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Charles W. Corddry Jr. Papers

VOLUME: 26 linear feet

ACCESS: This collection is open to the public upon request. 

COPYRIGHT: Please consult the archivist for information about duplication or publishing of any materials from this collection.

Biographical Note

Charles W. Corddry Jr. was born on March 20, 1920 to Charles W. and Machree Allender Coddry in Snow Hill, Maryland. He graduated from American University in 1941.

Corddry joined the United Press news wire service’s foreign division in 1941. He served as UP’s aviation (1946-1950) and Department of Defense (1950-1967) correspondents. Corddry worked for the Baltimore Sun's Washington bureau from 1967 through 1989. He continued to write occasional articles for the paper up until 1995. He was one of the original panelists on Washington Week in Review from when it began in 1967 through 1991. He lectured at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y and twenty-two other small liberal arts colleges on a Woodrow Wilson fellowship program.

While a wire service reporter, Corddry covered World War II, the founding of NATO, and the Korean War. He was credited with filing the first report of U.S. troops crossing the 38th parallel. During his long career, he reported on both the construction and the destruction of the Berlin wall.

Corddry won several awards for his work including the first Gerald R. Ford prize in 1988 for distinguished reporting on national defense and the Air Force Association's Gill Robb Wilson award for "consistently excellent reporting and analysis" of defense and foreign policy issues. He was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Society of Professional Journalists. He received honorary degrees from Salisbury State University and Hartwick College.

He married Marion Mattes in 1943. They had three children Charles W. Corddry III, Philip M. Corddry, and Karen Corddry Bricken. Charles W. Coddry Jr. died on March 31, 1996.

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the life and work of journalist Charles W. Corddry Jr. through appointment diaries (1957-1988), articles written and collected by Corddry, audiovisual materials (1962-1991), awards, correspondence (1941-1996), notes, photographs (1948-1995), scripts (1967-1991), and speeches (1950-1996). The articles (1940-1995) written by Charles Corddry are in variety of formats including drafts, typeset articles, and published newspaper clippings. Of note are the research files for his press trips and special assignments which cover a broad range of aviation, foreign affairs, and military topics. Included is a small selection of correspondence of his wife, Marion Corddry, dating from 1943 until 1998. The bulk of Marion Corddry’s correspondence is condolence cards sent upon her husband’s death. This collection is divided into eight series.

Provenance

Marion Mattes Corddry donated her husband’s papers to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2000 and American University Library in 2007. The two collections were merged in 2007.

Processing Note

The archivist organized this collection into eight series. Original order was retained wherever possible. Folder contents were transferred to archival folders and the original folder titles were retained whenever possible. The archivist placed undated items at the end of each file. All paper clips and staples were removed and duplicates were discarded. Newspaper clippings were unfolded and flattened.

Series Descriptions and Box & Folder Listing

Series 1: Press trips and special assignments (1945-1989)
3.0 linear feet

This series consists of materials created or used by Charles Corddry to research and report upon select military and foreign affairs topics between 1945 and 1989. The majority of the documents relate to special press tours. The series includes notebooks, loose leaf notes, edited and unedited copy, clips of articles written by Corddry and other journalists, correspondence, photographs, schedules, expense reports, background material, and ephemera such as menus, tickets and travel permits, and souvenirs and postcards. The around the world trip in 1968 includes reporting from Vietnam. The aviation, misc. file contains autographs from industry notables.

Box 1

Caribbean [and South America], 1945 (2 folders)
Aviation, misc., 1946 - 1960
Iceland, 1947
Round-trip Tokyo via B-29, 1947
B-36 investigation, 1948-1949, 1951, undated (5 folders)
Korea and Japan, 1950
        See Also: Series 5
        Background, 1950-1951
        Clippings, 1950-1951
        Copy and bulletins, 1950
        Correspondence, 1950
        Maps, 1950
                See Also: Oversize
        Notes, 1950
        Photographs, 1950
Alaska, 1950 – 1964
Quantico, 1952
London to Rome jet plan trip, 1952
Thule [Greenland], 1952

Box 2

Quantico, 1954-1956 (3 folders)
Canada, 1956 (2 folders)
Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line [Press Tour], 1956
        See Also: Oversize
101 st Airborne Division [ Fort Campbell, Ky.], 1956
Europe [and Middle East], 1957
Antarctica, 1957 – 1958
        See Also: Oversize.
Europe, 1958
[Electronic surveillance/U.S. planes downed over U.S.S.R.], 1958 - 1961
Space [flight] - military, 1959 – 1964
Missile series, 1960
Kennedy Atlantic Fleet trip, 1962
Elvis Stahr interviews, 1962
Burials at Arlington Cemetery, 1963
Operation “Big Lift,” 1963
Manned orbiting laboratory - space, 1963 – 1967
Guerilla war series, 1965
Middle East, 1967
[Air war in Vietnam], 1967
M16, 1967
Round the world trip, 1968 (3 folders)
Sevastopol, USSR, 1989

 

Series 2: Articles (1940-1995)
5.0 linear feet

This series contains articles written by Charles Corddry in a variety of formats including drafts, both edited and unedited, typeset, and published newspaper clippings. It also contains Corddry’s scripts from his regular appearances on the public television program Washington Week in Review. See Series 1 for articles relating to Corddry’s press trips and special assignments, and Series 3 for articles specifically about NATO.

Box 3

1940-1944
1944 (2 folders)
1945 (2 folders)
1946
1947
1948
1949
1940s
1950
1951 (3 folders)
1952 (2 folders)
1953 (2 folders)
1954

Box 4

1955 (2 folders)
1956-1957
1957
1958
1959
1950s
1960
1961
1962 (2 folders)
1963 (2 folders)
1964
1965
1966
1967 (2 folders)
1967 WETA

Box 5

1968
1968 WETA
1969
1969 WETA
1960s
1970
1970 WETA
1971
1971 WETA
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1970s
1980-1982
1983-1986

Box 6

1987-1988
1989
1980s
1990-1991
1992-1995

 

Series 3: Background, notes, and subject files (1919-1995)
11.5 linear feet

This series contains Charles Corddry’s background materials, research, notebooks, and loose leaf notes. The subject file documents Charles Corddry’s varied professional interest in journalism, aviation, military, and foreign affairs through correspondence, books, and newspaper and magazine articles. Included are files on the public television program Washington Week in Review, on which Corddry served as a panelist between 1967 and 1991. The NSC system file includes material on the Iran-Contra Affair. The NATO files include some articles by Corddry.

Box 6 (continued)

[Air power and strategic bombing], 1945-1946, 1948-1949, 1951, undated (2 folders)
[Air transportation], 1944-1945
Aircraft, 1944-1977, undated (6 folders)
Air Force, 1944-1992, undated (7 folders)

Box 7

[Air National Guard], 1961-1966
[American University], 1964-1966
[Antartica], 1966
Armed Forces News Bureau, 1966-1967
Army, 1955-1965
Army, 1966-1987 (2 folders)
[Aviation Policy], 1944-1948 (2 folders)
[Aviation publications, corporate reports, and brochures], 1946-1951, 1966
Backgrounders, 1962-1972, undated
Balchen, 1956
Berlin, 1948-1949, 1958-1963, undated (2 folders)
Bethe, Hans, 1962
Britain, 1948-1981, undated (4 folders)
Budget, U.S. Government, 1964-1967
[Business cards], undated
Casualties, 1954-1966
[China], 1951-1966
China incidents, 1967
Churchill, Winston, 1949 – 1965 non-inclusive
[Cold War], 1962, 1989-1994
Congo Airlift, 1960-1962

Box 8

Congo Airlift, 1960-1962
[Cuba], 1959-1963
[Defense Department], 1948-2003, undated (5 folders)
        [Addresses and Statements], 1960-1967, 1979 (2 folders)
        [Budget], 1952, 1961-1987 (3 folders)
[Manpower], 1944-1967
Deep Submergence, 1965-1967, undated (2 folders)
Deterrence, 1955, 1981, 1986-1988, undated
Discrimination, 1963, 1967
Dominican Republic, 1965, undated
[Eisenhower, Dwight D.], 1950-1964, 1984
[Foreign Policy], 1943-1994 non-inclusive
[France], 1966
[Future Trends], 1959
[Germany], 1966-1994
Greece, 1967 and undated
[Greenland], 1957
Gulf of Tonkin, 1964
        See Also: Vietnam War
Historic Newspapers, 1940, 1945

Box 9

Historic Newspapers, 1945
Historical, 1955-1966
Hitler’s last days, 1947
[Hydrofoils], 1919, 1955-1966, undated, non-inclusive (2 folders)
[India], 1962-1964
[Japanese surrender], 1944-45, 1954, 1961, 1995, undated
[Johnson, Lyndon B.], 1963-1967
[Joint Chiefs of Staff], 1958-1982 non-inclusive
<[Journalists and journalism], 1931, 1963, 1977, 1980, 1986, undated
“Jungle Journey” manuscript, undated
[Kennedy, John F.], 1961-1967
[Korea], 1950-1953 (3 folders)
Korea Air Operations, 1945-1946, 1950-1952, undated
[Korean War], 1950-1954
[ LeMay, Curtis], 1965
[Lindbergh, Charles], 1970
MacArthur, Douglas, 1950-1952, 1964
[Manuals], 1954, undated
[Marshall, George C.], 1960
[McCarthy, Joseph], 1951-1954
McNamara, Robert, 1960-1968
        Addresses and Statements, 1961-1967 (4 folders)
Mencken, H.L., 1930 - 1974, undated, non-inclusive
        See Also: Series 7

Box 10

Mencken, H.L. – Writings, 1936-1948, undated(2 folders)
[Middle East], 1951-1991 non -inclusive
Militant Liberty, 1955-1956
Military and the Media, 1948, 1957, 1961-1967, 1984-1987, 1994, undated (2 folders)
Military Biographical Information, 1964, 1993, undated
[Military Chaplains], 1967
Miscellaneous story possibilities, 1950 -1988, undated, non-inclusive
[Missiles], 1948-1967, undated (4 folders)
NATO, 1951, 1953, 1955-1967, 1981-1984 undated (5 folders)
        Norstad, Lauris, 1956-1960, 1988, undated
Navy, 1953-1960

Box 11

Navy, 1961-1969, 1991 (5 folders)
[NORAD], 1964-1966
[North Korea], 1994
Northeast U.S. Power Failure, 1965
Notebooks, 1950, 1956-1963, 1989-1995 (4 folders)
Notes, 1943-1995, undated, non-inclusive (2 folders)
NSC System, 1970, 1985-1987, 1994, undated
Nuclear power, 1951-1989, undated (7 folders)

Box 12

[Persian Gulf], 1992
[Photography], 1961
[Psychological Experiments – Carol Paliwoda], 1975-1976
[Railroads], undated
Reagan, Ronald, 1983, 1993, undated
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, death, 1945
Sea Power History, 1993
Selective Service/Draft 1964-1967, undated (2 folders)
[Soviet Union], 1948-1994, undated (4 folders)
Space, 1949-1999 non-inclusive (2 folders)
Spain, 1957-1966
[Special events], 1949, 1958, 1962
Speeches and commentary, 1945 – 1990 non-inclusive
[Strategy], 1955-1996 non-inclusive
[Stringfellow, Douglas R.], 1954
[Symington, W. Stuart], 1950s
TFX, 1961-1968, undated (4 folders)
        Hearings, 1963
[Truman, Harry S.], 1952-1953

Box 13

[U-2], 1960
[“The United States in a New World,” Fortune reports], 1942-1943
[Vietnam War], 1954-1971, undated (9 folders)
Vinson, Carl, 1961
Washington Week in Review, 1968 – 1991, undated, non-inclusive (2 folders)
        See Also: Series 7, Series 5, Series 2 for scripts
Watson, Mark, 1962, 1965-1966
[Weapons], 1950-1967, 1990
Wilson, Charles, 1953-1954 (4 folders)

Box 14

Wilson, Charles 1955-1957, undated (4 folders)
[World War II], 1940-1960, undated
[Writing], 1948-1949, 1966
Zuckert interview, undated

 

Series 4: Appointment diaries and schedules (1950-1988)
0.5 linear feet

This series comprises Charles Corddry’s schedules from 1950-1951 and pocket appointment diaries, engagement books, and calendars between 1957 and 1988. Diaries for the years 1963 and 1982 are not included in the collection.

Box 14 (continued)

Schedules, 1950-1951
Calendars, 1957-1961
Appointment diaries, 1962-1988 non-inclusive (5 folders)

 

Series 5: Speaking opportunities (1948-1996)
0.5 linear feet

This series consists of materials related to Charles Corddry’s speaking opportunities between 1948 and 1996. Included are notes, talking points, and copy, correspondence, programs, newspaper clippings, expense reports, and photographs. Folders 1 and 2 contain material connected with Corddry’s speeches about Korea from 1950 through 1952. Speeches delivered at award ceremonies are found in Series 8.

Box 14 (continued)

1948 – 1996 and undated, non-inclusive (5 folders)
See Also: Oversize
Notes and background, 1942 – 1993, undated

 

Series 6: Biographical and personal materials (1940-1996)
0.5 linear feet

This series contains a variety of biographical and personal materials related to Charles Corddry between 1940 and 1996. Included are honors and awards, resumes, biographical articles, press identification, expense accounts, obituaries and memorials. The honors and awards files contain certificates, programs, photographs, correspondence, speeches, and academic regalia related to Corddry’s two honorary doctoral degrees. Expense reports for Corddry’s press trips and special assignments and speaking opportunities are found in Series 1 and 5.

Box 15

Corddry Company, 1957
Expense accounts and financials, 1944 – 1988 non-inclusive
Honors and awards, 1940 – 1993 non-inclusive (3 folders)
Honors and awards, academic regalia, 1980s
        See Also: Oversize
Miscellaneous personal items, 1941, 1952, 1973, 1985
Obituaries and memorials, 1996
Press identification, 1942 – 1965, undated, non-inclusive
Resumes and biographical articles, 1944 – 1992, undated, non-inclusive

 

Series 7: Correspondence (1941-1998)
1.0 linear feet

This series comprises letters, telegrams, memoranda, greeting cards, invitations, post cards, and facsimiles to and from Charles Corddry between 1941 and 1996. In some instances, the letters are addressed to Corddry’s editor or producer and Corddry is copied or mentioned within the text. Included within this series is a small selection of correspondence of his wife, Marion Corddry, dating from 1943 until 1998. The bulk of Marion Corddry’s correspondence is condolence cards sent upon her husband’s death. Correspondence specifically related to Corddry’s press trips, awards, and speaking opportunities is also found in Series 1, 5 and 6.

Box 15 (continued)

Charles Corddry Correspondence, 1941 – 1996 (12 folders)
Charles Corddry Correspondence, Posthumous
Charles Corddry Correspondence, Undated
Marion Corddry Correspondence 1943 – 1998

 

Series 8: Audio/Visual (1948-1995)
4.0 linear feet

This series consists of photographs, audiotapes, and videotapes. The photographs depict Charles Corddry press trips. The audio and video tapes feature news programs such as Washington Week in Review as well as interviews and speeches recorded by Corddry.

Box 16

Photographs
        [Aircraft]
        Charles Corddry Jr.
        Europe
        [Illustrations]
        Press Trips 1948-1995, undated, non-inclusive (3 folders)
        U.S.S. Intrepid CVA -11
        Washington Week in Review

Box 17

Audiotapes
        Washington Week in Review
                March 6, 1969/September 4, 1969
                March 13, 1969
                May 8, 1969/October 7, 1971
                June 19, 1969
                June 26, 1969/ July 3, 1969/November 3, 1972
                August 7, 1969
                December 4, 11, 18, 25, 1969
                January 1, 1970
                February 19, 1970/February 26, 1970/March 3, 1971
                March 12, 1970/March 19, 1970
                April 30, 1970
                September 10, 1970/September 17, 1970
                September 23, 1970/October 29, 1970
                March 25, 1971/April 1, 1971
                April 8, 1971/April 15, 1971
                May 20, 1971/May 27, 1971
                June 24, 1971/August 5, 1971
                November 11, 1971
                November 18, 1971
                November 25, 1971/December 2, 1971
                December 9, 1971/December 16, 1971
                January 6, 1972/January 14, 1972
                January 21, 1972/January 28, 1972
                February 4, 1972/February 11, 1972
                February 18, 1972/March 3, 1972
                February 25, 1972/March 5, 1972
                March 17, 1972/March 24, 1972
                March 31, 1972/April 7, 1972
                April 21, 1972
                April 21, 1972/June 9, 1972
                June 16, 1972/June 23, 1972/June 30, 1972
                July 14, 1972/July 21, 1972
                August 8, 1972/August 11, 1972
                August 25, 1972/September 1, 1972/September 29, 1972
                September 15, 1972
                September 22, 1972
                November 10, 1972
                November 24, 1972/December 8, 1972
                November 15, 1972/February 16, 1973
                January 5, 1973
                January 12, 1973/January 19, 1973
                January 26, 1973
                February 2, 1973/February 9, 1973
                February 23, 1973/March 3, 1973
                March 9, 1973/March 16, 1973
                March 23, 1973/March 30, 1973
                April 23, 1973/May 11, 1973
                May 4, 1973/December 21, 1973
                April 11, 1973/May 18, 1973
                June 15, 1973/June 22, 1973
                June 29, 1973/July 6, 1973
                July 13, 1973/July 20, 1973
                July 27, 1973/August 8, 1973
                August 17, 1973/August 24, 1973
                August 31, 1973/September 7, 1973
                October 5, 1973/October 12, 1973
                October 19, 1973/October 26, 1973
                November 2, 1973/November 9, 1973
                November 16, 1973/November 23, 1973
                December 7, 1973/December 14, 1973
                January 11, 1974/January 18, 1974
                January 25, 1974/February 15, 1974
                March 1, 1974/March 8, 1974
                March 29, 1974/April 5, 1974
                April 12, 1974/May 10, 1974
                April 26, 1974/May 17, 1974
                April 12, 1974/May 10, 1974
                May 24, 1974/May 31, 1974
                June 7, 1974/June 14, 1974
                July 19, 1974/August 2, 1974
                September 6, 1974/September 13, 1974
                September 20, 1974
                September 27, 1974
                October 4, 1974
                October 11, 1974
                October 25, 1974

Box 18

Audiotapes (continued)
         Washington Week in Review (continued)
                  November 1, 1974/November 15, 1974
                  November 22, 1974/November 29, 1974
                  December 13, 1974/December 20, 1974
                  January 24, 1975/January 31, 1975
                  February 7, 1975
                  May 23, 1975/May 30, 1975
                  July 4, 1975/July 11, 1975
                  July 18, 1975/July 25, 1975
                  October 4, 1975
                  January 21, 1977/January 28, 1977
                  February 4, 1977
                  March 11, 1977/March 18, 1977
                  March 25, 1977/April 1, 1977
                  May 27, 1977
                  June 10, 1977/June 17, 1977
                  June 24, 1977/November 11, 1977
                  July 1, 1977/July 8, 1977
                  July 15, 1977/December 2, 1977
                  October 7, 1977
                  October 28, 1977/October 4, 1977
                  December 23, 1977/December 30, 1977
                  December 29, 1977
                  January 26, 1979/February 16, 1979
                  January 4, 1980
                  January 6-27, 1980/February 7-4, 1980
                  September 4, 1981
                  October 9, 1981/November 20, 1981
                  July 9, 1982/July 16, 1982/July 30, 1982/August 6, 1982
                  December 31, 1982
                  February 4, 1983/February 25, 1983
                  Reagan’s Neutron Bomb Decision
                  Mini-cassette - undated
May 29, 1969/June 5, 1969 (Bad Tape)
January 5, 1970/March 7, 1970 (Eclipse)
Moon/Eclipse
March 26, 1970/March 22, 1970 (WMSBURG)
April 23, 1970 (Cambodia)/December 3 (NATO)
May 14, 1970/April 28, 1970
October 1, 1970/November 6, 1970
May 6, 1971 (New Army)/May 13, 1971
June 10, 1971 (Troop…)/October 27, 1972
June 17, 1971 (Pentagon Papers)/July 8, 1971
June 21, 1971
September 16, 1971/September 20, 1971 (Ted Stell)
October 16, 1971 (…Phils Wedding)/October 28, 1971
April 22, 1972 (VN phone conversation
November 18, 1972 (Rusk)
December 22, 1972
January 23, 1973 (Nixon)
April 22, 1973 (PVM et al)
August 10, 1973 (Agnew)/August 15, 1973 (Nixon Speech)
CBS 5 Special Agnew
NEH Testimony
February 5, 1974 (NBC the Man Who Changed the Navy)
May 8, 1974 (CNO Interview J Finney/R Levine/ C Corddry)
May 28, 1974 (CINC/Corrdry/Hussein)
November 18, 1975 (Tax Advice Mary Russo)
November 18, 1975 (Tax Advice Cont.)
December 26, 1975 (Dean Rusk)
April 20, 1976 (BBC 4)
August 27, 1976 (Q &A Pete on pres role)
February 25, 1977 (10th Anniversary)/March 4, 1977
March 6, 1977 (Meet Press H Brown…)/July 29, 1971
April 29, 1977 (Carter’s 100 Days)
May 17, 1977 (War Room London)
February 22, 1978 (EMS…)

Box 19

Audiotapes (continued)
         June 29, 1978 (Holloway)
         November 24, 1978 (Hayward)
         December 15, 1978 (China…)/December 22, 1978
         February 20, 1979 (Poison Control)/February 21, 1979 (High Risk Infant)
         February 8, 1979 (David Boyd)
         June 10, 1979 (Trauma Session Corddry)
         January 14, 1980 (Mr. Charles Corddry on Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan W&L Radio)
         June 1980
         March 6, 1981 (Uncle Walter’s Farewell)
         1981 (Detroit Station…)
         February 26, 1982 (Fifteenth Anniversary)
         April 4, 1982/May 7, 1982 (Falklands)
         March 27, 1981 (WWIR)/April 16, 1982 (Argentina-UK)
         January 15, 1982/April 23, 1982 (Argentina-UK)
         May 15, 1982 (Falklands start)/May 28, 1982 (Falklands)
         June 4, 1982 (Falklands)/June 8, 1982
         1982 (CSIS…)
         October 16, 1984 (SECNAV interview with Charlie Corddry)
         January 1, 1985 (S/D, Weinberger)
         November 13, 1987 (Charles Corddry Salute to Sec. Steinberger in Phil, PA; Center for Study of Presidency)
         July 28, 1987 (Background Interview Senior Intel Official on Soviet Fleet Building Program, Sevastopol)
         May 10, 1990 (Brzezinski “The Implications of Victory”)
         February 25, 1991 (Interview of Charles W. Corddry by Claude Hammond, Berea College)
         October 23/November 27
         Albion Speech
         Boyd
         Clark
         Carson
         Alistair Cooke’s Letter from America
         Domestic Action
         Domestic Action
         Drug…
         Conned
         Jody’s Wedding
         Rodger Kelly
         Gen Parks
         Perry
         Poison Control Center
         PW acct’n
         AWACS
         Salvador- Former Guerilla
         Salvador- Former Guerilla
         Selling of Pentagon
         Start of 2nd…
         Technology for Defense
         Wedding
         Mary Watson

Box 20

Audiotapes (continued)
         18 unlabeled cassette tapes
         Mini-cassettes
                  August 12, 1977 (Pacific)
                  Purnell Museum
                  982 (Falkland Islands)
                  CNO
                  Hartwick Commencement
                  April 3, 1991 (MWC WDTS)
                  Hartwick
                  October 10, 1988/October 18, 1988
                  12 unlabeled/illegible
         Reel to Reel
               1962 (Phil’s trip to Puerto Rico with NY Jets)
               September 29, 1964 (Guest Lecturer: Mr. Charles Corddry)
               August 11, 1966 (Lt. Col Gordon Furbish Award at the Pentagon)
               July 18, 1967 (Radio Release Made on Speech at Defense Information School)
               Meet the Press
               Watson
               6 unlabeled
Videotapes
         VHS
            October 1993, (RV Jones, Directorate of Intelligence)
         Beta
            August 15, 1986 WWIR
            November 4, 1987 (Night Watch: Charlie Rose)/December 8, 1987 (White House Welcome Reagan/Gorbachev Speeches, Treaty Signing)
            December 1987 Former Secretaries of State/ WWIR January-March 1988.
            WWIR March& May 1990/Headline Show, Panama
            July-October 1990 WWIR
            March 14, 1991
            WWIR Full
            WWIR 2/22
            6 unlabeled