1920s-1950. Archive of Bertram D. Hulen, Author, and noted international correspondent of the New York Times.Bertram Hulen, Washington Bureau correspondent at the New York Times, was known as the dean of State Department reporters. He had more than twenty-five years experience covering the State Department and White House and was the author of a highly regarded book, Inside The State Department. Hulen was killed along with a dozen other American correspondents on July 12, 1949 in a plane crash near Bombay, India. The party was returning from an inspection of Indonesia at the invitation of the Netherlands government.This archive consists of letters and mementos dating from the 1920s up to the immediate aftermath of his death. Most of the journalistic items are letters from colleagues and friends, many congratulatory, commenting on the publication of his book. There are some interesting letters from correspondents, telling about their assignments. Person letters to his wife tell of his work, the life of a foreign correspondent, and some of the more interesting of his assignments, especially on the campaign trail with presidential candidates. There are many letters and telegrams of condolence written to his wife and to the New York Times, after his death. Also included are credentials of one type or another, issued for special assignments, invitations, and a file of correspondence and records related to Hulens family genealogy.Specifically, the contents include a telegram of condolence, to Mrs. Hulen, from Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, a 26 photo of President Coolidge and the White House Press Corp, taken in 1929, a film roll, sent by the Netherlands government, of the time the group of correspondents spent in Indonesia, a portrait of Hulen, a letter of condolence from poet Strickland Gillilan, a cocktail recipe sent to Hulen from the USSR Embassy in the aftermath of a reception there, a letter from Cordell Hull, another from Joseph Grew, both Secretaries of State, a detailed 1932 letter from Nelson T. Johnson of the China Legation of the United States, about conditions in China, specifically about the Japanese belligerence. There are telegrams of shock in the days immediately following Hulens death, many from noted New York Times reporters of the day, and dozens of letters from politicians, diplomats, journalists. One invitation is to the birthday celebration given for King Alexander I, from the Minister of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. A number of letters are from his colleagues at the New York Times, including Arthur Sulzberger. And much more, including an invitation to a meeting of The Hitler Gang. (Inventory #: 1111255)
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