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Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965.
Bernard M. Baruch Papers
Public Policy Papers
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1701-1965 (mostly 1917-1965)
441 boxes, 1 folder, and 340 Volumes
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 23-42; 115-216; 218-340; 342-347; 412; 417; 424-448; 498-500; 510; 515; 517-552; 662-783


Bernard M. Baruch was a financier and public adviser. This collection consists primarily of public papers relating to Baruch's various involvements in government affairs.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection consists consists primarily of public papers relating to Baruch's various involvements in government affairs. It includes several runs of office correspondence as well as a small amount of personal correspondence. Among the Political Activities documented in this collection are his involvement in the War Industries Board, the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, the Council of National Defense, the National Industrial Conference, the Saratoga Springs Commission, the Rubber Survey Committee, the War and Post-War Adjustment Unit of the U.S. Office of War Mobilization, the mission to England for President Roosevelt, and his service as the United States representative to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission. The collection also contains published and unpublished writings, including diaries, book drafts, articles, and statements written by Baruch and secondary material about Baruch or pertaining to his interests. The papers also include a large number of photographs of Baruch and his friends and family members, as well as a collection of political cartoons, drawings, and caricatures of Baruch.

Other material included in the collection includes diplomas and tokens of honor as well as miscellaneous genealogical and office records.

Collection Creator Biography:

Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965.

Bernard M. Baruch, a financier and public adviser, was a millionaire by the age of thirty, thanks to his investments in the stock market. He put his wealth to use in politics and public affairs and became an adviser to Woodrow Wilson, who appointed him chairman of the War Industries Board and a member of the president's war council. After World War I, he took part in the postwar peace conference and later became an adviser to President Roosevelt on defense matters and industrial preparedness for war. After World War II, President Truman appointed him ambassador to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission.

Collection History


This collection was donated by Bernard M. Baruch in 1963, 1964, and 1964. Additional papers were received from the Baruch School of Business and Administration in 1966.

One accession of photographs, cartoons, and phonograph albums was donated by Harold Epstein in April, 1998. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.1998.008. The material can be found in Boxes 693, 695, and 719.

The five volumes titled "The Public Papers of Bernard M. Baruch" in Box 747 and the audiotapes in Box 748 were donated by Harold Epstein in March 2018. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2018.004.

Audiovisual material in Box 749 was donated by Harold Epstein in January, 2019. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2019.004.

Correspondence between Bernard Baruch and Carter Field was donated by Carol F. Russell in July, 2019. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2019.018.


Three boxes of duplicate writings have been separated from this collection and one duplicate treaty volume was transferred to the Special Collections at Firestone Library.

Processing Information

Re-processed by Regine Heberlein in 2010.

Card index and accessions ML.2019.004 and ML.2019.018 added and finding aid updated by Phoebe Nobles in August, 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

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:

Bernard M. Baruch Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 23-42; 115-216; 218-340; 342-347; 412; 417; 424-448; 498-500; 510; 515; 517-552; 662-783

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Existence and Location of Copies

Publications: Three works by Bernard M. Baruch, Baruch: My Own Story (New York: Holt, 1957), Baruch: The Public Years (New York: Holt, 1960), and The Making of the Reparation and Economic Sections of the Treaty (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1920), and one by Grosvenor B. Clarkson, Industrial America in the World War (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin Co., 1923).

Related Materials

Baruch College in New York City maintains a Baruchiana Collection of online exhibits and archival collections containing photographs, memorabilia, books, speeches, and other materials pertaining to its namesake, Bernard Baruch.

Other Finding Aids

For Subseries 1B: Selected Correspondence, a chronological and alphabetical card file index to correspondents is available for the years 1912-1945. Each card entry includes name of correspondent, date, number of pages, type of communication and a brief summary of the contents. Researchers can find this card index in Series 7.

Subject Terms:
Capitalists and financiers -- United States -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Commodity control.
Industrial policy -- United States -- 20th century.
Industries -- Defense measures -- 20th century.
Inflation (finance) -- United States -- 20th century.
International organization -- Congresses -- 20th century.
Jews -- United States -- 20th century.
Legislators -- United States -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Neutrality -- United States -- 20th century.
Nuclear nonproliferation.
Peace treaties -- 20th century.
Prices -- United States -- 20th century.
Rubber industry and trade -- United States -- 20th century.
Rubber, Artificial.
Statesmen -- United States -- 20th century.
Statesmen, Jewish -- United States -- 20th century.
Treaty of Versailles (1919)
World War, 1939-1945.
Genre Terms:
Council of National Defense.
United Nations
United States
National industrial conference board
Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965.
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Caricatures and cartoons.
United States -- Defenses -- 20th century.
United States -- Economic policy -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.