MS Am 2771
Allman, T. D. T. D. Allman papers, circa 1968-2001: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2771
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Allman, T. D.
Title: T. D. Allman papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (13 linear feet (12 boxes)
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for professional papers of American journalist T. D. Allman.
2011M-27. Gift of Timothy D. Allman; received: 2011 August 18.
Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner.
Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the
Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton
Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies
T. D. Allman (born 1944) is a free-lance journalist. He is a 1966 graduate of Harvard
College and a former Peace Corps volunteer to Nepal.
Arrangement is a rough box list only and materials are not fully cataloged. Readers
should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change.
Chiefly professional papers of American journalist T. D. Allman, including dispatches,
compositions, notebooks, clippings, and correspondence pertaining to his career starting
in Southeast Asia (Laos and Cambodia) in 1968 and continuing in the Middle East, North
Africa, Europe, Russia, China, Central America, Cuba, England, and the United States.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions
below for additional information.
- Laos, 1968-2000. Box 1
Containing original and published materials including unedited cables to the New York Times and Washington Post on the US secret war in Laos, dating from 1968, followed by subsequent reports and
documents continuing up to approximately 2000. Documents include eye witness accounts
of the secret CIA base at Long Chiang, clippings from The Bangkok Post and Far Eastern Economic Review, and correspondence including letters from former U.S. Ambassador to Laos William Sullivan. Also rare photographs. The unedited manuscripts for The Bangkok Post and Far Eastern Economic Review are particularly rich in detail.
- Cambodia, 1969-2000. Box 2
Containing original and published materials including unedited cables to the New York Times and Washington Post on overthrow of Prince Norodom Sihaounk and the U.S. invasion, dating from 1969, followed by subsequent reports and documents continuing up to approximately 2000. Documents include eye witness accounts of pre-invasion visits to Rattanakiri (Rôtânăh Kiri (Cambodia : Province)) and other seldom-visited parts of Cambodia, authoritative accounts of the March 18,
1970 coup, of the early battles of the war, of the massacre of Vietnamese residents in
Cambodia, and of TD Allman's rescue of some of the victims; also accounts of US involvement
in the overthrow of Prince Norodom Sihanouk based on Allman's 1971 return to (and second expulsion from) Cambodia; accounts of TD Allman's return to
the Killing Fields, and his encounter with Khmer officials ranging from Independence
Leader Son Ngoc Thanh to Hun Sen and other post-Khmer Rouge leaders of Cambodia, as well as of his lengthy meetings
with Prince Sihanouk in Algiers and Beijing. Also included are letters from Prince Norodom Sihanouk, as well as letters from TD Allman's correspondence with Voeuk Pheng, a survivor of the Sihanouk, Lon Nol and Khmer Rouge years who was his guide to the
Killing Fields and later became Khmer ambassador to India. Also rare photographs.
- Unmanifest destiny : ca. 1984. Box 3
Contains a unique record of the editorial process of transforming of a 1000+ page
manuscript into a book, with original manuscript; manuscript as annotated by the editor;
revisions by the author, followed by galleys, and the book itself as published first in English, then in French. These documents
are of especial interest because the editor was Joyce Johnson, better known for her relationship with Jack Kerouac and as a "Minor Character" (title
of her memoir) of the Beat Generation. These documents provide an insight into the
working life of a literary figure known for her writing as opposed as her editing
and show her skills as an editor of the first rank. Also included: Documents, papers
and press articles on the publication of the book, in Washington, New York and Paris,
as well as U.S. and French editions of the book.
- Unmanifest destiny (continued) : ca. 1984. Box 4
- Unmanifest destiny (continued) : ca. 1984. Box 5
- Miami (Fla.), ca. 1987. Box 5
Contains the record of TD Allman's role in redefining the national perception of the
city of Miami, and what it means to the United States. Includes manuscripts, numerous
press reports, and his published articles on Miami as well as copies of the book itself
(Miami, city of the future) in English and Spanish.
- Miami (Fla.) (continued), ca. 1987. Box 6
- Nepal, ca. 1960-1979. Box 6
- Middle East (includes Libya, North Africa, Africa), 1970-1975. Box 6
- Macau, Philippines, Southeast Asia, 1971-1974. Box 7
Includes Almanac columns for Bangkok Post.
- Portugal coup, 1974. Box 7
Includes meetings with Soares and coup leaders, and other stories.
- New Guinea, Australia, 1972. Box 7
- Burma, 1970-1973. Box 7
When expelled; rare eye witness of Shan States, etc.
- Thailand, 1970-1975. Box 7
Almanac columns, stories on royal family, coups, etc.
- United Kingdom, Europe (except Portugal), 1970-1975. Box 7
- United States, before 1975 November. Box 7
Includes Granada TV memo on CIA activities, commentary on Watergate, U.S. war policy.
- Journalism, 1972. Box 7
- Journalism, 1973. Box 7
- Journalism (except U.S. and Middle East), 1976December-1977 June. Box 8,
- Middle East, 1976-1977. Box 8
Includes Palestinian refugee camps.
- United States, 1976-1977. Box 8
- Other reporting, 1976. Box 8
- Journalism, 1978. Box 8
- Journalism, 1979. Box 8
- Journalism, 1980. Box 8
- Journalism, 1974. Box 9
- Journalism, 1981. Box 9
- Almanac columns (Bangkok Post and articles for Nation Review (Australia), 1975. Box 9
- Journalism, 1983. Box 9
- Tian'an Men (Beijing, China) letters with builders of the Goddess of Democracy (statue), ca. 1989. Box 9
- Philippines notes, manuscripts and published works on Philippines and meeting with President Corazon Aquino, 1987. Box 9
- Germany notes, manuscripts and published works on Germany including travels with Chancellor
Helmut Kohl. Box 9
- Jamaica, including meeting with Prime Minister Edward P. G. Seaga. Box 10
- Riviera and Europe, 1988. Box 10
- Nepal (2 returns to Nepal). Box 10
- El Salvador including interviews with Junta, Duarte and massacre victims and church women killed shortly thereafter, 1980. Box 10
- Arafat and Palestinians, 1988. Box 10
- Noriega, Oscar Arias, and Central America, 1987. Box 10
- Panama and Costa Rica notes, manuscripts, articles. Box 10
- Ethiopia, famine reports and correspondence with Dr. Haille Paulos Jesus, survivor of purges and famine, beginning with Moscow-Warsaw meeting. Box 10
- China notes, 1979-1989 and 1998 on returns to China. Box 10,
Also with Iran/Iraq diary?
- Oriental Hotel, Bangkok visits. Box 10
- Libya notes and stories, Gaddafi interview, 1989. Box 10
- Haiti notes and letters from early visit, including meeting with Namphy, other military men. Box 11
- Haiti notes, mansucripts and letters from 1988 visit and later visit, meetigs with President
Aristide (incomplete). Box 11
- Journalism, notes, manuscripts, 1984. Box 11
- Rolling Stone and rip-offs [concerning Colombia manuscripts and visits to drug areas?]. Box 11
- New York "haiku". Very short accounts of life in New York City just before the September 2001
attacks. Box 11
- Résumés, including (successful) application for Edward R. Murrow Fellowship at Council on Foreign Relations which outlines his role as journalist, 1975. Box 11
- Pacific era and early globalization writings, urging acceptance of the idea that the US defeat
in Indochina opened up new opportunities and the new dawn in global relations was occurring; includes
(rejected) book proposals on the subject, 1985-1986. Box 12
- Urban writings, documenting Allman's role in rebutting the notion that cities were
doomed, and documenting that they were entering a new period of social change, 1977-1988.
- Floppy disks [ca. 30 5.25" disks and one 3.5" disk] containing a wide variety of writings including
eye witness accounts of events in China, of airplane travel with Arafat and many other stories, 1984-1990. Box 12
- Early C-Span interview : videotape. Box 12
- Aquino interview : audiocassette, 1987. Box 12