Davis, Robert Gorham.

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Professor of English at Columbia University.

From the description of Papers, 1778-1976. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122575338

Robert Gorham Davis (1908-1998), was a literary critic and a professor of English at Columbia University. He became a member of the Communist Party, but after the Hitler-Stalin pact of 1939, he grew disillusioned with Communism. In 1953, Mr. Davis testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, giving the names of some of his fellow Communists, after they had already been named in a secret session of the committee. Davis also served as chairman, and on the executive board of the American Committee for Cultural Freedom (ACCF) from 1953-1954, which was affiliated with the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an international organization. The ACCF was composed of prominent anti-communist artists and intellectuals, annd activities and programs on behalf of cultural freedom were generally informed by the staunch anti-communist orientation associated with the height of the Cold War period. At the height of its activities, scores of artists and intellectuals across a surprisingly broad political spectrum were involved with the Committee either as invited members, as participants in its numerous campaigns and programs, or as correspondents. The ACCF was subsequently learned to have accepted funds from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

From the guide to the Davis, Robert Gorham: American Committee for Cultural Freedom Correspondence, 1954, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Chase, Richard Volney, 1914-1962. Richard Volney Chase papers, ca.1930-1984. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Davis, Hope Hale. Papers, 1831-1835, 1916-2002 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Davis, Robert Gorham,. Papers, 1778-1976. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Richard Volney Chase Papers, ca.1930-1984. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn William Styron Papers, 1855-2007 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Paul Goodman papers, 1925-1983. Houghton Library
referencedIn Plath mss. II, 1932-1977 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Guide to the Robert Gorham Davis Correspondence on the American Committee for Cultural Freedom, 1954 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Dibbell, Charles. Letter [holograph] : 1986 September 12 : New York [to] Professor Robert Gorham Davis / Charles Dibbell. Greenfield Community College, Nahman-Watson Library
referencedIn Harry Levin papers Houghton Library
referencedIn Deihl, Marcia, 1949-. Papers of Marcia Deihl, 1965-2004 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Granville Hicks Papers, 1906-1980 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Arvin, Newton, 1900-1963. Newton Arvin correspondence, 1920-1963. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967. Letters of tribute to Carl Sandburg [manuscript], 1951-1952. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Biography -- Davis, Robert. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Davis, William Heath, 1822-1909. William Heath Davis Collection, 1837-1905. California state library
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associatedWith American Committee for Cultural Freedom. corporateBody
associatedWith Arvin, Newton, 1900-1963. person
associatedWith Chase, Richard Volney, 1914-1962. person
associatedWith Congress for Cultural Freedom. corporateBody
associatedWith Davis, Hope Hale. person
associatedWith Davis, William Heath, 1822-1909. person
associatedWith Deihl, Marcia, 1949- person
associatedWith Dibbell, Charles. person
associatedWith Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979. person
correspondedWith Goodman, Paul, 1911-1972 person
associatedWith Hicks, Granville, 1901-1982. person
associatedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
associatedWith McKendry, William. person
associatedWith Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967. person
associatedWith Plath, Sylvia. person
associatedWith Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. person
associatedWith Riding, Laura, 1901-1991. person
associatedWith Rovere, Richard Halworth, 1915-1979. person
associatedWith Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967. person
correspondedWith Schlesinger, Arthur M. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007 person
correspondedWith Stein, Sol person
associatedWith Styron, William person
associatedWith Sullivan, John, 1740-1795. person
correspondedWith Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968 person
associatedWith Winter, Ella, 1898-1980. person
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United States
New York (State)
Anti-communist movements
Indians of North America
Iroquois Indians
Sullivan's Indian Campaign, 1779


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Active 1963


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