Freedom House (U.S.)

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Freedom House was established in 1941 as a non-profit, non-partisan democratic challenge to the Braunhaus in Munich, a center for Nazi propaganda.

It physically merged several anti-isolationism organizations, including Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies and Fight for Freedom, while allowing them to remain administratively autonomous. Acting from its headquarters in the Willkie Memorial Building, Freedom House functioned as a clearinghouse, coordinator, radio broadcast studio, and literature disseminator in an effort to sway public opinion during World War II. After the War, the organization focused its attention on foreign and domestic threats from both the left and right. Through its policy statements, forums, conferences, programs (such as Books USA), and publications, the organization helped to frame the national debate on issues such as civil rights, human rights, freedom of the press, the Vietnam War and freedom of information. The organization²s activities established its place in the American consciousness and attracted a wide variety of prominent Americans to its cause.

From the description of Freedom House archives, 1936-1997. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 175712389

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928-. Zbigniew Brzezinski papers : Part II, 1798-2009 (bulk 1960-2007). Library of Congress
referencedIn Snowden, Muriel S. Reminiscences of Muriel S. Snowden: oral history, 1977. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Grant, Frances R. Frances Grant collection, 1897-1986 (bulk 1917-1986). Rutgers University
creatorOf Freedom House (U.S.). Freedom House archives, 1936-1997. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Whitney North Seymour papers, 1930-1983, 1950-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Freedom House (U.S.). Letters, 1942-1947, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Field, George, 1904-. George Field collection of Freedom House files, 1933-1990 (bulk 1941-1969) Princeton University Library
referencedIn Bayard Rustin Papers, 1942-1987, (bulk 1963-1980) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Stout, Rex, 1886-1975. Rex Stout papers, 1933-1978. Boston College. John J. Burns Library
referencedIn Miller, Francis Pickens, 1895-1978. Papers : of Francis Pickens Miller, 1936-1978 (bulk 1949-1978). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Pew Charitable Trusts. Grant products reports, 1988-2002. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Bright, Marshall, 1903-. Oral history interview, 1976. Maryland historical society
referencedIn Zbigniew Brzezinski Papers, 1798-2012, (bulk 1952-2011) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Freedom House (U.S.). Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1960-1969. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn William Ernest Hocking papers Houghton Library
creatorOf Seymour, Whitney North, 1901-1983. Whitney North Seymour papers, 1930-1983, bulk (1950-1980). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn George Field Collection of Freedom House Files, 1933-1990, 1941-1969 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Public Policy Papers.
referencedIn Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987. Papers of Bayard Rustin, 1942-1987 (bulk 1963-1980). Library of Congress
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
correspondedWith Agar, Herbert, 1897-1980 person
correspondedWith Agar, William M. 1894-1972 person
associatedWith Agar, William Macdonough, 1894- person
correspondedWith Barthé, Richmond, 1901-1989 person
associatedWith Books USA. corporateBody
associatedWith Bright, Marshall, 1903- person
correspondedWith Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928- person
correspondedWith Chase, Clifford P. 1904-1982 person
correspondedWith Cherne, Leo, 1912-1999 person
associatedWith Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies. corporateBody
correspondedWith Douglas, Paul H. 1892-1976 person
correspondedWith Drummond, J. Roscoe (James Roscoe), 1902-1983 person
associatedWith Field, George. person
associatedWith Field, George, 1904- person
associatedWith Fight for Freedom (Organization) corporateBody
correspondedWith Gideonse, Harry David, 1901- person
associatedWith Grant, Frances R. person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
correspondedWith Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989. person
correspondedWith Javits, Jacob K. 1904-1986 person
correspondedWith Kampelman, Max M., 1920- person
correspondedWith Karatnycky, Adrian person
correspondedWith Kirkpatrick, Jeane J. person
correspondedWith Lord, Bette person
correspondedWith McColm, R. Bruce person
associatedWith Miller, Francis Pickens, 1895-1978. person
correspondedWith Moynihan, Daniel P. 1927-2003 person
associatedWith National Forum Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Pew Charitable Trusts. corporateBody
correspondedWith Richardson, John, 1921- person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 person
correspondedWith Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987 person
associatedWith Seymour, Whitney North, 1901-1983. person
correspondedWith Smith, Margaret Chase, 1897-1995 person
associatedWith Snowden, Muriel S. person
associatedWith Stout, Rex, 1886-1975. person
correspondedWith Sussman, Leonard R. person
correspondedWith Swope, Herbert Bayard, 1882-1958 person
correspondedWith Thompson, Dorothy, 1893-1961 person
associatedWith Wendell Willkie Memorial Building. corporateBody
correspondedWith White, Walter Francis, 1893-1955 person
correspondedWith Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Civil rights
Freedom of information
Freedom of the press
Human rights
Human rights
Human rights workers
Nonprofit organizations
Radio broadcasting
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945

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Active 1960

Active 1969



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