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John MacVane papers, 1935-1977

MacVane, John

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  • Format Mixed Materials
  • Physical Details
    • 5.2 cubic feet (13 archives boxes)
    • 15 reels of microfilm (35 mm)
    • 45 tape recordings
    • 10 disc recordings
    • 0.1 cubic feet of photographs (1 folder), and
    • 12 films
  • OCLC ocn173704968, ocn173692671
  • Finding Aids
    • Register


  • Papers of a radio-television news broadcaster noted for his coverage of World War II and the United Nations. The bulk of the collection consists of scripts written for NBC, ABC, NET, CBC, and the Voice of America; speeches; and writings. The scripts chiefly concern the North African theater during World War II and the development of the United Nations, 1950-1977, and were written for such programs as "ABC Evening News," "Issues and Answers" (ABC), "News Around the World" (ABC), "United or Not?" (ABC), and "Army Hour" (NBC). This work is supplemented by films and recordings.
  • Writings include a manuscript of "Journey Into War: War and Diplomacy in North Africa" (1943), two lengthy unpublished autobiographies, several pamphlets and magazine articles, and an extensive series of articles for the Brazilian paper "O Estado de Sao Paulo."
  • Correspondence is limited and consists of personal letters, fan mail, and exchanges with other NBC and ABC employees. There are also some letters relating to his presidency of the Association of Radio News Analysts and the United Nations Correspondents Association. Among the most prominent correspondents are Dean G. Acheson, Warren P. Austin, Bernard Baruch, Omar N. Bradley, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Charles de Gaulle, Andrei Gromyko, James C. Hagerty, Louis Johnson, John L. Lewis, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., Elmer W. Lower, Georgi M. Malenkov, Merrill Mueller, Bernard Montgomery, Richard M. Nixon, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Eleanor Roosevelt, William Sheehan, and Niles Trammell.
  • The processed portion is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below.


  • The films in this collection are also cataloged individually.
  • The processed papers in this collection are Also available on microfilm.
  • The original disc recordings are now Also available on tape.
  • Placed on deposit by John MacVane, New York, N.Y., 1974-1977.
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