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Tad Szulc Collection of Interview Transcripts, 1984-1986 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By Diana Gónzalez Kirby, August 1989.

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Title: Tad Szulc Collection of Interview Transcripts, 1984-1986Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: CHC0189

Creator: Szulc, Tad

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

The Tad Szulc Collection is organized into two series.

Please see the Finding Aid/Inventory section of this guide for more detailed information.

Date Acquired: 03/01/1988

Formats/Genres: Transcripts

Languages: Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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).

Biographical Note

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).

Chronology

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.)

Subject/Index Terms

Castro, Fidel, 1926-
Exiles - Florida - Miami-Dade County - Political activity
Szulc, Tad

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please, contact chc@miami.edu for more information.

Acquisition Method: 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.

Original/Copies Note: Selected materials from this collection have been digitized. For more information please see http://merrick.library.miami.edu/cubanHeritage/chc0189/.

Preferred Citation: Tad Szulc Collection of Interview Transcripts, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid updated by María R. Estorino, August 2003. Collection-level record created by Beata Bergen, July 2009.


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[Series 1: Interviews, n.d., 1984-1985],
[Series 2: Miscellaneous Papers, n.d., 1982, 1986],
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Series 1: Interviews, n.d., 1984-1985Add to your cart.
The first series consists of typewritten transcripts of interviews with Fidel Castro and 30 Cubans inside and outside of the Cuban government. These interviews formed the bulk of original research material for his book Fidel: A Critical Portrait (New York: Morrow, 1986). All interviews were conducted and transcribed in Spanish. This series has been further subdivided into three sub-series.
Extent: 48 folders
Arrangement: Alphabetical by the last name of the interviewee in three sub-series
Sub-Series 1: Fidel Castro and Cuban Government Figures, n.d., 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Sub-series 1 contains the transcripts of Szulc's taped interviews with Fidel Castro and 18 of his close associates in the Cuban government held from 1984 to 1985.
Extent: 31 folders (boxes 1-2)
Arrangement: Alphabetical by the last name of the interviewee
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Castro Ruz, Fidel: Cuban Missile Crisis, Parts 1-3, Jan. 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Castro Ruz, Fidel: Cuban Missile Crisis, Parts 1-3, Jan. 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Castro Ruz, Fidel: Cuban Missile Crisis, Parts 1-3, Jan. 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Castro Ruz, Fidel: Ernest Hemingway, Jan. 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Castro Ruz, Fidel: Message to the people of the United States (autographed), Jan. 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Espín, Vilma, May 1985Add to your cart.
[President of the Federation of Cuban Women and wife of Raul Castro]
Folder 7: Fernández, Conchita, Apr. 1985Add to your cart.
[Fidel Castro's private secretary in the postwar years]
Folder 8: Fernández, José Ramón, Apr., July 1985Add to your cart.
[Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Education.  Includes two copies of "Militar obligatorio"]
Folder 9: Fernández, José Ramón, Apr., July 1985Add to your cart.
[Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Education.  Includes two copies of "Militar obligatorio"]
Folder 10: Fernández, José Ramón, Apr., July 1985Add to your cart.
[Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Education.  Includes two copies of "Militar obligatorio"]
Folder 11: Fernández, José Ramón, Apr., July 1985Add to your cart.
[Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Education.  Includes two copies of "Militar obligatorio"]
Folder 12: García Frías, Guillermo, May 1985Add to your cart.
[Commander of the Revolution, former Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, and Minister of Transport]
Folder 13: Grobart, Fabio, May-June 1985Add to your cart.
[co-founder of the Cuban Communist Party in 1925; chairman of the Institute for the Study of Marxist-Leninist Movement in Cuba; and her of the Cuban Revolution]
Folder 14: Grobart, Fabio, May-June 1985Add to your cart.
[co-founder of the Cuban Communist Party in 1925; chairman of the Institute for the Study of Marxist-Leninist Movement in Cuba; and her of the Cuban Revolution]
Folder 15: Guevara, Alfredo, Jan., Apr. 1985Add to your cart.
[Cuba's ambassador to UNESCO, Castro's university friend, and companion of Castro's at the Bogota uprising of 1948]
Folder 16: Guevara, Alfredo, Jan., Apr. 1985Add to your cart.
[Cuba's ambassador to UNESCO, Castro's university friend, and companion of Castro's at the Bogota uprising of 1948]
Folder 17: Hart Dávalos, Armando, May 1985Add to your cart.
[member of the Council of State and Minister of Culture]
Folder 18: Hernández, Melba, May 1985Add to your cart.
[Cabinet Minister in the first revolutionary government and one of two women who participated in the attack on the Moncada Barracks in 1953]
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Machado Ventura, José Ramón, May 1985Add to your cart.
[member of the Council of State]
Folder 20: Mendoza Reboredo, Jorge Enrique, Feb. 1985Add to your cart.
[editor of Cuba's communist newspaper Granma]
Folder 21: Miret Prieto, Pedro, Parts 1-2, Apr., June 1985Add to your cart.
[Vice President of the Council of Ministers]
Folder 22: Miret Prieto, Pedro, Parts 1-2, Apr., June 1985Add to your cart.
[Vice President of the Council of Ministers]
Folder 23: Núñez Jiménez, Antonio, Apr. 1985Add to your cart.
[Vice Minister of Culture, former executive director of the National Institute of Agrarian Reform (INRA), and chronicler of Fidel Castro's postwar years]
Folder 24: Pérez Hernández, Faustino, Part 1, May-June 1985Add to your cart.
[cabinet minister in the first revolutionary government and one of Fidel Castro's two companions (with Universo Sánchez Alvarez) after the Alegría de Pio defeat]
Folder 25: Pérez Hernández, Faustino, Part 1, May-June 1985Add to your cart.
[cabinet minister in the first revolutionary government and one of Fidel Castro's two companions (with Universo Sánchez Alvarez) after the Alegría de Pio defeat]
Folder 26: Roca, Blas, June 1985Add to your cart.
[former Vice President of the Council of State and former Secretary General of the Popular Socialist Party]
Folder 27: Rodríguez, Carlos Rafael, May 1985Add to your cart.
[Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers]
Folder 28: Sánchez Alvarez, Universo, Parts 1-2, July 1985Add to your cart.
[director of the Environment Protection Office and one of Fidel Castro's two companions (with Faustino Pérez) after the Alegría de Pio defeat]
Folder 29: Sánchez Alvarez, Universo, Parts 1-2, July 1985Add to your cart.
[director of the Environment Protection Office and one of Fidel Castro's two companions (with Faustino Pérez) after the Alegría de Pio defeat]
Folder 30: Santamaría, Haydee, n.d.Add to your cart.
[documentary taped prior to her death on July 26, 1980]
Folder 31: Valdés Menéndez, Ramiro, June 1985Add to your cart.
[Commander of the Revolution, former Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, and Minister of the Interior]
Sub-Series 2: Norberto Fuentes and Sierra Maestra, n.d., 1985Add to your cart.
This sub-series contains the typewritten transcripts of Szulc's interviews with Norberto Fuentes, a Cuban journalist and chronicler of the Cuban Revolution, and with residents of the villages of the Sierra Maestra who played central roles in assuring the survival of Fidel Castro and his companions during the first year of the guerrilla war.
Extent: Eight folders (box 3)
Arrangement: Alphabetical by the last name of the interviewee
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Fuentes, Norberto, May 1985Add to your cart.
[journalist and chronicler of the Cuban Revolution]
Folder 33: Aguilera, Arturo, May 1985Add to your cart.
[Sierra Maestra: colonel and Castro's driver]
Folder 34: Alvarez Tabio, Pedro, Parts 1-2, May 1985Add to your cart.
[Sierra Maestra: official historian]
Folder 35: Alvarez Tabio, Pedro, Parts 1-2, May 1985Add to your cart.
[Sierra Maestra: official historian]
Folder 36: González, Argeo, Part 3, n.d.Add to your cart.
[Sierra Maestra: merchant]
Folder 37: Rosabal, Argelio, n.d.Add to your cart.
[Sierra Maestra: preacher who assisted a wounded Che Guevara]
Folder 38: Sariol, Mario and Casanova, Sergio, May 1985Add to your cart.
[Sierra Maestra: Sariol was rebel quartermaster]
Folder 39: Sariol, Mario and Casanova, Sergio, May 1985Add to your cart.
[Sierra Maestra: Sariol was rebel quartermaster]
Sub-Series 3: Cuban Exiles, 1984Add to your cart.
Sub-series 3 contains the typewritten transcripts of Szulc's interviews with Cuban exiles in Miami, touching chiefly on Castro's youth.
Extent: Nine folders (box 3)
Arrangement: Alphabetical by the last name of the interviewee
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Chibas, Raul, Parts 1-4, Oct. 1984Add to your cart.
[brother of the late Eduardo Chibas, founder of the Ortodoxo party in 1947; R. Chibas was twice in the Sierra Maestra with Castro, serving as treasurer of the 26th of July Movement and later as director of Cuban Railways]
Folder 41: Chibas, Raul, Parts 1-4, Oct. 1984Add to your cart.
[brother of the late Eduardo Chibas, founder of the Ortodoxo party in 1947; R. Chibas was twice in the Sierra Maestra with Castro, serving as treasurer of the 26th of July Movement and later as director of Cuban Railways]
Folder 42: Chibas, Raul, Parts 1-4, Oct. 1984Add to your cart.
[brother of the late Eduardo Chibas, founder of the Ortodoxo party in 1947; R. Chibas was twice in the Sierra Maestra with Castro, serving as treasurer of the 26th of July Movement and later as director of Cuban Railways]
Folder 43: Chibas, Raul, Parts 1-4, Oct. 1984Add to your cart.
[brother of the late Eduardo Chibas, founder of the Ortodoxo party in 1947; R. Chibas was twice in the Sierra Maestra with Castro, serving as treasurer of the 26th of July Movement and later as director of Cuban Railways]
Folder 44: Lesnick, Max, Aug. 1984Add to your cart.
[source regarding Castro's university days and transition to revolutionary]
Folder 45: Ovares, Enrique, Oct. 1984Add to your cart.
[source regarding Castro's university days and his involvement in the Cayo Confite Expedition and the Bogota uprising of 1948]
Folder 46: Ovares, Enrique, Oct. 1984Add to your cart.
[source regarding Castro's university days and his involvement in the Cayo Confite Expedition and the Bogota uprising of 1948]
Folder 47: Rasco, José Ignacio, Oct. 1984Add to your cart.
[childhood friend of Fidel Castro]
Folder 48: Rovira, Juan, Nov. 1984Add to your cart.
[childhood friend of Fidel Castro]
Series 2: Miscellaneous Papers, n.d., 1982, 1986Add to your cart.
This series contains a letter to Tad Szulc from Arthur Schlesinger Jr.; a draft page from Szulc's book, Fidel; a photograph of Tad Szulc from 1982 and a biographical sketch of the author.
Extent: Three folders (box 3)

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