Collection CHC0189 - Tad Szulc Collection of Interview Transcripts

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Tad Szulc Collection of Interview Transcripts


  • 1984-1986 (Creation)


3 Boxes

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Biographical history

Journalist and commentator Tad Szulc was born in Warsaw, Poland on July 25, 1926 to Janina Baruch and Seweryn Szulc. In 1947, Szulc immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1954. Based in Spain, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, Szulc has had a long and distinguished career as a New York Times reporter and foreign correspondent.

Having attended the University of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro from 1943 to 1945, his first of many professional assignments was as a reporter for the Associated Press in Rio. In 1948 he married Marianne Carr, with whom he has two children: Nicole and Anthony. From 1949 to 1953, Szulc moved back to the United States where he served as United Nations correspondent for United Press International (UPI). Between 1953 and 1969, Szulc was a New York Times foreign correspondent throughout Europe, America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. In 1969 he was assigned to the newspaper's Washington Bureau.

Tad Szulc has written several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Twilight of the Tyrants (1959); The Cuban Invasion (with Karl Ernest Meyer, 1962); The Winds of Revolution (1963); Dominican Diary (1965); Latin America (1966); Bombs of Palomares (1967); The United States and the Caribbean (1971); Czechoslovakia since World War II (1971); Portrait of Spain (1972); Compulsive Spy: The Strange Career of E. Howard Hunt (1974); The Energy Crisis (1974); Innocents at Home: America in 1976 (1974); The Invasion of Czechoslovakia, August 1968 (1974); The Illusion of Peace: Foreign Policy in the Nixon Years (1978); Diplomatic Immunity: A Novel (1981); and Fidel: A Critical Portrait (1986).

Szulc has lectured on foreign affairs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has conducted seminars for government agencies such as the Peace Corps, and he has participated in broadcast news in radio and television. Szulc has received numerous awards in recognition for his journalistic work, including the Maria Moors Cabot Gold Medal for the Advancement of International Friendship in the Americas from Columbia University (1959); Overseas Press Club citations and award for best magazine interpretation of foreign affairs (1966, 1974 8); Overseas Press Club award for best book on foreign affairs (1979, 1986); the Sigma Delta Distinguished Service Award (1968); the Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor, France (1983); and the Distinguished Medal from the World Business Council (1987).


1926 July 25 Born in Warsaw, Poland

1943 Emigrated to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1943-1945 Attended the University of Brazil

1945-1946 Associated Press reporter, Rio de Janeiro

1947 Emigrated to the United States

1949-1953 UPI, United Nations correspondent

1953 New York Times correspondent

1955-1961 New York Times Latin American correspondent

1961-1965 New York Times Washington Bureau

1965-1968 New York Times correspondent, Spain and Portugal

1968-1969 New York Times correspondent, Eastern Europe

1969-1972 New York Times Washington Bureau

1973 Author and foreign policy commentator and visiting professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Medford, Mass.)

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The Tad Szulc Collection of Interview Transcripts includes the typescript transcripts of Tad Szulc's taped interviews with Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, and other government officials in Cuba and with Cuban exiles in Miami, Florida, from 1984 to 1985, in preparation for Szulc's book Fidel: A Critical Portrait (New York: Morrow, 1986).

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The Tad Szulc Collection is organized into two series.

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This collection is open for research.

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  • Spanish

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Through the University of Miami's Graduate School for International Studies, Tad Szulc donated these materials to the Otto G. Richter Library in March 1988.

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