Block, Ralph, 1889-1974

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Ralph Block was born June 21, 1889. He was the general representative of the Office of War Information in India from 1942 to 1946, and the director of the General Staff, Policy and Plans Division of the International Information Administration at the U.S. Department of State from 1952 to 1953. Block was also a writer and a film producer. He died on January 2, 1974.

From the description of Block, Ralph, 1889-1974 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10569718

Journalist, motion picture producer, screenwriter, and public official. Full name Ralph Joseph Block.

From the description of Papers of Ralph Block, 1872-1971 (bulk 1906-1971). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71069090

Biographical Note

  • 1889, June 21: Born, Cherokee, Iowa
  • 1910: Married Mary Greenacre (died 1972)
  • 1911: B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. Reporter, Louisville Courier-Journal Reporter, Detroit News
  • 1912 - 1917 : Drama editor, Kansas City Star
  • 1917 - 1918 : Washington staff writer, New Republic
  • 1918 - 1919 : Washington correspondent, New York Tribune
  • 1919 - 1922 : Associate editor, Goldwyn Picture Corp.
  • 1926 - 1927 : Editor-in-chief, Paramount-Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
  • 1927 - 1928 : Associate producer, Pathe Studios
  • 1929: Producer, Fox Film Corp.
  • 1929 - 1937 : Freelance screenwriter, Beverly Hills, Calif., and Europe
  • 1932 - 1935 : President, Screen Writers' Guild
  • 1939: Awarded Oscar for Motion Picture Relief Fund activities
  • 1940: Secretary, Hollywood for Roosevelt campaign drive
  • 1942: Assistant regional director, Federal Ninth Civilian Defense Region, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1943 - 1945 : General representative, Office of War Information, India
  • 1945 - 1946 : Chief Public Affairs Officer, American Mission, India
  • 1946: Awarded Medal of Freedom for outstanding service, 1943-1945
  • 1954 - 1960 : Special advisor to director, Information Center Service Chief, Bibliographic Division, United States Information Agency
  • 1960 - 1963 : Book reviewer, Washington Post
  • 1974, Jan. 2: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Ralph Block Papers, 1872-1971, (bulk 1906-1971), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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associatedWith Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
correspondedWith Glass, Jesse J. person
associatedWith Hollywood for Roosevelt (Organization) corporateBody
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Place Name Admin Code Country
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Journalists
Motion picture producers and directors
Screenwriters
Public officials
Motion picture producers
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Birth 1889

Death 1974-01-02

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