Public policy/20th century

Princeton holdings are particularly strong in the area of civil liberties including the records on the American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, and Freedom House.

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Freedom House Records

    The Freedom House Records contain the administrative records of this organization. The collection consists of various forms of textual, graphic and audiovisual materials. The collection provides an overview of the organization and its activities, primarily through 1993. Many of the more recent records remain in the hands of the organization.

  • Edward S. Corwin Papers

    These papers document Edward Corwin's personal and professional life, including his time as chair of the Politics Department at Princeton University. The collection includes files on subjects such as church-state relations, the commerce clause, civil rights, due process of law, the Presidency, the Bricker Amendment, and American foreign policy.

  • Edward P. Djerejian papers

    This collection includes speeches, appointment books, and clippings documenting Ambassador Djerejian's life and career.

  • Council on Foreign Relations Records: Studies Department Series

    The Studies Department Series documents the planning and execution of the various study groups (including discussion groups, current issue review groups, seminars, workshops and conferences) and projects. Documents in this series reflect the administration of the Studies Department (mainly through correspondence and subject files), the records of the groups themselves (through correspondence, background papers, meeting minutes and final reports), and the subject files and correspondence of major players in the Council’s Studies Department from the 1940s onward.

  • Council on Foreign Relations Records

    The Records of the Council on Foreign Relations document the history of this research organization from its founding in 1921 through the present, detailing its role in underpinning the development of an internationalist tradition in the twentieth century United States. The collection includes valuable source documents and papers from meetings, group discussions and studies, and conferences led by American and international experts and visiting statesmen in both New York and Washington, D.C.

  • Council on Foreign Relations Meetings Records

    The Meetings Series documents the work of the Council's Meetings Department, including administrative issues such as correspondence with speakers, attendance records, and the non-attribution rule, as well as the records of the actual meetings themselves. Early meeting records often include a transcript of the speaker's remarks at the meeting; this process was discontinued after 1964 as a cost saving measure.

  • Council on Foreign Relations Digital Sound Recordings

    The digital sound recordings of the Council on Foreign Relations were transfered from original reel to reel tapes of Council meetings. Transcripts of meetings were created until 1963; from 1964 through 1970, there is no record of what was said at any events mounted by the Meetings Department at the Council unless the event was \on the record\ and the speaker issued written text. The Council's records contain a small number of tapes from the early 1970s.

  • Common Cause Records

    Consists of the records of Common Cause, a non-partisan citizens' lobby. Included are files of various staff members, such as John W. Gardner, Robert E. Gallamore, David Cohen, Georgia Rathbun, and Nan Waterman; general correspondence; reports of projects and studies; recordings of meetings and testimonies of staff, including Archibald Cox (elected chairman in 1980), before congressional committees; copies of “Letters to the Hill” (1971-1981); state files; and other corporate papers. Also present are the files (1968-1970) of a predecessor organization, the Urban Coalition Action Council.

  • Bill Bradley Papers

    Bradley's papers document his career in the United States Senate and include project and issue files, copies of his speeches and testimony, press releases, his schedules and appointments, and awards he received. The papers also include the files of members of his legislative, administrative, and state office staff.

  • Bernard M. Baruch Papers

    This collection consists consists primarily of public papers relating to Baruch's various involvements in government affairs. It includes several runs of office correspondence as well as a small amount of personal correspondence. Among the Political Activities documented in this collection are his involvement in the War Industries Board, the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, the Council of National Defense, the National Industrial Conference, the Saratoga Springs Commission, the Rubber Survey Committee, the War and Post-War Adjustment Unit of the U.S.

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