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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 6: Research MaterialAdd to your cart.
Divided into three subseries: carbon paper, notebooks, and notes.
Box 120Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6.1: Carbon PaperAdd to your cart.
1 item
Box 120-123Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6.2: NotebooksAdd to your cart.
Includes notes toward articles and books including Awakening From History. 55 pages
Box 124-129Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6.3: NotesAdd to your cart.
Arranged alphabetically by subject matter.
Folder 1686: AlgeriaAdd to your cart.
46 pages
Folder 1687: All men are JewsAdd to your cart.
1 page
Folder 1688: Amerique Actuelle critiquesAdd to your cart.
4 pages
Folder 1689-1690: Common MarketAdd to your cart.
61 pages and 2 notebooks
Folder 1691: Czechoslovakia trip, 1937-1938Add to your cart.
28 pages
Folder 1692: De Gaulle Crisis: May 1958Add to your cart.
47 pages
Folder 1693: Fernand Dehousse, 1957Add to your cart.
Notes on a conversation with Dehousse. 2 pages
Folder 1694: EducationAdd to your cart.
147 pages
Folder 1695: Exposition Coloniale (Paris 1931)Add to your cart.
67 pages
Folder 1696: Robert FashodaAdd to your cart.
40 pages
Folder 1697: French BookAdd to your cart.
13 pages
Folder 1698: French Politics, 1968Add to your cart.
6 pages
Folder 1699: French Politics: 1958-1959Add to your cart.
41 pages
Folder 1700: Charles GombaultAdd to your cart.
Discussing PMF article with Gombault. 8 pages
Folder 1701-1702: Heroes biographiesAdd to your cart.
191 pages
Folder 1703: Hungary, 1956Add to your cart.
31 pages
Folder 1704-1707: Ideas for books and articlesAdd to your cart.
Includes notes and outline for possible book entitled The Human Factor in World Affairs. 192 pages and notebook
Folder 1708: Imperialist ThoughtAdd to your cart.
57 pages
Folder 1709: Index of filed papersAdd to your cart.
6 pages
Folder 1710-1711: IndiaAdd to your cart.
61 pages and 3 notebooks
Folder 1712: JournalAdd to your cart.
7 pages
Folder 1713: Kenneth de Courcy's Intelligence DigestAdd to your cart.
2 pages
Folder 1714: Kurt Georg Kiesinger and Franz Josef Strauss, 1957Add to your cart.
20 pages and 2 notebooks
Folder 1715: Robert MarjolinAdd to your cart.
Includes notes on a conversation with Marjolin. 9 pages
Folder 1716: Joseph McCarthyAdd to your cart.
21 pages
Folder 1717: Miscellaneous notesAdd to your cart.
162 pages
Folder 1718: Morocco trips, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
45 pages and 2 notebooks
Folder 1719: NATOAdd to your cart.
27 pages
Folder 1720: North AfricaAdd to your cart.
26 pages
Folder 1721: North African trip: Tunisia, MoroccoAdd to your cart.
55 pages
Folder 1722: QuebecAdd to your cart.
40 pages
Folder 1723: Report on French-defeat questionnaireAdd to your cart.
7 pages
Folder 1724: The Reporter, 1958Add to your cart.
7 pages
Folder 1725: Suez CrisisAdd to your cart.
2 pages
Folder 1726: Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) / NATOAdd to your cart.
55 pages
Folder 1727: SwitzerlandAdd to your cart.
Folder 1728: TerrorismAdd to your cart.
Possibly for "The New Terrorism" or "Terrorism in Today's World" articles. 46 pages and one notebook
Folder 1729: Tunisia, Libya and the Algerian RebellionAdd to your cart.
2 pages
Folder 1730: Vienna, Anschluss, and Tunis, 1938Add to your cart.
Includes a radio broadcast by Taylor concerning the Anschluss. 79 pages

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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