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Guide to the Cedric Belfrage Papers TAM.143

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
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Collection processed by Amy Meselson in 1993. Edited by Maggie Schreiner in February 2014 for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description and to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials. Box 31 added in May 2014.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on June 19, 2014
Finding aid is written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited to reflect updated administrative information  , June 2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Belfrage, Cedric, 1904-1990.
Title: Cedric Belfrage Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1922-2003
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1945-1985
Abstract: Cedric Belfrage, socialist, author, journalist, translator, and co-founder of the National Guardian, was born in London in 1904. In 1927 Belfrage went to Hollywood, where he was hired by the  New York Sun and  Film Weekly as a correspondent. He became politically active, joining the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League and co-editing a left literary magazine,  The Clipper. In 1948, he wrote for and helped found the  National Guardian (later  Guardian) to which he would remain affiliated until the 1960's. Belfrage was summoned in 1953 to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and in 1955, he was deported back to his native England. Belfrage then travelled to Cuba in 1961, and in 1962, travelled throughout South America before finally settling in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 1973, Belfrage returned to the U.S. for the first time since 1955, on a publicity tour for a new book. Belfrage continued to write extensively until his last years. He died in Mexico on June 21, 1990. The papers of Cedric Belfrage span the years 1922-1990, with the bulk of the material from 1945-1985. The collection consists mainly of Belfrage's writings both published and unpublished. The writings include articles, travel notes, translations, short fiction and non-fiction essays, book manuscripts and research files, and related correspondence. The collection also contains correspondence (mostly incoming), documentation of Belfrage's political activities, biographical materials and photographs.
Quantity: 16.5 linear feet in 31 boxes.
Location note: Boxes 1-29 are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to research visit. Boxes 30 and 31 are stored at Bobst Library and can be accessed without advance notice.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.143