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Leland Stowe Papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Stowe

Scope and Content of the Collection

Some original correspondence (most notably with author Negley Farson and Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson), and five original photographs. The collection also includes an outline for an unpublished book, "Between the Crossfires," which is a compilation of letters and clippings related to Stowe's investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after Stowe publicly supported the Spanish Republican's cause during the Spanish Civil War. The remainder of the papers are photocopied documents; the originals are housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society.


  • Creation: 1929-1988



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Leland Stowe Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Leland Stowe Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Leland Stowe

American journalist and author.

Leland Stowe was born Nov. 10, 1899, in Southbury, Connecticut. He began his journalism career in 1921 with the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram, and in 1922, joined the New York Herald Tribune. Four years later, he became a foreign correspondent and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for his coverage of the Paris Reparations Conference. Reporting for the Chicago Daily News, he covered the Russian invasion of Finland in 1940; revealed the collaboration of Norwegian Vidkun Quisling in helping the Nazis seize Oslo in 1940; reported from the Russian Front in 1942; and uncovered the scheme of Chinese leader Chiang Kai-Shek to use U.S. military supplies against Chinese Communists rather than the Japanese in 1941. Stowe published eight books based on his work as a foreign correspondent. After World War II, Stowe worked for various magazines and for Radio Free Europe's News and Information Service. In 1955, he began teaching at the University of Michigan, and taught there until 1970. Stowe died Jan. 16, 1994.


0.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


Mostly photocopies of writings and some correspondence of newspaper foreign correspondent and author Leland Stowe. Stowe witnessed and wrote about many historic events and subject such as the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, the Russo-Finnish War, experiencing the Russian front during World War II, and the corruption in the regime of Chiang Kai-Shek.


Collection arranged alphabetically by type.

Collection Stack Location

1 33 7

Other Finding Aids

The main repository of the Leland Stowe Papers is the Wisconsin Historical Society, collection number U.S. Mss 99AF: The Leland Stowe Papers, 1925-87. 9.2 c.f. (23 archives boxes including 15 vols.), plus 9.5 c.f. of unprocessed additions. Stowe also donated material to the University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, collection number Bentley Historical 85400 Aa2.


Gift, Leland Stowe, 1984, with subsequent donations.

Processed by

Alison Hinderliter, 2006.


This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Inventory of the Leland Stowe Papers, 1929-1988
Alison Hinderliter
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States