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Guide to the Richard Wilmer Rowan Papers, 1910-1987

Collection number: MC 95

Size: 2 boxes (0.66 cu.ft.)

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 S├ęductre: An Inner View of the Boche At Bay, 1917

Spy and Counter-Spy, 1928

Spies and the Next War, 1934

Modern Spies Tell Their Stories, 1934

The Story of Secret Service, 1937

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 (new and revised version of The Story of Secret Service, 1937)

About the Richard Wilmer Rowan Papers

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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard Wilmer Rowan Papers, 1910-1987, MC 95, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation, Professor Douglas L. Wheeler, July 1988 (Accession number: 883)

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence, 1910-1965

(9 folders)

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Allen W. Dulles (Former Head of C.I.A.) to R.W.R., 1963

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

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 2 Sydney Greenstreet to R.W.R., 1919-1920

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]

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 3 Walter Pforzheimer-Richard W. and Ruth Rowan, 1959-1964

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.

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 4 Czechoslovak National Council (G.H. Mika) to R.W.R., 1918

T.L.S. May 3, 1918

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 5 Mrs. Louis J. Figenwald with R.W.R., 1936, 1946

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).

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 6 Sanford L. Cluett to R.W.R., 1932, 1942

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

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 7 Doubleday and Co., Inc. to Richard W. and Ruth Rowan, 1962-1964

1954-56 and 1962-64 Re: Copyrights

Also Library of Congress to Rowan Re: Copyright

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 8 Correspondence both with and about R.W.R. by others, 1913-1918
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 9 Correspondence of Ruth Rowan, 1963-1965

Series II: Published Work by Richard Wilmer Rowan, 1931-1965

(2 folders)

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 10 Articles and Book Reviews, 1951-1959

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.

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11 Proofs, Dustjackets, Copyright Documents, 1931-1965

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.

Series III: Published Work by Richard Wilmer Rowan, 1931-1965

(9 folders)

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 12 Reviews of Rowan’s Spy and Counter-Spy, 1928
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 13 Reviews of Rowan’s The Story of Secret Service, 1936-1937, 1968-1969
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 14 Reviews of Rowan’s Secret Agents Against America, 1939
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 15 Reviews of Rowan’s Terror In Our Time, 1941
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 16 Extracts of Reviews of Rowan’s Works (Typed), nd
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 17 Reviews of Rowan’s The Pinkertons, 1931
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 18 Reviews of Rowan’s Spies and the Next War, 1934, and Modern Spies Tell Their Stories, 1934
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 19 Reviews of Rowan’s The Story of Secret Service, 1937
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 20 Reviews of Rowan’s The Story of Secret Service, 1937
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 21 Reviews of Rowan’s Secret Agents Against America, 1939
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 22 Reviews of Rowan’s Terror In Our Time, 1941
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 23 Publicity and Schedules for Lectures by R.W.R. 1915-60. Includes Text for “The Secret War Behind the War,” 1941

Series IV: Biographical Information, 1911-1987

(5 folders)

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 24 Newspaper clippings, 1941-1942
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 24 Obituaries, 1964

New York Times Aug. 14, 1964

Brown Alumni Monthly Vol. LXV No.2 (Nov. 1964): 66.

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 26 Articles About R.W.R. by Dr. Douglas Wheeler, 1911

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.

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 27 Newspaper clippings, 1984-1987

Rowan’s high school baseball club

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 28 Die Freie Zeitung (Newspaper). Eight Issues from March 1918

Series V: Publications on Espionage and Politics (Not by R.W.R.), 1918-1963

(3 folders)

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 29 Political Pamphlets (Not by R.W.R.), 1918-1944

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.

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 30 Dulles, Allen. “The Craft of Intelligence.” Supplement to Harper’s Magazine, April 1963.
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 “Home-run Parkins,” The Saturday Evening Post, Vol. 184 No.50: 12-14 and 48-51, June 8, 1912.

2 Responses to “Guide to the Richard Wilmer Rowan Papers, 1910-1987”

  1. W.W. Koepsel Says:

    I have a copy of A “book”, paperback, 8.5×11 inches called “Spy Secrets” written by Richard W. Rowan and published by Buse Publications, Inc., New York copyrighted in 1946. I cannot find it any where on the internet. It’s slightly used looking.

  2. Roland Goodbody Says:

    I came across a copy of the same book in our book collection here yesterday. It was published in 1946 and at that time was priced at 50 cents. It is obviously out of print. A search on Abe Books (an out-of-print book service) doesn’t yield any results, so it is clearly rare. I have revised the finding aid above so that there is now a complete listing with links to the online catalog to each of Rowan’s titles we hold.