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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


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

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

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

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
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.