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Lawrence, David, 1888-1973
David Lawrence Papers
Public Policy Papers
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1901-1975 (mostly 1933-1970)
395 boxes and 2 items
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-395


David Lawrence, Princeton Class of 1910, was an American magazine and news service founder, editor, columnist, and author. This collection contains papers of Lawrence, including correspondence with notable twentieth century figures, articles, speeches, correspondent dispatches, radio broadcast transcripts, and manuscripts for several books.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of the papers of Lawrence (Princeton Class of 1910), including correspondence with John Foster Dulles, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Gallup, Herbert Hoover, Catherine Joseph, Ellanor Campbell Lawrence, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and many others; articles and speeches; a large file of his dispatches (1915-1973) as a correspondent for the Associated Press and later as an independent; editorials (1933-1973) for the U.S. News & World Report; transcripts (1927-1951) of radio broadcasts including his weekly series "Our Government"; and manuscripts for his books The True Story of Woodrow Wilson (New York: George H. Doran Co., 1924), The Other Side of the Government (New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1929), and Beyond the New Deal (New York: McGraw, 1934).

The files also contain material concerning his early involvement in the negotiations after the Mexican revolution in 1911 and his article "The Truth About Mexico" (1917); reports and correspondence as chairman (1950) of the research project for the study of the county executive form of government in Fairfax County, Virginia; material about civil rights and the 14th Amendment; and letters (1942-1973) from senators, congressmen, and other members of the "Breakfast Group." In addition, there are geographical files of newspaper publishers, scrapbooks (1915-1973), tape recordings of radio broadcasts, a few photographs, a file of "reader mail," and memorabilia.


This is an unprocessed collection and remains in its original arrangement.

Collection Creator Biography:

Lawrence, David, 1888-1973

David Lawrence was an American magazine and news service founder, editor, columnist, and author. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1888, Lawrence spent his childhood in Buffalo, New York, and graduated from Princeton University in 1910. While at Princeton, Lawrence was active in campus journalism and garnered the attention of the Associated Press, which hired him upon graduation. He covered political and international affairs for the AP until 1916, when he became the Washington correspondent for the New York Evening Post. In 1926, Lawrence founded the United States Daily, the first publication to be dedicated solely to national affairs. In 1947, this publication merged with another and evolved into the popular weekly news magazine U.S. News and World Report. Lawrence covered some of the most seminal issues that arose in the 20th century, including World War I, World War II, and domestic crises within the United States. He authored several books and wrote a nationally syndicated column that generally expounded a conservative opinion. Lawrence died in 1973.

Collection History

Processing Information:

This is an unprocessed collection. The contents list provided is a preliminary inventory.

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.

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:

David Lawrence Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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