Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: Political Activities, 1913-1951

53 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series contains records pertaining to Baruch's involvement in politics, 1917-1945. Among the activities documented in this series are Baruch's activities as the leader of the War Industries Board, a government agency that coordinated the purchase of war supplies during World War I, 1917-1918; his service as a member of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, a commission appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to negotiate formal treaties following World War I, January 1, 1918-December 9, 1919; his involvement involvement with President Woodrow Wilson's Council of National Defense, an organization formed to coordinate national resources during wartime, 1917-1919; his service as as chairman of the Public Group at the National Industrial Conference in October 1919, a conference convened by President Woodrow Wilson to address industry and labor issues; involvement in the Saratoga Springs Commission, 1929-1930, a commission appointed by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt to develop the mineral springs in Saratoga Springs, NY and establish a Mineral Springs Authority in New York; his activities as the head of the Rubber Survey Committee, an advisory body appointed by President Roosevelt to investigate the natural rubber supply, reuse of old tires, and manufacture of synthetic rubber, 1942-1945; his service as a member of the War and Post-War Adjustment Unit of the U.S. Office of War Mobilization and as an adivsor to its director, James F. Byrnes, 1943-1944; his mission to England for President Roosevelt in 1945 which was interrupted by the President's death; and his service as the United States representative to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission, 1946, a commission founded by the first resolution of the U.N. General Assembly to make recommendations on the peaceful use of atomic energy.


Divided into the following subseries: Adjustment Plans, 1943-1945; American Commission to Negotiate Peace at the Versailles Conference, 1918-1920; Council of National Defense, 1917-1919; National Industrial Conference, 1919; National Transportation Committee, 1916-1932; Rubber Survey, 1942-1945; Saratoga Springs Commission, 1929-1930; United Nations Atomic Energy Commission, 1946-1949; War Industries Board, 1917-1918; Subject Files, 1942-1945.

Collection History


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:

Series 2: Political Activities, 1917-1945; Bernard M. Baruch Papers, MC006, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 343-347; 412; 417; 424-448; 498-500; 510; 515; 517-532

Find More

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.

Council of National Defense.
United Nations
United States
National industrial conference board
Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965.
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.