Series 5, Subseries 1, Correspondence

4 boxes (2 partial)

This collection is stored at Mudd Manuscript Library.

Requests will be delivered to Public Policy Papers, MUDD Reading Room .

Collection Creator: Fund for the Republic..

Dates: 1953-1959.

Extent: 4 boxes (2 partial)

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Description

Series 5, Subseries 1, Correspondence, 1953-1959, contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, telegrams, clippings and articles. A formal public relations program did not exist until Frank Kelly was hired by the Fund in 1956. The Fund had been the target of critics since its inception but the negative publicity began to escalate in 1955, after Hutchins publicly declared his willingness to hire a Communist. Faced with the possibility of losing his position, Hutchins was forced to concede that he needed help.

Of particular interest within this subseries are letters of criticism and support received from the public. The letters of criticism are indicative of the public's mind-set as the red scare permeated the country. Letters were received in a variety of forms including postcards, clippings, and magazine articles. They were addressed to: Puzzling Hutchins, Red Scare Freeman, Fiend of the Republic, and Comrade Hoffman, and accused the Fund of advancing the principles of Communism. Many of the writers admit to knowing little about the Fund, but attribute what knowledge they did have to Fulton Lewis, Jr., a popular radio personality, or other conservative media outlets. These letters often took malicious personal swipes at board members and officers of the Fund. Hutchins received the most criticism, including death threats.

Preferred Citation

Series 5, Subseries 1, Correspondence; 1953-1959; Fund for the Republic Records, Public Policy Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

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    Title Date Container
    General Correspondence 1956 June-1958 Box 75, Folder 6-11
    General Correspondence 1953-1956 May Box 76, Folder 1-7
    American Jewish Congress: Award of Merit 1958 Box 76, Folder 8
    American Legion Attack 1955 Box 76, Folder 9
    Civil Liberties Organizations 1955-1956 Box 76, Folder 10
    Engel Program Proposal 1955-1956 Box 76, Folder 11
    Fact Sheets 1956-1958 Box 76, Folder 12
    Ford Motor Company: Letters Regarding the Fund 1956 Box 77, Folder 1
    Hutchins, Robert M.: Freedom, Education and the Fund 1956-1959 Box 77, Folder 2
    Hoffman, Paul G 1956 Box 77, Folder 3
    Letters of Criticism 1955-1958 Box 77, Folder 4-6
    Letters of Support 1955-1957 Box 77, Folder 7-8
    Meet the Press with Hutchins 1955 Box 77, Folder 9
    Miscellaneous 1953 Box 77, Folder 10
    Press Intelligence, Inc., 1954-1955 and 1957 1954-1955 1957 Box 77, Folder 11
    Progress Reports 1955 Box 78, Folder 1
    Public Relations Program 1955 Box 78, Folder 2
    Real, James F 1955-1956 Box 78, Folder 3
    Real, James F.: American Traditions 1957-1959 Box 78, Folder 4-6
    Real, James F.: American Traditions, Announcement 1957 Box 78, Folder 7
    Stephen Fitzgerald & Company 1955-1959 Box 78, Folder 8-9
    Thompson, Dorothy 1953 Box 78, Folder 10