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Otto David Tolischus papers

Identifier: Ax 368

Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, editorials, lectures, scripts, biographical information, memos, and a photograph.

Correspondence, 1922-1966, is organized alphabetically. People represented include editors, publishers, politicians, and government officials from the United States, Germany, and other international locations. There is one folder concerning the Tolischus family's wherabouts and safety during World War II. Major correspondents are Frank S. Booth, Barry Farris, Frank Mason, Arthur H. Sulzberger.

Manuscripts includes articles, editorials, lectures, and radio scripts for the New York Times and International News Service. Articles deal with the rise of Hitler, Germany, and Japan in World War II, as well as the growth of Communism, 1936-1966.

There are six volumes of news clippings from the New York Times, 1942-1965.

Miscellaneous documents includes notes, memos, reports, biographical information, and a photograph.


  • 1927-1966


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Otto D. Tolischus was born in Lithuania and came to the United States in 1907. He graduated from the Columbia University School of Journalism in 1916. During most of his career he was foreign correspondent or expert on foreign affairs for International News Service and the New York Times. He won the Pulitzer Prize for foreign correspondence in 1939. From 1942 to 1964 he was a member of the New York Times editorial board.


3 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 record storage boxes

Language of Materials



Otto D. Tolischus was a German immigrant and journalist and is known for his Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of Nazi Germany. Collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, editorials, lectures, scripts, biographical information, memos, and a photograph.


Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, News Clippings and Miscellaneous.

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Related Materials

Collections/papers regarding Otto D. Tolischus can also be found at the Einstein Archives Online and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1967.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.

Guide to the Otto David Tolischus Papers
Complete Description
University of Oregon Libraries Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Jenn Newby
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Finding aid written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA