Contents and Arrangement

Series 1, Subseries 3: Correspondence, 1941-1993

13 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 1, Subseries 3: Correspondence, 1941-1993, contains the correspondence of individual board members followed by the various committees of the board. It includes correspondence, speeches, articles, memoranda, reports and biographical information on each board member. The board member correspondence highlights the relationship between the individual members and the administration of the organization. The board consisted of such notables as William Agar, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Clifford Case, Leo Cherne, Paul Douglas, Roscoe Drummond, Harry Gideonse, Sidney Hook, Jacob Javits, Max Kampelman, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Bette Bao Lord, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, John Richardson, Bayard Rustin, Margaret Chase Smith, Rex Stout, Herbert Bayard Swope, Dorothy Thompson, Walter White, Roy Wilkins, and Wendell Willkie.

The committees were established by the Executive Committee in the 1970s to streamline the operation of the organization and allow board members to participate actively in some aspect of Freedom House operations. Committees included the Comparative Survey Audit, Nominating, Planning, Program Audit, Public Affairs, and Publications. The most interesting committee material resides in the Program Audit Committee folders. This group examined the current programs of Freedom House and recommended a future course for these programs. Also included within this subseries is the Public Affairs Institute (PAI), which was governed by the Public Affairs Committee. The Institute was created in 1967 to counteract the influence of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, which "tended to veer considerably left of center." The PAI sought to examine the most critical problems affecting free societies and to produce and publicize recommended correctives.


The correspondence in this subseries is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then by committee.

Collection History


Accruals are expected from Freedom House on a periodic basis.


Duplicates and secondary source reference materials were separated from the collection in 2000 and 2001. No material was separated during accessioning in 2007-2017.


These Archives 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 McGee in 1999-2000 with the assistance of Christine Kitto, Nicole Basta, Patrick Gallagher, Michael Gibney, Meghan Glass, Nate Holland, Chris Hoyte, Shantanu Mukherjee, Eric Reimer, Stan Ruda, Noelia Saenz, Brian Schulz, Sid Smith, Jeremy Sturchio, and Laura Vanderkam. Finding aid written by Kristine Marconi McGee in 1999-2000. The finding aid was updated to include accessions from 2000 through 2007 by Adriane Hanson in 2008. Materials from the 2011-2017 accessions were added to the collection as individual series or as parts of existing series and the finding aid was updated to reflect these additions.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use except for Board materials in Series 18. All Board materials received from 2017 onward are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation.

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 1, Subseries 3: Correspondence; Freedom House Records, MC187, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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