American History/20th Century

Examples of papers in our collections include the Adlai E. Stevenson Papers, Allen Dulles Papers, John Foster Dulles Papers, American Civil Liberties Unions Records, Bernard Baruch Papers, Council on Foreign Relations Records, David E. Lilienthal Papers and more.

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Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • John T. Find files

    Consists primarily of newspaper clippings, study materials, and other printed matter of Find (Princeton Class of 1922) reflecting his interests in the Far East, Chinese languages and education, the Soviet Union, the United States government, and the Vietnam conflict. Also included are correspondence, writings, notes, and other records.

  • Carol Evans Collection on Adlai E. Stevenson

    Consists of papers retained by Carol Evans while she was secretary (1948-1961) of Stevenson and, later, assistant editor of The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson (1972-1979), which were edited by Walter Johnson. Included are copies of general correspondence (1954, 1957-1961) of Stevenson (Princeton Class of 1922), some of his notes, correspondence with Evans, and photographs, as well as tape recordings of tributes after his death, interviews with Evans about him, and Evans' personal (1953-1965) and editorial (1972-1978) correspondence.

  • Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen Papers

    The Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen Papers document his career as the United States House representative of New Jersey's 5th district from 1952 to 1975. The papers focus on his House activities, his service on the Committee of Education and Labor and Committee on Foreign Relations, as well as to his tenure on the United Nations General Assembly.

  • Elmer C. Werner Papers

    This collection includes the papers of Elmer Charles Werner, a former special agent for the Internal Revenue Service, and his experiences investigating Lyndon Johnson. This collection includes Werner's diaries from 1942-1945, the period during which Johnson was investigated; Werner's notes and newspaper clippings regarding the case; a chronology of the facts of the case prepared by Werner; and Werner's manuscript narrative regarding his experiences.

  • William O. Douglas oral history interviews

    Consists of a 384-page transcription of taped conversations--and the tapes themselves--between Associate Justice of the Supreme Court William O. Douglas and Walter F. Murphy, professor of politics at Princeton University. Recorded on 19 cassettes, the interviews took place from 1961 to 1963 and were transcribed in the Library, but were not edited by either participant.The interviews cover most of Douglas' government career. Names which occur frequently in the conversations include Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, Charles E. Hughes, Franklin D.

  • H. Freeman Matthews Papers

    The H. Freeman Matthews Papers contain correspondence, photographs, miscellaneous papers and family films, as well as a draft of the memoirs that Matthews wrote after his retirement and published privately under the title “Memoirs of a Passing Era” (circa 1972).

  • American Committee for Devastated France Records

    The collection contains annual reports, minutes, records of account, promotional pamphlets and several news clippings praising the work of the ACDF. A report by an unknown author chronicles the establishment of École de Scoutisme, and recommends facilitating “the scout movement of France.” Approximately half of the collection consists of the correspondence (1920-1926) of ACDF treasurer Alexander C. Humphreys. The letters and telegrams document exchanges between Humphreys and several members of the Executive Committee (especially Chairman Anne Morgan) on funds allocation.

  • John Marshall Harlan Papers

    Harlan's papers consist of legal materials, correspondence, writings, and personal papers that document his career as an attorney and a judge, especially the period when he was a Supreme Court Justice. The majority of the papers are opinions and other legal documents from all of the cases heard before the Supreme Court while Harlan was a member, and Harlan's correspondence files that span the entirety of his career.Please see the series descriptions in the contents list for additional information about individual series.

  • Bob Guldin Interviews with George F. Kennan

    This collection includes audiocassettes of interviews between Bob Guldin and George F. Kennan, and two publications which include articles of these interviews.

  • Peggy Lamson Collection on Roger Baldwin

    This collection consists of letters, original documents, photocopies of documents, and articles, detailing Roger Baldwin's life and career, as well as correspondence and memoranda relating to Lamson's work on Baldwin's biography. The collection also contains the audio cassette tapes and transcripts from Lamson's interviews with Baldwin conducted in 1973. Included is an index of the subject matter contained on each of the thirty-eight tapes in the collection. There are 36 tapes from the Lamson-Baldwin interviews and two other cassette tapes recorded by Baldwin and later given to Lamson.

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