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Alfred Friendly (AC 1933) Papers, 1911-1983 (Bulk: 1927-1982)
5 records storage boxes, 10 flat boxes, 1 half archives box (8 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime managing editor of the Washington Post. Collection consists of correspondence and writings by Friendly, including columns written for the Washington Post or for other publications, manuscripts, and various other endeavors.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Alfred Friendly Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Alfred Friendly Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical Note

Alfred Friendly, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime managing editor of the Washington Post, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Edward Rosenbaum and Harriet Friendly. Friendly graduated from Amherst College in 1933 with high honors in German. Shortly after graduation, Willard Thorp, one of Friendly's former economics professors, helped him to secure a position at the U. S. Department of Commerce in Washington. Friendly later worked for Thorp in New York City on the reorganization of Associated Gas & Electric. From 1935 to 1936, Friendly and his friend Chalmers M. Roberts traveled around the United States; this experience, which the two men chronicled in an account entitled "The Trek: or, Adventures in Depression America," reportedly had a profound impact on Friendly.

Friendly worked for the Washington Daily News, the precursor to the Washington Post, which he joined as a reporter in 1939. During World War II he served in the Army Air Corps, Military Intelligence Service, earning the rank of Major. After the war he worked for a year in Paris as press chief for W. Averell Harriman. He became managing editor of The Washington Post in 1955 and helped to transform the newspaper into a national publication of great renown during a crucial formative period in its history. Friendly retired as managing editor in 1965 and moved to London to become a roving correspondent for the Post. In this capacity Friendly won a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for coverage of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Friendly retired from journalism in 1971 but continued to write columns on many occasions.

Friendly served as an Amherst College trustee from 1961 to 1967. His diverse personal interests included archaeology, mathematics, naval history and atomic energy. His interest in archaeology prompted him to take a house in Turkey in 1971. Alfred Friendly was the author of several books, including "The Guys on the Ground" (1944); "Crime and Publicity: the Impact of News on the Administration of Justice" (with Ronald L. Goldfarb, 1967); "Israel's Oriental Immigrants and Druzes" (1972); "Beaufort of the Admiralty: the Life of Sir Francis Beaufort, 1774-1857" (1977); and "The Dreadful Day: the Battle of Manzikert, 1071" (1981).

Friendly was married with five children. Suffering from terminal throat and lung cancer near the end of his life, Friendly committed suicide in his Georgetown apartment on November 7, 1983 at the age of 71.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, and writings by Friendly: columns written for the Washington Post (or its precursor, the Washington Daily News), or for other publications; manuscripts; and various other endeavors. The majority of the collection is housed in scrapbooks compiled by Friendly himself.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Alfred Friendly Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Alfred Friendly Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Alfred Friendly (AC 1933) Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Accession #: 2002-139 The collection was the gift of Mrs. Alfred Friendly in August 2002.

Processing Information
Processed:2002 Aug-Sep
By:Jess Mynes, Library Technical Services Associate


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English and German
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: Correspondence
ca. 1970-1983


Arrangement:

Folders are arranged alphabetically by correspondent name, with unidentified correspondence at the end.

Scope and content:

Series 1, Correspondence, ca. 1970-1983, includes letters with intimates as well as more formal letters.

Correspondence - A
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence - B
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence - C
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence - D
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence - E
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 5
Correspondence - F
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 6
Correspondence - G
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 7
Correspondence - H
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence - I
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence - J
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 10
Correspondence - K
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 11
Correspondence - L
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 12
Correspondence - Mc
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 13
Correspondence - M
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 14
Correspondence - N
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 15
Correspondence - O
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 16
Correspondence - P
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 17
Correspondence - Q-R
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 18
Correspondence - Random House
1977-1981

Box 1: folder 19
Correspondence - S
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 20
Correspondence - S
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 21
Correspondence - T
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 22
Correspondence - U
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 23
Correspondence - V
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 24
Correspondence - W
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 25
Correspondence - X-Z
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 26
Correspondence - unidentified
ca. 1970-1983

Box 1: folder 27
Series 2: School Days,
1927-1933


Series 2, School Days, 1927-1933, contains high school and college materials, including yearbooks and school publications of original work.

Autograph album
1925-1926

Box 1: folder 27a
"Eastonia" (high school yearbook)
1927

Box 1: folder 28
"Eastonia" (high school yearbook)
1929

Box 1: folder 29
"Amherst Student"
1930-31

Box 1: folder 30
Amherst essays and plays
1929-1933

Box 1: folder 31
"Lord Jeff"
1929-1933

Box 1: folder 32
"Lord Jeff"
1929-1933

Box 1: folder 33
Amherst memorabilia
1929-1933

Box 1: folder 34
"Olio"
1932

Box 1: folder 35
Series 3: Writings,
1934-1981


Arrangement:

Material is arranged alphabetically by subject or title.

Scope and content:

Series 3, Writings, 1934-1981, comprise the newspaper columns, articles, books and other pieces written by Alfred Friendly, in manuscript or published form. For Friendly's post-1938 writings in the Washington Daily News, see Series 4, Scrapbook Folders.

Africa
1959-1962

Box 1: folder 36
"Beaufort of the Admiralty"
1977

Box 1: folder 37
"Beaufort of the Admiralty"
1977

Box 1: folder 38
"Beaufort of the Admiralty"
1977-1982

Box 2: folder 1
"Briefing"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Children's Stories - miscellaneous
1978-1988

Box 2: folder 3
Children's Stories - "The Billwitz"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
Children's Stories - "Dragomir"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
Children's Stories - "Dragomir"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Children's Stories - "Dragomir" - 2 copies of book
1988

Box 2: folder 7
Children's Stories - "The Great Battle Between the /s and the &s"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
Children's Stories - "The Great Somersault Epidemic"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Children's Stories - "Mr. Grabbem and the Space Business"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
Children's Stories - "Stanislaus"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 11
Children's Stories - "Stanislaus"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 12
Children's Stories - "Strange Affair at De Poopcy Castle"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 13
Children's Stories - "Stroganoff"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 14
Children's Stories - "The Strong Weak Finish"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 15
Children's Stories - "Whitman the Whale"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 16
Children's Stories - "Windswept House" - correspondence
1987

Box 2: folder 17
Children's Stories - manuscripts and correspondence
n.d.

Box 2: folder 18
Children's Stories - "Editor's Ink" - correspondence
1987-1988

Box 2: folder 19
Christmas Verses
1948-1965

Box 2: folder 20
Christmas Verses
1953-1954

Box 2: folder 21
Commonplace Books - research
n.d.

Box 2: folder 21a
Commonplace Books - correspondence
1982

Box 2: folder 21b
Commonplace Books - manuscripts
n.d.

Box 2: folder 21c
1953

Box 2: folder 22
Defense Industry
n.d.

Box 2: folder 23
Defense Industry
n.d.

Box 2: folder 24
Diary of Visit to Europe w/ Eugene Mayer
1947

Box 2: folder 25
"The Dreadful Day" - reviews and correspondence
1977-1982

Box 2: folder 26
"The Economist"
1951-1952

Box 2: folder 27
"Expedition: the Magazine of Archaeology and Anthropology" - articles
1971-1975

Box 2: folder 28
"The Guys on the Ground" & related pieces - reviews and correspondence
1943-1946

Box 2: folder 29
"The Guys on the Ground"
1943-1946

Box 2: folder 30
"Israel's Oriental Immigrants and Druzes"
1972

Box 2: folder 31
Japanese Newspapers
n.d.

Box 2: folder 32
1947

Box 2: folder 33
Memoirs: Associated Gas & Electric
n.d.

Box 2: folder 34
Memoirs: Childhood
n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Memoirs: Foreword
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
Memoirs: Marshall Plan
1948-1982

Box 3: folder 3
Memoirs: New Deal
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Memoirs: Philip Graham
n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Memoirs: Wartime
n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Memoirs: Miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 3: folder 7
Miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
Poems and Limericks
n.d.

Box 3: folder 9
Poems and Limericks
n.d.

Box 3: folder 10
Poems and Limericks
n.d.

Box 3: folder 11
1970 and n.d.

Box 3: folder 12
Side (Turkey)
n.d.

Box 3: folder 13
Speech at American University, Washington College of Law
1973

Box 3: folder 13a
Spoofs
1977-1981 and n.d.

Box 3: folder 14
Stories and poems: "The Billwitz," "The Strange Affair at De Poopcy Castle," "Dragomir," "The Strong Weak-Fish," "Mr. Grabbem and The Space Business," "The Great Somersault Epidemic," "Stanislaus," and "Whitman the Whale"
n.d.

Box 3: folder 14a
"Stylus" (a bulletin on style and usage at the Washington Post)
1977-1980

Box 3: folder 15
"The Trek: or, Adventures in Depression America" - letters to family
n.d.

Box 3: folder 16
"The Trek: or, Adventures in Depression America" - mementos
n.d.

Box 3: folder 17
"The Trek: or, Adventures in Depression America" - mementos
n.d.

Box 3: folder 18
"The Trek: or, Adventures in Depression America" - manuscripts
n.d.

Box 3: folder 19
"The Trek: or, Adventures in Depression America" - manuscripts
n.d.

Box 3: folder 20
"The Trek" - original typescript, pp.1-110
n.d.

Box 3: folder 20a
"The Trek: or, Adventures in Depression America" - original typescript, pp. 111-229
n.d.

Box 3: folder 21
"The Trek: or, Adventures in Depression America" - original typescript, pp.230-308
n.d.

Box 3: folder 22
"The Trek: or, Adventures in Depression America" - photocopy of typescript
n.d.

Box 3: folder 23
"The Trek: or, Adventures in Depression America" - photocopy of typescript
n.d.

Box 3: folder 24
1964-1975

Box 3: folder 25
Turkey
1978

Box 3: folder 26
Turkey
1977-1980 and n.d.

Box 3: folder 27
Turkey
n.d.

Box 3: folder 28
Washington Daily News, 1st Important Job
1936-1937

Box 3: folder 29
Washington Post reprints
1941-1959

Box 4: folder 1
Washington Daily News "9-4:30" column #1
1937 Sep-1938 May

Box 4: folder 2
Washington Daily News "9-4:30" column #2
1938 May-1938 Oct

Box 4: folder 3
Washington Daily News "9-4:30" column #3
1938 Feb-Apr and n.d.

Box 4: folder 4
Washington Daily News "9-4:30" column
1938

Box 4: folder 5
Washington Daily News - Greenbelt (low-rent housing project near Berwyn, Maryland) 1937; and Post article, 1981
1937, 1981

Box 4: folder 6
Washington Daily News - "The Story of Ferdinand
1938

Box 4: folder 7
Washington Daily News column - "The Federal Diary"
1939-1940

Box 4: folder 8
Series 4: Scrapbook Folders,
1939-1983


Arrangement:

This series is arranged chronologically with an occasional subject specification.

Scope and content:

Series 4, Scrapbook Folders, 1939-1983, contains newspaper clippings or articles written by Friendly, or concerning Friendly's writings.

Scrapbook folder
1939-1940

Box 4: folder 9
Scrapbook folder
1941 Dec-1942 Sep

Box 4: folder 10
Scrapbook folder
1945

Box 4: folder 11
Scrapbook folder
1946 Jan-Apr

Box 6: folder 1
Scrapbook folder
1946 May-Dec

Box 4: folder 12
Scrapbook folder
1947 Jan-Jun

Box 4: folder 13
Scrapbook folder
1947 Jul-Dec

Box 4: folder 14
Scrapbook folder
1948 Jan-May

Box 4: folder 15
"Condon" Scrapbook folder
1948

Box 5: folder 1
Scrapbook folder
1949 Sep-1950 Apr

Box 7: folder 1
Scrapbook folder
1950 May-1951 Mar

Box 8: folder 1
Scrapbook folder
1950 Mar-1950 Apr

Box 5: folder 2
Scrapbook folder
1950 May-1951 Mar

Box 9: folder 1
Philip C. Jessup Scrapbook Folder
1951

Box 5: folder 3
Scrapbook folder
1951 May-1967 Jun

Box 5: folder 4
Goat Mountain Scrapbook folder
1953

Box 9: folder 1
Scrapbook folder
1966-1969

Box 10: folder 1
Israel Scrapbook Folder
1967 May-1968 May

Box 11: folder 1
Pulitzer Prize Scrapbook Folder
1967 Jun-1968 Jun

Box 12: folder 1
Scrapbook folder
1970 Jan-1971 Sep

Box 13: folder 1
Clippings
1970-1971

Box 5: folder 5
Scrapbook folder
1971-1982

Box 14: folder 1
Clippings
1972-1983

Box 5: folder 6
Series 5: Subject Files,
n.d.


Series 5, Subject Files, n.d., includes various topical biographical files relating to Friendly's life activities and interests.

FBI-Freedom of Information-Privacy Acts requests
1939-1982

Box 5: folder 7
FBI-Freedom of Information-Privacy Acts requests
1939-1982

Box 5: folder 8
FBI-Freedom of Information-Privacy Acts requests
1939-1982

Box 5: folder 9
FBI-Freedom of Information-Privacy Acts requests
1939-1982

Box 5: folder 10
International Friends of Side [Turkey]

See also: Series 3, Writings: Side

1973

Box 5: folder 11
World War II military papers and orders
1943-1944

Box 5: folder 12
Turkey miscellaneous maps, tour guides, etc.
n.d.

Box 5: folder 13
Turkey snapshot photographs
ca. 1969-1978

Box 15: folder 1
1947

Box 16: folder 1
Biographical and genealogical material

Box 17: folder 1
"Beaufort of the Admiralty" - correspondence, press clippings, etc.
1977

Box 17: folder 2
Newspaper article, "Al Friendly Defects From Post"
1971

Box 17: folder 3
70th Birthday Party (Invitation and photographs)
1981

Box 17: folder 4
Lyrics to Friendly's Libretto "La Sterlina Dollarosa"
ca. 1949

Box 17: folder 5
Condolence letters, A-G
1983

Box 17: folder 6
Condolence letters, H-L
1983

Box 17: folder 7
Condolence letters, M-R
1983

Box 17: folder 8
Condolence letters, S-Z
1983

Box 17: folder 9
Audiocassette of operetta spoof "La Sterlina Dollarosa" with printed copy of lyrics
1949

Box 17
Videocassettes (2) of television programs on the subject of economics from 1952
1952

Box 17
Photograph album of Mr. and Mrs. Friendly's travels in southern Turkey
ca. 1965-1966

Box 17

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Friendly, Alfred.
  • Journalists--United States--Biography--Sources.
  • Washington post.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1933. Friendly.


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