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Bob Considine Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: HBB
Date: Jan 1969

Biographical History

Bob Considine was born in Washington, D. C. November 4, 1906. He attended Gonzaga High School in the city and also George Washington University. He began his newspaper career on the Washington Post in 1930, writing sports, drama, and Sunday feature articles. In 1933 he moved over to the Washington Herald, where he served as sports editor and editorial and feature writer. He was transferred to the International News Service (INS) in New York City in 1937 and served as war correspondent in both the European and Pacific theaters during War II. He also covered the Korean War in the same position. At that time, he became a syndicated columnist and was heard nightly on the radio in a program of news analysis and opinion, "On the Line."

Considine was also active as an author, especially as a collaborator with famous persons writing their autobiographies. Some of his books include Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (with Capt. Ted Lawson); Gen. Wainwright's Story (with Gen. Jonathan Wainwright); The Babe Ruth Story (with Babe Ruth); Men Against Fire; and The Brink's Robbery. He also wrote for the movies, including the Babe Ruth Story for Allied Artists.

He won numerous awards for his newspaper work including the Lasker Award and the Overseas Press Club Award. He was a president of the Overseas Press Club and a member of the National Press Club. After spending most of his life in New York City, he died there in 1975.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Bob Considine Papers consist of three accessions, which have not been integrated: the 1966 Accession, the 1967 Accession, and the 1968 Accession. The collection spans 1921-1968.

1966 Accession

This accession has been divided into six series: Biographical material, Correspondence, a Subject file, Manuscripts, Considine columns, and Published materials.

A single folder of Biographical material is present at the beginning of the collection.

Correspondence is divided into four parts: General correspondence, Fan mail, Outgoing correspondence, and Correspondence of others. General correspondence (1945-1966) consists of letters from friends, business associates, and various groups and organizations. The material is arranged alphabetically, then chronologically within the alphabet. Fan mail (1945-1966) consists of letters from Considine’s fans and is arranged chronologically. Outgoing correspondence (1945-1966) includes replies by Considine to incoming mail and is arranged chronologically. Correspondence by others (1921-1964) is made up of letters to and from others and is arranged alphabetically.

The Subject file (1939-1966) consists of bills and invoices, correspondence, memos, negatives, phonograph records, photographs, printed material, tape recordings, reports, reprints of articles, and related items. The material is arranged alphabetically.

Manuscripts are divided into two parts: Manuscripts by Considine and Manuscripts by others. Manuscripts by Considine (1927-1966) consist of manuscript articles, books, broadcasts, editorial, movie scripts, reports, speeches, stories, and television shows. The material is arranged alphabetically, then chronolocially, if necessary. Manuscripts by others (1926-1962) include manuscript articles, books, clippings, outlines, poems, speeches, and stories by others, arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.

Considine column (1945-1966) consists of typescripts of Considine’s daily "On the Line" columns, which he wrote for hundreds of INS newspapers from coast to coast. This material is arranged chronologically.

Published material is divided into five parts, Part A, Part B -- Books, Part C -- News releases, Part D -- Magazines, and Part E -- Newspapers. Part A (1949-1966) contains articles by Considine, articles about Considine, booklets about Considine, fliers, newspapers, newspaper clippings by Considine and about him, newspaper clippings by and about others, pamphlets by Considine, pamphlets by others, and programs. The material is arranged alphabetically. Part B -- Books (1943-1964) contains books by Considine and books by others, arranged alphabetically. Part C -- News releases (1946-1966) contains news releases, arranged alphabetically. Part D -- Magazines (1937-1963) contains magazines, arranged alphabetically, then chronologically. Part E -- Newspapers contains newspapers with Considine columns and is in Paige boxes.

1967 Accession

This accession is divided into five series: Correspondence, a Subject file, Manuscripts, Considine columns, and Published material.

Correspondence is made up of Biographical material, General correspondence, Fan mail, and Correspondence of others. The Subject file includes articles, correspondence, photographs, and a movie script. Manuscripts are divided into three parts: Manuscripts by Considine, Manuscripts by others, and Manuscript unsigned. Manuscripts by Considine includes manuscripts of articles, books, and broadcasts. Manuscripts by others includes an article by Bill Brooks. Manuscript unsigned includes a manuscript whose author has not been identified. Considine columns includes typescripts of Considine’s daily "On the Line" columns. Published material includes a book by Considine, in addition to other publications.

1968 Accession

This accession is divided into four series: Correspondence, Writings, Biographical material, and Miscellany.

The Correspondence, (1953, 1963-1965, 1967-1968) is arranged chronologically by date and consists of incoming letters only. The 1953 folder has numerous letters expressing sentiments pro and con the Rosenberg case and the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur. The letters in 1964 remark on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and those connected with it. Comment on General MacArthur's death is also present in 1964 letters. Other important correspondents include: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965; Samuel Eliot Morison, 1965; Harry S. Truman, 1967; Rube Goldberg, 1967; Hubert H. Humphrey, 1967; Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1967; Cardinal Francis Spellman, 1967; General William C. Westmoreland, 1967-1968; Mrs. Douglas MacArthur; Maurice Chevalier, 1967; Richard M. Nixon, 1968; Henry H. Fowler, 1968; James A. Farley, 1968; and C.D. Batchelor, undated. Fan mail is interfiled in the correspondence chronologically.

Considine's Writings (1950, 1964, 1966-1968) include a review of his book, It's All News to Me (1967); a portion of the manuscript of a 100th anniversary volume for the New York Athletic Club; a series of articles on William S. Paley of the Columbia Broadcasting System; and a long series of his syndicated column "On the Line." The latter is represented by the mimeo-graphed version distributed by King Features Syndicate to its subscribers across the country.

A single folder of Biographical material is also present, as well as a few items grouped under the heading of Miscellany. The latter includes a review of Rolf Hochhuth's controversial play on Pope Pius XII, and a mimeographed interview with John Howard Griffin, author of Black Like Me (1964).


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Subject Headings


Considine, Bob, 1906-1975.


Authors, American.
Journalism, Authorship.
Journalists -- United States.
Newspapers -- Sections, columns, etc.
War correspondents -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Newspaper columns.


War correspondents.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Bob Considine Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert B. Considine, 1968.

Table of Contents

1966 Accession

1967 Accession

1968 Accession