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Andrew St. George Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0415

Scope and Contents

The Andrew St. George Collection dates from 1947 to 1999. The materials include manuscripts, research notes, clippings, newspapers, photographs, books, flyers, and correspondence. The collection is useful to researchers interested in politics, history, and journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean during the 20th Century.

The collection is arranged by topic in four series:

Series 1: Latin America - contains manuscripts, booklets, news clippings, magazines, articles, flyers, photographs, and notes related to political events in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Haiti, Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

The Latin America series is organized in sub-series by country. The Cuba sub-series is the most extensive and covers topics related to the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, anti-communist groups, and tourism in Cuba. It also includes materials about Ilona Marita Lorenz; a German spy who had a relationship with Venezuelan dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez and Fidel Castro and who was recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.

This series also contains documents related to Rafael Leónidas Trujillo’s dictatorship and the chief of the Military Intelligence Service Johnny Abbes García, the kidnapping and murder of Jesús de Galíndez, the Peace Corps in Chile during the 1960s, and the guerrillas in Bolivia. It includes materials related to François Duvalier’s "Papa Doc" dictatorship and documents regarding "Project Nassau"; a Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) documentary about the invasion of Haiti by Cubans, Haitians, and the United States. These documents also contain the hearings of the Special Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce House of Representatives to determine if CBS was financing revolutions. Additionally, it includes documents related to the biggest stock manipulators from the United States who fled to Brazil in the 1950s, such as Ben Jack Cage, Lowell Birrell, and Earl Belle.

Series 2: Ernesto Che Guevara Papers - contains manuscripts and story drafts about Che Guevara, guerrillas in Bolivia and Latin America. It also includes documents related to the death of Che in October 1967, a photocopy and transcriptions of the diary belonging to Che, and documents about "Tania", a spy who joined Che’s guerrilla group.

Series 3: Correspondence - contains letters about the stories Andrew St. George was covering in Latin America, personal and general correspondence with his family, and other journalists.

Series 4: General Files - contains handwritten and typewritten notes related to journalism, spies, the theater, politicians, a manuscript about Palestine, a magazine and photographs related to Zappy Max; the host for the French radio show "Quitte ou Double", and an ABC News Report titled "The Changing Face of Hungary."

Dates

  • 1947-1999

Creator

Language of Materials

Includes materials written in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French.

Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Andrew St. George was born Andras R. Szentgyorgyi in 1923 in Budapest, Hungary. He worked as a freelance journalist and photographer focusing on Latin America. In 1957, he conducted one of the first interviews with Fidel Castro and guerilla members in Sierra Maestra, Cuba. The interview was published in February 1958 in Look Magazine.

During his career, Andrew St. George documented different political events in Latin America such as; the Cuban Revolution, the dictatorships of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, and François Duvalier "Papa Doc" in Haiti. Andrew St. George met Ernesto Che Guevara in the Sierra Maestra mountains in Cuba and documented his participation in the Cuban Revolution and guerrillas in Bolivia. His photographs and writings have been published in Times Magazine,Popular Magazine,Cavalier Magazine,Argosy,Life Magazine,The New York Times, and others.

Andrew St. George was married to Jean Hoopes Szentgyorgy (1927-2018), and had two sons Andrew H. Szentgyorgyi and Tom Szentgyorgyi. He died on May 2, 2001.

Extent

6.38 Linear Feet (11 boxes, 5 oversize folders)

Abstract

Manuscripts, drafts, research notes, clippings, newspapers, photographs, books, flyers, and correspondence documenting various political events during the 20th century in the Caribbean and Latin American region by photographer and journalist Andrew St. George.

Arrangement

The collection is organized by topic and alphabetical order.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at https://www.uflib.ufl.edu/findingaids/Spanish/mss0415.pdf.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Andrew Szentgyorgyi.
Title
A Guide to the Andrew St. George Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid created by Nelissa E. Caraballo-Ramos
Date
August 2021
Description rules
Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

Contact:
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America
352-273-2755