The Flora Lewis collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, research material, notebooks, photographs, and audio and video recordings. The material primarily dates from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Manuscripts in the collection include material for several of Lewis’s books as well as many of her magazine and newspaper articles. Drafts of books in the collection include Red Pawn (Doubleday, 1965); One of Our H-Bombs is Missing (McGraw, 1967); Europe: A Tapestry of Nations (Simon and Schuster, 1987); Foreign News, a textbook, written with Aline Mosley; and Murder By Default. Also in the collection are drafts of several newspaper articles and columns by Lewis, including many dated 1968-1972 and 1980-1985. These are pieces for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Look, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The Chicago Sun Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, and other magazines and newspapers.
Correspondence in the collection primarily consists of professional letters partially interspersed Lewis’s extensive research material. The bulk of the correspondence dates from the 1960s to the 1990s; significant topics include politics and elections, military affairs, European politics, NATO, Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. Notable correspondents include Bella Abzug, Russell Baker, Bill Bradley, Art Buchwald, Felix Frankfurter, Fred Friendly, John Kenneth Galbraith, Katherine Graham, Alger Hiss, Chet Huntley, Jacob Javits, Henry Kissinger, Teddy Kolleck, Alan Jay Lerner, Max Lerner, George McGovern, Edward Muskie, Walter Thayer. The collection also includes personal correspondence dating from 1937 to 1959, as well as letters to Lewis from readers of her articles, columns, and books.
Research material in the collection is extensive, covering much of Lewis’s career as a journalist and writer. The files include notes (handwritten and typed), letters, photographs, printed material, and various other documents collected by Lewis. The subjects mainly cover various political and military matters around the globe. There are several files regarding the Field Family and the Noel Field case, hydrogen bombs, NATO, Palomares, and European affairs. Other items include several notebooks filled with Lewis’s research notes on various topics, and Lewis’s appointment calendars dated 1966-1971.
Notebooks in the collection include Lewis’ reporter’s notebooks, which date from 1972 to 1978.
Photographs in the collection include images of Lewis and her husband, images of the Poznantrail, and various photos related to her research files mentioned above.
Video consists of some VHS video cassette recordings of television appearances by Lewis. Audio consists of some cassette recordings of interviews with Lewis, as well as some broadcasts and news programs.