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Hugh Baillie papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 631

Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscripts, including two versions of his autobiographical work, High Tensions, correspondence, memoranda, news stories, publicity, published work and periodicals.

This collection is organized by accession/addendum.

The initial donation of 1969 includes manuscripts, publicity and photographs, stories and articles, notebooks, and correspondence.

Manuscript material for High Tension includes a partial manuscript described as an "early version," unpublished materials concerning an interview with Neville Chamberlain (1939), an interview with Baille concerning the book, and correspondence.

Also included in this donation is a manuscript of Two Battle Fronts (1943).

There is a folder containing stories, dispatches and photographs regarding WWII and after, a notebook from the Sicilian Campaign (1943), and a notebook from the Korean War (1950).

A small section of correspondence (1936-1956) includes letters exchanged with Baille's wife, Earl Johnson (UP General News Manager, the Duke of Windsor, and Roy W. Howard of Scripps-Howard. There is also a section of correspondence and news articles submitted to Lord Beaverbrook regarding the marriage of Edward VIII to Wallace Simpson, a confidential memo, and letters received from Lord Beaverbrook.

The addendum of 1979 includes manuscripts, correspondence, memorandums, periodicals and books.

This addendum includes another manuscript of High Tension described as an "early draft before collaborator Martin Mayer worked with Baille." The manuscript is organized by episodes. Also included is a foreward, notes, pre-writings and revisions.

This addendum contains a much larger amount of correspondence than the previous. Outgoing correspondence (1933-1958) is organized by date and the bulk of the correspondence is from 1952-1958. Enclosures include a memo regarding a manuscript, a memo about Baille's father, and a manuscript correction.

Incoming correspondence is organized alphabetically by last name or title. There are many publishers represented including the Associated Press and notables such as Walter Cronkite.

There is a section of memoranda written by Baille during the time he was president of UP. These were used as resource material for High Tension. They are organized by date, 1936-1953. Many concern WWII.

Also included are five periodicals and a published copy of High Tension.

Accession 85.16x.M contains manuscripts, correspondence, notes and travel diaries, publications, and photographs.

Manuscript material includes drafts, reviews, and comments regarding High

There is also personal correspondence from 1935-1951, that includes letters (one each) from Presidents' Eisenhower and Truman.

There are two envelopes that contain notes taken in diary form regarding a trip around the Pacific Ocean during the 1940s, a trip with the Inter-American Press Association, and notes titled "diary of a war correspondent" (1936).

Miscellaneous material includes publications and photographs.


  • Creation: 1933-1959


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

Hugh Baillie (1890-1966) was a reporter, then general news manager, and finally, president of United Press (1935-1955). He was also an author of at least seven books. His book, High Tensions, is a recollection of his work at United Press.


4 linear feet (4 containers) : 2 record storage boxes and 2 manuscript boxes.

Language of Materials



Hugh Baillie (1890-1966) worked at United Press first as a reporter, then general news manager, and then became president during 1935-1955 , and was also a published author. The collection contains manuscripts, including versions of his autobiographical work, High Tensions, correspondence, memoranda, news stories, publicity, published work and periodicals.


Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1969; 1979; 1985.

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 to no organization and rehousing. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Hugh Baillie Papers
Revise Description
Tanya Parlet and Kira B. Homo.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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