Gervasi, Frank (1908-1990)
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The Frank Gervasi collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, professional materials, legal materials, video materials, audio materials, photographs, notebooks, and scrapbooks.

The collection includes manuscripts of news stories and a transcript of a General Omar Bradley interview. Also present are manuscripts for In the Name of Allah, The Case for Israel, Kruschev in Exile (TV documentary), Lebanon: The Untold Story, The Life and Times of Menachem Begin, A Matter of Identity, The New Face of Zion, Sharon, Struggle for Italy, The Violent Decade, and Thunder Over the Mediterranean.

Collected correspondence (1930-80) includes letters from journalists, editors, agents, executives, government officials, and friends. Notables include Karl H. Von Wiegand, Cornelia Bryce Pinchot, Harry Zinder, William Benton, DeWitt Wallace, James A. Wechsler, Gen. Omar Bradley, Joseph Persico, Nelson Rockefeller, and others.

The collection’s printed materials consist of book reviews, periodicals, pamphlets, monographs, press releases, newspapers, and assorted reports and translations. Much of the printed material pertains to research on the Mid-East between the 1970s and 80s, including publications such as Defense Monitor, Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem Post, Middle East Review, and Near East Report. Of special note are WWII propaganda leaflets (both German and Allied), maps of Europe and Israel, and a bound volume of magazine articles about Gen. Omar Bradley. 

Collected professional materials include date books and engagement books kept between 1943 and 1980.

Legal materials present in the collection consist of passports and other forms of identification, including Gervasi’s war correspondent ID.

The collection includes video of CNN interview regarding Lebanon: The Untold Story.

Also present are numerous audio cassette tapes (both regular and micro), containing interviews with experts on the Mid-East. Notables include Gen. Omar Bradley, Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, and Dov Weissglass. Other tapes document press conferences and interviews in which Gervasi participated.

Photographs in the collection largely pertain to Gervasi’s studies, capturing Jerusalem, Lebanon, Egypt, and Moscow. Of particular note are photos regarding WWII and the 1967 War. Photos from Gervasi’s childhood and Philadelphia high school are also collected.

Collected notebooks consist of 38 holograph reporter’s notebooks, large notepads, and notecards and loose sheets. Three notebooks of photocopies are included, as well.

Scrapbooks in the collection contain materials regarding 1930s Italy and Gervasi’s career as a foreign correspondent (1939-49). Other items include book reviews, biographical materials, and news clippings, particularly of War Has Seven Faces.

Notable Figures
1. Gervasi, Frank, 1908-1990
Associated Subjects
1. Jewish Studies Subject Guide
2. Lecturers – United States
3. Authors, American
4. Journalists -- United States
5. Speechwriters – United States
6. United States – Politics and government – 20th century
7. Videotapes
8. Scrapbooks
9. Audiotapes