Scope and Contents
Series I, PERSONAL PAPERS, begins with Letters of William Bayard Hale to Olga Unger Hale (1910-1921) discussing mainly routine meetings with local and state officials during his stay in Mexico and throughout his travels in Latin America and Europe as a journalist. Hale does, however, write to his wife of the political upheavals in Mexico and Nicaragua in 1913 and 1914 and also of his opposition to United States recognition of the Huerta government in Mexico.
Letters to William Bayard Hale consist of photocopies of letters which William Harlan Hale sold to private collectors in 1971. Included are thirteen letters from Woodrow Wilson to Hale dating from February 10, 1911, to July 12, 1915. Hale was Wilson's confidant until differences over United States policies early in World War I ended their friendship. In his letter of April 2, 1915, Wilson calls Hale's proposal for a United States embargo on arms shipments to belligerent powers "a suggestion of reprisal, and I should be very loath to see this nation...in retaliation of anything proposed on the other side of the water. I really think we should cultivate a different spirit in the matter. We are detached and we can keep our minds clear of any sort of feeling that might mislead us."
Other letters to Hale include three from Sigmund Freud (1922 Jan), in which Freud discusses his ideas on the proper use of psychoanalysis, with particular reference to Hale's newly published book The Story of a Style:A Psychoanalytic Study of Wilson. H.L. Mencken also writes of Hale's book, 1919 Aug 20, "You have invented a new form of criticism... The plain people buried Woodrow. You have erected his imperishable tombstone." Other correspondents of note include William Jennings Bryan, John Burroughs, Thomas Hardy, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Dean Howells, B.W. Huebsch, Theodore Roosevelt and George Bernard Shaw.
Series I also contains a small amount of Hale's writings, including an early sermon (1895), his address on "The Making of the American Constitution" delivered at Oxford in 1895, arguments against British activities on the seas and the exportation of munitions (1915), and a copy of The Story of a Style.
Finally, Series I includes memorabilia and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings of Hale's articles and of articles about Hale. The scrapbooks cover the years 1908-1923 but also contain an article written in 1934 by Hale's son, William Harlan Hale, and an article which appeared in the New York Times in 1939, in both of which Hale's secret interview with Kaiser Wilhelm in 1908 is discussed.
Series II, PRINTED MATTER, consists of pamphlets and periodicals collected by Hale relating to World War I. Materials included were published both during and after the war. Found here is a sizable collection of pro-German pamphlets and periodicals published in the United States, including The American Monthly, Bull, The Fatherland, New Yorker Bezirks-Nachrichten and Viereck's. Of special interest is material documenting the German response to the Allied occupation after the war, particularly the "shame" caused by the presence of black American troops. Also included here are pamphlets dealing with political prisoners, prisoners of war, German war guilt and the Versailles Treaty.
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Biographical / Historical
- Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
- Burroughs, John, 1837-1921
- Carranza, Venustiano, 1859-1920
- Chamorro, Emiliano, 1871-
- Costa Rica -- Description and travel
- El Salvador -- Description and travel
- Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939
- Guatemala -- Description and travel
- Hale, Olga Unger
- Hale, William Bayard, 1869-1924
- Hale, William Harlan, 1910-1974
- Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928
- Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr., 1841-1935
- Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920
- Huebsch, B. W. (Benjamin W.), 1876-1964
- Huerta, Victoriano, 1845-1916
- Latin America
- Madero, Francisco I., 1873-1913
- Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956
- Mexico -- Description and travel
- Mexico -- Foreign relations -- United States
- Mexico -- History -- 1910-1946
- Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1910-1946
- Nicaragua -- Description and travel
- Nicaragua -- History -- 1909-1937
- Panama Canal (Panama)
- Propaganda, American
- Propaganda, German
- Puerto Rico -- Description and travel
- Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
- Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950
- Treaty of Versailles (1919 June 28)
- United States -- Foreign relations -- Mexico
- Venezuela -- Description and travel
- Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and prisons
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Propaganda
- Zelaya, José Santos, 1853-1919
- Guide to the William Bayard Hale Papers
- compiled by Miriam Levi
- November 1980
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- January 2010: Finding aid revision description not supplied.