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Havas French Press Telegram Collection

Identifier: MSE/MD 1903

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of 32 printed telegrams and one translation, occasionally with substantial manuscript revisions, concentrating on the years 1936 and 1938. The collection of telegrams contains several of the reports of Henri Malet-Daubant and Jean d'Hospital, among the first special envoys to Spain. Several items are undated and have unidentified senders or receivers.


  • Creation: 1936-1946
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1936-1938


Language of Materials


Language of Materials

Collection material in French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Havas was France's first news agency (founded 1835) and a parent company to what would become France's central news source during and after the Resistance, l'Agence France Press. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), its journalists, known as Havasmen, were in the field in Madrid, Salamanca, Barcelona, and abroad in Mexico and in South America, reporting back to Paris and Geneva on the state of the Spanish citizenry.


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Collection of printed telegrams and manuscript revisions of the French Havas news agency. Telegrams focus on Spanish citizens and refugees during the Spanish Civil War in Spain, Mexico, and South America.


Telegrams are organized loosely by topic: folders 1-7 deal with military affairs (promotions, campaigns); folders 9-14 give details on Spain's foreign relations with the Latin South and the reception of Spanish refugees; 15-21 are concerned with the sayings of high military and government officials (including Franco); 22-26 focus on the Spanish Nobel Prize-winner in Literature, Jacinto Benavente; and 27-31 report the finding of the statue of Our Lady of Covadonga at the Spanish Embassy in Paris.

Havas French Press Telegram Collection
Arnaud Zimmern and Julie Tanaka
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556