The Bruce Biossat collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and other items.
Manuscripts by Biossat in the collection include books, articles, notes, and research files. Present are: drafts for Biossat’s book Medicare and Social Security (Enterprise Publications, 1972); over 800 articles written for the Newspaper Enterprises Association from 1945 to 1974 (most written between 1963 and 1970); other newspaper articles written in 1945; numerous articles on various topics, including Krakatoa, Conrad Hilton, Marty Marion, Henry C. Lytton, Chicago Businessman’s Orchestra, the Architect’s Program for the Ingersoll Utility Unit, and others (some drafts are accompanied by correspondence from Edward Durell Stone, Hugh Stubbins, Jr., L. Morgan Yost, and others); two longer political pieces written on Illinois politics (1944) and the delegate count (1972) for The National Observer; twenty-one editorials which Biossat wrote under a different name; and Biossat’s radio script titled The Packing Case Murder, submitted to CBS (1947). Also present are Biossat’s extensive notes (hundreds of loose pages and over three hundred notebooks), which he steadily accumulated over the years during his coverage of national politics. Of these, a small section is arranged according to subject, while the rest are sorted chronologically from 1950 to 1974.
Correspondence in the collection mainly consists of memoranda between Biossat and his editors at the Newspaper Enterprises Association. Also present are UPI readers’ mail, letters regarding research, and letters from publishers. There are about two hundred items total, dating from 1939 to 1973. Also present are copies of letters from notable individuals to various recipients, including a letter from J. Edgar Hoover (1965), four letters from John F. Kennedy to Eleanor Roosevelt (1958-1959), a letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to John F. Kennedy, a letter from Boyd Lewis to Ray Cromley, and several more.
Other material in the collection includes programs; scorecards; menus; maps; family items; political ephemera; ticket stubs; and several photographs of Biossat, including a photo of Biossat with Pierre Salinger and a signed photo of Biossat with U.S. Senator Clifford Case.
|1. Biossat, Bruce|
|1. Journalism Subject Guide|
|2. Journalists -- United States|
|3. United States – Politics and government – 20th century|
|4. Journalism – United States|
|5. American newspapers -- Sections, columns, etc.|