Contents and Arrangement

Series 8, Subseries 1, Administration, 1950-1961

11 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 8, Subseries 1, Administration, 1950-1961, houses such items as correspondence, memoranda, clippings, notes, position papers, reports, program statements, and articles. The Basic Issues program was the result of Hutchins's desire to establish a Platonic academy. This subseries details the formulation of the program, from Hutchins's early ideas through his struggle to have the Board validate his plan. Initially, the Fund enlisted ten men to conduct an extensive inquiry into the effect institutions had on individual freedom and civil liberties within the United States. They chose six institutions for initial study which follow in the subsequent subseries. The Consultants included: Adolph A. Berle, Jr., Scott Buchanan, Eugene Burdick, Eric F. Goldman, Clark Kerr, Henry R. Luce, John Courtney Murray, Reinhold Niebuhr, I.I. Rabi, and Robert Redfield. As the program grew, more scholars were invited to attend the sessions, present papers, and conduct studies on topics the Consultants hoped would aid them in their task of clarification.

The Basic Issues program produced, in conjunction with the American Broadcasting Company, a series of thirteen Mike Wallace interviews to stimulate public discussion on the basic issues of survival and freedom in America. Entitled Survival and Freedom, Wallace interviewed such personalities as Mortimer Adler, Harry Ashmore, James McBride Dabbs, William O. Douglas, Cyrus Eaton, Erich Fromm, Robert M. Hutchins, Aldous Huxley, Henry Kissinger, Francis J. Lally, Arthur Larson, Henry Cabot Lodge, Reinhold Niebuhr, Charles Percy, Adlai E. Stevenson, Sylvester Weaver, Jr., and Henry Wriston. Each interview, except for the Lodge interview, was printed in pamphlet form and distributed free of charge to all those expressing interest. ABC canceled the Lodge interview after Lodge insisted on deletions in the program. ABC declared editing public information programs after they had been completed was against company policy, and it constituted editorial censorship. Although it is not clear which statements Lodge sought to delete, a transcript of his interview is included in the file.


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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 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 8, Subseries 1, Administration; 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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