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- Lamson, Peggy, 1912-
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Peggy Lamson Collection on Roger Baldwin
- Public Policy Papers
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- 1917-1976, bulk 1973/1976
- 4 boxes and 1 folder
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This collection contains interview transcripts, cassette tapes, and background material collected by Peggy Lamson for her authorized biography, Roger Baldwin, Founder of the American Civil Liberties Union: A Portrait. Much of the background material was provided, and in some cases annotated, by Baldwin and documents both his professional and personal life.
Collection Description & Creator Information
This collection consists of letters, original documents, photocopies of documents, and articles, detailing Roger Baldwin's life and career, as well as correspondence and memoranda relating to Lamson's work on Baldwin's biography. The collection also contains the audio cassette tapes and transcripts from Lamson's interviews with Baldwin conducted in 1973. Included is an index of the subject matter contained on each of the thirty-eight tapes in the collection. There are 36 tapes from the Lamson-Baldwin interviews and two other cassette tapes recorded by Baldwin and later given to Lamson.
The background material includes correspondence between Lamson and her various sources for the book, including Baldwin. These detail the progression of the writing process and the dialogue between Lamson and Baldwin. Notes to Baldwin's secretaries and lawyers, as well as to his friends and family, document Lamson's additional research. There are also copies of Baldwin's personal correspondence prior to 1973. These include letters with collegues, his aunt, and his first wife, Madeline Doty.
The collection also contains a series of memoranda composed by Baldwin discussing his work, his personal life, and his beliefs. These were written exclusively for Lamson and describe everything from his opinions on racism to his feelings about various love affairs. A number of these memoranda are devoted to reminiscences on specific collegues and friends. There are also newspaper and magazine articles pertaining to Baldwin as a public figure at several stages during his career and copies of miscellaneous documents. This latter category includes several Harvard class reports, poetry written by Baldwin while he was in prison, and a few official documents, for example a statement by ACLU board members in response to Baldwin's prosecution in 1923.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Peggy Lamson was a neighbor and friend of Roger Baldwin and the author of several books on history, women in politics, and economics. She also authored two plays and numerous articles. In the early 1970s, she began working on an authorized biography of Baldwin which culminated in a series of interviews conducted in 1973. From these conversations, as well as significant background material that Baldwin provided and annotated, she wrote Roger Baldwin, Founder of the American Civil Liberties Union: A Portrait, published in 1976.
Peggy Lamson donated this collection to the Princeton University Library in 1977 .
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Elizabeth Williamson (Class of 1999) in September, 1995. Finding aid written by Elizabeth Williamson (Class of 1999) in September, 1995.
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, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to Princeton University and researchers are free to move forward with use of materials without anything further from Mudd Library. For materials not created by the donor, where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. In these instances, researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.
- Special Requirements for Access:
Access to audiovisual material follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.
- Credit this material:
Peggy Lamson Collection on Roger Baldwin; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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