A Guide to the John R. Chamberlain Archive, 1923-1991,
American journalist and literary critic John R. Chamberlain (1903-1995) graduated from Yale University in 1925, and the following year began his career in the news industry working for the New York Times. He later held positions as reporter, editor, columnist, and book reviewer for several other newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Life. Additionally, he authored a syndicated column for King Features for twenty-five years. Prior to the 1940s, Chamberlain was known as a liberal until switching his political beliefs over to conservatism, as did many other writers and thinkers of the time.
After the death of his first wife Margaret Sterling in the mid 1950s, he married Ernestine Stodelle, formerly married to Russian theatrical producer Theodore Komisarjevsky. Chamberlain had two daughters, one son, a stepdaughter, and two stepsons.
“John Chamberlain, Columnist, Dies at 91.” New York Times. April 13, 1995. Accessed November 23, 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/1995/04/13/obituaries/john-chamberlain-columnist-dies-at-91.html.
“John Chamberlain (Journalist).” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Accessed November 23, 2011. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Chamberlain_%28journalist%29.
Composed of approximately 200 typed and handwritten letters, the John R. Chamberlain Archive, 1923-1991, comprises correspondence between Chamberlain and many notable writers and business leaders, such as author Archibald MacLeish, journalist Dorothy Thompson, and Texaco president John K. McKinley documenting several political issues, including Watergate, federal aid to education, and the Eichmann trial. Additionally, the letters concern books and columns written by Chamberlain.
This collection is open for research use.
John R. Chamberlain Archive, 1923-1991, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Maria Soscia, November 2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers