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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Anderson Valley Advertiser

Daybooks and notebooks, 1993 and undated.

Writings and drafts, 1973-2001.

Publicity, ca. 1981-2012.

Research materials, including journals, pamphlets, clippings correspondence, notes etc., 1970-2012.

Photos, ca. 1985-2012.

Correspondence, ca. 1985-2011.

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Cockburn (Alexander) Papers, 1970-2012



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cockburn, Alexander, 1941-2012
Title: Cockburn, Alexander Papers
Dates: 1970-2012
Abstract: Alexander Cockburn (1941-2012) was a prolific political columnist and author who wrote the "Beat the Devil" column for The Nation from 1984 until his death in 2012. The Alexander Cockburn papers consist of writings and drafts, research materials on a variety of topics, and interviews and reviews of Cockburn's works. Also included are correspondence, photos, and issues of the Anderson Valley Advertiser.
Accession No.: 2013-280
OCLC No.: 893582787
Extent: 12 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Alexander Cockburn (1941-2012) was a prolific political columnist and author who wrote the "Beat the Devil" column for The Nation from 1984 until his death in 2012. The son of well-known Irish journalist Claud Cockburn, Alexander Cockburn was raised in Ireland and studied at Oxford before settling in the U.S. in 1972.

In addition to "Beat the Devil" Cockburn was a regular contributor to such publications as The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal and many others. Though typically leftist in stance, Cockburn's views were not easily categorized. He was skeptical of climate change, and was fiercely critical of America's support for Israel. He defended the religion of Scientology and was an early opponent of the Iraq War. Throughout his career, Cockburn was fiercely critical of what he saw as the failings of American journalism.

In addition to his work as a columnist, Cockburn co-founded and co-edited the newsletter Counterpunch, which focused on investigative journalism. He also authored several books including The Politics of Anti-Semitism and A Colossal Wreck: A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption, and American Culture, among others.

Source:

Godfrey Hodgson, "Alexander Cockburn obituary," The Guardian, July 22, 2012, accessed September 23, 2014,

Colin Moynihan, "Alexander Cockburn, Acerbic Writer and Critic, Dies at 71", The New York Times, July 22, 2012, accessed September 23, 2014,

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Scope and Contents

The Alexander Cockburn papers consist of writings and drafts, including drafts of his "Beat the Devil" column and manuscript drafts of his book The Golden Age is in Us. The collection contains research materials on a variety of topics as well as interviews and reviews of Cockburn's works. Also included are correspondence, photos, and issues of the Anderson Valley Advertiser.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cockburn, Alexander -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865)
The Village voice.
Subjects
Journalists -- United States.
Political culture -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government--20th century.
United States -- Politics and government--21st century.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-
World politics -- 20th century.
World politics -- 21st century.

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alexander Cockburn Papers, 1970-2012, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Esther Kirchner, September 2014.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Anderson Valley Advertiser, 1989-2011.

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4S29 Issues of Anderson Valley Advertiser, 1989-1999.
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4S30 Issues of Anderson Valley Advertiser, 1999-2004.
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4S31 Issues of Anderson Valley Advertiser, 2004-2011.

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4S31-4S32 Daybooks and notebooks, 1993 and undated.

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Writings and drafts, 1973-2001.

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4S32 Columns for the Village Voice, including "Press Clips" and "The Moving Target" (Photocopies), 1973-1984.
"Beat the Devil" columns and letters, 1984-2001.
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4S33 Letters to the editor, The Nation, ca. 1990s.
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4S33-4S34 Writings and drafts, ca. 1982-2006.
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4S34 Articles for House and Garden Magazine, 1983-1985.
"Cher's house" (article, drafts, expenses etc.), 1983.
"Tromp-l'oeil" (correspondence and materials for article), 1985.
"Tipping" (article and expenses), 1985.
"An Englishman's LA" (article, drafts and expenses), 1983.
"Computer House" (article, drafts and correspondence), 1985.
"Collecting 50's" (article and drafts), 1983.
"Epcot" (article, drafts and correspondence), 1983.
"Tree Touring" (article, drafts and correspondence), 1983.
"Cookbooks" (article, drafts and correspondence), 1983.
"Beds" (article, drafts and correspondence), 1984.
"Western Landscapes" (article, drafts and expenses), 1984.
"Automobile in Culture" (article, drafts and notes), 1984-1985.
"Food" (article, drafts, menus etc.), 1985.
Expense records, 1983-1985 .
Notes and drafts for article on Sirhan Sirhan and RFK assassination, undated.
Partial manuscript of Whiteout: the CIA, Drugs and the Press," 1998 and undated.
Draft of "A Short Meat-Oriented History of the World from Eden to Mattole," undated.
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4S34-4S35 Partial manuscript of The Golden Age is in Us, 1989-1992.
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4S35 Manuscript draft of The Golden Age is in Us, 1987-1994.

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Publicity, ca. 1981-2012.

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4R312 VHS tapes of interviews and speaking events, 1998-2000 and undated.
4 VHS tapes.
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4S36 List of book tour events for The Fate of the Forest, undated.
Book proposals, undated.
Interviews, reviews and publicity, ca. 1981-2012.
Speaking engagements, 1991.
Expense reports, 2010.

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Research materials, including journals, pamphlets, clippings correspondence, notes etc., 1970-2012.

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4R312 The Warfare Series: A short course in reality, undated.
12 cassette tapes.
E.P. Memoirs,
1 CD-RW.
Taped interviews, CounterPunch, QuickBooks etc., undated.
20 cassette tapes, 1 microcassette tape, 1 Zip disk.
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4S36 Manuscript of chapter one from Men and Women Writers of the 1930s: The Dangerous Flood of History by Janet Montefiore, undated.
Issues of Fuck You / A Magazine for the Arts (photocopies), 1962-1965.
Research file on U.S./ Morocco relations, 1964-1973, 2001.
Research file on Social Democrats (ideology), ca. 1975-1982.
Louis Adamic research file, ca. 1984.
Ritual abuse research file, 1985-1993.
Articles and clippings by Cockburn, ca. 1990s.
Issue of XX!st century, 1991.
Scientology research file, 1991-1993.
Manuscript of You and Jesus and God by Maurice Lipov, 1992-1994 and undated.
Andy Kopkind, 1994.
Issues of CounterPunch, 1996-2010.
Draft chapters from The Scramble for the Amazon and the 'Lost Paradise' of Euclides da Cunha by Susanna B. Hecht, 1997.
Psychiatric research file, 2005-2009.
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4S36-4S37 Global warming research files, 1988-2009.
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4S37 Research materials and notes, ca. 1930s, 1970-2012.
Victor Sher, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, 1997.
Typescript of "The Human Factor" by Steve Johnson, 2008.
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4N83 Art prints, ca. 1988 and undated.
Clippings and notes, 1982 and undated.
Issues of Interview magazine, October 1988-October 1989.

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Photos, ca. 1985-2012.

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4S38 Photos of Cockburn, ca. 1985-2012.
Photos and slides, 1991-2011 and undated.

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4S38 Correspondence, ca. 1985-2011.

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