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Boyd, James, 1888-1944
"The Free Company Presents . . ." Collection
Manuscripts Division
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circa 1941
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of manuscripts of the three radio plays in, and the introduction to, The Free Company Presents . . . (1941), compiled by James Boyd.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts of the three radio plays in, and the introduction to The Free Company Presents . . ., compiled by James Boyd (Princeton Class of 1910). Two versions of Boyd's introduction give the background of this group of authors and actors who presented American propaganda plays over CBS radio in the spring of 1941. A copy of Boyd's "One More Free Man" (final title) and a mimeograph copy of Orson Welles's "His Honor, the Mayor" (annotated, probably by Boyd) exist in the collection. The third play, "Above Suspicion," is ascribed to Sherwood Anderson, although the play was not completed at his death. Anderson's idea was developed by the company, and the play was presented in tribute to him.

Collection Creator Biography:

Boyd, James, 1888-1944

In 1940, American novelist James Boyd (Princeton Class of 1910) organized the Free Company of Players, a group of American writers that produced a series of original radio plays in response to what they saw as antidemocratic attitudes prevalent in America due to the growing war in Europe.

Collection History


Gift of James Boyd '1941. AM 12239.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '15 in 2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research/

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

"The Free Company Presents . . ." Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1

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Existence and Location of Copies

Published under same title (New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1941)

Subject Terms:
Radio in propaganda.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda.
Genre Terms:
Radio plays -- United States.