PCL MS 072 Alan Levy Collection
|Title||PCL MS 072 Alan Levy Collection|
The Alan Levy Collection consists of approximately 32.5 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by Alan Levy beginning in 1967. This collection is unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the BPCL reference email. The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.
|Biographical Sketch||Alan Levy (1932-2004) was an American author and journalist. Educated at Brown and Columbia Universities, Levy spent seven years working at the Louisville Courier-Journal before moving to New York City to do freelance work for maazines such as Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and others. During his time in New York, he interviewed and profiled luminaries such as Richard Nixon, The Beatles, Fidel Castro, and Ezra Pound.|
In 1967, Levy relocated his family to Prague, Czechoslovakia. There he covered the Soviet invasion of the country, leading to the book Rowboat to Prague. He and his family were exiled from the country in 1971 and settled in Vienna, Austria. From Vienna, he continued to freelance for many American magazines as well as European newspapers.
After the "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia in 1991, Levy moved his family back to the country, where he became editor of English-lanugage newspaper The Prague Post, a position he held until his death in 2004. The paper became an influential voice on English-speaking expatriates and those outside the country. Levy's 1993 book The Wiesenthal File, about Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, was widely acclaimed and received several awards.
|Scope and Content||The Alan Levy Collection is comprised of research, correspondence, and writings from the earliest part of Levy's career. It encompasses his work at the Louisville Courier-Journal and his freelance work in New York City for magazines such as Life and The Saturday Evening Post, up to his departure for Czechoslovakia in 1967. |
Notable subject and correspondents include members of The Beatles, Richard Nixon and his associates, Fidel Castro, and Elvis Presley.
Also present are the typwritten versions of the news stories Levy wrote for the Louisville Courier-Journal on a regular basis.
This collection will be of interest to researchers of Alan Levy's work, as well as mid-20th century journalism and popular culture.
|Inventory||An online inventory has not been compiled at this point. However, there is an extensive folder-level inventory contained in the searchable PDF file attached to this finding aid.|