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Guide to the George William Hughes Britt papers, 1942-1953, bulk 1942-1944

Summary

Collection includes correspondence, memoranda, intelligence, and statistical reports, reminiscences, news clippings, photographs, and financial papers (primarily 1942-1944) from his employment by the U.S. Office of War Information. Includes correspondence between Britt and the American ambassador in Turkey, Laurence A. Steinhardt. Contains legal papers, correspondence, and clippings relating to Karl and Stella von Kleczkowski; he was a former German espionage agent in Turkey who turned to the Allied cause in 1943.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.00152
Title
George William Hughes Britt papers
Date
1942-1953
Creator
Britt, George, 1895-1988
Extent
1.2 Linear Feet, 4 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Collection includes correspondence, memoranda, intelligence, and statistical reports, reminiscences, news clippings, photographs, and financial papers (primarily 1942-1944) from his employment by the U.S. Office of War Information in Beirut and Cairo.

Also includes correspondence between Britt and the American ambassador in Turkey, Laurence A. Steinhardt. Contains legal papers, correspondence, and clippings relating to Karl and Stella von Kleczkowski, who was a former German espionage agent in Turkey who turned to the Allied cause in 1943.

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[Identification of item], George William Hughes Britt Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

OWI Photographs (Personal)
Box 1
Folder 1
OWI Photographs (Beirut)
Box 1
Folder 2
OWI Photographs (Personal)
Box 1
Folder 3
OWI Photographs (Istanbul and Personal)
Box 1
Folder 4
Correspondence -- Harold Guinzburg (1 of 2) -- 16 Sept. 1942 -- 27 Dec. 1942
Box 1
Folder 5
Correspondence -- Harold Guinzburg (2 of 2) -- 30 Dec. 1942 -- 20 March 1943
Box 1
Folder 6
Outpost Service Bureau and James Linen Correspondence (1 of 2) -- 27 March 1943 -- 29 May 1943
Box 1
Folder 7
Outpost Service Bureau and James Linen Correspondence (2 of 2) 5 June 1943 -- 14 Aug. 1943
Box 1
Folder 8
Correspondence -- American Embassy -- 14 Sept. 1943 -- 2 Aug. 1944
Box 1
Folder 9
Journal Entries -- 5 Sept. 1942 -- 15 Oct. 1944
Box 1
Folder 10
OWI Reports -- Syria, Lebanon, Turkey -- 14 Feb. 1943 -- 13 June 1944
Box 1
Folder 11
Reports -- Turkey -- 1 Sept. 1944 -- 4 Nov. 1944
Box 1
Folder 12
Syria and Lebanon -- 1 Feb. 1943 -- 8 Oct. 1943
Box 1
Folder 13
Correspondence and Reports -- 27 Aug. 1943 -- 6 June 1944
Box 1
Folder 14
Correspondence and Reports -- 10 Sept. 1943 -- 31 Oct. 1944
Box 1
Folder 15
Reports on German Propaganda in Turkey -- March -- Oct. 1944
Box 1
Folder 16
Rumanian Period Materials -- 12 Jan.1944 -- 24 Jan. 1945
Box 1
Folder 17
Newspaper List -- Lebanon and Syria -- July 1943
Box 1
Folder 18
Rumor Factory -- 31 Dec. 1942 -- 9 Sept. 1943
Box 1
Folder 19
Britt -- War Service Appointment Record -- 6 July 1942 -- 14 Dec. 1942
Box 1
Folder 20
OWI Personnel Records -- May 1943 -- May 1944
Box 1
Folder 21
Financial Information -- 14 Sept 1945 -- 14 Nov. 1953
Box 1
Folder 22
Folder 23: Britt's Passport
Box 1
Folder 23
Miscellaneous Materials
Box 1
Folder 24
Turkish Marionettes (Jointed Figures)
Box 1
Folder 25
Karl and Stella Kleczkowski (1 of 3) -- 31 Aug. 1942 -- 9 July 1945
Box 1
Folder 26
Karl and Stella Kleczkowski (2 of 3) -- 15 Oct. 1945 -- 26 Jan. 1946
Box 1
Folder 27
Karl and Stella Kleczkowski (3 of 3) -- 1 Feb. 1946 -- 19 Dec. 1948
Box 1
Folder 28
Declassified correspondence (formerly marked "Secret," "Restricted," or "Confidential)," 1944
Box 1
Folder 29
Photographs
Box 2-3
Photographs; Clippings
Box 4
 

Historical Note

George W. H. (William Hughes) Britt, born in Kentucky, was an educator, editor, journalist, and author. During World War II he was employed by the United States Office of War Information, Overseas Operations Branch, first in Beirut and later Istanbul.


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Provenance

The George William Hughes Britt papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet. Encoded by Lisa Stark.

Completed April 14, 1999.

Accession(s) represented in collection guide: 1990-0129.

Collection has been given core level processing: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.