Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: USIA Years, 1944-1999

15 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series documents Crespi's career after joining the USIA in 1954. This series includes USIA reports and related correspondence, notes, and clippings on surveys of foreign and domestic public opinion on a wide range of subjects, including the U.S. economy, trends in political thought, the future of American foreign policy, NATO, U.S. exhibitions on other countries, moral equivalence, phased retirement, and the effectiveness of USIA's own programs and surveys. Surveyed regions include Western and Eastern Europe, the Mideast, Asia, Latin America, and North America. Also included are departmental files of the USIA Office of Research (including service awards and performance evaluations of Crespi), WAPOR newsletters and correspondence, personal correspondence, photographs, biographical sketches of Crespi, drafts of published articles, and notes and related correspondence for various presentations and lectures he conducted over the course of his career. Material in this series that pre-dates 1954 primarily consists of USIA material that Crespi utilized in his research, as well as one report co-authored by Crespi for the office of the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany.


No further arrangement after division into series.

Collection History


No information about appraisal is available for this collection.


These papers were processed with the generous support of the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Regine Heberlein on February 25, 2010. A MARC record and finding aid were created at this time. The finding aid was updated by Kate Dundon in June 2011, and by Rachel Van Unen in 2014 to reflect accession ML.2014.030.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

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.

Box 16 contains magnetic tapes and photographic slides.

Credit this material:

Series 2: USIA Years; Leo P. Crespi Papers, MC235, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 1-7; 12-19