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Leslie Hunter Whitten Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SC MS 0007
Letters, documents, notes, photographs, etc. relating to Les Whitten's early years, schooling, and work as a Hearst reporter, Jack Anderson associate, and novelist. Includes correspondence with parents through college and military service, and letters to his family. Also material relating to novel writing, including drafts, research notes, and correspondence with publishers; to work with the Hearst newspapers, including reporter's notes, clippings, and research materials; and to work with columnist Jack Anderson, including research material, column offprints, and documents released under Freedom of Information Act by FBI and CIA.

Dates

  • 1934-2009

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Extent

130 boxes ; 48 Linear Feet

Overview

Born on February 21, 1928 in Jacksonville Florida, Leslie Hunter Whitten was a Hearst newspaper reporter for the Washington Post, an associate on Jack Anderson's newspaper column, and accomplished novelist. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1950. This collection documents various stages of Whitten's life, especially the years in Washington DC as a journalist. Letters, documents, notes, photographs, etc. relating to Les Whitten's early years, schooling, and work as a Hearst reporter, Jack Anderson associate, and novelist. Includes correspondence with parents through college and military service, and letters to his family. Also material relating to novel writing, including drafts, research notes, and correspondence with publishers; to work with the Hearst newspapers, including reporter's notes, clippings, and research materials; and to work with columnist Jack Anderson, including research material, column offprints, and documents released under Freedom of Information Act by FBI and CIA.

Biographical / Historical

Born on February 21, 1928 in Jacksonville Florida, Leslie Hunter Whitten was a Hearst newspaper reporter for the Washington Post, an associate on Jack Anderson's newspaper column, and accomplished novelist. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1950.

Arrangement

The materials of this collection are arranged chronologically in publication order.

SERIES I; PERSONAL: 10 Boxes

This series includes family correspondence, early school report cards, many photographs, articles, reviews of his books, scrapbooks of articles he wrote, and other miscellaneous personal material from Whitten's youth up to the present time.

SERIES II; BOOKS, POETRY, and SHORT STORIES: 41 Boxes

This series includes research material, drafts, typescripts and galleys, mostly of Whitten's novels, but including some short stories and poetry, arranged in publication order.

SERIES III; REPORTER: 65 Boxes

This material is mostly clippings of articles Whitten wrote for the Heart newspapers, plus some research material he saved.

This material includes many documents listed under the same headings used by Whitten, plus a complete set of "Merry-Go-Round" columns written during the years that he was employed by Jack Anderson. Categories include Accuracy in Media; American Association of Retired Persons; Banks; Consumers; Animals; Crime; Department of Defense; Drugs; Energy; Farms; Guns; Foreign; Health; Indians; Insurance; Intelligence Agencies; Oil; Patents; Payola; Pensions; Payoffs; People; Politics; Pollution; Power; Prisons; Radiation; Religion; Stocks; Smithsonian Institution; Miscellaneous; and Whitten.

SERIES IV: 1991 additions Mostly literary mansucripts

SERIES V: 2009 additions Mostly literary manuscripts

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Leslie Whitten, 1990. 1 carton (turned into 3 manuscript boxes) added 2/4/2009, donated by Les Whitten.

Related Materials

SC Pam 1444 Les Whitten, '50, at Lehigh University, April 20 & 21, 1988 : a keepsake Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries.

SC LVF W624 Whitten, Les, 1928- (Lehigh Collection Vertical File)
Associated Titles L W624m 1992 Moon of the wolf. Progeny of the adder Whitten, Les, 1928

L W624s 1986 Sometimes a hero Whitten, Les, 1928-

L W624al 1986 The alchemist Whitten, Les, 1928-

L W624d A day without sunshine Whitten, Les, 1928-

L W624fv Fighting violent crime in America Lauder, Ronald S.

L W624k 1985 A killing pace Whitten, Les, 1928-

L W624L 1990 The lost disciple: the book of Demas Whitten, Les, 1928-

L W624c 1991 Conflict of interest Whitten, Les, 1928-

L B154zw F. Lee Bailey Whitten, Les, 1928-

Washington Merry-Go-Round

Separated Materials

Library also has copies of Whitten's published novels and poetry, cataloged separately, including review copies and translations.

Documents and a set of slides (photographer H. Scott Heist) related to events he attended at Lehigh University. The Lehigh material removed and cataloged separately.

Copyright Notice

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Title
Finding Aid of Leslie Hunter Whitten Papers
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid created in December 2, 1996 -- ArchivesSpace migration by Amanda Anglemeyer, September 2017.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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