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Guide to the Commission on Freedom of the Press Records 1944-1946

Finding aid prepared by CE, 1979; MEH, 2005; SV 2007

© 2007 University of Chicago Library

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Commission on Freedom of the Press. Records

Dates:

1944-1946

Size:

4.5 linear ft. (9 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

The Commission on Freedom of the Press was appointed in 1944 to investigate the freedom, function, and responsibilities of the major agencies of mass communication operative at the time. The Records include copies of all Committee memoranda, reports, and minutes. These materials were distributed to its members during the tenure of the Commission as individually numbered "documents." After publication of the Commission's final report, Robert Redfield and Charles Merriam presented their copies of these unpublished papers to the University of Chicago Library.

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When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Commission on Freedom of the Press. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The Commission on Freedom of the Press was appointed in 1944 to investigate the freedom, function, and responsibilities of the major agencies of mass communication operative at the time. Funded by grants from Time, Inc., and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., the Commission was chaired by Robert M. Hutchins, who appointed the vice-chairman Zechariah Chafee, Jr., and the remaining members. They included John M. Clark, John Dickinson, William E. Hocking, Harold D. Lasswell, Archibald Mac-Leish, Charles E. Merriam, Reinhold Niebuhr, Robert Redfield, Beardsley Ruml, Arthur M. Schlesinger, and George N. Schuster. John Grierson, Hu Shih, Jacques Maritain, and Kurt Riezler served as foreign advisors. The general report of the Commission, A Free and Responsible Press was published by the University of Chicago Press in April, 1947.

Scope Note

The Commission on Freedom of the Press Records include copies of all Committee memoranda, reports, and minutes. These materials were distributed to its members during the tenure of the Commission as individually numbered "documents." After publication of the Commission's final report, Robert Redfield and Charles Merriam presented their copies of these unpublished papers to the University of Chicago Library.

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Subject Headings

Chafee, Zechariah, 1885-1957

Hutchins, Robert Maynard, 1899-

Commission on Freedom of the Press

Journalism-Political aspects-United States

Journalistic ethics -- United States

Freedom of the press -- United States

Press -- United States

Motion pictures -- United States

Radio -- United States

INVENTORY

Box 1

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Folder 2

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Folder 3

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Folder 4

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Synopsis of Commission Meeting, May 8th and 9th, 1944, Carlyle Hotel, New York City, Chairman Hutchins presiding

Box 1

Folder 6

Chafee's note on discussion of the Commission meeting, May 8 and 9

Box 1

Folder 7

Meeting of the Commission of June 19-20, 1944, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, Chairman Hutchins presiding

Box 1

Folder 8

Box 1

Folder 8

Parts I, II, and III of First Draft of the Report

Box 1

Folder 9

Summary of Discussion and Action, Commission Meeting September 18, 19, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, Commissioner MacLeish presiding

Box 1

Folder 10

By-Laws of the Commission on Freedom of the Press

Box 1

Folder 11

Ruth A. Inglis. The Hays Office Control of Motion Picture Content Including Appendix, "Code to Govern the Making of Motion and Talking Pictures." Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, June 13, 1944

Box 1

Folder 12

List of Possible Witnesses and Consultants. Freedom of Mass Communications

Box 1

Folder 13

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Folder 14

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Folder 15

Report on International Communication

Box 1

Folder 16

Minutes and Summary of Discussion, Meeting of January 22, 23, 1945, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, Commissioners Redfield and Chafee presiding

Box 2

Folder 1

Report of the Subcommittee on Law and Government (continued).

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Folder 2

World Freedom of the Press and Mr. Cooper's Proposals; Letter from Mr. S.; Letters from Leigh and Riezler

Box 2

Folder 3

Leighton

Box 2

Folder 4

Draft Report. Chapters 1-3

Box 2

Folder 5

Draft Report. Chapters 4-6

Box 2

Folder 6

Draft Report. Chapters 7-11

Box 2

Folder 7

Report of the Subcommittee on Law and Government (continued).

Box 2

Folder 8

Minutes and Summary of Discussion of the Meeting of February 16-17, 1945, Biltmore Hotel, New York City. Commissioner Chafee presiding

Box 2

Folder 9

Outline and Memoranda re Major Areas of Discussion, Commission Meeting of February 26-27, 1945

Box 2

Folder 7

Hutchins Memorandum (Conclusions and Recommendations. Codes

Box 2

Folder 8

Box 2

Folder 9

Minutes and Summary of Discussion, Meeting, April 16-17, 1945, Biltmore Hotel, New York City, Chairman Hutchins presiding.

Box 2

Folder 10

Box 2

Folder 11

Robert Leigh and Llewellyn White. Peoples Speaking to Peoples (A Report on International Mass Communication. Second Revision) Note on Sources. (Report on International Mass Communications - Document No. 53)

Box 2

Folder 12

Box 2

Folder 13

Robert Leigh and Llewellyn White. Peoples Speaking to Peoples (A Report on International Mass Communication). Third Revision

Box 3

Folder 1

Robert Leigh and Llewellyn White. Certain pages of Peoples Speaking to Peoples. Fourth revision.

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Folder 2

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Report of the Committee on Relations of Government to Mass Communications

Box 3

Folder 5

Ralph Casey Interviews

Box 3

Folder 6

Box 3

Folder 7

Self-Regulation of the Movies, pp. 1-101.

Box 3

Folder 8

Self-Regulation of the Movies,. pp. 102-185

Box 3

Folder 9

Box 3

Folder 10

Minutes, Meeting of the Commission, Chicago, September, 16, 17, 18, 19, 1945

Box 4

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Folder 2

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Folder 3

Report of Subcommittee on Relations of Government to Mass Communication-Chafee

Box 4

Folder 4

Report of Subcommittee on Relations of Government to Mass Communication-Chafee

Box 4

Folder 5

Report of Subcommittee on Relations of Government to Mass Communication-Chafee

Box 4

Folder 6

Box 4

Folder 7

Box 4

Folder 8

General Report (MacLeish-revised draft)

Box 4

Folder 9

Minutes-January Commission Meeting, Hotel Carlyle. Pp. 1-82

Box 4

Folder 10

Minutes-January Commission Meeting, Hotel Carlyle. Pp. 83-155

Box 4

Folder 11

Doc. 90a, Summary of Discussion-Commission Meeting, Hotel Carlyle

Box 5

Folder 1

MacLeish. Comments and Suggestions on Document 89, The General Report

Box 5

Folder 2

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Folder 3

R. D. Leigh. Press in Revolution (Sketch for a General Report).

Box 5

Folder 4

Minutes of Chicago Commission Meeting, March 31 to April 2, 1946, Hotel Shoreland

Box 5

Folder 5

Llewellyn White. The American Radio (draft)

Box 5

Folder 6

William E. Hocking. The Framework of Principle

Box 5

Folder 7

Leigh. General Report (5th Revision).Grierson. Suggested Revisions of Doc. 97

Box 6

Folder 1

Chafee. Government and Mass Communications. Section I

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Folder 2

Chafee. Government and Mass Communications. Section II

Box 6

Folder 3

Chafee. Government and Mass Communications. Section III

Box 6

Folder 4

Chafee. Government and Mass Communications. Section III (cont'd.)

Box 6

Folder 5

Chafee. Government and Mass Communications Section IV

Box 6

Folder 6

Clark. Comments on Chafee's Government and Mass Communications

Box 6

Folder 6

Clark. Comments on Hocking's Outline of Principles

Box 6

Folder 7

Chafee. Government and Mass Communications. (Section V; Part II, cont'd.)

Box 6

Folder 8

Chafee. Government and Mass Communications. (Section IV; Part II concluded, Part III)

Box 7

Folder 1

Chafee. Government and Mass Communications. (cont'd.)

Box 7

Folder 2

Chafee. Government and Mass Communications. Part IV. Proposed Commission Statement for the Chafee Report

Box 7

Folder 3

Summary of Discussion on Chapter VI

Box 7

Folder 4

Minutes. Commission Meeting, Del Prado Hotel, May 7-9, 1946.

Box 7

Folder 5

Box 7

Folder 6

Box 7

Folder 7

Inglis. Changes in Freedom for the Movies

Box 7

Folder 8

Box 8

Folder 1

Box 8

Folder 2

Grierson. The Voice of the State. Not Circulated or Included in Documents

Box 8

Folder 3

Box 8

Folder 4

Summary of Discussion II, July 7-9, 1946

Box 8

Folder 5

Box 8

Folder 6

Box 8

Folder 7

Box 8

Folder 8

Box 8

Folder 9

Summary of Discussion, Commission Meeting in Chicago, Sept. 15-17, 1946

Box 9

Folder 1

Hutchins. Ninth Revision of the General Report

Box 9

Folder 2

This consists of some revised pages of 120

Box 9

Folder 3

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Folder 4

White. Final Revision-The American Radio

Box 9

Folder 5

Miscellany

Box 9

Folder 6

Miscellany

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Folder 7

Miscellany

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Folder 8

Miscellany

Box 9

Folder 9

Miscellany