Contents and Arrangement

Series 2, Subject Files, 1911-1974

5 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 2, Subject Files (1911-1981) contains a wide variety of materials relating to Baldwin's public life. The bulk of the documents in this series are notes, memoranda, printed matter, occasional articles, and other unpublished non-correspondence material. This series does not treat the range of subjects as does the Correspondence Series, but the subjects to which the material relate are treated in much greater depth.

Of special interest are the subseries containing notes, documents, and printed matter from Baldwin's various trips abroad, including to Germany and Austria, Japan and Korea, and the Soviet Union. These contain many of the documents with which Baldwin worked, as well as form letters he wrote to friends at home about his experiences and his own notes and reflections. Correspondence relating to these trips is located in the Correspondence Series. The materials from his trip to the Soviet Union are especially comprehensive, treating many aspects of life in the Soviet Union in the late 1920s, including religion, national minorities issues, and youth.

There is also a subseries called "Radicalism," which contains documents from various Communist and radical political organizations active in the United States during the interwar years, among them Cooperative Farms, Inc., the Industrial Division of the National Conference of Social Work, the I.W.W., the Kuzbas Autonomous Industrial Colony, the League for Industrial Democracy, and the League for Mutual Aid Plan. Other subseries of interest are "African-Americans in St. Louis," with materials relating to issues of segregation in St. Louis during the years Baldwin worked there, "The National Conference of Charities and Corrections," with which Baldwin was involved in the 'teens, and "The ACLU."

Various other smaller subject files comprise the remainder of this collection. There is printed matter from a variety of war-time organizations, information relating to the Rosenberg Case, the Point Four Program, human rights, the Middle East, Micronesia, Baldwin's 1959 World Tour, and a controversial profile about Baldwin published in the New Yorker.


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Collection History


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These papers were processed with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Olivia Kew in 1995. Finding aid written by Olivia Kew in 1995.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

Series 2, Subject Files; Roger Nash Baldwin Papers, MC005, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 16-20

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Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm of this collection is stored onsite at Firestone Library (MICROFILM 11772) and a master copy of the microfilm is held offsite at the ReCAP storage facility (MICROFILM 3633).

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Marshall Civil Liberties Trust Fund
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