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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

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[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 5: Speeches and InterviewsAdd to your cart.
Arranged alphabetically by title or subject matter.
Box 119Add to your cart.
Folder 1667: The American Club of Paris, 1936: October 29Add to your cart.
7 pages
Folder 1668: Balmoral II, 1945: April 16Add to your cart.
Interview with Lt. Calhoun. 10 pages
Folder 1669: Campagne Europeenne de la Jeunesse, 1959: November 30Add to your cart.
36 pages
Folder 1670: Possibilities Of Active Defense In Psychological Warfare at Theater-Of-War EchelonAdd to your cart.
62 pages
Folder 1671: Problemes et Responsabilites de la Presse Dans Un Monde en Pleine Evolution, Centre Culturel Americain, 1957Add to your cart.
18 pages
Folder 1672: Report to the PeopleAdd to your cart.
Interview with Taylor for WMCA radio concerning neo-Nazis and Communists joining forces in Germany. 5 pages
Folder 1673: What the West Can Learn From the East, 1947: October 14Add to your cart.
Given at the Washington Post Book Luncheon. 8 pages

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[Series 8: Personal Papers],
[Series 9: Clippings],

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