Guide to the Richard Wilmer Rowan Papers, 1910-1987
Collection number: MC 95
Size: 2 boxes
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 Séductre: An Inner View of the Boche At
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.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], Richard Wilmer Rowan Papers, 1910-1987, MC 95, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Donation, Professor Douglas L. Wheeler, July 1988 (Accession number: 883)
Series I: Correspondence, 1910-1965
|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, 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, 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, Folder 4||Czechoslovak National Council (G.H. Mika) to R.W.R., 1918
T.L.S. May 3, 1918
|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, 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, 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, Folder 8||Correspondence both with and about R.W.R. by others, 1913-1918|
|Box 1, Folder 9||Correspondence of Ruth Rowan, 1963-1965|
Series II: Published Work by Richard Wilmer Rowan, 1931-1965
|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
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, 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
|Box 1, Folder 12||Reviews of Rowan’s Spy and
|Box 1, Folder 13||Reviews of Rowan’s The Story of Secret
Service, 1936-1937, 1968-1969|
|Box 1, Folder 14||Reviews of Rowan’s Secret Agents Against
|Box 1, Folder 15||Reviews of Rowan’s Terror In Our
|Box 1, Folder 16||Extracts of Reviews of Rowan’s Works (Typed), nd|
|Box 1, Folder 17||Reviews of Rowan’s The Pinkertons,
|Box 1, Folder 18||Reviews of Rowan’s Spies and the Next
War, 1934, and Modern Spies Tell Their
|Box 1, Folder 19||Reviews of Rowan’s The Story of Secret
|Box 1, Folder 20||Reviews of Rowan’s The Story of Secret
|Box 1, Folder 21||Reviews of Rowan’s Secret Agents Against
|Box 1, Folder 22||Reviews of Rowan’s Terror In Our
|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
|Box 1, Folder 24||Newspaper clippings, 1941-1942|
|Box 1, Folder 24||Obituaries, 1964
New York Times Aug. 14, 1964
Brown Alumni Monthly Vol. LXV No.2 (Nov.
|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, Folder 27||Newspaper clippings, 1984-1987
Rowan’s high school baseball club
|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
|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,
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, Folder 30||Dulles, Allen. “The Craft of Intelligence.” Supplement to Harper’s Magazine, April 1963.|
|Box 2, Folder 1|| “Home-run Parkins,” The Saturday Evening
Post, Vol. 184 No.50: 12-14 and 48-51, June 8,