Kurzman, Dan (1922-2010)

The Dan Kurzman collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, professional materials, research materials, legal materials, financial materials, film and video, audio materials, photographs, and medical records.

Manuscripts include Kishi and Japan; Subversion of the Innocents; Santa Domingo: Revolt of the Damned; Genesis 48: The First Arab-Israeli War; The Race for Home; The Bravest Battle; Ben-Guiron: Prophet of Fire; The Killing Wind; Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis; Day of the Bomb; Left to Die: The Tragedy of the USS Juneau; No Greater Glory: The Four Immortal Chaplains and the Sinking of the Dorchester in World War II; Soldier of Peace: The Life of Yitzhak Rabin; and A Special Mission: Hitler’s Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius XII. Many of these manuscripts are accompanied by various drafts, fragments, and holograph notes, as well as holograph interview and translation materials.

Kuzman’s proposals for works such as Dreamers: The Engineering of America; Exxon: The Road to Valdez; Of Greed and Glory: The Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad; Skyscraper: The Story of the Empire State Building; and Truman and the Ghosts of Hiroshima, are also included.  

Additional manuscript items include Sid Silvian’s Charlie and the Three Flags in the Mountain Woman’s Dream and Katherine Coker’s Suddenly in His Sleep.

Collected correspondence (1968-2007) is largely professional, pertaining to publishers, publicity campaigns, lectures, and financial matters, although occasional personal correspondence is also included.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes the Front Page Award, First Prize General News (1965); Long Island University George Polk Memorial Award, Foreign Reporting (1965); Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park Righteous Persons Award (2004); Overseas Press Club of America, Best Book on Foreign Affairs (1963) and Cornelius Ryan Award for Best Book on Foreign Affairs (1980); “Men of Achievement” certificate (1973); “Who’s Who in the World Eleventh Edition” (1993); and the Jewish Book Council National Jewish Book Award (1984). A name tag for Florence Kurzman is also included.

Printed materials in the collection pertain principally to Kurzman’s writings and include newsclippings, articles, reviews, newsletters, booklets, catalogues, book covers, flyers, and more (1960-2001).

Research materials consist of assorted newspaper and magazine articles, court documents, clippings, printed materials, and holograph notes (1945-70). Files concern A Killing Wind, The Fatal Voyage, Left to Die, Day of the Bomb, Captain William Parsons, Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki, WWII History, and Marquis Koichi Kido, among other subjects. World War II military documents from the British National Archives are included, as well.

Professional materials are collected in subject files and contain manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, research materials, legal materials, financial materials, medical materials, audio materials, photographs, notebooks, and assorted memorabilia. While items are organized under a variety of headings, those pertaining to Disaster: The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906, Soldier of Peace: The Life of Yitzhak Rabin, Blood and Water: Sabotaging Hitler’s Bomb may be of particular interest. Press releases and contact lists regarding Kurzman’s books and appearances are also present (1980-2001).

Collected legal materials include book contracts (1987-2005); Kurzman’s driver’s license; and his Honorable Discharge from the US Military, as well as other general items (1945-97).

Financial materials regard headings such as “Israel Utilities – 1996” and “Mortgage” (1995-2004). Six credit cards are also included (1995-99).

Video materials are recorded on VHS cassettes and document subjects such as “U.S.S. Indianapolis: Fatal Voyage” and “Left to Die.”

The collection’s audio materials include eight CDs regarding A Special Mission: Hitler’s Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius XII (narrated by George Wilson) and assorted cassette tapes containing Kurzman’s various radio interviews.

Prints (largely black and white), negatives, and contact sheets constitute the collection’s photographic materials. Photos chronicle many of Kurzman’s primary subjects, including the Juneau and Indianapolis, as well general World War II subjects. Also present are photographs of Kurzman’s family (1935-2002) and occasional color prints.

Kurzman’s medical materials include documents filed under “AETNA and Glasses” and “Vet – Lab Results Etc.” Four insurance cards, test results, and a certificate of vaccination constitute additional materials.  

Notable Figures
1. Kurzman, Dan
Associated Subjects
1. Journalism Subject Guide
2. Military History Subject Guide
3. History and Biography Subject Guide
4. Authors, American
5. Journalism – United States
6. American literature--20th century
7. Journalists