Ray Vicker Papers and Photographs 1943-1994

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Ray Vicker Papers and Photographs 1943-1994

MS 581


Collection Summary

Creator: Vicker, Ray, 1915-2000
Collection Name: Ray Vicker Papers and Photographs
Inclusive Dates: 1943-1994
Physical Description:14.8 linear feet
Abstract:Papers, 1943-1994. This collection contains the papers of Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent Ray Vicker throughout his 30-year career with the Wall Street Journal, four years with the Chicago Journal of Commerce early on in his career and fiction writing he produced throughout his life. The collection contains mostly papers ranging from stories, notes, correspondence, personal diaries and publications by the Dow Jones company and some photographs.
Collection Number:MS 581
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/
E-Mail: LBRY-askspcoll@email.arizona.edu

Biographical Note

Ray Vicker was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on August 27, 1915 according to his government-issued birth certificate, but identified his birth year throughout his life as 1917. He attended Wisconsin State University for one year from 1934-1935, worked as a news reporter at the Stevens Point Journal from 1936-1938, and then returned to school at Los Angeles City College from 1940-1941, the U.S. Maritime Service Officers School in 1944 and Northwestern University from 1947-1949.

After serving in the Merchant Marines during WWII as a seaman and ultimately as a Second Officer from 1942-1946, Vicker continued his career in journalism as the assistant shipping editor at the Chicago Journal of Commerce in 1946 and then as the automobile and trucking editor from 1947-1950. The Wall Street Journal bought out the journal in 1950 and acquired Vicker as a general assignment reporter based in the Wall Street Journal Chicago bureau until 1959.

Beginning in 1951, Vicker and his wife, Margaret, a fellow writer and photographer whom he married in 1944, regularly took lengthy 3-4 month vacations abroad, using personal time to write foreign stories to give to the Wall Street Journal to prove his interest in international reporting. In 1958, Vicker was named news editor and then in 1960, European Editor and was dispatched to the London Wall Street Journal bureau where he also frequently contributed work to the Wall Street Journal's sister publication, The National Observer. From 1960 onward, Vicker largely covered Europe, Africa and the Middle East and was named Senior International Editor of the Wall Street Journal in 1975.

During Vicker's time in the field of journalism, he won multiple awards. He received the Outstanding Reporting Abroad award from the Chicago Newspaper Guild in 1959, the E. W. Fairchild award from the Overseas Press Club in 1963 and 1967 and an honorable mention in 1965, the Bob Considine award from the Overseas Press Club and the International Capital Market Association Journalism award.

Vicker also published seven books: "How an Election was Won" (1945), "Those Swiss Money Men" (1973), "The Kingdom of Oil" (1974), "The Realms of Gold" (1975), "This Hungry World" (1975), "The Dow Jones-Irwin Guide to Retirement Planning" (1987) and "The Informed Investor" (1991) in addition to selling over 400 short fiction stories to magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, Readers Digest, Toronto Star Weekly, Thrilling Western and others.

Towards the end of 1980, Vicker returned to the U.S. as the Senior National Correspondent and worked domestically with a home base in Walnut Creek, California until his retirement on April 1, 1983 after 33 years with the paper. Even after his retirement, Vicker would still contribute occasional stories to the Wall Street Journal from his many travels both across the country and the world. In 1990, the Vickers moved to Tucson, Arizona where they lived until Ray Vicker passed away on April 19, 2000.


Scope and Content Note

This collection has eight series and contains papers and photographs created by Ray Vicker. Materials in this collection date from 1943-1994 and document Vicker's career as a journalist, the bulk of which was spent working as a foreign correspondent throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East for the Wall Street Journal.

The first series contains biographical papers about Vicker that are organized at folder level including two versions of complete, month-to-month travel schedules from Vicker's life over several decades, autobiographies and articles written on Vicker, paper ephemera from political organizations Vicker supported, former schools and Vicker's hometown newspaper.

The second series, organized at folder level alphabetically by title, contains both complete and incomplete book manuscripts written by Vicker, reviews of Vicker's published books, some of his short fiction stories and a small amount of correspondence about publishing his short stories.

The third series contains both rough and final drafts of stories, clips, correspondence relating to a particular country and notes for work pertaining to the Wall Street Journal organized at folder level first by country, occasionally continent, name and then chronologically.

The fourth series contains black and white contact sheets, negatives and prints from various countries around the world photographed both for personal and professional uses and is organized at folder level by country name and entirely undated.

The fifth series contains Vicker's travel diaries and are organized at folder level chronologically. Vicker sporadically kept a diary throughout his career documenting his thoughts, personal stories and details about where he was currently working. Some years are more complete than others.

The sixth series contains correspondence, both personal and professional and written to and by Vicker, and is organized at folder level chronologically.

The seventh series contains official publications, newsletters, commemorative or souvenir magazines and other mass communications by either the Dow Jones Co. or the Wall Street Journal and is organized at folder level chronologically.

The eighth series contains three oversize materials. Two are biographical articles about Vicker's life and the third a "souvenir album" published by the Jerusalem Post documenting Egyptian president Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem.


Arrangement

This collection is organized into 8 series:

Restrictions

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Related Material

William R. Mathews papers 1870-1980 (MS 406). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Vicker, Ray.

Corporate Name(s)
Chicago Journal of Commerce.
Dow Jones and Co.
Wall Street Journal (Firm).

Geographic Name(s)
Africa.
Egypt.
Europe.
Iran.
Iraq.
Israel.
Lebanon.
Middle East.
Rhodesia.
Saudi Arabia.
South Africa.

Subject(s)
Foreign correspondents.
Journalism--20th century.
Photojournalism--20th century--History--Pictorial works.


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Ray Vicker Papers and Photographs (MS 581). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

Processed by Rebecca Noble.


Container List

Series I Biographical Files, circa 1940-1987
This series is described at folder level and contains biographical information about Vicker such as autobiographies, biographies, articles on Vicker, information on his hometown of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, awards / certificates, ephemera from previous schools, the Merchant Marines and political organizations he supported and a complete monthly list of his travels from 1953-1987.
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11 Articles about Vicker, 1975-1986
12 Autobiographies and biographies, 1950-1965; 1986
13 Awards, 1959-1987
14 Education, 1985-1989
15 Hometown of Steven's Point, 1983
16 Merchant Marines, 1939; 1944; 1980's
17 Photographs of Vicker, undated
18 Political affiliations, 1984-1995
19 Travel calendar, 1953-1991
110 Travel certificates, 1955-1965
111 Travel index, 1953-1987
112 Writings, 1942; 1992; 1997
113 Wall Street Journal-related, 1971-1980
Series II Books and Manuscripts, 1943-1975
This series is described at folder level and arranged alphabetically. It contains Vicker's earliest writings which were fiction and a small amount of correspondence about publishing them, manuscripts for seven books, some of which went unpublished, notes and clippings of book reviews.
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114 Fiction writing - assorted short stories, circa 1940-1950
115 "Dateline Anywhere", 1961
116 "Dateline Anywhere", 1961
117 "Dateline Anywhere" - notes, 1961
118 "How an Election was Won" - reviews, 1962
119 "I Married a Reporter" by Margaret Vicker, 1962
120 "The Kingdom of Oil" - reviews, 1974
121 "A Middle East Reporter at Large", undated
122 "A Middle East Reporter at Large", undated
123 "A Middle East Reporter at Large", undated
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21 "Realms of Gold" - excerpts and notes, 1975
22 "Realms of Gold" - excerpts and notes, 1975
23 "Realms of Gold" - reviews, 1975
24 "Retirement Planning", 1985
25 "Those Swiss Money Men" - excerpts and notes, 1973
26 "Those Swiss Money Men" - notes, 1973
27 "Those Swiss Money Men" - reviews, 1973
28 "A Wife's Place is in Desert Storms", undated
29 "A Wife's Place is in Desert Storms", undated
Series III Journalism Files, 1945-1993
This series is described at folder level and arranged alphabetically by country, on occasion by continent, name and then chronologically. This series contains rough drafts of stories, published clips of stories, notes, correspondence and ephemera relating directly to the country it is filed under that was accrued over Vicker's 30-year career as an international journalist.
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210 Africa, undated
211 Africa, 1950-1960
212 Africa, 1963
213 Africa, 1967
214 Africa, 1969-1972
215 Africa, 1975
216 Algeria, circa 1962
217 Angola, 1969
218 Asia, 1977
219 Australia (1/2), 1956-1957
220 Australia (2/2), 1956-1957
221 Austria - Viennese Summit, 1961
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31 Bahrain, 1976-1977
32 Belgium, 1982
33 Britain, undated
34 Britain, 1966
35 Britain, 1967-1968
36 Britain, 1973
37 Britain, 1975-1976
38 Cambodia, 1967
39 Ceylon, 1957
310 China, 1978
311 Congo, 1962
312 East Indies, 1986
313 Egypt, undated
314 Egypt, 1965
315 Egypt, 1967
316 Egypt, 1968
317 Egypt, 1969
318 Egypt, 1970
319 Egypt, 1972
320 Egypt, 1975
321 Egypt, 1976
322 Egypt, 1977
323 Egypt, 1978
324 Egypt, 1979
325 Egypt, 1980
326 Ethiopia, 1965-1967
327 Ethiopia, 1968
328 Ethiopia, 1969
329 Europe, undated
330 Europe, 1968
331 Europe, 1974
332 Europe, 1977
333 Finland, 1966
334 France, 1976
335 Germany, undated
336 Germany (East), 1964-1966
337 Germany, 1968
338 Germany, 1970
339 Global Reports - Wall Street Journal, 1974-1976
340 Greece, 1965
341 Greece, 1976-1977
342 Greenland, 1969-1970
343 Guatemala, 1951
344 Guinea, 1957
345 Guinea, 1962
346 India, undated
347 India, 1945
348 India, 1955
349 India, 1958
350 India, 1976
351 India, 1977
352 India, 1978
353 Indonesia, 1956-1957
354 Iran, undated
355 Iran, 1965
356 Iran, 1975-1980
357 Iran, 1975
358 Iran, 1976
359 Iran, 1977
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41 Iran, 1978
42 Iran, 1979
43 Iran, 1980
44 Iraq, undated
45 Iraq, 1961
46 Iraq, 1972
47 Iraq, 1973
48 Iraq, 1976
49 Iraq, 1977
410 Iraq, 1979
411 Ireland, 1960's
412 Israel, undated
413 Israel, 1965-1969
414 Israel, 1970-1972
415 Israel (1/2), 1973
416 Israel (2/2), 1973
417 Israel, 1975-1980
418 Italy, undated
419 Italy, 1968
420 Italy, 1969-1970
421 Italy, 1972-1975
422 Italy / Food and Agriculture Organization, 1967-1975
423 Jordan, undated
424 Jordan, 1966-1968
425 Jordan, 1978
426 Kenya, 1970-1972
427 Kirghizia, 1973
428 Kuwait, 1961
429 Kuwait, 1967
430 Kuwait, 1972
431 Kuwait, 1975
432 Kuwait, 1977
433 Kuwait, 1978-1979
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51 Lebanon, undated
52 Lebanon, 1958
53 Lebanon, 1968-1969
54 Lebanon, 1972
55 Lebanon (1/2), 1974-1976
56 Lebanon (2/2), 1974-1976
57 Lebanon, 1977-1979
58 Lebanon, 1980
59 Libya, 1977
510 Madeira, 1971
511 Malawi, 1972
512 Malaya, 1957
513 Malta, 1967-1977
514 Middle East, undated
515 Mongolia, 1915
516 Morocco, 1976-1979
517 Namibia / Southwest Africa, 1963
518 Namibia, 1976
519 New Guinea, 1987
520 New Zealand, 1957
521 North America, 1951
522 Oman, undated
523 Oman, 1970
524 Oman, 1974
525 Oman, 1979
526 Pakistan, 1978
527 Palestine, 1975
528 Palestine, 1979
529 Papua New Guinea, 1982-1986
530 Portugal, 1974-1975
531 Portuguese Africa, 1969-1972
532 Qatar, undated
533 Rhodesia, undated
534 Rhodesia, 1965
535 Rhodesia, 1966
536 Rhodesia, 1969
537 Rhodesia, 1970-1971
538 Rhodesia, 1975-1976
539 Romania, 1968
540 Romania, 1974
541 Saudi Arabia, undated
542 Saudi Arabia, 1966
543 Saudi Arabia, 1967
544 Saudi Arabia, 1972
545 Saudi Arabia, 1976
546 Saudi Arabia, 1977
547 Saudi Arabia, 1978
548 Saudi Arabia, 1979
549 Saudi Arabia, 1980
550 Seychelles, 1978
551 Solomon Islands, undated
552 Somalia, 1978
553 South Africa, undated
554 South Africa, 1959
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61 South Africa - Anglo American Corporation of SA, circa 1959
62 South Africa, 1956; 1969; 1971
63 South Africa, 1969-1971
64 South Africa, 1975-1976
65 Spain, 1966-1967
66 Sudan, 1975
67 Sudan, 1980
68 Swaziland, 1967
69 Sweden, 1967
610 Switzerland, 1978
611 Syria, undated
612 Syria, 1976
613 Syria, 1978-1980
614 Tahiti, circa 1967
615 Tasmania, 1957
616 Tunisia, 1974
617 Turkey, 1969
618 United Arab Emirates, undated
619 United Arab Emirates, 1968
620 United Arab Emirates, 1974
621 United Arab Emirates, 1977
622 United Arab Emirates, 1978
623 United Arab Emirates, 1979
624 United Kingdom, circa 1973
625 United States - Los Angeles City College, 1942
626 United States - Isle Royale National Park, 1953
627 United States - American Entrepreneurs Abroad, 1965
628 United States, 1974
629 United States, 1980-1981
630 United States, 1982
631 United States, 1983
632 United States - Investing for Money - Fact Magazine, 1983-1984
633 United States, 1984
634 United States, 1985
635 United States, 1986
636 United States, 1987
637 United States - Arizona, circa 1990
638 United States - Baseball, 1993
639 USSR, undated
640 USSR, 1963
641 USSR, 1964
642 USSR, 1968-1969
643 USSR, 1970-1971
644 USSR, 1973
645 USSR, 1979
646 Yemen, 1977
647 Yemen, 1979
648 Zanzibar, 1970-1971
Series IV Photographs, circa 1950-1990
This series is described at folder level and arranged alphabetically by country and is entirely undated. It contains black and white photographic prints, negatives and contact sheets from Vicker's travels throughout his career.
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649 Britain - British Channel, undated
650 Britain - London, undated
651 East Germany, undated
652 Eastern Europe - Satellites, undated
653 Greece, undated
654 Greenland, undated
655 Iran, undated
656 Iraq, undated
657 Israel, undated
658 Italy, undated
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71 Jordan, undated
72 Kenya, undated
73 Lebanon, undated
74 Libya, undated
75 Madeira, undated
76 Malawi, undated
77 Malta, undated
78 Morocco, undated
79 Mozambique, undated
710 Namibia, undated
711 Netherlands, undated
712 Oman, undated
713 Rhodesia, undated
714 Russia, undated
715 Saudi Arabia, undated
716 Scotland, undated
717 Singapore, undated
718 South India, undated
719 Spanish Sahara, undated
720 Stockholm, undated
721 Sudan, undated
722 Swaziland, undated
723 Switzerland, undated
724 Syria, undated
725 Tahiti, undated
726 Tanzania, undated
727 Thailand, undated
728 United Arab Emirates, undated
729 United States - Wall Street Journal, undated
730 Yemen, undated
731 Zambia, undated
Series V Diaries, 1962-1994
This series is described at folder level and arranged chronologically. It contains personal diary entries written by Vicker, largely describing sights and experiences had abroad while reporting for the Wall Street Journal. Some years have entries for each day of each month while some years' entries are more sporadic.
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732 Diaries, 1962
733 Diaries, 1964
734 Diaries, 1965
735 Diaries, 1966
736 Diaries, 1967
737 Diaries, 1968
738 Diaries, 1969
739 Diaries, 1970
740 Diaries, 1971
741 Diaries, 1972
742 Diaries, 1973
743 Diaries, 1974
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81 Diaries, 1975
82 Diaries, 1976
83 Diaries, 1977
84 Diaries, 1978
85 Diaries, 1979
86 Diaries, 1980
87 Diaries, 1981
88 Diaries, 1982
89 Diaries, 1983
810 Diaries, 1984
811 Diaries, 1985
812 Diaries, 1986
813 Diaries - Cruise to Asia, 1986
814 Diaries - Cruise, 1986
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91 Diaries, 1987
92 Diaries, 1988
93 Diaries - Cruise, 1988
94 Diaries, 1989
95 Diaries, 1990
96 Diaries, 1991
97 Diaries, 1992
98 Diaries - Cruise, 1994
Series VI Correspondence, 1948-1991
This series is described at folder level and organized chronologically. It contains letters, telegrams, card and postcards from both personal relationships in Vicker's life and general correspondence between himself and his editors at the Wall Street Journal.
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99 Correspondence, 1948-1949
910 Correspondence, 1950
911 Correspondence, 1951
912 Correspondence, 1952
913 Correspondence, 1953
914 Correspondence, 1954
915 Correspondence, 1955
916 Correspondence, 1956
917 Correspondence, 1957
918 Correspondence, 1958
919 Correspondence, 1959
920 Correspondence, 1960
921 Correspondence, 1961
922 Correspondence, 1962
923 Correspondence, 1963
924 Correspondence, 1964
925 Correspondence, 1965
926 Correspondence, 1966
927 Correspondence, 1967
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101 Correspondence, 1968
102 Correspondence, 1969
103 Correspondence, circa 1970-1980
104 Correspondence, 1970
105 Correspondence, 1971
106 Correspondence, 1972
107 Correspondence, 1973
108 Correspondence, 1974
109 Correspondence, circa 1975-1980
1010 Correspondence, 1975
1011 Correspondence, 1976
1012 Correspondence (1/2), 1977
1013 Correspondence (2/2), 1977
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111 Correspondence, 1978
112 Correspondence, 1979
113 Correspondence, circa 1980-1989
114 Correspondence, 1980
115 Correspondence, 1981
116 Correspondence, 1982
117 Correspondence, 1983
118 Correspondence, 1984
119 Correspondence, 1985
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121 Correspondence, 1986
122 Correspondence, 1987
123 Correspondence, 1988
124 Correspondence, 1989
125 Correspondence, 1990
126 Correspondence, 1991
Series VII Wall Street Journal / Dow Jones Co. publications, 1954-1992
This series is organized at folder level and organized chronologically. This series contains publications sent out to staff made by either the Wall Street Journal itself or the Dow Jones Co. like monthly newsletters, commemorative issues, reports and other mass communications.
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127 Publications, 1954
128 Publications, 1955
129 Publications, 1958
1210 Publications, 1960
1211 Publications, 1961
1212 Publications, 1962
1213 Publications, 1963
1214 Publications, 1964
1215 Publications, 1965
1216 Publications, 1966
1217 Publications, 1967
1218 Publications (1/2), 1968
1219 Publications (2/2), 1968
1220 Publications, 1969
1221 Publications, 1970
1222 Publications, 1971
1223 Publications, 1972
1224 Publications, 1973
1225 Publications, 1974
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131 Publications, 1975
132 Publications, 1976
133 Publications, 1978
134 Publications, 1979-1980
135 Publications, 1980
136 Publications, 1981
137 Publications, 1982
138 Publications, 1983
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141 Publications, 1984
142 Publications, 1985
143 Publications, 1988
144 Publications, 1989
145 Publications, 1990
146 Publications, 1991
147 Publications, 1992
Series VIII Oversize materials, 1977-1984
This series is organized at box level and contains three oversize publications. Two are biographical articles about Vicker's life and the third a "souvenir album" published by the Jerusalem Post documenting Egyptian president Anwar Sadat's visit to Jerusalem.
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