Contents and Arrangement

Darrow, Helen Fisher and Van Allen, R, 1962-1964

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Franklin Book Programs Records contain the administrative records of this non-profit, educational organization. The collection contains minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, contracts, photographs and other audiovisual material documenting Franklin's twenty-six year existence. The material highlights the complexities of developing, managing and dissolving an organization that hoped to neutralize and overcome the effects of anti-American sentiment in the book publishing and distribution field.

The material within the folders is arranged in reverse chronological order unless otherwise noted. Researchers should be aware that Franklin was very inconsistent in regard to the placement of items. Although a particular subject, person, organization, etc. may have its own folder, it is highly recommended researchers check the general correspondence folders as well. Researchers will note in some instances there are A-Z correspondence folders as well as general correspondence folders. General correspondence usually contains internal correspondence, memoranda, etc. between the New York and field offices, while the A-Z folders contain external correspondence. However, at times the internal and external correspondence are combined and the folder is labeled general correspondence. There is also correspondence in Arabic, French, Persian, Spanish and Urdu.

Researchers should be aware that Franklin had two distinct sets of records. Duplicate copies of correspondence and cables to and from Franklin's field offices were made. Each was assigned a unique number and filed chronologically, while the duplicate was filed alphabetically by subject. The "chrono files" as Franklin referred to them, included all of the correspondence with the overseas offices during their service. Former executive director, Jack Kyle, admitted to many misfilings by the staff and having to use the chrono files to locate items. These chrono files are located at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. However, we do have an incomplete index of chronological cable summaries, which are located in Series 2, Subseries 1.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.


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

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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.

Special Requirements for Access:

Access to audiovisual material follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.

Credit this material:

Darrow, Helen Fisher and Van Allen, R; Franklin Book Programs Records, MC057, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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