Contents and Arrangement

Series 5, Subseries 3, Radio Reports, 1953 March-1960

2 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 5, Subseries 3, Radio Reports, 1953-1960, is textual summaries of radio broadcasts in which the Fund was mentioned, and is arranged chronologically. Included are excerpts from the broadcasts of newscasters such as Eric Sevareid, Paul Harvey, Tex and Jinx McCrary, Walter Winchell, Cecil Brown, and Fulton Lewis, Jr. A majority of the radio reports feature excerpts from Lewis and his nightly news commentary on national affairs for the Mutual Broadcasting System. Lewis maligned the Fund, its officers, its board members, and its beneficiaries almost nightly. Lewis stated the Fund was "...nothing more than an ill disguised tax-free slush fund of fifteen million dollars, of money that really belonged to the public." Basing his information on the Fund's annual reports, he contended that the Fund was using its entire endowment to spread left-wing propaganda through its various projects and grants. He called for the revocation of its tax exempt status on numerous occasions. The Fund often bought advertising spots immediately following Lewis's program as an act of damage control.


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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 Kristine Marconi in 1998-1999, with the assistance of Chris Kitto, Atu Darko, Michael Gibney, Meghan Glass, Nate Holland, Sandra Kumahor, Adelia Reliford, Stan Ruda, Brian Schulz, Susan Stawicki, Jeremy Sturchio, Michael Sullivan, and Terun Weed. Finding aid written by Kristine Marconi in 1998-1999.

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 5, Subseries 3, Radio Reports; Fund for the Republic Records, MC059, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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