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Edward Weintal Papers

Identifier: GTM-030901

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The Edward Weintal Papers document the career of Edward Weintal, a Polish diplomat and long-time writer for the periodical "Newsweek." In addition to a few personal documents, there is a set of subject files maintained by Weintal on various topics. Materials regarding Charles Bartlett and the book "Facing the Brink: An Intimate Study in Crisis Diplomacy" (New York: Scribner, 1967), which Weintal co-authored with Bartlett, are contained among these papers. Of particular importance is a long run of detailed typed dispatches dated 1941 to 1965 written by Weintal concerning key international diplomatic issues from that era. Invitations received by Weintal, notebooks kept by him, and printed materials are also present. Finally, a few of Weintal's scrapbooks containing clippings about his career are preserved in this collection. The Edward Weintal Papers are stored in 20 boxes (10.75 linear feet).

The Georgetown University School of Foreign Service sponsors an annual Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting.


  • 1924 - 1974

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Biographical Sketch

Edward Weintal (1901-1973) was a noted diplomat and journalist. He was born on March 21, 1901, the son of David and Leone (Graff) Weintal. Edward received a B.A. from St. Catherine's College at Oxford in 1924.

Edward Weintal arrived in the United States in 1928, and he served with the Polish Foreign Service from that year until 1935. From 1935 to 1939, Weintal worked as director of the Polish Information Bureau. In 1939, he embarked on a career in journalism as a foreign correspondent in Washington, D.C. Beginning in 1944, Weintal had a long tenure at the news periodical "Newsweek," serving as, in turn, diplomatic correspondent, chief European correspondent, and contributing editor. Weintal wrote for "Newsweek" until 1969. From 1969 to 1973, Weintal worked for the director of the USIA.

In 1941, Edward Weintal became a naturalized citizen of the United States. In 1967, with Charles Bartlett, he published the book "Facing the Brink: An Intimate Study of Crisis Diplomacy" (New York: Scribner, 1967).

Edward Weintal died on January 24, 1973.

[Source: "Who Was Who in America" (Marquis, 2008) online].


10.75 Linear Feet (20 boxes)

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The Edward Weintal Papers were transferred from the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts to the Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections in 2003.

Edward Weintal Papers
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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