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Ralph Lowell Hancock papers, 1941-1973

Overview of the Collection

Hancock, Ralph Lowell
Ralph Lowell Hancock papers
1941-1973 (inclusive)
14.0 linear feet, (9 containers, 1 package)
Collection Number
Ax 708
Ralph Lowell Hancock was an author, a reporter and foreign correspondent who became an expert on Latin America and served as a senior analyst on the Board of Economic Warfare during WWII. The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, project files, research material, photographs, scrapbooks, and publications.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Additional Reference Guides

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

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Ralph Lowell Hancock was born in Plainville, Indiana and attended Springfield Business College (Missouri) and Washington University in St. Louis.

In 1929 Hancock worked as a reporter in Los Angeles and later worked as a foreign correspondent with the New York Times, where he became a recognized expert on Latin America. He covered a variety of events in Latin America, including the political revolution that brought Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Sr. to power in 1937. During the 1940s, Hancock served as Latin America editor for the Encyclopedia Americana. He later co-wrote a series of textbooks for young people, including "Our Southern Neighbors," "Exploring American Neighbors" and "Mexico & Central America." The texts were widely used in schools in California and New York.

During World War II Hancock worked as a senior analyst on the Board of Economic Warfare. He also collaborated with people in the entertainment industry including comedian Joe E. Brown and songwriters Hoagy Carmichael and Henry Tobias. Hancock wrote a book about Douglas Fairbanks in collaboration with Fairbank's niece. Hancock was a ghostwriter of over thirty manuscripts in addition to books published under his own name.

Hancock and his wife Frances had two children and since 1960, they lived in San Diego.

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The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, projects, research material, photographs, scrapbooks, and publications and a 1974 Addenda.

The correspondence series is separated into outgoing (1946 only) and incoming letters, organized by title of author.

The manuscripts series contains drafts, notes, outlines, research material and is separated into book length, television series, and article length manuscripts, as well as books authored and edited by Hancock, and other projects. Each section is organized by title of work.

The research files include information on Latin America and California.

Also included in the collection are scrapbooks, photographs, maps, and a collection of nudist publications.

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Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ralph Lowell Hancock papers, Ax 708, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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