Brelis, Dean (1924-2006)
Scope:
The Dean Brelis collection consists of manuscripts, notebooks, printed material, correspondence, photographs, financial material, and other items.

Manuscripts by Brelis in the collection include numerous newscast scripts and notes, dating from the 1960s to the 1990s, pertaining to various subjects.  Topics include: Boston-area issues (peace protests, riots, airplane hijackings, teenage heroin users, the Mary J. Kopechne-Ted Kennedy controversy); the Black Panther trials in Chicago; the invasion of Cambodia; Greece; the Middle East; the Iran hostage crisis; the 1980 U.S. Presidential campaigns; Rwanda; .  Book-length manuscripts in the collection include A Different Life: A Memoir of Robert Kennedy and Harvard College (memoir, unpublished, 1946-1948); The Mission (novel, Random House, 1958); The Face of South Vietnam (non-fiction, Houghton, 1967); Shalom! (stage play); Dolly (novel, unpublished); Unbound: Africa Ten Years After Independence (non-fiction, unpublished); The Foreign Hand (novel, unpublished); The Last Landscape (novel, unpublished); The Puzzle, also called The Forbidden Empire (novel, unpublished); There Was a Time (novel, unpublished); To Burn a Phoenix (unpublished); Vietnam Redux (unpublished); OSS (unpublished); The Last Hill (unpublished); and various outlines and fragments for unfinished works.  Other writings by Brelis include several screenplays; short stories; and other miscellaneous writings.  Also present are some stories and poems written by Brelis’s grandchildren.

Brelis’s notebooks contain notes he took for his reporting on various stories and subjects.  Topics include: Cambodia; African-Americans; the Ted Kennedy-Kopechne trial; Ted Kennedy’s 1980 campaign for U.S. President; industry in Buffalo, New York; the Middle East; Pakistan; Iraq; and Athens, Greece.

Printed material in the collection includes various clippings, magazine articles, and other items, many of which were probably used for research purposes.  These items include a handbill in Khmer (Cambodian); articles from Life and Time magazines on the Indochina War, from the 1950s; published articles by Brelis from The Washington Star (1976-1979), The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times; and various newspaper clippings (1945-1981) from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Newport Daily News, The Boston Globe, The New York Herald Tribune, The Village Voice, The Baghdad Observer, The New Yorker, and other sources.  Also present are clippings of articles by Brelis’s son, Matthew Brelis, published in The Washington Star (1979-1980); several issues of the newsletters “101 Association” and “Veterans of OSS” (both pertaining to Brelis’s work for the OSS during World War II); maps of Beirut, Iraq, Pakistani air routes; and other items.

Correspondence in the collection consists of personal and professional letters, dating from 1956 to 2004.  There are several letters from Brelis to the Red Cross and to the mothers of missing Israeli soldiers, regarding Israeli prisoners of war, dating from the 1940s.  Also present are letters to Brelis from his grandchildren, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday (2004).  Notable correspondents include Peter Davison, Josiah Bunting, Roger Hilsman, Stanley Karnow, Dan Rather, William Claiborne, and Richard Salant.

Photographs in the collection includes several prints (with some contact sheets) of Brelis, his family, his friends, and various other individuals.  Notable images include Brelis with Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 1982, as well as other photos from Iraq; Brelis at a reunion of veterans of the OSS; Brelis in Greece in the 1970s; Brelis in the Middle East; and Brelis with an official in South Vietnam.

Financial material includes copies of Brelis’s tax returns (1965, 1967, 1968); hotel, laundry and meal bills for his assignment in Cambodia (1970); and various receipts, travel expense reports, and bills (1942-1990).

Other items in the collection include Brelis’s press credentials and press passes; a hand-drawn map on a napkin showing the location of Maxim’s at the Hotel Monorom in Phnom-Penh; fourteen drawings by children; a pin from the Veterans of the OSS; a report of Brelis’s involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; a report Brelis wrote for the OSS on the Japanese Administration in Malaysia (1944); declassified information regarding Sgt. Constantine Brelis; Brelis’s honorary discharge papers from the U.S. military (1945); orders from the U.S. government to travel to Ceylon (1945); a copy of a citation for OSS Service Unit Detachment 101 for outstanding performance of duty in Burma (1945); and other material.
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Notable Figures
1. Brelis, Dean
Associated Subjects
1. Journalism Subject Guide
2. Military History Subject Guide
3. The Vietnam War Subject Guide
4. Espionage Subject Guide
5. Journalism
6. Authors, American
7. American literature--20th century
8. Photographs