Hugh Baillie papers, 1933-1959  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Baillie, Hugh
Hugh Baillie papers
1933-1959 (inclusive)
4.0 linear feet, (4 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 631
Hugh Baillie (1890-1966) worked at United Press first as a reporter, then general news manager, and then became president during 1935-1955 , and was also a published author. The collection contains manuscripts, including versions of his autobiographical work, High Tensions, correspondence, memoranda, news stories, publicity, published work and periodicals.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
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Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Hugh Baillie (1890-1966) was a reporter, then general news manager, and finally, president of United Press (1935-1955). He was also an author of at least seven books. His book, High Tensions, is a recollection of his work at United Press.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains manuscripts, including two versions of his autobiographical work, High Tensions, correspondence, memoranda, news stories, publicity, published work and periodicals.

This collection is organized by accession/addendum.

The initial donation of 1969 includes manuscripts, publicity and photographs, stories and articles, notebooks, and correspondence.

Manuscript material for High Tension includes a partial manuscript described as an "early version," unpublished materials concerning an interview with Neville Chamberlain (1939), an interview with Baille concerning the book, and correspondence.

Also included in this donation is a manuscript of Two Battle Fronts (1943).

There is a folder containing stories, dispatches and photographs regarding WWII and after, a notebook from the Sicilian Campaign (1943), and a notebook from the Korean War (1950).

A small section of correspondence (1936-1956) includes letters exchanged with Baille's wife, Earl Johnson (UP General News Manager, the Duke of Windsor, and Roy W. Howard of Scripps-Howard. There is also a section of correspondence and news articles submitted to Lord Beaverbrook regarding the marriage of Edward VIII to Wallace Simpson, a confidential memo, and letters received from Lord Beaverbrook.

The addendum of 1979 includes manuscripts, correspondence, memorandums, periodicals and books.

This addendum includes another manuscript of High Tension described as an "early draft before collaborator Martin Mayer worked with Baille." The manuscript is organized by episodes. Also included is a foreward, notes, pre-writings and revisions.

This addendum contains a much larger amount of correspondence than the previous. Outgoing correspondence (1933-1958) is organized by date and the bulk of the correspondence is from 1952-1958. Enclosures include a memo regarding a manuscript, a memo about Baille's father, and a manuscript correction.

Incoming correspondence is organized alphabetically by last name or title. There are many publishers represented including the Associated Press and notables such as Walter Cronkite.

There is a section of memoranda written by Baille during the time he was president of UP. These were used as resource material for High Tension. They are organized by date, 1936-1953. Many concern WWII.

Also included are five periodicals and a published copy of High Tension.

Accession 85.16x.M contains manuscripts, correspondence, notes and travel diaries, publications, and photographs.

There is also personal correspondence from 1935-1951, that includes letters (one each) from Presidents' Eisenhower and Truman.

There are two envelopes that contain notes taken in diary form regarding a trip around the Pacific Ocean during the 1940s, a trip with the Inter-American Press Association, and notes titled "diary of a war correspondent" (1936).

Miscellaneous material includes publications and photographs.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hugh Baillie papers, Ax 631, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Reporters and reporting--United States
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Corporate Names :
  • United Press International--Biography.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Memorandums