Philbrick, Herbert A. (Herbert Arthur), 1915-1993

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Anticommunist activist and counterspy.

From the description of Herbert A. Philbrick papers, 1849-1997 (bulk 1940-1993). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984223

Biographical Note

  • 1915, May 11: Born, Boston, Mass.
  • 1938: Graduated, Lincoln Technical Institute of Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.
  • 1939: Married Eva Gertrude Luscombe (divorced 1967) Sales representative, Holmes Direct Mail Service, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1940: Organizer and chairman, Cambridge Youth Council, Cambridge, Mass. Reported suspicions of communist control of Cambridge Youth Council to Boston, Mass., office, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 1941: Began reporting to Federal Bureau of Investigation on actions of Communist party
  • 1942: Joined Young Communist League
  • 1942 - 1949 : Assistant advertising director, Paramount Theaters Division of New England, M & P Theatres Co., Boston, Mass.
  • 1944: Joined Communist party
  • 1949: Testified in federal court as surprise witness against eleven Communist party leaders indicted for violation of the Smith Act
  • 1951: Testified before hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities regarding Communist party activities in the Boston, Mass., area “I Led 3 Lives” serialized in the New York Herald Tribune
  • 1951 - 1957 : Lectured on anticommunist topics
  • 1952: Published I Led 3 Lives: Citizen, “Communist,” Counterspy (New York: McGraw-Hill. 323 pp.)
  • 1952 - 1958 : Wrote syndicated column “Red Underground ” for the New York Herald Tribune
  • 1953 - 1956 : Technical advisor for television program “I Led 3 Lives”
  • 1961 - 1962 : Prepared series of five-minute television programs, “The Red Report”
  • 1963 - 1969 : Wrote newsletters, Dollar Hollar, Herb Philbrick's News Bulletin, Peoples Voice, and Schick Razor's Edge
  • 1964: Candidate for delegate-at-large from New Hampshire to the Republican national convention for presidential candidate Barry M. Goldwater
  • 1967 - 1969 : National Director, United States Anti-Communist Congress
  • 1968: Married Shirley J. Brown
  • 1969 - 1977 : Editor and publisher, Washington Exclusive, U.S. Press Association
  • 1972: Published revised edition, I Led 3 Lives: Citizen, “Communist,” Counterspy (Washington, D.C.: Capitol Hill Press. 306 pp.)
  • 1976 - 1977 : Writer-editor, Division of Organization and Personnel, United States Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Washington, D. C.
  • 1977 - 1979 : Store manager, Fletcher's Paint Works, Hampton, N. H.
  • 1982 - circa 1989 : Court reporter and free-lance writer for Rockingham County, N. H., newspapers
  • 1990 - 1993 : President, Constructive Action
  • 1993, Aug. 16: Died, North Hampton, N. H.

From the guide to the Herbert A. Philbrick Papers, 1849-1997, (bulk 1940-1993), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Rinzel, Dennis J. Papers, 1949-1974. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Burt, Frank, d. 1964. I led 3 lives. 17B / by Frank Burt. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925-. Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Donner, Frank J. Frank J. Donner papers, 1897-1992 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925-. Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Records, 1946-2000 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Arthur W. Kramer sound recording collection, 1958-1965 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Kramer, Arthur W., 1906-1998. Arthur W. Kramer sound recording collection, 1958-1965. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn McChord Williams (Mrs.) collection, 1949-1983 (bulk 1953-1970). University of North Carolina, Charlotte, J. Murrey Atkins Library
referencedIn Max Lerner papers, 1927-1998 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. Max Lerner papers, 1927-1992 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn United Artists Corporation. Series 7.7 : ZIV-TV production files. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Herbert A. Philbrick Papers, 1849-1997, (bulk 1940-1993) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
creatorOf Philbrick, Herbert A. (Herbert Arthur), 1915-1993. Herbert A. Philbrick papers, 1849-1997 (bulk 1940-1993). Library of Congress
referencedIn Mollenhoff, Clark R., 1921- . Papers, 1936-1990. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Records of the Secretary to the Corporation, 1945-1996 (bulk), 1846-1996 (inclusive) Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Christian Anti-Communism Crusade Collection, 1964 Archive of Recorded Sound
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Direct Relationships
Relation Name
associatedWith American Youth for Democracy. corporateBody
associatedWith America's Future (Organization) corporateBody
correspondedWith Bales, James D., 1915- person
associatedWith Cambridge Youth Council (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Christian Anti-Communism Crusade. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America (Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Constructive Action, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Council Against Communist Aggression (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Donner, Frank J. person
associatedWith Foster, William Z., 1881-1961 person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Secretary to the Corporation. corporateBody
correspondedWith Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972 person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
associatedWith Kramer, Arthur W., 1906-1998. person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902- person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. person
correspondedWith Loeb, William, 1905-1981 person
associatedWith Massachusetts Political Action Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts. Special Commission to Study and Investigate Communism and Subversive Activities and Related Matters in the Commonwealth. corporateBody
correspondedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
correspondedWith McDowell, Arthur G. person
associatedWith Mollenhoff, Clark R., 1921- . person
correspondedWith Niebuhr, Reinhold, 1892-1971 person
associatedWith Progressive Citizens of America. corporateBody
correspondedWith Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925- person
associatedWith Rinzel, Dennis J. person
associatedWith Roche, Anthony M. person
associatedWith United Artists Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Anti-Communist Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. House corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation. corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Press Association. corporateBody
correspondedWith Wallace, Henry A. (Henry Agard), 1888-1965 person
correspondedWith Welch, Robert Henry Winborne, 1899- person
associatedWith Young Americans for Freedom. corporateBody
associatedWith Young Communist League of the U.S. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Massachusetts
New England
New England
Massachusetts
Subject
Anti-communist movements--History
Presidents--United States--Election--1948
Undercover operations
Subversive activities--United States
Anti-communist movements--United States--History
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Undercover operations--United States
Presidents--Election--1948
Subversive activities
Occupation
Political activists
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Birth 1915-05-11

Death 1993-08-16

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