Alsop, Stewart (1914-1974)

The Stewart Alsop collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, research material, printed material, photographs, and memorabilia.

Manuscripts by Alsop include both his book-length and shorter works; they form the bulk of the collection. Material regarding his books includes: manuscripts and galleys of the introduction and postscript to Sub Rosa: The O.S.S. and American Espionage (Reynal and Hitchcock, 1946); sections of The Reporter’s Trade (Reynal, 1958) and Nixon and Rockefeller: A Double Portrait (Doubleday, 1960); and full manuscripts and proofs of The Center: People and Power in Political Washington (Harper, 1968) and Stay of Execution: A Sort of Memoir (Lippincott, 1973). Shorter works by Alsop include: his articles and “Affairs of State” column for the Saturday Evening Post, 1946-1968; columns for Newsweek magazine, 1968-1974; articles for other newspapers and magazines, including Time, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times ; condensations for Reader’s Digest ; various speeches, lectures, reviews, radio and television talks, commentaries, and editorials; as well as unfinished and/or unused drafts.

Also included are manuscripts by other authors, including Dean Acheson, Joan Braden, Thomas Braden, Dr. Duncan Howlett, and Peter Young.

Alsop’s correspondence is extensive, and includes hundreds of significant public figures from the fields of politics and journalism. It also includes figures from the editing and publishing field. Names includes Dean Acheson (numerous letters), Mortimer J. Adler, Spiro Agnew, Steve Allen, Pat Buchanan, William F. Buckley, McGeorge Bundy, Warren E. Burger, Frank Church, Clark Clifford, William E. Colby, Moshe Dayan, William O. Douglas, Roscoe Drummond, Allen W. Dulles, Edward Jay Epstein, Abe Fortas, Felix Frankfurter, Otto Friedrich (numerous letters), Fred Friendly, John Kenneth Galbraith, Barry Goldwater, Katharine Graham, Alexander Haig, W. Averell Harriman, Richard Helms, Richard Holbrooke, J. Edgar Hoover, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon B. Johnson, Edward M. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Walter Lippman, Henry Cabot Lodge, John A. McCone, Robert S. McNamara, Walter Mondale, Bill Moyers, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Edward R. Murrow, Richard M. Nixon, William S. Paley, Lee Radziwill, Abe Ribicoff, George Romney, Walt Rostow, Dean Rusk, William Safire, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., R. Sargent Shriver, Jack Valenti, Cyrus R. Vance, Mike Wallace, William C. Westmoreland, and Walter Winchell. Most of these letters to Alsop have copies of his replies in the collection.

The correspondence also includes approximately 140 letters to and from journalist Peter Young, 1967-1973, as well as Alsop’s correspondence with his brother Joseph Alsop during Joseph’s tour of Europe, the Soviet Union, and the Middle East, 1957-1958, approximately 150 items.

Professional correspondence regarding Alsop’s publications, reprints, lecture tours, contracts, and radio / TV appearances dates from 1945 to 1973 and consists of hundreds of letters.

The first group of notebooks (dating from the 1960s) consists of 63 notebooks with notes in Alsop’s hand on a variety of subjects, including U. S. foreign policy, Vietnam, political campaigns, civil rights, the Ku Klux Clan, and other topics. Particular individuals with notes include Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Nelson Rockefeller, George Romney, Robert Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, and Hubert Humphrey. The notebooks also include notations on traveling expenses, telephone numbers, appointments, etc.

The second group of notebooks (dating mostly 1970-1973) consists of 61 small spiral-bound notebooks with notes in Alsop’s hand. They included mostly short entries and some longer passages intended as preliminary drafts of articles. Four notebooks are labeled “Trip Abroad 1969,” and are each approximately 100 pages.

In addition to these notebooks are Alsop’s loose notes regarding various subjects, including his 1969 tours of Israel and Vietnam, the U. S. military, and various political topics.

Some research material in the collection includes of several subject files, created and arranged by Alsop, the contents of which are primarily printed tearsheets from various newspapers and magazines. The files are mainly concerned with various departments of the executive branch of the U.S. government.

Other research material consists of transcripts and notes of interviews Alsop conducted with various public figures from late 1967 to 1970. Notable interviewees include McGeorge Bundy, George H. W. Bush, Abba Eban, Richard Helms, Richard Holbrooke, Hubert Humphrey, Edward M. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Robert McNamara, Golda Meir, Walter Mondale, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Edmund Muskie, Richard M. Nixon, Walt Rostow, William Safire, and Cyrus Vance.

The printed material in the collection consists in part of printed versions of Alsop’s articles, primarily Saturday Evening Post articles from the 1950s. Also present are numerous reviews of Alsop’s books The Reporter’s Trade, Nixon and Rockefeller, and The Center .

The photographs consist of black and white prints of Alsop, either alone or with others. Notable figures include Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Memorabilia in the collection consists of passports, press cards, credit cards, and similar items. 

Notable Figures
1. Alsop, Stewart
Associated Subjects
1. Journalism Subject Guide
2. The Vietnam War Subject Guide
3. Espionage Subject Guide
4. United States – Politics and government – 20th century
5. Journalism – United States
6. American literature--20th century