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Series 3: Willkie Memorial Building, 1940-1987

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Series 3: Willkie Memorial Building, 1944-1987, houses a variety of correspondence related to the purchase, maintenance and sale of the building. The building was purchased and renovated with funds subscribed by the original supporters of Freedom House. It was dedicated to the memory of Willkie on October 8, 1945. Unable to maintain the building financially, Freedom House was forced to sell it in 1985, setting off a firestorm of protest from the occupants. Lawsuits were filed to block the sale, but to no avail. Located in Meeting Materials of the Board of Trustees is more information regarding the sale of the building. During its 40-year existence, the building housed non-profit organizations that engaged in advancing a free society. Such renowned organizations as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Citizens Council on Civil Rights used the Willkie building for their offices.
Series 4, Subseries 2: Radio and Television Broadcasts, 1941-1988, contains correspondence and scripts of Freedom House's broadcasts from 1942 through 1988. The content of the broadcasts corresponds with the major issues of the day such as fascism, communism and civil rights. Major programs include Our Secret Weapon with Rex Stout as the "lie detective" debunking Axis propaganda; Freedom House Forum; and Pride and Prejudice, a forum for representatives of different races and religions to discuss issues of prejudice. Many of these successful radio broadcasts became television programs in the 1950s and 1960s.
Series 4, Subseries 3: Conferences and In-Service, 1942-1994, houses transcripts, correspondence, memoranda, agendas, and papers which detail various conferences, round-tables and in-service programs sponsored by Freedom House. Conference topics ranged from "Problem Areas Affecting Freedom" to "Youth Rebellion." Among the larger conferences are the Asian Policy Conference held in Tuxedo, New York, the Conference on U.S.-Soviet Relations, and Freedom House's In-Service course for New York teachers, which ran from 1965-1972.