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Collection Number: 02243

Collection Title: Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2350 items)
Abstract Elmer Roberts (1863-1937) was an Associated Press correspondent in Berlin, Germany, circa 1900-1914, and chief of the Associated Press office in Paris, France, 1914-1927. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, scrapbooks, political commentaries, and other papers, relating to Roberts's work for the Associated Press in Berlin and Paris, and including extensive material on European political affairs before, during, and after World War I. Also included are correspondence with reporters in Cuba in the 1890s and a scrapbook of clippings about the Spanish-American War; a scrapbook about Germany, 1903-1904; correspondence, drafts, and source materials for Roberts's biography of Friedrich von Holstein; copies of lectures of Rudolf Steiner and other materials about Rosicrucianism; and other items.
Creator Roberts, Elmer, 1863-1937.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Elmer Roberts Papers, #2243, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. E. M. L'Engle, 1940.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Elmer Roberts (1863-1937) was an Associated Press correspondent in Berlin, Germany, circa 1900-1914, and chief of the Associated Press office in Paris, France, 1914-1927.

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The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, scrapbooks, political commentaries, and other papers, relating to Elmer Roberts's work for the Associated Press in Berlin, Germany, and Paris, France, and including extensive material on European political affairs before, during, and after World War I. Papers, 1914-1918, include correspondence, telegrams, extensive memoranda on various aspects of the situation in Europe and on American-French relations, and numerous instructions from Associate Press headquarters in New York reflecting problems of censorship, competition with the United Press and International News Services, and reporting techniques. Two informational communications, 19 September and 1 October 1917, from D. Nasson, apparently a member of the Lafayette Escadrille, are also included. Papers, 1918-1919, include memoranda on Germany's advance into Eastern Europe, Japan's occupation of part of Siberia, conditions in France following the war, press problems after the war, reactions of European Allies against President Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points and the United States in general, and a mimeographed confidential report on Neuse-Argonne by Captain Arthur E. Hartzell. Also included are correspondence with reporters in Cuba in the 1890s and a scrapbook of clippings about the Spanish-American War; a scrapbook about Germany, 1903-1904; correspondence, drafts, and source materials for Roberts's biography of Friedrich von Holstein; copies of lectures of Rudolf Steiner and other materials about Rosicrucianism; and other items. Undated items include political essays on such topics as "Georges Clemenceau at Eighty-five," conditions before World War I, reasons for the United States entering the war, growth of the German Navy, political morality, the Kaiser in exile in Doorn, Holland, and articles regulating press correspondents with the army. There are also photographs of political, diplomatic, and military personnel; the Associate Press newsroom; World War I trenches; and portraits of various persons including Elmer Roberts, his wife Claire Livingston Roberts, and opera singer Florence Easton.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1857-1869 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 1

Folder 2

1880-1899 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 2

Folder 3

1900-1904 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 3

Folder 4

1905-1906 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 4

Folder 5

1907 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 5

Folder 6

1908-1909 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 6

Folder 7

1910-1912 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 7

Folder 8

1913 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 8

Folder 9

1914 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 9

Folder 10

1915 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 10

Folder 11

1916 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 11

Folder 12

January-August 1917 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 12

Folder 13

September-December 1917 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 13

Folder 14

1918 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 14

Folder 15

1919 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 15

Folder 16

1920 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 16

Folder 17

1921-1922 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 17

Folder 18

1923-1924 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 18

Folder 19

1925-1926 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 19

Folder 20

1927-1928 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 20

Folder 21

1929 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 21

Folder 22

1930-1932 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 22

Folder 23

1933-1935 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 23

Folder 24

January-June 1936 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 24

Folder 25

July 1936-August 1937 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 25

Folder 26

Letters to be mended #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 26

Folder 27

Undated #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 27

Folder 28

Undated #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 28

Folder 29

Undated #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 29

Folder 30

Undated #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 30

Folder 31

Undated #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 31

Folder 32

Clippings #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 32

Folder 33

Undated #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 33

Folder 34

Undated #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 34

Folder 35

Undated #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 35

Folder 36

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (1 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 36

Folder 37

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (2 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 37

Folder 38

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (3 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 38

Folder 39

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (4 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 39

Folder 40

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (5 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 40

Folder 41

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (6 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 41

Folder 42

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (7 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 42

Folder 43

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (8 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 43

Folder 44

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (9 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 44

Folder 45

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (10 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 45

Folder 46

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (11 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 46

Folder 47

"Life of Baron Von Holstein," manuscript (12 of 12) #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 47

Folder 48

Haller's Philip Eulenburg #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 48

Includes photostatic copies of a German printed text.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-2243/1

Oversize papers #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." OPF-2243/1

Includes photostatic copies of excerpts from French and German printed texts.

Folder 49

Passports #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 49

Folder 50

Passenger lists #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 50

Folder 51

Miscellaneous items #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." Folder 51

Image Folder PF-2243/1

Photographs #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." PF-2243/1

Includes photographs related to automobiles and good roads.

Image Folder PF-2243/2

Photographs #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." PF-2243/2

Includes postcards and portraits from France.

Image Folder PF-2243/3

Photographs #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." PF-2243/3

Image Folder PF-2243/4

Photographs #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." PF-2243/4

Includes a photograph of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and a portrait of opera singer Florence Easton.

Image Folder PF-2243/5

Photographs #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." PF-2243/5

Include photographs of the Associated Press newsroom and portraits of Elmer Roberts.

Image Folder PF-2243/6

Photographs #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." PF-2243/6

Image Folder PF-2243/7

Photographs #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." PF-2243/7

Includes an arial photograph of World War I trenches.

Image Folder PF-2243/8

Photographs #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." PF-2243/8

Image Folder PF-2243/9

Photographs #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." PF-2243/9

Image Folder PF-2243/10

Photographs #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." PF-2243/10

Oversize Volume SV-2243/1

Volume 1: Scrapbook, clippings concerning Spanish-American War, 1898-1899 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." SV-2243/1

Oversize Volume SV-2243/2

Volume 2: Scrapbook, clippings concerning Germany, 1903-1904 #02243, Series: "Elmer Roberts Papers, 1835-1937." SV-2243/2

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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