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Vincent Sheean Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
Date: Feb 1967

Biographical History

James Vincent Sheean (1899-1975) was an American journalist, novelist and biographer.

Born in Christian County, Illinois on Dec. 5, 1899 to William and Susan Sheean, he attended the University of Chicago. Sheean's best-known works are Personal History (1935), a political memoir, and Not Peace But a Sword (1939). Other books include Lily (1954), Mahatma Ghandi (1955), Nehru, Ten Years of Power (1959), and Dorothy and Red (1963), about Dorothy Thompson and Sinclair Lewis.

In 1935, he married Diana Forbes-Robertson, the daughter of Sir Johnston and Lady Forbes-Robertson, with whom he had two daughters. During the latter part of his life he resided in Ariolo, Italy.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Vincent Sheean Papers consist of correspondence, subject files, manuscripts, and published material.

Correspondence contains both incoming and outgoing correspondence.

Subject files contains manuscripts, published material, and a photograph.

Manuscripts includes manuscripts of articles, books, book reviews, plays, radio broadcasts, short stories, speeches, a story outline, and a symposium. It also includes a galley proof.

Published material contains newspaper clippings by and about Sheean.

Arrangement of the Collection

Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author; outgoing is arranged chronologically. Subject files are arranged alphabetically by subject. Manuscripts are subdivided by type and within that arranged alphabetically by title.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951.
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
Sheean, Vincent, 1899-1975 -- Dorothy and Red.
Sheean, Vincent, 1899-1975.
Thompson, Dorothy, 1893-1961.
White, Leigh, 1914-


Authors, American.
Journalism -- United States.
Journalists -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Galley proofs.
Manuscripts for publication.
Speeches (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Vincent Sheean Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Vincent Sheean.

Table of Contents


Subject files


Published material