Milan James Kubic (1927-2020) Papers
Scope and Contents
The Milan Kubic collection fills 25 boxes, with 30.1 megabytes of born-digital files, and spans the years 1948-2017. Included are biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, floppy disks, newspaper and magazine clippings, interview transcripts, notes and research, written work, notebooks, legal-sized items, and oversized items.
The biographical materials are arranged in a rough chronological order and contain various documents between 1948-1958. This section includes records from Kubic’s stay in a German displaced persons camp, notes from his Northwestern University classes, and address books for foreign correspondents from his years working at Newsweek.
Correspondence is first grouped by topic in a rough chronological flow, and thereafter arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent. This section encompasses information on Kubic’s personal and professional life, including letters from his family and friends as well as his Newsweek colleagues. Miscellaneous business and Newsweek correspondence is grouped according to the foreign bureau at which Kubic was working when the correspondence was sent or received. This section includes letters from some prominent individuals including, among others, journalist Ben Bradlee, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Teddy Kollek, Ehud Olmert, Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, and Vernon Walters.
Photographs in this collection capture Kubic’s personal and professional life. There are photographs of his family, as well as of interviews and travel related to Newsweek business. The photographs are arranged chronologically, with the numerous undated pictures placed last in the arrangement.
Floppy disks (1986-1995) in the collection contain 30.1 megabytes of born-digital files including writings related to the Iran-Contra Affair, writings and correspondence related to Kubic's journalism career, and drafts and writings from Kubic's autobiographical manuscript, ""A Journalist's Passage from Prague to the Promised Land".
Newspaper and magazine clippings are arranged in a broad chronology and grouped by topic. Kubic’s articles published in Newsweek and The Washington Post are grouped according to which foreign bureau he was located at when the article was published. This section also includes articles published in Spanish, French, Hebrew, and Czech.
The interview transcripts are arranged alphabetically by the name of the interviewee. This section contains transcripts between the years 1979 and 1983, when Kubic was located in Jerusalem. It includes interviews with prominent Israeli and Middle Eastern political and cultural figures such as Shulamit Aloni, Menachem Begin, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Meron Benvenisti, Abba Eban, Aryeh Eliav, Amos Elon, Elias Freij, Amos Oz, Mattityahu Peled, Shimon Peres, and Ezer Weizman.
Kubic’s notes and research are grouped by topic and arranged in chronological order. This section includes research and notes between 1964 and 1993. It includes research for his Newsweek stories as well as for his work for the United States Food and Drug Administration.
The written work section contains Kubic’s drafts, outlines, and story proposals between the years 1965 and 1985. Materials are grouped by story topic and arranged in chronological order. This section includes many drafts on Israeli events as well as some Brazilian ones.
Kubic’s reporter’s notebooks, numerous in volume, contain handwritten notes from interviews as well as research notes regarding stories on which he worked for Newsweek. Each notebook is labeled with the year and span of months that its content documents. The cover pages of certain notebooks also indicate the topics of its contents. These notebooks supplement materials found within other portions of the collection.
The legal-sized materials are ordered chronologically and contain materials from several other categories including biographical materials, correspondence, notes and research, interview transcripts, and written work. These include correspondence and notes/research regarding Kubic’s research on the German-published “Hitler Diaries” in 1983. The section also includes Kubic’s first piece of English journalism, the leading piece for the USAT General A.W. Greely ship newspaper.
The oversized materials are arranged chronologically and consist of scrapbooks filled with Kubic’s published Newsweek articles. The section also contains a photo album associated with Kubic’s 1964 research on the Xinguano tribe of Brazil.
- 1948 - 2017
- Kubic, Milan J. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
Milan James Kubic (1927-2020) was a journalist for Newsweek magazine for thirty years. Over the course of his career, he worked as a foreign correspondent at the Newsweek bureaus in Rio de Janeiro, Beirut, Vienna, Bonn, and Jerusalem. He primarily reported on foreign politics and political figures. The collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, floppy disks, newspaper and magazine clippings, interview transcripts, notes and research, written work by Milan Kubic, notebooks, legal-sized items, and oversized items.
The following series are arranged chronologically-- with undated materials placed at the back of the folder: biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, legal-sized materials, and oversized materials.
The following series are arranged topically: newspaper and magazine clippings, notes and research, and written work.
The interview transcripts are arranged alphabetically by the name of the interviewee.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Born-digital files in this collection are delivered to researchers in electronic formats. Requests for different access methods, such as those not using computers or with the aid of assistive technologies, must be made in advance of a research appointment to Library staff.
Born-digital materials in this collection were transferred using write-blocking hardware and files were forensically transferred to reduce risks of data loss.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to Northwestern University Archives by Benjamin Kubic, October 2020 (Accession 2021-114). Files from the floppy disks in the collection were extracted in May 2023.
Processed by Nina Hoek, July-August 2021.
- Guide to the Milan James Kubic (1927-2020) Papers
- Nina Hoek
- July-August 2021
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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