About Richard Wilmer Rowan
Richard Wilmer Rowan (1894-1964) has been described as the foremost American non-fiction writer on the history of espionage. He was educated at Brown and Columbia and served in the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service during World War I. He maintained a large international network of sources which provided him with information on intelligence activities.
Rowan’s publications include:
- Sainte SÃ©ductre: An Inner View of the Boche At Bay by Exile X. (revised and edited by Rowan) (1917)
- Spy and Counter-Spy (1928)
- Spies and the Next War (1934)
- Modern Spies Tell Their Stories (1934)
- The Story of Secret Service (1937), the classic history of espionage
- Secret Agents Against America (1939)
- Terror In Our Time (1941)
- Spy Secrets (1946)
- Cuba: The Big Red Lie (1963)
- Secret Service: Thirty-Three Centuries of Espionage (1967),the new and revised edition of The Story of Secret Service
About the Richard Wilmer Rowan collection
The collection includes correspondence from Allen W. Dulles (former head of the C.I.A.), the actor Sydney Greenstreet, as well as others, book reviews, and various publications concerned with espionage and politics.
- Published work by Richard W. Rowan
- Book Reviews
- Biographical Information
- Publications on Espionage and Politics (Not by R.W.R.)
I. . Correspondence
|f.1||Allen W. Dulles ( Former Head of C.I.A.) to R.W.R.|
T.L.S. Jan. 14, 1963
T.L.S. Mar. 18, 1963
T.L.S. Mar. 28, 1963
T.L.S. May 3, 1963
T.L.S. June 20, 1963
T.L.S. Oct. 4, 1963
T.L.S. Dec. 6. 1963
|f.2||Sydney Greenstreet to R.W.R.|
A.L.S. Nov. 29 [?], 1919 [Postmarked Nov.3, 1919]
A.L.S. Nov. 19,1919
A.L.S. March 10, 1910 [Sic; Postmarked March 10, 1920]
A.L.S. n.d. [Postmarked Feb. 24, 1920]
|f.3||Walter Pforzheimer-Richard W. and Ruth Rowan:
Photocopy T.L. Pforzheimer to R.W.R. Dec. 17, 1959
Photocopy T.L.S. R.W.R. to Pforzheimer Dec. 21 1959
Photocopy T.L.S. R.W.R. to Pforzheimer May 18, 1960
Photocopy T.L.S. R.W.R. to Pforzheimer Aug. 17, 1960
Telegram Pforzheimer to Mrs. Richard [Ruth] W. Rowan Aug. 15, 1964
Photocopy. A.L.S. Ruth Rowan to Pforzheimer Sept.2, 1964.
|f.4||Czechoslovak National Council (G.H. Mika) to R.W.R.:
T.L.S. May 3, 1918
|f.5||Mrs. Louis J. Figenwald with R.W.R.:
Photocopy T.L. Mrs. Louis Figenwald to R.W.R. July 4, 1946
T.L.S. R.W.R. to Figenwald July 8, 1946
Also: Typed Book Review by Figenwald of Spielhagen, F. Spione and Verschwoerer in Spanien. (Paris: Editions de Carrefour, 1936).
|f.6||Sanford L. Cluett to R.W.R.:
T.L.S. Mar. 23, 1942
T.L.S. Apr. 29, 1942
Also photostat of A.L.S. Dr. Schragmuller to Cluett Apr. 5, 1932
|f.7||Doubleday and Co., Inc. to Richard W. and Ruth Rowan:
1954-56 and 1962-64 Re: Copyrights
Also Library of Congress to Rowan Re: Copyright
|f.8||Correspondence both with and about R.W.R. by others 1913-1918.|
|f.9||Correspondence of Ruth Rowan 1963-65.|
II. Published work by Richard W. Rowan
|f.10|| a) “The Student and American Security,” The Rainbow of Delta Tau Delta Vol. LXXIV No.4 (June 1951):209-11 and 216. Plus Extra Copy of Article.
b) (Booklet) The Molly Maguires. Fort Wayne, [Ind.]: Prepared by the Staff of the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, 1955.
c) Photocopy of Book Review of Harry Howe Ransom’s Central Intelligence and National Security by R.W.R. in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (May 1959):189.
|f.11||Annotated Proofs of Title page and Table of Contents of The Story of Secret Service; Two Dustjackets and Copyright Documents Concerning Several of Rowan’s Publications. 1931-65.|
III. Book Reviews
|f.12||Reviews of Rowan’s Spy and Counter-Spy 1928.|
|f.13||Reviews of Rowan’s The Story of Secret Service 1936-37 and 1968-69.|
|f.14||Review of Rowan’s Secret Agents Against America 1939.|
|f.15||Review of Rowan’s Terror in Our Time 1941.|
|f.16||Extracts of Reviews of Rowan’s Works (Typed).|
|f.17||Reviews of Rowan’s The Pinkertons 1931.|
|f.18||Review’s of Rowan’s Spies and the Next War (1934) and Modern Spies Tell Their Stories (1934).|
|f.19||Reviews of Rowan’s The Story of Secret Service 1937.|
|f.20||Reviews of Rowan’s The Story of Secret Service 1937.|
|f.21||Reviews of Rowan’s Secret Agents Against America 1939.|
|f.22||Reviews of Rowan’s Terror in Our Time 1941.|
|f.23||Publicity and Schedules for Lectures by R.W.R. 1915-60. Includes Text for “The Secret War Behind the War” (1941).|
IV. Biographical Information
|f.24||Newspaper Clippings 1941-42.|
|f.25||Obituaries. New York Times Aug. 14, 1964 and Brown Alumni Monthly Vol.LXV No.2 (Nov. 1964): 66.|
|f.26||Articles About R.W.R. by Dr. Douglas Wheeler 1984 and 1987.
a) Draft of “An Anniversary in Espionage Literature,” Foreign Intelligence Literary Scene Feb. 1984.
b) Photocopy of “Fiftieth Anniversary of Richard Wilmer Rowan’s The Story of Secret Service,” Foreign Intelligence Literary Scene vol. 6 no. 6 (Nov/Dec. 1987): 1-5.
|f.27||Rowan’s High School Baseball Club. Newspaper Clippings, 1911.|
|f.28||Die Freie Zeitung (Newspaper). Eight Issues from March 1918.|
V. Publications on Espionage and Politics (Not by R.W.R.)
|f.29||Political Pamphlets (Not by R.W.R.)
a) Hazen, Charles D. Die Regierung Deutschlands. New York: Gesellschaft der Freunde der deutschen Demokratie, 1918.
b) Kahn, Otto H. The Poison Growth of Prussianism. Address in Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wis. Jan. 13, 1918).
c) Beria, Lavrenty. Fifteen Years of Soviet Georgia. Moscow: Co-Operative Publishing Society of Foreign Workers in the U.S.S.R., 1936
d) France Forever No.7 N.Y.: The Fighting French Committee of National Liberation, Feb. 1944.
|f.30||Dulles, Allen. “The Craft of Intelligence.” Supplement to Harper’s Magazine (April 1963).|
|“Home-run Parkins,” The Saturday Evening Post, Vol. 184 No.50 (June 8, 1912): 12-14 and 48-51.|