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Series 4, Subseries 1: Bookshelf/Books USA, 1956-1986
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
Series 4, Subseries 1: Bookshelf/Books USA, 1956-1986, consists of correspondence, reports, financial information, and memoranda, which chronicle the activities of Freedom House's Bookshelf project, which was launched in 1959, and its acquisition of the independent entity, Books USA in 1967. Books USA was officially dissolved by the state of Illinois in 1968. Each sought to distribute important publications, in cooperation with the United States Information Agency and the Peace Corps, to Third World schools, libraries, and organizations. The programs distributed important works such as Common Sense and Other Political Writings by Thomas Paine; Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy; Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman; and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The books were viewed as a means to disprove the misconceptions about America abroad, and to meet the massive challenge of books distributed by Communist nations.
The material in this subseries is arranged alphabetically by topic with the Bookshelf material preceding Books USA.
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.
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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.
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Series 4, Subseries 1: Bookshelf/Books USA; Freedom House Records, MC187, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 81-93
- Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies
Fight for Freedom (Organization)
Freedom House U.S.
Wendell Willkie Memorial Building
National Forum Foundation.
Agar, Herbert, 1897-1980
Agar, William M. (William MacDonough), 1894-1972
Barthé, Richmond, 1901-1989
Brzeziński, Zbigniew (1928-2017).
Chase, Clifford P. (Clifford Philip), 1904-1982
Cherne, Leo, 1912-1999
Douglas, Paul H. (Paul Howard), 1892-1976
Drummond, Roscoe, 1902-1983
Field, George, 1904-
Gideonse, Harry David, 1901-1985
Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989
Javits, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986
Kampelman, Max M., 1920-2013
Kirkpatrick, Jeane J.
McColm, R. Bruce.
Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003
Richardson, John, 1921-2014
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987
Smith, Margaret Chase, 1897-1995
Stout, Rex, 1886-1975.
Sussman, Leonard R.
Swope, Herbert Bayard, 1882-1958
Thompson, Dorothy, 1893-1961
White, Walter, 1893-1955
Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981