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Chavkin, Samuel, 1913-1994.
Samuel Chavkin Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1974-1994 (mostly 1974-1979)
4 boxes and 1.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4


Consists of 59 audio recordings and selected correspondence and articles by American journalist Samuel Chavkin, who covered events in Chile for various publications in the 1970s, primarily after the military junta of 1973.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 59 audio recordings and selected correspondence and articles by Chavkin, who covered events in Chile for various publications in the 1970s, primarily after the military junta of 1973. Included are recordings taken from the radio shows, "Radio Habana, Cuba" and "De Chile y Para Chile," of interviews (1974-1978) with Augusto Pinochet, Joan Jara, Carmen Castillo, Laura Allende, Miguel Schweitzer, Beatriz Allende, and others, and many other recordings of interviews conducted by Chavkin with various people discussing Salvador Allende, Pablo Neruda, and the political, social, and economic conditions in Chile. Also present are a typescript of an interview with Harald Edelstam, Swedish Ambassador to Chile; various articles and editorials by Chavkin about Chile; a small amount of correspondence with Ximena de la Barra MacDonald, G. Perotti, Harald Edelstam, and others; photographs of Chile under military rule; and a typescript, with autograph corrections, of an unpublished English translation of Chile: The Executioners (Las Fuerza Armadas de Chile, 1976), by Fernando Rivas Sanchez and Elizabeth Reiman Weigert.


Organized into two series: Series 1: Correspondence, Articles and Editorials, Photographs, and Works of Others and Series 2: Audiorecordings.

Collection Creator Biography:

Chavkin, Samuel, 1913-1994.

Samuel Chavkin was an American journalist.

Collection History


Gift of Sylvia Chavkin. AM 1995-105.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder list prepared by Lisa Yankowitz '13 in 2012. Edited by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Samuel Chavkin Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4