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Cold War

Introduction to the Collection

Collections are from US secretaries of state, individual activists and propagandists, and many émigré groups involved in the ideological struggle. Important subsets are collections relating to “citizen diplomacy,” in which individuals and organizations acted to defuse international tensions, particularly the danger of nuclear conflict; records of organizations on the front lines, such as the Free Europe Committee (later RFE/RL), involved in broadcasting and other activities aiming to penetrate the Iron Curtain; and papers relating to the role of the Third World in the confrontation.

Featured Collections

RFE/RL CORPORATE RECORDS - US radio broadcasting organization targeting the Soviet bloc

RFE/RL BROADCAST RECORDS - US radio broadcasting organization targeting the Soviet bloc

CONFERENCE ON COLD WAR BROADCASTING IMPACT PROCEEDINGS - Conference on the impact of Western broadcasting during the Cold War

BBC WORLD SERVICE RADIO BROADCAST RECORDINGS - Recordings of radio broadcasts to Vietnam, 1963–2002

SIG MICKELSON PAPERS - President of RFE/RL, 1975–78


ARCH PUDDINGTON COLLECTION - Wrote Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

GRIGORE CONSTANTINESCU PAPERS - Served in the Comitetul National Roman, the Romanian government in exile

IVO D. DUCHACEK PAPERS - Editor in chief of the Voice of America Czechoslovak service

HENRY MAYERS PAPERS - Chairman of the Cold War Council

KARL H. VON WIEGAND PAPERS - Hearst newspaper foreign correspondent, 1917–61

ELBRIDGE DURBROW PAPERS - US diplomat in the Soviet Union, 1946–48

CHRISTOPHER TEMPLE EMMET PAPERS - Chairman of the American Friends of the Captive Nations

FRANCIS UNDERHILL MACY PAPERS - Involved in nongovernmental exchange programs for US and Soviet citizens

BARBARA DEKOVNER-MAYER PAPERS - Organized Friends Assisting Friends, a US/Russian cooperative program

CENTER FOR CIVIL SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL RECORDS - Private US organization promoting contact with voluntary organizations abroad

COMMITTEE ON THE PRESENT DANGER RECORDS - Private US organization promoting a strong national security policy

INSTITUTE FOR SOVIET AMERICAN RELATIONS RECORDS - Private US organization promoting US/Soviet cultural relations

FORUM FOR U.S.-SOVIET DIALOGUE RECORDS - Private US organization promoting educational exchanges with Soviet citizens


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