Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
HEARST, William Randolph (1863-1951)

HEARST, WILLIAM RANDOLPH, (son of George Hearst), a Representative from New York; born in San Francisco, Calif., April 29, 1863; attended the public schools and Harvard University; became editor and proprietor of the San Francisco Examiner in 1887 and established a nationwide chain of newspapers; also owner and publisher of many magazines; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1907); was not a candidate for renomination in 1906 to the Sixtieth Congress but was an unsuccessful candidate for governor of New York; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1904; was the Municipal Ownership candidate for mayor of New York City in 1905 and 1909; organized the Independence League Party in 1908; resumed his publishing business; died in Beverly Hills, Calif., August 14, 1951; interment in Cypress Lawn Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif.

University of California
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: ca. 1914-1989, 28 linear feet.
The collection consists of 19 bound scrapbooks, correspondence, speeches, and clippings chronicling the career of William Randolph Hearst, Jr. The topics covered include journalism, editorial work, and corporations. The papers also contain family history and news clippings. A finding aid for the collection is available in the repository and online.

Oral History: 1971, 9 pages.
The oral history interview of William Randolph Hearst, Jr. was conducted by James A. Oesterle for the John F. Kennedy Library on March 25, 1971. The focus of the interview is Hearst's recollections of Joseph Kennedy and John F. Kennedy.

Papers: In the Hearst Family papers, ca. 1885-1957, 1.65 linear feet.
Correspondents include Hearst.


Copley Press, Inc.
J. S. Copley Library
La Jolla, CA
Papers: ca. 1918-1929, 18 letters.
The papers contain correspondence between Hearst and Marion Davies.


John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Boston, MA
Oral History: 1971, 9 pages.
The oral history interview of William Randolph Hearst, Jr. was conducted by James A. Oesterle for the John F. Kennedy Library on March 25, 1971. The focus of the interview is Hearst's recollections of Joseph Kennedy and John F. Kennedy.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In Joseph Arthur Moore papers, 1910-1927, 3 linear feet.
Correspondence and other papers concerning newspaper operations, politics, and Hearst's magazine and motion picture interests.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: n.d., 1935-1942, 8 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections, Van Pelt Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Theodore Dreiser papers, 1905-1933, 4 items.
Correspondents include Hearst.

  • Carlisle, Rodney P. Hearst and the New Deal The Progressive as Reactionary. New York: Garland Pub., 1979.
  • ------. "The Political Ideas and Influence of William Randolph Hearst, 1928-1936." Ph.D. diss., University of California, Berkeley, 1965.
  • Carlson, Oliver and Ernest Sutherland Bates. Hearst, Lord of San Simeon. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, [1970].
  • Davies, Marion. The Times We Had: Life with William Randolph Hearst. Edited by Pamela Pfau & Kenneth S. Marx with a foreword by Orson Welles. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, [1975].
  • Hearst, William Randolph. Before the Interstate Commerce Commission. [Buffalo, N.Y.: Baker, Jones & Co., printers, 1905?]
  • ------. Intervene in Mexico, Not to Make but to End War, Urges Mr. Hearst; Letter of Mr. Hearst on the Mexican Situation. [Brooklyn?: N.p., 1916].
  • ------. It Is Time to Recognize the Present Stable Government of Mexico. New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, [1922].
  • ------. Selections from the Writings and Speeches of William Randolph Hearst. [Edited by E.F. Tompkins]. San Francisco: Published privately, 1948.
  • ------. Some Addresses and Writings of William Randolph Hearst; A Souvenir of the National Convention of the Democratic Party, Held at St. Louis, July 6th, 1904. [New York: The Carey Press, 1904].
  • ------. William Randolph Hearst, A Portrait in His Own Words. Edited by Edmond D. Coblentz. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952.
  • ------. William Randolph Hearst Gives his Views to Senate on Depression Remedies. [Washington, D.C.?: N.p., 1933].
  • Hearst, William Randolph, Jr. with Jack Casserly. The Hearsts: Father and Son. Niwot, Colo.: Roberts Rinehart, 1991
  • Littlefield, Roy E. "William Randolph Hearst: His Role in American Progressivism." Ph.D. diss., Catholic University, 1979.
  • ------. William Randolph Hearst, His Role in American Progressivism. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1980.
  • Loe, Nancy E. William Randolph Hearst : An Illustrated Biography. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Sequoia, 1988.
  • Lundberg, Ferdinand. Imperial Hearst; A Social Biography. New York: Equinox Cooperative Press, [1936]. Reprint, With a preface by Charles A. Beard. [New York]: Arno, [1970].
  • Morgan, Julia. San Simeon Revisited: The Correspondence Between Architect Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst. Edited and with an introduction by Nancy E. Loe. San Luis Obispo, Calif.: Library Associates, California Polytechnic State University, 1987.
  • Murray, Ken,. The Golden Days of San Simeon. Foreword by Ronald Reagan. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1971.
  • Myatt, James A. "William Randolph Hearst and the Progressive Era, 1900-1912" Ph.D diss., University of Florida, 1960.
  • Nasaw, David. The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
  • Older, Cara M. William Randolph Hearst, American. New York: Appleton-Century, 1936. Reprint, with a foreword by Fremont Older. Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, [1972].
  • O'Loughlin, Edward T. Hearst and His Enemies. 1919. Reprint, [New York]: Arno, [1970].
  • Pizzitola, Louis. Hearst over Hollywood: Power, Passion, and Propaganda in the Movies. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
  • Procter, Ben. William Randolph Hearst: The Early Years, 1863-1910. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Parmenter, William Quayle. "The News Control Explanation of News Making: The Case of William Randolph Hearst, 1920-1940." Ph.D., University of Washington, 1979.
  • Swanberg, W. A. Citizen Hearst, a Biography of William Randolph Hearst. New York: Scribner, 1961. Reprint, Norwalk, Conn.: Easton Press, [1988?].
  • Tebbel, John William. The Life and Good Times of William Randolph Hearst. New York: Dutton, 1952.
  • Winkler, John K. (John Kennedy). W.R. Hearst, An American Phenomenon. With an introduction by Wickham Steed. London: J. Cape, [1928].
  • ------. William Randolph Hearst, A New Appraisal. New York: Hastings House, [1955].