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Leland Stowe Papers

Call Number: MS129

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Stowe's work as a war correspondent during World War II and the Korean War, as well as his later career as a journalism professor. Included are photographic portraits of Stowe, 1939-1945; interviews with Lt. Col. Walter Soderholm and General Pershing; lectures and articles, 1946-1952; University of Michigan journalism lectures and teaching files, 1956-1969; manuscripts and annotated publications, 1933-1980; and one poster-sized image of CBS correspondents (including Murrow), cameramen, and soundmen during the Korean War, 1952.


  • 1933 -- 1980


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproduction and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have not been transferred to Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

Leland Stowe was born on November 10, 1899 in Southbury, Connecticut. After graduating from Wesleyan University, he joined the New York Herald Tribune in 1922. Stowe was still a reporter for the Tribune in 1929 when he covered the Paris Reparations Conference, his coverage of the conference won him the Pulitzer Prize for foreign correspondence.

In 1939 Stowe went to Europe as a correspondent for the Chicago Daily News to report on the outbreak of World War II. He went on to report on combat around the globe, including China and Burma in 1942 and the Eastern front, first for the Chicago Daily News and then for the New York Post and the American Broadcasting Company. From 1952 to 1954, Stowe was director of Radio Free Europe's news service. In 1956, Mr. Stowe became a professor at the University of Michigan, retiring in 1969. He continued to write, working as both roving editor and writer for the Reader's Digest.


1.2 Linear Feet (1 record carton )


This collection is not processed. It is arranged as received from Stowe. See Box 001 for an inventory created by Stowe.

Custodial History

This collection was donated by Leland Stowe to the Edward R. Murrow Center in multiple installments, circa 1979-1984. See correspondence between Stowe and Hewson A. Ryan, Director, Edward R. Murrow Center. This collection was transferred to the Archives with the Edward R. Murrow papers.

Processing status

This collection is minimally processed and may not be available for research.
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Repository Details

Part of the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States