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Papers, 1922-1990

Author: Cedric Belfrage
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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The papers span the years 1922-1990 and consist mainly of Belfrage's writings (seven linear feet), and correspondence. The writings include articles, travel notes, translation, short fiction and non-fiction essays, book manuscripts and research files, and related correspondence. Although this is the largest series in the collection, it does not fully reflect Belfrage's career as an author since there is little
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Reviews (document genre)
Typescripts
Manuscripts
Photographic prints
Videocassettes
Audio cassettes
Named Person: Cedric Belfrage; Claude Williams; James Aronson; Jack McManus; Owen Whitfield; Thad Snow; Ethel Rosenberg; Julius Rosenberg; Anna Louise Strong; Wilfred G Burchett; Anne Braden; Carl Braden; Theodore Dreiser; Virginia Durr; Erich Fromm; Rockwell Kent; Pete Seeger; Joan Robinson; K Zilliacus; Scotty MacKenzie; Leo Sheiner; Morton Sobell; Paul Robeson; Eduardo H Galeano; Emil Carlebach; Sally Belfrage; Ann Belfrage; Frank Loesser; Hannah Middleton; Peggy Middleton; W E B Du Bois; Shirley Graham Du Bois
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Cedric Belfrage
OCLC Number: 475901590
Description: 13.5 linear ft.
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The papers span the years 1922-1990 and consist mainly of Belfrage's writings (seven linear feet), and correspondence. The writings include articles, travel notes, translation, short fiction and non-fiction essays, book manuscripts and research files, and related correspondence. Although this is the largest series in the collection, it does not fully reflect Belfrage's career as an author since there is little information on many of his published books. The collection also contains correspondence (mostly incoming), documentation of Belfrage's political activities, and biographical materials. The collection provides substantial information about the early part of Belfrage's life as a Hollywood film critic (1920's-1930's), but very little about his subsequent activity in Germany as a press control officer for the U.S. army (1944-1945), though he maintains correspondence with Emil Carlebach, Buchenwald survivor and Communist. His trip to Southeast Missouri in 1948 is very well documented in the form of writing and research for his unpublished manuscripts on the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939, and its leaders Owen Whitfield and Thad Snow. Belfrage's next major project, the founding of the National Guardian in the fall of 1948, is well documented. The collection also provides documentation of his deportation case and time in jail. The next period in his life, as editor-in-exile for the National Guardian, during which he travelled extensively as a journalist, is less well covered. The main forms of documentation are his articles, travel notes, and correspondence. The collection covers more thoroughly the final period of Belfrage's life, from the time he settled in Mexico in 1973 to his death in 1990.

Belfrage's evolving political views are well documented, especially regarding the rise of fascism and anti-semitism in the 1930's, World War II in the 1940's, McCarthyism in the 1950's, Cuba in the 1960's, and Latin American countries in general in the 1970's and 1980's. His ambivalent relationship to the Communist Party and the Soviet Union is an on-going theme both in his writings and correspondence. The collection provides a detailed record of Belfrage's relations with friends and family, in the form of correspondence, though it is almost all incoming. Important and/or major correspondents include: James Aronson, Claude Williams, Sally Belfrage, Wilfred Burchett, Paul Robeson, W.E.B. DuBois and his wife Shirley Graham, Hannah and Peggy Middleton, Anne and Carl Braden, Theodore Dreiser, Virginia Durr, Erich Fromm, Alger Hiss, Rockwell Kent, Pete Seeger, Joan Robinson, Anna Louise Strong, and K. Zilliacus. Eighty (80) photographs, four reels of recordings of House Un-American Activities Committee hearings (c. 1952-1955), and five cassettes of interviews for the unpublished book on Owen Whitfield (1982) have been removed and are located in Tamiment's non-print collection. A videotape interview (circa 1976) of Belfrage regarding his Hollywood years has been transferred ot the Avery Fisher Center and separately cataloged.

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