Series 5, Subseries 1, Correspondence
4 boxes (2 partial)
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Collection Creator: Fund for the Republic..
Extent: 4 boxes (2 partial)
Collection is open for research use.
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.
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.