David K. Shipler, Oral history interview with David K. Shipler.2007 October 19 - 2008 Jan. 22.Manuscript DOH-304

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David K. Shipler, Oral history interview with David K. Shipler.2007 October 19 - 2008 Jan. 22.

Call Number:

Manuscript DOH-304

Collection Dates:

2007 October 19 - 2008 Jan. 22.

Size of Collection:

4 sound cassettes (ca. 60 min. each); 1 WAV file. ; Transcript: 78 p.


David K. Shipler, '64, trustee emeritus of the college. Oral history interview documenting his undergraduate experience and his trusteeship of the college.

Access to Collection:

Closed until 2023.

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Access Restrictions

Closed until 2023.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The oral history interview of David K. Shipler is comprised of audiocassette and digital recordings and a transcript of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Mary Donin on October 19, 2007 and January 22, 2008. The entire interview runs for approximately three hours and twenty minutes and covers his undergraduate years as well as his years of service as a trustee of the college.


David K. Shipler, Dartmouth class of 1964, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Dartmouth trustee emeritus, joined the staff of the New York Times in 1966 as a news clerk. He subsequently became a staff reporter, foreign correspondent, headed the Times' bureaus in Moscow and Jerusalem, and was chief diplomatic correspondent in the Washington, D.C. bureau. He has won some of journalism's top awards, including the George Polk award for his coverage of the Lebanon War, the Dupont-Columbia award for broadcast journalism for his documentary, "Arab and Jew," and the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for his 1987 book, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, the work on which the PBS documentary was based.

He is also the author of Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams (1983), which won the Overseas Press Club Award as the best book that year on foreign affairs. Subsequent titles include A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, which the Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review called "moving" and "openhearted" and, more recently, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, a national bestseller in 2004. Shipler is currently working on a book on civil liberties.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Shipler has received awards and honors from organizations such as the American Political Science Association, and the New York Newspapers Guild. A fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., from 1984 to 1985, he has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow on more than a dozen campuses, was a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth, and he has taught at Princeton and American University. He holds honorary degrees from Middlebury College, Glassboro State College and Dartmouth, and he has been writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California.

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