A1554 Stadler, Francis Hurd Titanic Collection Inventory of Francis Hurd Stadler Titanic Collection A1554 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 email@example.com URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:36:05 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Francis Hurd Stadler Titanic Collection
Stadler, Frances Hurd, 1917-
Hurd, Carlos F.
Hurd, Katherine, -1928
1.4 Cubic Feet
The collection was donated to the Missouri Historical Society Archives by Mrs. Frances Hurd Stadler in February 1998.
In April 1912, Mrs. Frances Hurd Stadler’s parents, Carlos, a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , and Katherine Hurd, embarked on a European vacation aboard the Cunard liner Carpathia . Their journey was pleasant but uneventful until the morning of Monday, April 15, when the Hurds awoke to discover that their ship was standing still. A stewardess informed them that the Titanic had struck an iceberg and gone down in the night, and the Carpathia was taking on her passengers.
When word of the Titanic 's sinking reached the states, New York World publisher Ralph Pulitzer wired a message to Hurd instructing him to write a complete story of the sinking, including all obtainable interviews with survivors. Seeking to keep the story from the press, the Carpathia 's wireless operator did not forward the message to Hurd, who had identified himself as a newspaperman. The Carpathia 's captain, Arthur Henry Rostron, refused to allow Hurd any wireless communication with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch or its affiliate, the New York World . Hurd's reporter's instinct led him to recognize the magnitude of the story, and he enlisted Katherine's help in piecing together the details of the Titanic 's sinking.
Both Carlos and Katherine interviewed the survivors, their task made difficult when, in an effort to prevent note-taking about the disaster, Captain Rostron ordered all stationery removed from the ship's writing salons. The Hurds took notes on whatever scraps of paper they could find, including toilet paper. Upon realizing their cabin had been searched, Katherine began to remain in the room when the stewards came in, sitting on the notes to keep them from being confiscated.
Carlos anticipated that the Carpathia might be met before docking in New York, and so prepared to toss the story overboard to a waiting tugboat, should one appear. He carefully wrapped the manuscript in waterproof material and tied it to a cigar box. For added buoyancy he attached a number of champagne corks to the package. Hurd's foresight paid off as the Carpathia was met in New York harbor by a small fleet of boats sent out by rival newspapers. Recognizing a colleague on one of the tugs, Hurd broke away from the Carpathia crewmen who tried to restrain him at the ship's rail and tossed his story to the boat. The package safely received, the tug quickly headed for port, and before the Carpathia 's gangplank had been lowered to the pier, Hurd's story was being telegraphed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch .
Carlos Hurd's 5,000-word article was the first complete account of the Titanic disaster. On April 19, 1912, his story appeared on the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , the New York World , and scores of newspapers around the world.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains original correspondence, telegrams, magazines, newspaper clippings, whole newspapers and memorabilia collected by Frances Hurd Stadler’s parents, Carlos and Katherine Hurd, between 1912 and 1949, as well as newspaper and magazine clippings relating to her parents and the Titanic disaster that she collected over the intervening years.
The collection is arranged in chronological order. Original newspaper issues are separately housed in Box 2 by newspaper name and in reverse chronological order.
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The Francis Hurd Stadler Titanic Collection was selectively digitized by John Moudy in June 2011. The images may be viewed online by clicking the links beside each item in the inventory.
Francis Hurd Stadler Titanic Collection, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis, Missouri.
Newspapers -- Missouri -- Saint Louis
Newspapers -- New York -- New York
Reporters and reporting -- United States
Shipwrecks -- North Atlantic Ocean
Letter signed Katherine to Frances [Lee (sister)], in pencil, on R.M.S. Carpathia stationery regarding daily ship board life. “Here we are sailing calmly along & if we keep up this slow and steady gait our fears of sea sickness will seem a joke.” (4 pages) D03068 1912 Apr 13 1 1 Letter signed Katherine Hurd to her sister Frances Lee, April 13, 1912 Handwritten interview notes, in pencil, author unknown. Probably written between April 15th and 19th by someone interviewing survivors. The donor of the collection was unable to identify the handwriting but was certain that it was not in the hand of either Carlos or Katherine Hurd. (2 pages) D03069 [1912 Apr] 1 2 Interview notes by unknown author interviewing Titanic survivors, written between April 15 and 19, 1912 Letter signed K. [Katherine] to mother, in pencil, regarding the sinking of the Titanic and boarding of survivors. “At that time, we had taken on board passengers from a number of the Titanic ’s boats, and after I got on deck the last two boats were unloaded. Our decks & dining rooms were swarmed with the rescued...” (3 pages) D03080 1912 Apr 18 1 3 Letter signed Katherine Hurd to her mother, April 18, 1912 Telegram from Ralph Pulitzer to Carlos Hurd, Carpathia , New York, regarding delivery of his full report to the tug Dazelline . (1 pages) D03086 1912 Apr 18 1 4 Telegram from Ralph Pulitzer to Carlos Hurd, Carpathia, New York, April 18, 1912 Unsigned note in grease pencil, probably in the hand of Ralph Pulitzer, regarding a bonus and extra vacation to Mr. Hurd. (1 page) D03087  Apr 19 1 5 Unsigned note in grease pencil, probably in the hand of Ralph Pulitzer, April 19, 1912 Typed letter signed F.D. White to Carlos Hurd, Rome, Italy, regarding $1000 check forwarded to Hurd’s account and guarantee of extra vacation. (1 page with envelope) D03089 1912 Apr 19 1 6 Letter signed F.D. White to Carlos Hurd, Rome, Italy, including envelope, April 19, 1912 Letter signed W.A. Kelsoe to “Friend Hurd,” congratulating him on splendid story, suggestions of sites to visit in Heidelberg. (2 pages with envelope and cutting from another item with printing “Verbindung Rupertia, Heidelberg”) D03075 1912 Apr 20 1 7 Letter signed W.A. Kelsoe to "Friend Hurd," including envelope, April 20, 1912 Telegram to Carlos Hurd, Rome, Italy, mentioning that the attached message was later canceled by the World [probably transmitting telegram of April 18]. (1 page with envelope) D03076 1912 May 14 1 8 Telegram to Carlos Hurd with envelope, May 14, 1912 Letter signed Carlos & Katherine to Leona [Cordell (Katherine’s sister)], on Avondale Hotel, London, stationery, regarding their vacation in London and plans for their return aboard the Leyland liner S.S. Devonian . (6 pages) D03091 1912 June 5 1 9 Letter to Carlos and Katherine Hurd from Katherine's sister, June 5, 1912 Typed letter signed Charles S. Mills to Mr. Hurd stating, “We were all very proud of your work in connection with the wreck of the Titanic ...” (1 page) D03105 1912 June 19 1 10 Typed letter signed Charles S. Mills to Carlos Hurd, June 19, 1912 Letter signed Mother [Katherine] to children, on S.S. Devonian stationery, telling them that “we are thinking of you and all at home...” and “hoped to arrive in Boston next Sunday (the 23rd) – but we had very rough sea...” (3 pages) D03106 1912 June 19 1 11 Letter signed Katherine Hurd to her children, on S.S. Devonian stationery, June 19, 1912 Letter signed Katherine to mother, on S.S. Devonian stationery, regarding plans for arrival in Boston, shipboard conditions and experiences in London and Paris. (6 pages) D03107 1912 June 22 1 12 Letter signed Katherine Hurd to her mother on S.S. Devonian stationery, June 22, 1912 Newspaper clippings saved by the Hurds including “2 Little Orphans of Titanic ...” and “Hurd’s Narrative Tied to Buoy...” (5 items) D03108 1912 1 13 Newspaper clippings saved by Carlos and Katherine Hurd, June 22, 1912 Color postcard of the R.M.S. Carpathia . (1 item) D03109 1912 1 14 Color postcard of R.M.S Carpathia, ca. 1912 Scrap of letterhead stationery from the R.M.S. Carpathia with small engraving of ship. (4.5. in. x 2.5. in.) (1 item) D03118 1912 1 15 Scrap of letterhead stationery from R M.S Carpathia with a small engraving of ship, ca. 1912 Blank White Star Line stationery. 5 in. x 4 in. note card; 2 sheets of 5 in. x 8 in. (folded) writing paper; 2 sheets of (folded) writing paper 7 in. x 9 in.; 9.5 in. x 4 in. envelope. All the writing paper has a red pennant with a white star as an imprint with the lettering “ON BOARD S.S. _________” (6 items) D03110 1912 1 16 Blank White Star Line stationery, ca. 1912 Blank R.M.S. Titanic stationery [given to the Hurds by an unknown survivor]. 5 in. x 8 in. (folded) writing paper with letterhead “White Star Line R.M.S. Titanic” and containing 1/3 starboard profile of the ship. (1 item) D03111 1912 1 17 Blank R.M.S Titanic stationery [given to the Hurds by an unknown survivor], ca. 1912 R.M.S. Carpathia “Programme of Grand Concert” for April 26, 1912. (Xerographic copy only) (2 pages) 1912 Apr 26 1 18 The Fourth Estate (no. 948) containing a brief article on page 25, column 4, about Carlos Hurd. (1 issue) D03112 1912 Apr 27 1 19 Issue of The Fourth Estate (no. 948), April 27, 1912 The Publishers’ Guide (vol. XX, no. 5) containing an article by James French Dorrance describing Hurd’s role in the press coverage of the Titanic story. The story appears on pages 37-38 under the title “The Sea-going Reporter. Tugging the Titanic Story.” (1 volume) D03114 1912 Oct 1 20 Issue of The Publishers' Guide (vol. XX, no. 5), October 1912 Typed letter signed Herbert Bayard Swope to Carlos Hurd regarding the inclusion of Hurd’s story of the Titanic in the revised edition of “A Treasury of Great Reporting.” (1 page with envelope) D03113 1949 Oct 6 1 21 Letter signed Herbert Bayard Swoop to Carlos Hurd, including envelope, October 6, 1949 Newspaper and magazine clippings, some original and some xerographic copies only, includes the story “When the Titanic Sank!” by Carlos Hurd, from The Quill , June 1932. (10 items, some with multiple pages) 1912-1962 1 22 Newspaper and magazine clippings, some original and some xerographic copies only, includes the article “My Father’s Scoop of a Lifetime,” by Frances Hurd Stadler, from Mature American , Spring 1988. (11 items, some with multiple pages and some in German) 1980-1988 1 23 Newspaper and magazine clippings, some original and some xerographic copies only, includes article “The Unsinkable Carlos Hurd,” from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , April 13, 1992. (23 items, some with multiple pages and one in German) 1990-1997 1 24 Flyers, pamphlets, magazines and postcards, includes article “Why the ‘Titanic’ Sunk,” translated from La Technique Moderne , July 1, 1912. (8 items, some with multiple pages) 1994-1997; no date 1 25 Original St. Louis Post-Dispatch Weatherbird artwork “Does This Theory Float?” showing the Weatherbird holding a booklet with the title “Bad Metal.” (1 item) 1996 Sept 28 1 26 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sunday, Society Cable edition. 1912 Apr 28 2 1 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Home Edition, Extra. (5 copies) 1912 Apr 22 2 2 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Night Edition. 1912 Apr 22 2 3 St. Louis Post-Dispatch . No edition noted and does not contain Carlos Hurd’s article. 1912 Apr 19 2 4 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Extra. (1 complete; 1 partial copy) 1912 Apr 19 2 5 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Second Extra. (1 complete; 1 partial copy) 1912 Apr 19 2 6 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Home Edition. (4 copies) 1912 Apr 19 2 7-8 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Night Edition. (partial copy only) 1912 Apr 19 2 9 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Final Sporting edition. (partial copy only) 1912 Apr 19 2 10 St. Louis Post-Dispatch . (4 pages only) 1912 Apr 18 2 11 St. Louis Post-Dispatch . (cut out of front page only) 1912 Apr 20 2 11 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Night Edition. (partial copy only) 1912 Apr 17 2 12 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Night Edition. (partial copy only) 1912 Apr 16 2 13 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Home Edition. 1912 Apr 16 2 13 St. Louis Globe Democrat Extra. 1912 Apr 19 2 14 St. Louis Times Extra. 1912 Apr 19 2 15 St. Louis Star Extra, 8 A.M. 1912 Apr 19 2 16 St. Louis Republic Extra. 1912 Apr 19 2 17 The Evening World (New York). (1 complete; 1 partial copy) 1912 Apr 19 2 18 The Evening World (New York) Extra No. 3. 1912 Apr 18 2 19