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"If you think covering a war is hard, you ought to try covering this San Francisco Security Conference"--Alexander Uhl, May 14, 1945
No doubt! This is a collection of journalist Alexander Uhl's coverage of the San Francisco Conference establishing the United Nations, and Uhl had seen fighting in Spain (covering the war there for Associated Press) and WWII (reporting for the great PM newspaper and for which he was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal). What we have here is Uhl's very own ribbon-copy typescript of his nearly-daily coverage that were telegramed back to the PM headquarters in New York City. Many of the reports are written on the back (and sometimes the front) of "Western Union Press Message" stationery. The writing is clear, concise, and filled with sharp observations.
- All together, there are 67 ribbon-copy typescript articles that cover the conference start to finish dating from April 25 through June 28 (1945) comprising 268pp and ca. 45,000 words. The reports are housed in a manila binding with a two-hole punch metallic binder. On the front cover in pencil is "A.H. Uhl / PM (1)" $2500
Provenance: the estate of Alexander Uhl 1899-1976) via Gladys Uhl Katcher (1910-2000). Alexander Uhl, a New Yorker (CCNY and Columbia School of Journalism) was a Major League Old-School reporter of a high order. He began 1935 when he began covering the Spanish Civil War for the Associated Press, where he remained until 1938. Uhl went from there to Europe where he covered the war and post-war from 1940 to 1948, and was one of the earliest on-the-ground reporters covering hard action--this for the famous Leftie newspaper PM, which vowed never to take advertising money and to survive on subscription and daily sales. At the time of his reporting on the U.N. Conference Uhl was the foreign editor of PM.
"San Francisco Conference, formally United Nations Conference on International Organization, (April 25–June 26, 1945), international meeting that established the United Nations. The basic principles of a worldwide organization that would embrace the political objectives of the Allies had been proposed at the Dumbarton Oaks in 1944 and reaffirmed at the Yalta Conference in early 1945."--Encyclopedia Britannica