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Richard S. Mowrer papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-MowrerR

Scope and Content of the Collection

Primarily writings by Mowrer covering the era of Generalissimo Francisco Franco as Regent of Spain, from the 1950s through the mid-1970s. There is also coverage of issues in Gibraltar, Portugal, The Basque region and separatists, and a small amount about Israel. All of Mowrer’s field notebooks are carefully indexed on the front cover with main topics of writing (summarized in the folder titles given here; since almost all notebooks are about the Franco regime, that topic is not specified in this list). Also includes names and addresses of contacts, appointments, quotations, and personal reminders and remarks. Typescript articles are fully indexed by subject of article, and arranged by news organization that published the article. “Syndicate” refers to articles that were written for various newspapers. Articles and Scrapbooks also include correspondence and telegrams (very occasionally). The essay about Mowrer’s escape from Poland in 1939 is part of a larger memoir that remains to be completed. There are three photographs of groups of unidentified men at an unidentified meeting; none of the men appear to be Richard Mowrer. Some reference books are annotated by Mowrer.


  • Creation: 1942-2004
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1951 - 1975



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Richard S. Mowrer papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Richard S. Mowrer 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 Richard Scott Mowrer

Freelance journalist and foreign correspondent for several newspapers, including the Chicago Daily News, New York Post, and Christian Science Monitor.

Richard Scott Mowrer was born in 1911, the son of Chicago Daily News foreign correspondent Paul Scott Mowrer and Winifred Adams Mowrer. Situated in Europe and the Middle East from the late 1930s to the 1970s, Mowrer covered many major events, including the Spanish Civil War, the start of World War II in Poland, Middle East campaigns, the Death of Mussolini, the Franco rule in Spain, and the birth of the state of Israel.


3 Linear Feet (7 boxes)


Articles, essays, and field notebooks, mostly about the Franco era in Spain, by freelance journalist Richard S. Mowrer.


Organized by type of material, with Field Notebooks first, followed by typescript articles, printed articles, miscellaneous items, and reference books.

Collection Stack Location

1 26 4


Gift, Richard S. Mowrer, 1993, 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 Richard S. Mowrer papers, 1942-2004, bulk 1951-1975
Alison Hinderliter
Language of description
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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