The Romance of Service (Chapter 9)Add to your cart.
498 pp
Box 72-73Add to your cart.
Folder 1256-1262: In the Name of Progress (Chapter 10)Add to your cart.
588 pp
Box 73-74Add to your cart.
Folder 1263-1268: The Age of Imperialism (Chapter 11)Add to your cart.
499 pp
Box 75Add to your cart.
Folder 1269-1272: The Scramble for Africa (Chapter 12)Add to your cart.
507 pp
Box 76Add to your cart.
Folder 1273: Prophets and Promoters (Chapter 13)Add to your cart.
126 pp
Folder 1274-1275: The Merry Dance of Death, Trade, and ... (Chapter 14)Add to your cart.
39 pp
Box 76-77Add to your cart.
Folder 1276-1280: The Last Stage of Delusion (Chapter 15)Add to your cart.
718 pp
Box 77-78Add to your cart.
Folder 1281-1285: The Imperialist Hero in Art and Nature (Chapter 16)Add to your cart.
544 pp
Box 78Add to your cart.
Folder 1286-1289: Scandal and Reform (Chapter 17)Add to your cart.
160 pp
Box 79-82Add to your cart.
Folder 1290-1302: The Heroes' War (Chapter 18)Add to your cart.
1910 pp
Box 82-83Add to your cart.
Folder 1303-1307: The Twilight of the Demigods (Chapter 19)Add to your cart.
562 pp
Box 83Add to your cart.
Folder 1308: The War that the West Thought We Had Won (Chapter 20)Add to your cart.
18 pp
Box 84Add to your cart.
Folder 1309: Table of ContentsAdd to your cart.
6 pp
Folder 1310: OutlineAdd to your cart.
33 pp
Box 84-86Add to your cart.
Folder 1311-1323: Notes and research materialAdd to your cart.
825 pp and notebook
Box 86Add to your cart.
Folder 1324: ChronologyAdd to your cart.
31 pp
Folder 1325: Bibliographic materialAdd to your cart.
109 pp
Folder 1326: ContractsAdd to your cart.
4 pp
Box 87Add to your cart.
Folder 1327-1329: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1330: CarbonAdd to your cart.
1 p
Sub-Series 2.4: Material toward Leadership in the Free WorldAdd to your cart.
Box 135-136Add to your cart.
Folder 1781-1783: Based on the discussions and special studies of the Council on Foreign Relations.Add to your cart.
Located in Series VIII.4 Personal Papers, Council on Foreign Relations. 384 pages
Sub-Series 2.5: Material toward The Recovery of LoveAdd to your cart.
Box 88Add to your cart.
Folder 1331-1336: TypescriptAdd to your cart.

Includes some notes and an outline.

467 pp

Folder 1337: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
1 p
Sub-Series 2.6: Material toward Richer By AsiaAdd to your cart.
Box 89-91Add to your cart.
Folder 1338-1345: TypescriptsAdd to your cart.
1340 pp, plus notebook
Box 91Add to your cart.
Folder 1346: PrefaceAdd to your cart.

Preface to the revises edition of Richer By Asia. Also includes corrections for the revised edition.

28 pp

Folder 1347: Royalty statementsAdd to your cart.
Box 91-92Add to your cart.
Folder 1348-1350: Clippings and reviewsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2.7: Material toward The Strategy of TerrorAdd to your cart.
Box 93Add to your cart.
Folder 1351-1352: TypescriptAdd to your cart.
399 pp
Box 93-95Add to your cart.
Folder 1353-1360: Notes and research materialAdd to your cart.
637 pp
Box 95Add to your cart.
Folder 1361: Dust jacketAdd to your cart.
1 p
Folder 1362: Royalty statementsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1363: ReviewAdd to your cart.
1 p
Sub-Series 2.8: Miscellaneous ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 96Add to your cart.
Folder 1364: Affidavit, 1951Add to your cart.

Sworn statement at loyalty hearing for Maurice English.


Folder 1365: Assignment in HellAdd to your cart.

Published in Nothing But Danger, edited by Frank Hanighen.

32 pp

Folder 1366: BiographyAdd to your cart.
4 pp
Folder 1367: Sabbatical in the SnowAdd to your cart.
8 pp
Folder 1368: The Town Called SlivovitzAdd to your cart.
27 pp

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Articles],
[Series 4: Poems],
[Series 5: Speeches and Interviews],
[Series 6: Research Material],
[Series 7: Works By Others],
[Series 8: Personal Papers],
[Series 9: Clippings],

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