Charles W. Thayer Papers

1920-1968

Foreign Service officer, 1933-1953; Chief, Division of International Broadcasting, Voice of America, 1947-1949; Political Liaison Officer to the German Government, Bonn, 1950-1951; Consul General, Munich, 1952-1953

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

ALPHABETICAL CORRESPONDENCE FILE

Box 1

  • A
  • Adenauer, Konrad, articles re
  • Africa, trip to - 1961
  • Afghanistan, correspondence re 1942-44
  • Almy family correspondence
  • The Arsonist, correspondence re 1954
  • B
  • Berlin, American Consulate General - 1939 (not identified)
  • Blassingame, Lorton
  • Bohlen, Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. (largely personal)
  • Brandt & Brandt - literary agents
  • Brandt, Willy (German language correspondence)

Box 2

  • Ca - Cl
  • Castles, correspondence re
  • Co - Cy
  • Cochrane, Diane
  • Contracts, literary
  • D
  • Dunn, James C.
  • E
  • Education, story on military
  • F
  • Foreign Service

Box 3

  • G
  • Georgescu, V.C. (Rumanian displaced person)
  • German disarmament after World War I - report by Charles W. Thayer - 1944
  • Germany, 1937-39
  • Gruenther, General Alfred M.
  • H
  • Harper & Brothers Publishers
  • Harriman, W. Averell 1942-68
  • Henderson, Loy 1939-58
  • Hunting, correspondence re
  • Invitations - guest list - 1961
  • J-K
  • Kennan, George F. 1935-59
  • Kennedy, Robert F. 1961-65
  • Korea - documents re 1946
  • L
  • Lebanon crisis 1958 - correspondence re
  • Legion of Merit - award to Charles W. Thayer

Box 4

  • Mc
  • M
  • Mallorica, articles re
  • Murrow, Edward R., 1953-55
  • N
  • O
  • Office of Strategic Services (OSS) - Austria 1945-46
  • R
  • S
  • Schweitzer, Dr. Albert
  • State Department, correspondence re Thayer's resignation - 1953
  • Socialism in Germany - correspondence re
  • T

Box 5

  • Thayer, Cynthia D. (personal correspondence with his wife)
  • Thayer family correspondence - contains biographical material on Charles W. Thayer
  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - correspondence with his mother
  • Thayer, Mrs. Gertrude, estate of - 1964
  • Thayer, James D. (personal material re his son)
  • Thompson, Llewllyn, E., 1950-67
  • Tito - Reader's Digest articles re
  • Truman, Harry S. - correspondence re Bears in the Caviar and Hands Across the Caviar - 1952
  • U-V
  • Voice of America - correspondence re 1946-54
  • W
  • Wilder, Thornton 1953-54
  • Wiley, John C. 1940-62
  • Yugoslavia - correspondence and articles re
  • XYZ
  • Unidentified correspondence
DIARIES

Box 6

  • West Point - June 29, 1928 - July 1, 1929 (2 folders)
  • West Point - Feburary 17, 1931 - July 8, 1932
  • Moscow - September 20, 1933 - February 17, 1934
  • Moscow - February 18-28, 1934
  • Moscow - July 31-August 7, 1935 (trip back to the United States)
  • Moscow - 1934, September 20, 1937 and Berlin - September 22, 1937
  • Moscow and Kazan (personal and private) June 22, 1941 - September 5, 1941
  • Moscow, Kazan, and Kuibyshev - September 5 - October 9, 1941
  • Kuibyshev, USSR and Teheran, Iran - December 10, 1941 - May 6, 1942

Box 7

  • Kabul, Afghanistan - May 7 - June 22, 1942
  • Kabul, Afghanistan - June 23-August 24, 1942
  • Yugoslavia - September - October 1944
  • Munich, Germany - June 3 - November 17, 1952
  • Munich, Germany - November 18, 1952 - July 15, 1953
  • Munich and Mallorea - March 28, 1953 - May 24, 1954 (2 folders)
  • 1955
  • November 1955 - January 1956

Box 8

  • November 1, 1955 - January 7, 1956 (2 folders)
  • United States trip - October 20 - November 30, 1957
  • Beirut, Lebanon - July 1959
  • February 23-29, 1961 (2 folders)
  • Nashville trip - January 1962 - January 1963
  • Germany - 1967
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES AND DIARIES (originals)

Box 9

  • Miscellaneous notes and diaries, 1931-58 (2 folders)
  • Newspapers - The Russian Daily News - 1917 (English edition)
  • Newspaper clippings - miscellaneous
  • Posters - World War II (German language)
SUBJECT FILE

Box 10

  • Afghanistan - articles re
  • Afghanistan - correspondence re 1943
  • Afghanistan - general (2 folders)
  • Afghanistan - autographed photographs - 1943
  • Bavaria, tales from
  • Bears in the Caviar by Charles W. Thayer
  • Berlin, articles re - 1962
  • Bombing, articles re - "Who's Fault was the Break-Back Bombing?"
  • Brandt, Willy - article re 1958

Box 11

  • Egypt - "Expedition to St. Catherine's Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula"
  • European trip - December, 1948 - January 1949 - report to George V. Allen - State Department
  • Germany - article re "German Army - Old or New?"
  • Germany - article re "Seven Lean Years"
  • Germany - article re "Germany's Aspirations in the East"
  • Germany - article re "Some of my Best Friends are Germans"
  • Germany - article re 1951
  • Germany - article re 1954
  • Germany - article re 1957
  • Germany - article re 1967
  • Germany - article re miscellaneous
  • Germany - article re humorous stories re Office of War Information (OWI)
  • Germany - instrument of surrender
  • Germany - National Socialism (NSDP - Nazis)
  • Germany - proposed novel re
  • Germany - Brandt, Willy - curriculum vitae of
  • Deutsche Partei of Bavaria

Box 12

  • Guerrilla warfare, article re
  • "Help" article dictated by Charles W. Thayer at the Wills Eye Hospital
  • Hunting in the Balkans
  • Hunting - lease in Ruhpolding
  • Hunting - Russian hunting trips 1959-66
  • Hunting - Sports Illustrated - articles 1954
  • Iran "The Khas Road" by John Russell, Teheran - April 1959
  • Japan, Allied Council for - 1946
  • Jokes - Anti-Communist humor
  • Korea - 1946
  • Lebanon, articles re 1958
  • Marshall Plan (Marshall's speech at Harvard University June 5, 1947)
  • Mongolia - article re "A Rotten Apple and a Dinosaur's Egg" - 1963
  • Mongolia - biography of Sun Tzu
  • Newspaper clippings - general
  • Newspaper clippings - re publications

Box 13

  • Olympic Games - story on - 1960
  • Post cards - miscellaneous
  • Public Papers of the Presidents - Franklin D. Roosevelt - Message to Congress on UNRRA - November 15, 1943
  • Public Papers of the Presidents - Harry S. Truman - Statement of the President on Demobilization - January 8, 1946
  • Rhine River trip - 1957
  • Russia - articles on 1933-37
  • Russia - articles on 1937-41 (drafts)
  • Russia - articles on "Anecdotes on Russia"
  • Russia - published by Charles W. Thayer
  • Russia - serious articles on

Box 14

  • Russia - articles on Stalin - related article
  • Russia - miscellaneous articles re
  • Russia - general information re 1939-41
  • Russia - play "Voice Out of Russia"
  • Russia - Russian oriented stories
  • Russia - Russian fiction stories - general
  • Russia - Russian fiction stories - unsold
  • Russia - Russian fiction stories - "Ivan" series
  • Russia - Russian fiction stories - "Katrinka" series
  • Russia - short non-fiction stories re
  • Russia - miscellaneous materials re 1933-37

Box 15

  • State Department - Consul General - USSR - general
  • State Department - Radio broadcast by Secretary Hull re India October 13, 1943
  • Thayer, Charles W. - miscellaneous articles and lecture notes
  • Thayer, Charles W. - personal - certificates and honors
  • Time-Life Publications - humorous stories by Charles W. Thayer
  • Treasury Department - "An International Stabilization Fund for the United and Associated Nationas" - July 10, 1943
  • Trout fishing in Bavaria
  • United States Military Academy - general information
  • United States Navy and Marine Corps - biographical sketches
  • United States Navy - Civilian Air Cruise, Pensacola, Florida 1968
  • United States in a New World - IV "Relations with Europe" 1943
  • United States Senate - Committee on Foreign Relations - 1958

Box 16

  • Voice of America - Russian Branch-reports 1947-62
  • Voice of America - newspaper and magazine editorial comments
  • Voice of America - Radio Free Europe - Munich
  • Yugoslavia - articles and notes re
  • Miscellaneous notes and materials
WRITINGS AND PUBLICATIONS: Chronological Correspondence re

Box 17

  • December 1954-1955
  • 1956
  • 1957
  • 1958
  • 1959
  • Outlines - 1955-57
WRITINGS AND PUBLICATIONS: Topical File

Box 18

  • Africa - article "Juba Safari" by Charles W. Thayer
  • Bombing - article re "Who's Fault was the Back-Break Bombing?"
  • Debutantes "Magic and Religion in the Potamac [sic] River Valley" (draft article)
  • Egypt - article "When I was in Egypt" - visit to St. Catherine's Monastery
  • Foreign Area Studies - Research Guide - August 1966
  • Foreign Service - 1939-59
  • Foreign Service - Guide book to the
  • Foreign Service - "Diplomat" by Charles W. Thayer, Chapters 1-4
  • Foreign Service - "Diplomat" by Charles W. Thayer, Chapters 5-7
  • Foreign Service - "Diplomat" by Charles W. Thayer, drafts
  • Foreign Service - Reviews of "Diplomat"

Box 19

  • Foreign Service - article - "Do We Need Diplomats?"
  • Foreign Service - "Officer and Gentlemen" by Charles W. Thayer (Novel about McCarthyism and the Foreign Service)
  • Foreign Service - "Officer and Gentlemen" - drafts
  • Foreign Service - "Officer and Gentlemen" - 2nd draft
  • Foreign Service - "Officer and Gentlemen" - original manuscript 1963
  • Foreign Service - report on - prepared in the Office of the Director General, Foreign Service, December 1959

Box 20

  • Germany - Martin Agronsky interview with West German Chancellor Kiesinger
  • Germany - educational and cultural exchange
  • Germany - article "The Future of Educational Television in Germany"
  • Germany - Look Magazine article (page proofs)
  • Germany - "News from Germany" 1955-56
  • Germany - article, "Some of My Best Friends are German"
  • Germany - article, "Time of My Life"
  • Germany - Unquiet Germans by Charles W. Thayer
  • Germany - "Westerberg" - a novel by Charles W. Thayer
  • Germany - report on the Amerika Haus - 1972
  • Germany - notes re Lowell M. Clucas
  • Germany - introduction to "Stalingrad" by Theodore Pliever
  • Germany - Weekly Biography - Ambassador Hans Heinrich von Herwarth
  • Germany - "How to Redeem a Fatherland" by Richard A. Yahroes 1955
  • Germany - German language article - "20 Jahre Ohne Frieden" by Hans Hertel
  • Germany - German language artilce - "Zur Frage des West-OST-Handels" by Dr. Vallrath Freiherr von Maltzan
  • Germany - German language article "Un die Zukunft des deutschen Fernsehens" by Dr. Clemens Munster
  • Germany - German language - National Democratic Party of Germany (NDP)
  • Germany - article, "Ruhpolding, Bevolkerungszahlen Von" by L. Schumaker
  • Germany - German language - Social Democratic Party (SDP)
  • Germany - German language article "Zur Frage eines Kommerziellen Fernsehens" by Franz Kommerziellen Fernsehens Stadelmayer

Box 21

  • Germany - German language - galley proofs for "Die Unruhigen Deutschen"
  • Germany - German language "Uteillbares Deutschland"
  • Germany - German language newspapers
  • Germany - German language reviews of Thayer's writing
  • Germany - German and other foreign language reviews
  • Germany - Neo-Nazism, articles re-1961
  • Germany - Miscellaneous articles re the German Federal Republic and NATO
  • Germany - German language document - unidentified
  • Guerrilla warfare - U.S. Army, Special Warfare School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina - reports (folders 1 & 2)

Box 22

  • Guerrilla warfare - U.S. Army, Special Warfare School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina (folder 3)
  • Guerrilla warfare - Chinese Community Revolutionary Strategy, 1945-49
  • Guerrilla warfare - "La Guerra de Guerrillas" re Cuba
  • Guerrilla warfare - Counter Insurgency operations - handbook
  • Guerrilla warfare - "International War and Pacification: The Vender 1789-1797" by Peter Paret, Center for International Studies, Princeton University
  • Guerrilla warfare - Interview with Colonel White, Australian Military Attache, Washington, D.C. re Malayan guerrilla warfare
  • Guerrilla warfare - reprint of articles
  • Guerrilla warfare - Thayer's hand written notes re
  • Guerrilla warfare - U.S. Department of State - remarks of Roger Helsman, Director of Intelligence and Research, August 10, 1961
  • Guerrilla warfare - VietNam War - reports 1961-62 (2 folders)

Box 23

  • Guerrilla warfare - Manuscript, "Guerrilla" (5 folders)
  • Guerrilla warfare - galley proofs for "Guerrilla" (2 folders)

Box 24

  • Humor - articles on, written by Charles W. Thayer, 1953-54
  • Hunting - Sports Illustrated, articles published in, 1959-61
  • Hunting - articles - general
  • Living abroad "Mallorca for Living," "Bringing up Children Abroad" and "Snow Job" articles
  • Mongolia - manuscript "Rotten Apples and the Dinosaur Egg"
  • Russia - articles by Charles W. Thayer (A-C)
  • Russia - articles by Charles W. Thayer (D-L)
  • Russia - articles by Charles W. Thayer (M-W)
  • Russia - Reporter magazine articles 1959
  • Russia - articles and reviews by Charles W. Thayer - general
  • Russia - draft of ficticious letter addressed to the President of the U.S. dated December 18, 1981 re appointment of Thayer as Ambassador to the USSR
  • Russia - "Changes in Soviet Society," Conference, Oxford University, June 24-29, 1957
  • Russia - history excerpts from Dispatch of American Minister to Russia, Neill S. Brown, Petersburg, November 6, 1851
  • Russia - memorandum of conversation with Ambassador Smirnov May 8, 1957
  • Russia - memorandum of conversation with Herr von Cube, political commentator of the South German radio and Herman Probst, Chief Editor, Suddeutsche Zeitung - May 21, 1960

Box 25

  • Russia - Moscow daily press reviews - October 5, 1955
  • Russia - Moscow traffic regulations for city of - 1953
  • Russia - Newspaper clippings - Russian language - Moscow 1930-37
  • Russia - Manuscript "Olga and die Junge Garde" by Kurt Kava
  • Russia - Pravda - article from, "A Free Day in Mozhaisk"
  • Russia - Russian language manuscript
  • Russia - Seminar report, "Public Opinion and Propaganda in the Soviet Union"
  • Russia - Soviet Affairs and Analysis Service - January 12, 1960
  • Russia - Trip to Russia - W. Averell Harriman - May 12 - June 26, 1959
  • Russia - Harriman trip - 1959- Diary of (copy 3)
  • Russia - Harriman trip - 1959- Diary of (copy 4)
  • Russia - Harriman trip - 1959- Magazine article re published in Life, Look, American Weekly and Munich Illustrated
  • Russia - Harriman trip - 1959- Notebooks re (6)
  • Russia - Trip to Russia - Charles W. Thayer - 1956
  • Russia - U.S. reply to Soviet Aide Memoir on Germany and Berlin, July 18, 1961
  • Russia - World War II - reactions of the Soviet people to German invasion

Box 26

  • Russia - Charles W. Thayer's writings re 1937-39
  • Russia - Charles W. Thayer's early writings e.g. Bears in the Caviar - notes and working papers
  • Russia - Manuscript, Bears in the Caviar by Charles W. Thayer - publishers mock-up copy (2 folders)
  • Russia - Manuscript, Hands Across the Caviar by Charles W. Thayer (draft)
  • Russia - Manuscript - untitled (2 folders)

Box 27

  • Russia - Hands Across the Caviar - reviews
  • Russia - Manuscript, "To Decide to Die" by Charles W. Thayer - Chapters 1-10, 11-15
  • Russia - background material - newspaper clippings, outline on "Russia" 1932, Foreign Policy Reports used by Thayer in "Decide to Die"
  • Russia - manuscript, Moscow Interlude, historical novel by Charles W. Thayer - publisher's mock-up copy (3 folders)
  • Russia - dossier on Yuri Loginov alias Edmund Trinka prepared for Readers Digest - working papers and notes
  • Russia - article "A West Pointer Looks at Russia," published in The Forum January-June 1934
  • Russia - article, "Lessons of World War II" by Charles W. Thayer

Box 28

  • Soviet Satellite Countries - general
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Communist China - "The Glorious Military Thought of Comrade [sic] Mao Tse-Tung" by Samuel B. Griffith II
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Czechoslovakia - Supreme Court of Delaware-case of Bota v. Hill re book on Czechoslovakia
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Czechoslovakia - manuscript, "John Anderson" (draft)
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - East Germany - manuscript Check Point by Charles W. Thayer - chapters 1-10, chapters 11-18
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - East Germany - Check Point drafts and working papers
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - East Germany - Check Point early versions - Berlin
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - East Germany - manuscript, Check Point (annotated copy - page proofs) - chapters 1-10, chapters 11-18

Box 29

  • Soviet Satellite Countries - East Germany - manuscript, Check Point, publisher's mock-up copy (2 folders)
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - East Germany - manuscript Check Point, galley proofs (2 folders)

Box 30

  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Hungary - article, "Tito vs. Rakosi: The Vendetta Behind the Hungarian Revolution" by Charles W. Thayer
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Hungary - article, "When They Stole the Code in Budapest" by Charles W. Thayer
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Poland - article, "B-15: The True Story of an Almost Perfect Spy" by Charles W. Thayer
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Rumania - manuscript, "Constantin and Peter Georgescu: Two Boys under the Hammer and Sickle as told to Brutus Coste"
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Rumania - Testimony of Ex-King Michael of Rumania before the Kersten Committee, London
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Yugoslavia - article published in Reader's Digest, "Yugoslavia: The Bell-Weather Keeps Turning Right" by Charles W. Thayer
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Yugoslavia - article, "Tito - The Man Who Buries Marx" by Charles W. Thayer
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Yugoslavia - memorandum of conversation with Jozca and Vilfan - November 10, 1956
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Yugoslavia - Summary of the Yugoslav press - 1955
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Yugoslavia - reports re
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Yugoslavia - copies of Telegrams 1956
  • Soviet Satellite Countries - Tito address, November 16, 1956 (reprint)
  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - biography of his mother by Charles W. Thayer - correspondence and notes re 1964-66
  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - drafts and rewrites - introduction, chapters 1-2
  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - drafts and rewrites - chapter 3

Box 31

  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - biography of his mother by Charles W. Thayer - drafts and rewrites, chapter 4
  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - drafts and rewrites, chapters 5-6
  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - drafts and rewrites, chapter 7
  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - page corrections - original manuscript (2 folders)

Box 32

  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - biography of his mother by Charles W. Thayer - unused manuscript (2 folders)
  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - publisher's mock-up copy (2 folders)
  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - galley proofs - Harper & Row, February 19, 1966
  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - galley proof - Harper & Row
  • Thayer, Mrs. George C. "Muzzy" - April 4, 1966, "About the Author Copy"

Box 33

  • United States service academies - general - background material for possible study urged by Harper & Row - 1966
  • Review of books - "Guerrilla" manuscript - 1963-64
  • Review of books - "Check Point" manuscript - 1966
  • Review of articles by other authors - reviewed by Thayer, 1966-67
PERSONAL AND MISCELLANEOUS FILES
  • Agriculture, Department of - address by Secretary Orville L. Freeman - March 6, 1963
  • Automobile - 1953 Plymouth - brochure re
  • Calling Cards - Charles W. Thayer - U.S. Soviet Joint Commission
  • Calling Cards - miscellaneous

Box 34

  • New Years Celebration - USSR - 1956 - program in Russian
  • New York City - Department of Commerce and Public Events "New York City Highlights," September 15, 1955
  • Newspaper - Polish - 1941
  • Passports - U.S. diplomatic
  • Personal materials sent to his mother, Mrs. George C. Thayer - 1940
  • Russian mileage figures
  • School records - Charles W. Thayer - Haverford School - 1920-23
  • School records - Charles W. Thayer - St. Paul School - 1923-28
  • School records - Charles W. Thayer - U.S. Military Academy - 1930-33
  • School records - Charles W. Thayer, Jr.
  • Stamps - German - Adolph Hitler (cancelled)
  • Stamps and money - Mongolia
  • Cross reference sheets
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