Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1948-2009

10 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Administrative Files series documents the founding and operations of the WPFC, including minutes of the Biennial meetings and Executive Committee meetings, press releases, annual reports (entitled "What We Did"), and correspondence, notably letters in protest of violations of freedom of the press and "fan mail" from individuals appreciative of the efforts of the WPFC. The series also contains copies of WPFC publications, including handbooks for journalists, reports, working papers, and lecture series, as well as publicity pamphlets for the WPFC and WPFC histories, declarations of free press, and amicae briefs. Also included are recordings of television appearances by WPFC members and of conferences, and materials related to International Press Freedom Day, begun in 1991 by UNESCO.

Please see also Series 5: Electronic Files - Common Files for related materials.


Arranged alphabetically by subject or document type.

Collection History


No material was separated during accessioning in 2010.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Adriane Hanson with the assistance of Grace Haaland in 2010. Collection-level MARC record and finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in May 2010.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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.

The World Press Freedom Committee Electronic Files (Series 5) are available to researchers in Word, Bitmap, and Html file formats.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Administrative Files; World Press Freedom Committee Records, MC241, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-10

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Related Materials

The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library holds several collections related to the field of journalism, which can be found by selecting the subject "journalism" from the EAD Finding Aids Page. Collections of other organizations that were partially involved in freedom of the press issues include the records of the American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom House, and Fund for the Republic.


Voice of Freedom: The Story of the World Press Freedom Committee by Dana Bullen (2002) and the World Press Freedom Committee Website ( accessed November 9, 2009) were consulted during preparation of biographical note.

Freedom House U.S.
Anderson, Harold W.
Beebe, George
Bullen, Dana
Koven, Ronald.