Charles Wertenbaker papers, 1947-1953  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Wertenbaker, Charles Christian, 1901-1955
Charles Wertenbaker papers
1947-1953 (bulk)
1931-1953 (inclusive)
1.0 linear feet, (2 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 469
Charles Wertenbaker (1901-1955) was a journalist and author who became chief of the Paris bureau of Time and Life. The collection contains manuscripts of short stories, articles, and one unpublished book, and correspondence.
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).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Charles Wertenbaker (1901-1955) was born in Lexington, Virginia. He was a journalist who worked for Fortune, Life and Time . He later became chief of the Paris bureau of Time and Life.

He wrote many articles and essays and was also wrote books, some of which were semi-autobiographical. He publishing his first book, Boojum, while still a student in Virginia. He "landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and wrote an hour-by-hour account that became a book titled, Invasion."

His wife, Lael Tucker Wertenbaker, wrote a book titled, Death of a Man about her husband's illness with cancer and his decision to die by euthanasia.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains manuscripts of short stories, articles, and one unpublished book, and correspondence.

The donation of May 1968 contains correspondence and articles.

Correspondence is separated into incoming and outgoing sections. Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically and includes letters from editors, 1947-1953. There is one letter from Edward R. Murrow. Outgoing correspondence is arranged chronologically from 1951-1954 and there are a total of five letters.

Articles are arranged by subject/title and include topics such as George Platt Walker, Portugal, and Spain.

The donation of December 1968 contains manuscripts, correspondence and published works.

Manuscripts are separated into categories by type of writing: book-length, short stories and articles, and article outlines.

There is one book-length manuscript for the unpublished title, " The Expatriate," consisting of a typed copy and a carbon (308 pages).

Manuscripts of short stories and articles are arranged alphabetically by title and include original typed copies, some with revisions, and a few drafts.

Article outlines are also arranged alphabetically by title.

Correspondence contains letters sent to and received of Harold Ober Associates, 1947-1953 (about 180 letters).

Published works consists of printed matter and articles.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Wertenbaker papers, Ax 469, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Journalists--United States--Correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication