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Summary Information

Creator
Kornitzer, Bela

Title and Dates
Bela Kornitzer Papers, 1903-1974 [Bulk: 1945-1964]

Abstract
Bela Kornitzer was a Hungarian-born journalist who documented the lives of prominent American men during the middle of the twentieth-century. After fleeing both the Nazis and the Communists in Hungary , Kornitzer left his established career as a journalist and came to America in 1947. The Bela Kornitzer Papers document both Kornitzer's struggle to gain recognition as an influential journalist and his interest in the success stories of his fellow Americans. These papers include correspondence, manuscripts, audio and transcribed interviews, newspapers, magazines and photographs that document both the affairs of Kornitzer and his subjects.  

Size
35 linear feet (41 boxes plus oversize material)  

Location
Bela Kornitzer Room
Drew University Archives
Madison , NJ

Language(s) of materials
English, Hungarian, Hebrew, Spanish (?), Japanese, others.

Biography of Bela Kornitzer

Bela (Bay-la) Kornitzer was born in Szerencs , Hungary on November 28, 1910. He was one of nine children, with five brothers and three sisters. According to a biographical form filled out by Kornitzer, he never graduated from high school, although all five of his brothers went on to receive University degrees. At the age of 16, Kornitzer saw a future for himself as an artist, a career not encouraged by his father. In order to pursue his dream, he left home for Budapest , where he began his career as a journalist. His early publications were sketches and brief commentary of prominent men, which appeared in the city's major newspaper. An editor at the paper, more impressed with his writing, advised him to pursue journalism. Kornitzer went on to become the reporter-commentator in the Hungarian parliament for about a decade.

In Hungary , Kornitzer made a career of interviewing prominent men. In 1940 he compiled his many interviews as a two-volume book, Fathers & Sons, which became a standard textbook in Hungarian schools until the Nazis took control of the government and ordered it burned. Kornitzer, along with his book, was on the most-wanted list of the Gestapo. During the Nazi occupation, he sought protection for himself and for one hundred families under Cardinal Angelo Rotta, Papal Nuncio of Hungary. Kornitzer has been credited with saving the lives of these families.

In 1947 Kornitzer became a high official in the post-war Hungarian cabinet as assistant to the Minister of Public Supply. Shortly thereafter, the Communists charged that his writings “strengthened the forces of rebellion”; this charge resulted in Kornitzer being ousted from office. When the Supreme Court cleared him of the Communist charges, the presiding judge stated that although Kornitzer's books opposed Communism and Fascism they “contributed to the preservation of true democracy and liberalism in prewar, semi-feudal Hungary .” The Court ruled that his books be stricken from the list of “Reactionary Publications.” Kornitzer was the first Hungarian official to seek exile in the US after World War II. He said, “I want to say that my coming to this country was sort of foresight on my part because I realized that sooner or later the situation would deteriorate instead of improve.”

“When I came to America in '47 I realized that the best way of learning about a nation is to talk to the people on their home ground when they are in their slippers and you can get the unaffected personality, the way he really is and not the carbon cliché of the press agents. So I did.” Kornitzer did so by focusing on the father/son dynamic and the American home life in order to get a different and new understanding about America 's leaders.

Throughout his self-made career, Kornitzer managed to secure interviews with the most prominent men of his time. Fulfilling the American dream, Kornitzer came to this country with nothing and achieved all he set out to accomplish. Not fluent in English, Kornitzer developed his knowledge of the language by visiting movie theaters. One day, determined to reestablish himself as a journalist, he borrowed money from a friend and paid a visit to Joseph Pulitzer in St. Louis (the Pulitzers were of Hungarian ancestry). Kornitzer explained his situation to Mr. Pulitzer and requested assistance for help with his new book. “I told Mr. Pulitzer I wanted to write a book about American democracy in terms of its people – its fathers and sons. I mentioned some of the people I intended to include in my study – Truman, Barkley, Einstein …” Mr. Pulitzer, sympathetic to Kornitzer's plight and determination, provided him with a letter of recommendation to Summer Welles, which aided in the eventual publication of AmericanFathers & Sons (1952).

Kornitzer next chose to explore the history of the Eisenhower family, especially due to the individual successes of each of the five brothers, which became The Great American Heritage: The Story of the Five Eisenhower Brothers (1955). Kornitzer believed that the framework for the success of American democracy was best represented in the dynamic of the American family, such as the Eisenhowers, because the family unit functioned as a miniature democratic state. Kornitzer's attraction to this dynamic, the pull between authority and family, and his penchant for writing, allowed him to create great journalistic works.

In The Real Nixon, (1960) his only book to focus on one individual, Richard Nixon, the father/son dynamic played a less prominent role. Instead, this book served as a true biography, tracing the events that lead to Richard Nixon's national prominence. Kornitzer spent a significant amount of time researching Nixon's past by paying visits to Nixon's home town of Yorba Linda , California and interviewing Mrs. Hannah Nixon and the locals with personal ties to the young politician. Kornitzer's objective was to demonstrate how American democracy begins at home with the values and ideals that are instilled by the family, and how these values contributed to America 's heritage.

In further pursuit of his vision, Kornitzer went on to write As the Twig is Bent. This unfinished work is a compilation of interviews of various prominent men, with a format similar to his original works on fathers and sons. In part inspired by the success of his televised interview with Robert Frost, Kornitzer pursued national figures such as Cardinal Cushing, Billy Graham and Douglas MacArthur. The Robert Frost television interview did not exclusively focus in on Frost's relationship with his father, but addressed Frost's poetry and his views on America and democracy. The interview was said to have been a success for bringing educational material into the home through the medium of television. Notes within the collection indicate that Kornitzer hoped to develop a televised series based on a similar format, and that As the Twig is Bent was created for this purpose. Unfortunately, this plan never came to fruition. Kornitzer died of sudden illness on November 22, 1964.

Scope and Content Note

The Bela Kornitzer Papers document Kornitzer's interest in the American family, particularly the father/son relationship, during the middle of the twentieth century. Kornitzer focused his reporting on the fathers and the sons of prominent American men. The materials were primarily generated in the United States , but were also products of Brazil, Israel, Hungary , Japan , and other countries. Topics include Democracy, Fathers and Sons, Politics, America, Family, and Religion.

The papers contain correspondence, interviews, manuscripts, notes, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and ephemera that document Kornitzer's research on American families, democracy and fathers and sons.

Arrangement

The Bela Kornitzer Papers are organized into the following series:
Series 1:American Fathers & Sons, 1948-1965
Series 2:The Great American Heritage: The Story of the Five Eisenhower Brothers, 1942-1964
Series 3:The Real Nixon, 1903-1964
Series 4:As the Twig is Bent, 1943-1964
Series 5: Profiles, 1947-1974
Series 6: Biographical Information, 1945-1964
Series 7: Photographs and Posters, undated
Series 8: Audio and Film Recordings, 1954-1964
Series 9: Scrapbooks and Posters

Correspondence in Series 1-4 are arranged chronologically. All transcribed interviews and newspaper articles and photographs are grouped according to subject and arranged alphabetically by last name. The correspondence of Series 5 is arranged alphabetically by last name of the person or the title of organization or company.

Access and Use

Access
The Bela Kornitzer Papers are open for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information
One photocopy may be made of each document for the purpose of research. Permission to publish must be obtained from the Drew University Archivist. Researcher responsible for further copyright restrictions.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
The Bela Kornitzer Papers contains audio cassettes, record albums, and reel-to-reel tapes.

Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition
The Bela Kornitzer Papers were donated to Drew University by his sister, Alicia Kornitzer Karpati.

Processing and Other Information

Processing Information
This collection was processed by Emily Andresini in 2006. Finding aid written by Emily Andresini in 2006. Finding aid updated by Cheryl Oestreicher in 2007.

Descriptive Rules Used
Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

Sources Used
Walking in the Shadow of Tyranny, A Memoir by Alicia Kornitzer Karpati.

Related Materials

Related Archives
Harry S. Truman Library
U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware Street
Independence, MO 64050-1798

Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

MacArthur Memorial Archives
MacArthur Square
Norfolk, VA 23510

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
200 Southeast Fourth Street
Abilene, KS 67410

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125

Preferred Citation
Identification of item; Date (if noted); Bela Kornitzer Papers, Box and Folder Number; University Archives, Drew University Library, Madison, New Jersey.

Subject Headings

Kornitzer, Bela.
Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956.
Barkley, John.
Baruch, Bernard M. Bernard Mannes, 1870-1965.
Baruch, Simon, 1840-1921
Cushing, Richard, 1895-1970.
DeMille, Cecil B. Cecil Blount, 1881-1959
DeMille, William C. William Churchill, 1878-1955
Edison, Charles, 1890-1969.
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Einstein, H. A. Hans Albert, 1904-
Eisenhower, Arthur.
Eisenhower, Dwight D. Dwight David, 1890-1969.
Eisenhower, Earl D. (Earl Dewey), 1898-1968.
Eisenhower, Edgar, 1889-1971.
Eisenhower, Milton Stover, 1899-1985.
Eisenhower, Roy .
Frost, Robert, 1874-1963.
Goldwater, Barry M. Barry Morris, 1909-.1998.
Graham, Billy, 1918-.
Hand, Learned, 1872-1961.
Hearst, William Randolph, 1908-
Hoffman, George Delos.
Hoffman, Paul G. Paul Gray, 1891-1974.
Ickes, Harold L. Harold LeClair, 1874-1952.
Ickes, Jesse B.W.
Johnson, Lyndon B. Lyndon Baines, 1908-1973.
Kennedy, John F. John Fitzgerald, 1917-1963.
MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964.
Mayo, Charles W. Charles William, 1898-1968
McCormack, John W., 1891-
Nixon, H. C. Herman Clarence, 1886-.
Nixon, Richard M. Richard Milhous, 1913-1994.
Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961.
Rayburn, William.
Rockefeller, Nelson A. Nelson Aldrich, 1908-1979.
Roosevelt, Elliott, 1910-.
Roosevelt, Frank, 1938-.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. Franklin Delano, 1882-1945.
Roosevelt, James, 1907-1991.
Roosevelt, John A. John Aspinwall, 1916-1981 .
Sarnoff, David, 1891-1971.
Sarnoff, Edward
Sarnoff, Robert W.
Sarnoff, Tom.
Stevenson, Adlai E. Adlai Ewing, 1900-1965.
Taft, Robert A. Robert Alphonso, 1889-1953.
Taft, William H. William Howard, 1857-1930.
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Truman, John.
Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953.
Vinson, James, 1933-.
Wagner, Robert Ferdinand, 1877-1953.
Warren, Earl, 1891-1974.
Zukor, Adolph, 1873-.
Zukor, Eugene J., b. 1897

Contents List

Series 1:American Fathers & Sons,1948-1965

Series Description:
The American Fathers & Sons series contains items created or collected by Bela Kornitzer during the research for his first American book, which focused on father-son relationships of prominent American men. This series includes correspondence with extended family members, personal assistants, or coworkers, newspaper and magazine articles, and ephemera.

See boxes 30 - 31 for oversized material.

Arrangement
Folders arranged by chapter sequence of American Fathers & Sons. Materials arranged by type: correspondence, interviews, ephemera and newspaper and magazine articles. Correspondence arranged chronologically.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

1

1

Truman Correspondence

1948-1950

 

2

Truman Correspondence

1951-1952

 

3

Truman Correspondence

1953-1958

 

4

Truman Correspondence

1959-1965

 

5

Truman Interviews, Ephemera

undated

 

6-7

Truman Articles

1951-1956

 

8

Taft Correspondence, Articles

1949-1964

2

1

Einstein Correspondence

1948-1963

 

2

Einstein Interviews, Ephemera

1951

 

3-5

Einstein Articles

1931-1962

 

6

De Mille Correspondence, Articles

1951-1957

 

7

Barkley Correspondence

1949-1956

 

8

Sarnoff Correspondence

1948-1964

3

1

Sarnoff Interviews, Articles

1951-1961

 

2

Hoffman Correspondence

1950-1964

 

3

Hoffman Interviews, Ephemera, Articles

1953-1956

 

4

Vinson

1953

 

5

Baruch Correspondence, Articles

1947-1957

 

6

Rayburn Correspondence, Interviews, Articles

1938-1962, undated

 

7

Zukor Correspondence, Articles

1948-1956, undated

 

8

Roosevelt Correspondence

1947-1961

 

9

Roosevelt Interviews, Ephemera

1949-1960

 

10

Roosevelt Articles,

1950-1963

4

1-3

Fathers and Sons Drafts, Memorandums, Notes, Reviews

1952, undated

 

4

Fathers and Sons Articles

1952-1964

Series 2:The Great American Heritage: The Story of the Five Eisenhower Brothers,1942-1964

Series Description
The Great American Heritage: The Story of the Five Eisenhower Brothers series consists of all documents pertaining to the creation of the published book, also known as One American Family. This series includes correspondence with all five Eisenhower brothers, their parents, and associates. Transcribed interviews with these individuals are included, along with newspaper and magazine articles pertaining to family members and family affairs.

Corresponding photographs and scrapbooks are located in Series 5 and 7, respectively.

Arrangement
Arranged by type: correspondence, manuscripts, notes, interviews, ephemera, and articles.

See boxes 30 - 31 for oversized material

Box

Folder

Title

Date

4

5

Eisenhower Family Correspondence

1942-1949

 

6

Eisenhower Family Correspondence

1950-1954

 

7

Eisenhower Family Correspondence

1955

5

1

Eisenhower Family Correspondence

1956-1964, undated

 

2-3

Five Eisenhower Brothers Drafts

undated

 

4-5

Eisenhower Family Manuscript, One American Family

undated

 

6

Publisher's Copy Great AmericanHeritage and related statements, reviews and book news

1955, undated

 

7

“Arthur” from book

undated

6

1

Eisenhower Family Manuscript One American Family

1958

 

2

Eisenhower Family Notes, Memorandums, Reviews

1946-1962

 

3

Eisenhower Family Ephemera

1945-1962, undated

 

4

Eisenhower Family Articles, Non-English and English

1955, undated

 

5-6

Eisenhower Family and The Great American Heritage Articles

1955-1961

7

1-7

Eisenhower Family and The Great American Heritage Articles

1949-1964

8

1

Eisenhower Family Articles

1955-1957

 

2

Eisenhower Family Articles, Non-English

 

Series 3:The Real Nixon,1903-1964

Series Description

The Real Nixon series contains research pertaining to Richard Nixon collected by Kornitzer. The series contains correspondence, interviews, notes, ephemera, and newspaper and magazine articles. Correspondence and interviews with members of the Nixon family, particularly Richard's mother, Hannah Nixon, are included.

For photographs of Richard Nixon and family see Series 7. See boxes 30 - 31 for oversized materials.

Arrangement

Correspondence arranged chronologically. Other materials arranged chronologically when dates are available.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

8

3

Nixon, Hannah Correspondence

1952-1963

 

4

Nixon Family Correspondence

1903-1957

 

5

Nixon Family Correspondence

1958-1959

 

6

Nixon Family Correspondence

1960-1964

 

7

Nixon Family Ephemera

1953-1960, undated

9

1

Nixon Family Memos, Brochures

1957-1960

 

2

Nixon Family Memos, Notes, Questions

undated

 

3

Nixon Family Notes, Questions, Writings

undated

 

4

Nixon, Hannah Interviews

1959, undated

 

5

Nixon Family Interviews

1957-1958

9A

6-7

Nixon Family Interviews

1959

10

1

Nixon Family Interviews

undated

 

2-6

Nixon Family Manuscript

undated

11

1

Nixon Family Articles

1946-1960

 

2

Nixon Family Articles

1954-1960

 

3

Nixon Family Articles

1959-1962

 

4

Nixon Family Articles

1959-1960

 

5

Nixon Family Articles

1960-1964

Series 4:As the Twig is Bent,1943-1964

Series Description
The As the Twig Bent series is the unpublished manuscript written by Kornitzer, which further explores the father/son theme as it is expressed through different American icons. These papers document Kornitzer's research of his chosen subjects, and include correspondence, interviews, notes, ephemera and article clippings on the subjects such as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Cardinal Cushing, Barry Goldwater, Billy Graham, Douglas Mac Arthur and the Kennedys.

Arrangement
Folders arranged alphabetically by last name of subject. Materials arranged by format: correspondence, interviews, notes, memos, questions, ephemera and articles. Correspondence arranged chronologically.

See boxes 30 - 31 for oversized material.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

11

6

Johnson Family Correspondence

1943-1964

12

1

Johnson Family Interviews, Notes, Ephemera

1960-1964, undated

 

2

Johnson Family Book

undated

 

3

Johnson Family Essay from As the Twig Is Bent, Articles

1960-1964, undated

 

4

McCormack Correspondence, Interviews, Notes, News

1961-1964, undated

 

5

Warren Correspondence, Interviews

1956-1961, undated

 

6

Warren Articles

1948-1964

 

7

Stevenson Correspondence, Interviews, Articles

1952-1964, undated

 

8

Bunche Correspondence, Notes, Articles

1949-1962, undated

13

1

Cushing Correspondence

1957-1964

 

2

Cushing Ephemera, Memos, Notes, Articles

1950-1964, undated

 

3

Cushing Ephemera

undated

 

4

Cushing Manuscripts, Memos, Notes

undated

 

5

Cushing Interview, Original Manuscript

1964, undated

 

6

Cushing Questions, Manuscript

undated

 

7

Cushing Manuscript

1964

14

1-3

Cushing Manuscript

undated

 

4

Edison Correspondence, Memo Questions, Articles

1961-1962, undated

 

5

Frost Correspondence, Interviews, Questions, Articles

1949-1963, undated

 

6

Frost Articles

1952-1962

 

7

Goldwater Correspondence, Notes, Questions, Speeches

1961-1964, undated

15

1

Goldwater Interviews, Articles

1961, 1964, undated

 

2

Graham Correspondence, Ephemera, Notes, Questions

1938-1964, undated

 

3

Graham Articles

1958-1964

 

4-5

Graham Interviews

1961

 

6

Hand Correspondence, Interviews, Memos, Articles

1952-1961

 

7

Hearst Correspondence, Questions, Articles

1935-1963, undated

16

1

MacArthur Correspondence, Ephemera, Questions

1947-1964

 

2

MacArthur Questions, Memos, Interview

1951, 1963, undated

 

3-5

MacArthur Manuscript

undated

 

6-7

MacArthur Articles

1964

17

1

Mayo Correspondence, Notes, Questions, Television Series

1956-1965, undated

 

2

Mayo Interview

January 1956

 

3

Mayo Interview

February 1956

 

4

Mayo Ephemera, Articles

1952-1964

 

5

Rockefeller Correspondence, Ephemera, Interviews, Questions

1947-1963, undated

 

6

Rockefeller Articles

1962-1964

 

7

Wagner Correspondence, Notes, Interviews, Questions

1953-1961, undated

 

8

Wagner Articles

1958-1964

18

1

Kennedy Family Correspondence

1940-1962

 

2

Kennedy Family Correspondence, Ephemera

1962-1964

 

3

Kennedy Interviews: Robert and Edward

1961, undated

 

4

Kennedy Interviews: Mrs. Joseph, Ambassador Joseph

1960, undated

 

5

Kennedy Family Notes, Manuscript

undated

 

6-8

Kennedy Family Unpublished Manuscript

1960

19

1-3

Kennedy, John F. Articles

1961-1964

 

4

Kennedy, Joseph and Edward Articles

1961-1964

 

5-8

Kennedy, Robert Articles

1961-1964

20

1

Coit, Margaret Correspondence, Notes, Articles

1959-1964, undated

 

2

As the Twig Is Bent Articles

1952-1964

Series 5: Profiles, 1947-1974

Series Description
The Profiles series consists of research, correspondence, articles, and questions and interviews that address subjects not featured in any of the published works or the unpublished manuscript. The subjects and subject areas include prominent political and business figures of America , as well as other countries such as Argentina , Brazil and Hungary . Some correspondence regarding Kornitzer's personal and financial affairs are also included.

Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

20

3

Allen, George V. Correspondence, Notes, Questions and Interviews

1959-1960

 

4

Allen, George V. Articles

1959-1960

 

5

America Articles

1955-1964

 

6

Argentina Correspondence

1961-1966

 

7

Argentina Notes, Questions, Interviews, Some Non-English

1959-1961

 

8

Austria , Vienna , Correspondence, Memos, Notes

1956-1964, undated

 

9

Bailey – Brennan Articles

1951-1961

 

10

Bank Correspondence (Bank of America , Chase, Dakota National)

1956-1964

 

11

Barton, Bruce Correspondence, Questions, Articles, Notes

1951-1960, undated

21

1

Ben-Gurion, David Correspondence, Questions, Interview, Conversation, Articles,

1952-1963

 

2

Bolten, John Correspondence, Article

1953-1964

 

3

Brazil Correspondence, Notes, Questions, Ephemera

1961-1963

 

4

Brazil Articles, Some Non-English

1961-1963

 

5

Brown, Edmund G. “Pat” Biographical Sketch, Articles

1958, undated

 

6

Bundschu, Henry Correspondence, Essay on Harry S. Truman by Bundschu

1948-1952

 

7

Burrus Family Correspondence

1949

 

8

Business Correspondence (Cocoa-Cola, Ford, Western Union )

1950-1964

 

9

Business Correspondence ( Campbell Soup, Princeton Film)

1948-1964

 

10

Calvin, Patty Interview

1958

 

11

CBS Correspondence

1953-1964

 

12

Christopher, George Correspondence

1958-1959

 

13

Chamberlin, Charles – Cushing, Harvey Articles

1956-1964

22

1

Christopher, George Correspondence, Notes, Questions, Interviews

1958

 

2

Churchill, Winston c/o Strudee, Jill, Correspondence, Articles

1952-1963

 

3

Columbia Records Correspondence

1953-1960

 

4

Connally, John Correspondence, Ephemera, Article

1956-1964, undated

 

5

De Roachemont, Richard Correspondence, Article

1951-1954, 1964

 

6

De Rothschild – Duke Articles

1954-1963

 

7

Dorn, Evelyn Correspondence

1960-1962

 

8

Duckworth, W.F. Correspondence

1963-1968

 

9

Ecker – Englehards Articles

1957-1963

 

10-11

Ephemera

undated

 

12

Erskine, Carolyn Correspondence

1961-1963

 

13

Fairchild – Furth Articles

1958-1964

 

14

Farley, James A. Correspondence

1949-1962

23

1

Farley, James A. Ephemera, Notes, Articles

1951-1964, undated

 

3

Field, Marshall Correspondence, Articles

1949-1961

 

2

Figel, Leopold Non-English Essay

undated

 

4

Finch, Robert Correspondence

1959-1960

 

5

Ford Family Correspondence, Articles

1953-1963

 

6

Ford Family Articles

1950-1974

 

7

Frankfurter, Felix Correspondence, Articles

1949-1961

 

8

Gabor – Gunther Articles

1957-1963

 

9

Giannini, A.P. Correspondence, Notes, Memos, Biographical Sketch, Questions, Interview

1950-1958

 

10

Giannini, A.P. Articles, Includes article written by Bela Kornitzer

1951-1952

 

11

Gordon, Arthur Correspondence, Articles

1954-1964

 

12

Hagerty – Hunt Articles

1956-1964

24

1

Hoover Family Correspondence, Memo, Articles

1935-1964

 

2

Hoover Family Articles

1949-1964

 

3

Hungarian Catholic League of America Correspondence

1961

 

4

Hungarian Catholic League of America Ephemera, Memos, Notes

1961

 

5

Hungarian Catholic League of America Articles, Some Non-English

1945-1961

 

6

International Correspondence: Israel , France , Switzerland , Turkey , Hungary , Some Non-English

1956-1964

 

7

International Articles

1957-1964, undated

 

8

Iran Correspondence, Ephemera, Articles

1958-1959

25

1

Javits, Jacob Correspondence, Brochure, Questions, News

1964

 

2

Johnson, Raymond Correspondence and Interview

1963

 

3

Kettering Correspondence, Biographical Sketch, Questions, Interview, Articles

1952, undated

 

4

Klein, Herbert G. Memos and Correspondence

1959-1960

 

5

Kaiser, Henry J. – Knight, John S. Articles

1947-1964

 

6

King, Jr., Martin Luther Articles

1962-1964

 

7

Land, Frank Correspondence and Articles

1951-1954

 

8

Latin American Correspondence, Ephemera, Articles, Some Non-English

1961-1962

 

9

Lilienthal – Luce Articles

1947-1964

 

10

Look Magazine Correspondence

1960-1964

 

11

Lucas, Paul Correspondence

1945-1948

 

12

Magazine Correspondence

1962-1964

 

13

Magnuson, Warren G. Correspondence, Biographical Sketch

1963, undated

 

14

Maxie, Marjorie Correspondence

1949-1956

 

15

McCone-MacPhee Articles

1959-1964

26

1

McNamara Articles

1960-1964

 

2

Mexican Constitution

1961

 

3

Miner, Washington Biographical Sketch, Correspondence

1960

 

4

Morrisey, Judge Francis X. Correspondence

1962

 

5

Newspaper Correspondence

1947-1964

 

6

Newspaper Correspondence

1951-1960

 

7

Nimitz, Chester Biographical Sketch, Notes, Articles

1961-1962

 

8

Noland, Nelle Correspondence

1949-1957

 

9

Newhouse, Samuel – Obolensky, Ivan Articles

1960-1962

 

10

Oppenheimer, Robert Articles

1954-1964

 

11

Organizations Correspondence

1950-1964

 

12

Parr, Jack – Powell, Adam Articles

1958-1964

 

13

Parade Magazine Correspondence, Ephemera, Notes

1964, undated

 

14

Parents Magazine Correspondence, Memos

1950-1952, undated

 

15

Pathfinder Magazine Correspondence, Notes

1951, undated

 

16

Pershing, Warren Correspondence, Notes, Questions

1941-1963, undated

 

17

Pew Jr., Joseph N. Interview

1961

 

18

Pitcairn, Raymond Correspondence, Articles

1956-1964

27

1

Politicians and Governmental Agencies “A-S” Correspondence

1946-1963

 

2

Politicians and Governmental Agencies “T-Z” Correspondence

1949-1962

 

3

Presidents and Elections Articles

1956-1964

 

4

Publishers Correspondence

1950-1964

 

5

Pulitzer, Joseph Correspondence, Essay

1947-1960, undated

 

6

Pulitzer, Joseph Articles

1947-1953

 

7

Raab, Maxwell M. Correspondence, Interview, Articles

1958-1964, undated

28

1

Randolph , Jennings - Rowan, Carl, Articles

1951-1963

 

2

Readers Digest Magazine Correspondence

1954-1964

 

3

Religion Articles

1952-1962

 

4

Ritter, Grant A. Correspondence, Articles

1944-1963, undated

 

5

Rogers , William Correspondence, Interviews, Articles

1952, 1959-1961

 

6

Romney, George Correspondence, Articles

1962-1964

 

7

Rothschild, Sigmund Biographical Sketch, Articles

undated

 

8

Rusk, Dean, Articles

1960-1964

 

9

Russell, Bertrand Biographical Sketch, Memos, Articles

1952-1955

 

10

Salk, Jonas – Straus, Jack, Articles

1956-1963

 

11

Sandburg, Carl Correspondence, Articles

1952, 1958

 

12

Scranton , William, Articles

1962-1964

 

13

Smith, Stephen Correspondence, Articles

1961-1963

 

14

Television, Film, Books, Radio, Music Correspondence

1952-1963

 

15

Television, Film, Books, Radio, Music Articles

1952-1963

 

16

Thompson, Llewellyn – Tracy, Spencer

1962-1963

 

17

Thieleman, Bernice Correspondence

1951-1952

 

18

United Nations Correspondence

1949-1963

 

19

University Correspondence

1927-1963

29

1

Van Habsburg, Archduke Otto Correspondence, Articles

1961-1964

 

2

Wallace, George – Zeckendorf, Bill Articles

1952-1963

 

3

Welles, Sumner Correspondence

1947-1953

 

4

Welles, Sumner Interviews, Questions, Articles

1951, undated

 

5

Weyerhaeuser, Frederick Correspondence, Article

1953-1964

 

6

White House Correspondence

1951-1964

 

7

Whitney, Courtney Correspondence

1961-1964

 

8

Whitney, Courtney Cards

1961-1964

 

9

Who Is Responsible? Essay by Bela Kornitzer, Ephemera, Articles, Some Non-English

1964, undated

 

10

Wilson, Bob Correspondence

1958-1961

30

1-6

Miscellaneous Oversized Newspaper Articles and Magazines, and Ephemera. Subjects include: Einstein, Eisenhower, Mac Arthur, Nixon, Truman, Miscellaneous

1950-1974

31

1

Miscellaneous Oversized Newspaper Articles and Magazines: Kennedy, Johnson and Kennedy Assassination

 

32

1-2

Miscellaneous Correspondence, Memos, Notes

1949-1964

Series 6: Biographical Information, 1945-1964

Series Description
The Biographical Information series includes personal information about Kornitzer and his career, such as personal correspondence and notes, drawings, and interviews with Kornitzer as the subject. These papers also contain essays written by Kornitzer, brief autobiographical sketches, and his original Certificate of Naturalization.

Arrangement
Arranged according to format.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

32

3

Kornitzer Certificate of Naturalization

1953

 

4

Kornitzer Correspondence, Notes, Ephemera

1950-1964, undated

 

5

Kornitzer Notes, Memos, Press Releases, Interviews

1951-1964, undated

 

6

Kornitzer Biographical Sketch, Interviews, Notes, Essays

1950-1964, undated

 

7

Kornitzer Scrapbook Pages, Non-English

1945

 

8

Kornitzer Articles, By and About Kornitzer, Some Non-English

1947-1964

Series 7: Photographs and Posters, undated

Series Description
The Photographs and Posters series is comprised primarily of photographs acquired by Kornitzer from the families of his subjects. Other photographs are of both Kornitzer and subject, taken at the time of an interview. Personal photographs also included. There are six folders of negatives, some of which correspond to the printed photographs in preceding boxes. This series includes several oversized posters depicting political campaigns and Kornitzer's book releases. Additionally, a framed painting of John F. Kennedy is included.

Arrangement
Arranged according to Kornitzer's original order of groupings by subject. All undocumented or unidentifiable photographs are grouped in miscellaneous.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

33

1

Brauch Photographs

undated

 

2-3

Cardinal Cushing Photographs

undated

 

4

De Mille, Cecil B., Photographs

undated

 

5

Einstein Photographs

undated

 

6-9

Eisenhower Family Photographs

undated

 

10

Goldwater Photographs

undated

 

11

Graham Photographs

undated

 

12

Hoffman Photographs

undated

 

13

Ickes Photographs

undated

34

1

Johnson Family Photographs

undated

 

2

Kennedy Family Photographs

undated

 

3-4

Mac Arthur Photographs

undated

 

5

Mayo Photographs

undated

 

6-8

Nixon Family Photographs

undated

 

9

Pulitzer Photographs

undated

 

10

Rockefeller Photographs

undated

 

11

Sarnoff Photographs

undated

 

12

Truman and Barkley Photographs

undated

35

1

Truman and Mac Arthur Photographs

undated

 

2

Wagner Photographs

undated

 

3

Zukor Photographs

undated

 

4

Miscellaneous Female Friends of Kornitzer

undated

 

5

Miscellaneous Negatives, includes Abilene , Burrus, Edison , Frost, Hand, Land

undated

 

6-8

Miscellaneous Photographs

undated

36

1-6

Miscellaneous Photographs

undated

37

1-6

Negatives

undated

38

 

Miscellaneous Oversized Photographs

undated

Series 8: Audio and Film Recordings, 1954-1964

Series Description
The Audio and Film Recordings series consists primarily of audio recordings of interviews Bela Kornitzer conducted with his subjects and are reel to reels, cassette tapes, and record albums. All but two of the audio cassettes, that of Alicia Karpati and Cadet Kirk, are copies of the reel to reel recordings. The film recordings are of General Douglas Mac Arthur and of Robert Frost. The Robert Frost film recording is a copy of the “At Home With Robert Frost” televised interview conducted by Bela Kornitzer and broadcast on NBC. Some of these interviews have been transcribed and can be found by subject name in Series 1-4. Not all of the interviews have been transcribed, and accordingly not all of the interviews on paper are transcriptions of these audio recordings. Also included are several miscellaneous commercial record albums purchased by Kornitzer featuring audio essays and interviews on some of subjects contained within this collection.

Arrangement
Arranged by format then alphabetically by subject.

Box

Interviewees

Format

Date

39

George V. Allen (2 cassettes)

Cassette

1960

 

Bruce Barton

Cassette

1956

 

Alphonso Bell Jr.; J.M. Udall; R. Arbuthnot

Cassette

1959

 

Jacob Blaustein

Cassette

1961

 

Jacob Blaustein

Cassette

1961

 

John Bolten

Cassette

1962

 

John Bolten

Cassette

1962

 

"Capital Byline" Patty Cavin WRC

Cassette

1958

 

Norman Chandler

Cassette

1958

 

Mrs. Norman Chandler

Cassette

1958

 

George Christopher

Cassette

1964

 

Cardinal Richard Cushing

Cassette

1964

 

Cardinal Richard Cushing

Cassette

1964

 

Cardinal Richard Cushing

Cassette

1961

 

Cardinal Richard Cushing (2 cassettes)

Cassette

1961

 

Justin Dart

Cassette

1959

 

Martha Deane

Cassette

1954

 

Martha Deane (2 cassettes)

Cassette

1956

 

Cecil B. De Mille (6 cassettes)

Cassette

undated

 

Charles Edison

Cassette

1961

 

Charles Edison

Cassette

1961

 

Arthur Eisenhower

Cassette

1954

 

Arthur Eisenhower

Cassette

undated

 

Dwight Eisenhower, "IKE runs…Speaking from the White House"

Cassette

1956

 

Earl Eisenhower (2 cassettes)

Cassette

1954

 

Edgar Eisenhower (2 cassettes)

Cassette

1953

40

Edgar Eisenhower (7 cassettes)

Cassette

1954

 

Edgar Eisenhower

Cassette

1954

 

"Paging the New" Edgar and Milton [Eisenhower]

Cassette

1955

 

Edna Eisenhower

Cassette

1954

 

Major John Eisenhower

Cassette

1954

 

Major John and Barbara Jean Eisenhower

Cassette

1954

 

Lily Erdody

Cassette

1958

 

James A. Farley, Jr.

Cassette

1962

 

Frank Farrel

Cassette

1955

 

Dr. Leopold Figl

Cassette

1957

 

Barry Goldwater

Cassette

1961

 

Billy Graham

Cassette

1961

 

Melvin and Peggy Graham

Cassette

1961

 

William Franklin Graham, Sr., and Mrs. Morrow Coffey Graham

Cassette

1961

 

Helen Hall (2 cassettes)

Cassette

1964

 

Learned Hand (2 cassettes)

Cassette

1961

 

William Randolph Hearst, Jr. (2 cassettes)

Cassette

1961

 

Ray Heatherton

Cassette

1955

 

Ray Heatherton

Cassette

1955

 

Walt Horan

Cassette

1955

 

Edward F. Kennedy (2 cassettes)

Cassette

1961

 

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Cassette

1960

 

Barbara Welles show

Cassette

1954

 

John Krehbiel

Cassette

undated

 

Bela Kornitzer interviewed by Patti Cavin

Cassette

1960

 

Bela Kornitzer interviewed by Ed Murrow

Cassette

undated

41

Art Lamb

Cassette

1955

 

Bill Leonard

Cassette

1960

 

Hazel Markel

Cassette

1954

 

Dr. Charles W. Mayo

Cassette

1956

 

Dr. Charles W. Mayo

Cassette

1956

 

Dr. Charles and Alice Mayo

Cassette

1956

 

John W. McCormack (2 cassettes)

Cassette

undated

 

Mary Margaret McBride

Cassette

1955

 

Ruby Mercer

Cassette

1955

 

Cardinal Mindezenty's speech

Cassette

undated

 

Ed Neilor, Congressional Recording and TV

Cassette

1955

 

Hannah Nixon

Cassette

1959

 

Hannah Nixon

Cassette

1959

 

Hannah Nixon (5 cassettes)

Cassette

undated

 

Richard Nixon

Cassette

1959

 

Richard Nixon; Pat Nixon; J. Sturm

Cassette

1959

 

Richard Nixon on David Suskind (2 cassettes)

Cassette

1960

 

Archduke Otto

Cassette

1954

 

Archduke Otto

Cassette

1959

 

F. Warren Pershing

Cassette

1963

 

Joseph N. Pew

Cassette

1961

 

Julius Raab

Cassette

1957

 

Nelson A. Rockefeller

Cassette

1962

 

Bill Rogers

Cassette

1959

 

Paul Smith

Cassette

1959

 

Tex and Jinx

Cassette

1955

 

Tex and Jinx

Cassette

1955

 

Thor C. Tollefson

Cassette

1955

 

Robert Wagner (3 cassettes)

Cassette

1958

42

Earl Warren

Cassette

1961

 

Bob Wilson

Cassette

1959

 

Alicia Karpati

Cassette

undated

 

Cadet Kirk

Cassette

1963

43

George V. Allen (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1960

 

George V. Allen

Reel-to-reel

undated

 

Mrs. Vivian B. Allen

Reel-to-reel

1959

 

Bruce Barton (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1956

 

Senator Barry Goldwater

Reel-to-reel

1961

 

Alphonso E. Bell Jr.; James M. Udall

Reel-to-reel

1959

 

Jacob Blaustein (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1961

 

John Bolten (3 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1962

 

Ab Burrows

Reel-to-reel

1955

44

Patty Cavin

Reel-to-reel

1958

 

Norman Chandler

Reel-to-reel

undated

 

Mrs. Norman Chandler

Reel-to-reel

1958

 

George Christopher

Reel-to-reel

1958

 

Cardinal Richard Cushing (7 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1961

 

Cardinal Richard Cushing (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1964

 

Martha Deane

Reel-to-reel

1954

45

Martha Deane

Reel-to-reel

1956

 

Martha Deane

Reel-to-reel

undated

 

Justin Dart; Jack & Helen Drown

Reel-to-reel

1959

 

Cecil B. DeMille (6 reels)

Reel-to-reel

undated

 

Charles Edison (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1961

 

Arthur Eisenhower (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1954

 

Arthur Eisenhower

Reel-to-reel

undated

46

Dwight D. Eisenhower, "IKE runs"

Reel-to-reel

1956

 

Earl D. Eisenhower (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1954

 

Edgar N. Eisenhower (3 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1953

 

Edgar Eisenhower (7 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1954

 

Edgar Eisenhower

Reel-to-reel

undated

47

Major John Eisenhower; Barbara Jean (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1954

 

Milton Eisenhower

Reel-to-reel

1953

 

Edgar - Milton Eisenhower

Reel-to-reel

1955

 

Mrs. Roy Edna Eisenhower

Reel-to-reel

1954

 

Lily Erdody

Reel-to-reel

1958

 

James A. Farley Jr.

Reel-to-reel

1962

 

Frank Farrel

Reel-to-reel

1955

 

Dr. Leopold Figl

Reel-to-reel

1957

 

Billy Graham (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1961

 

Melvin and Peggy Graham

Reel-to-reel

undated

 

William Franklin Graham Sr. and Mrs. Morrow Coffey Graham

Reel-to-reel

1961

 

Judge Learned Hand

Reel-to-reel

1961

48

Judge Learned Hand

Reel-to-reel

1961

 

William Randolph Hearst Jr. (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1961

 

Ray Heatherton (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1955

 

Walt Horan

Reel-to-reel

1955

 

Edward F. "Teddy" Kennedy (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1961

 

Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy (Rose Fitzgerald) (4 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1960

 

Bela Kornitzer interviewed by Patty Cavin

Reel-to-reel

1960

 

Bela Kornitzer interviewed by Ed Murrow

Reel-to-reel

undated

49

John Krehbiel

Reel-to-reel

undated

 

Art Lamb

Reel-to-reel

1955

 

H.S.T. TV; Bill Leonard

Reel-to-reel

1960

 

MacArthur Helen Hall (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1964

 

Hazel Markel

Reel-to-reel

1954

 

Dr. Charles W. & Alice Mayo (3 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1956

 

Mary Margaret McBride

Reel-to-reel

1955

 

Speaker John W. McCormack (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

undated

 

Ruby Mercer

Reel-to-reel

1955

 

Cardinal Mindscenty

Reel-to-reel

undated

50

Ed Neilor, Congressional Recording and TV

Reel-to-reel

1955

 

Mrs. Frank Hannah Milhaus Nixon (4 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1959

 

Mrs. Frank Hannah Milhaus Nixon (4 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1960

 

Richard Nixon

Reel-to-reel

1959

 

Richard and Pat Nixon; Alice Roosevelt Longworth and Joanna Strum

Reel-to-reel

1959

 

Archduke Otto

Reel-to-reel

1959

 

Archduke Otto

Reel-to-reel

1964

 

F. Warren Pershing

Reel-to-reel

1963

51

Joseph N. Pew

Reel-to-reel

1961

 

Julius Raab, Chancellor of Austria

Reel-to-reel

1957

 

Nelson A. Rockefeller

Reel-to-reel

1962

 

Bill Rogers, Attorney General (2 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1959

 

Dr. Paul Smith; Albert Upton & Mother

Reel-to-reel

1959

 

Adlai Stevenson

Reel-to-reel

1962

 

Tex & Jinx

Reel-to-reel

1955

 

Tex & Jinx, Ann Todd

Reel-to-reel

1955

 

Thor C. Tollefson

Reel-to-reel

1955

 

Robert F. Wagner (3 reels)

Reel-to-reel

1958

 

Chief Justice Earl Warren

Reel-to-reel

1961

52

Chief Justice Earl Warren

Reel-to-reel

1961

 

Barbara Welles

Reel-to-reel

1954

 

Bob Wilson, Congressman of California

Reel-to-reel

1959

 

Cardinal Richard Cushing

Reel-to-reel

1964

53

Cecil B. De Mille (8 albums)

Record

undated

 

Arthur B. Eisenhower (2 albums)

Record

1953

 

Earl D. Eisenhower (5 albums)

Record

1953

 

Edgar Eisenhower (6 albums)

Record

1953

 

Milton S. Eisenhower (5 albums)

Record

1953

 

Mrs. Joseph P. (Rose Fitzgerald) Kennedy

Record

1960

 

Herb Sheldon Show

Record

1952

 

Sidney Smith (2 albums)

Record

1955

 

Barbara Welles (6 albums)

Record

1952

 

Lincoln, D. Carnegie

Record

1951

 

Brauch; Apponyi; Taft

Record

undated

 

Gandhi, S. Early, Charlie Ross, D. Lynn, H. Einstein, Ickes

Record

1951

 

Vivan, Frank Land, Coolidge, F. Perkins, Eisenhower, Cadbury, Sol Bloom, N. Thomas, Zucker

Record

undated

 

Eisenhower Campaign Song

Record

1952

 

John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Memorial Album

Record

1961

 

The Actual Voices and Events of Four Days that Shocked the World: Nov. 22-25, 1963, The Complete Story

Record

1963

 

A Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass in Memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Celebrated by Richard Cardinal Cushing (2 copies)

Record

1964

 

The Sounds of History: Prehistory to 1774

Record

1963

 

The Sounds of History: 1775-1789

Record

1963

 

Wisdom, Volume 1: Conversations with the Elder Wise Men of Our Day: Carl Sandburg, Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Harlow Shapley, Jacques Lipchitz

Record

undated

 

Wisdom, Volume 2: Conversations with the Elder Wise Men of Our Day: Sean O'Casey, David Ben-Gurion, Bertrand Russell, Frank Lloyd Wright

Record

undated

Series 9: Scrapbooks

Series Description
The Scrapbooks series contain several scrapbooks compiled by Kornitzer pertaining to the Eisenhower family, The Great American Heritage, and Fathers & Sons. These scrapbooks contain mostly photographs and newspaper clippings, along with some letters and postcards.

Arrangement
Arranged according to subject and size.

Box

Subject

54

Fathers & Sons, Richard Nixon, Sam Rayburn

55

Truman

56

Eisenhower Family

57

Eisenhower Family

58

Eisenhower Family

59

Eisenhower Family

60

Eisenhower Family

61

Eisenhower Family

62

Posters