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   Group Research, Inc. Records, 1955-1996

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Group Research Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:5010936 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Group Research, Inc.
Title:Group Research, Inc. Records, 1955-1996
Physical description:215 linear ft. (512 document boxes; 1 map case; 1 flat box ).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. The following boxes are located off-site: 1-506; 509-512. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 16 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

McCune and his staff catalogued the collection to operate as a fully accessible library, and their organization, including their folder labels, has been maintained as much as possible. Most of the materials are arranged alphabetically by topic (rather than, for example, chronologically) and have been divided into three separate series. Four other series contain volumes of Group Research Report, larger printed works, audio-visual materials, and the Group Research Directory.

Series I: Topical Files

Series II: Topical Files

Series III: States

Series IV: Group Research Report

Series V: Printed Materials

Series VI: Audio/Visual

Series VII: Group Research Directory

Series VIII: Card Files

This is a series of 48 boxes of cards in three sub-series--Personal Names, Organizations, and States--which index and cross-reference the Group research Archives. The cards contain additional information not found in the files. This series has been fully microfilmed. Researchers are requested to use the microfilm rather than the original cards.

Subseries VIII.1: Personal Names

Subseries VIII.2: Organizations

Subseries VIII.3: States

Series IX: Publications

Series X: Correspondence

Series XI: Manuscripts

Series XII: 1996 CPAC

Series XIII: Clippings

Series XIV: Bumper Stickers

Series XV: Audio/Visual Material

Subseries XV.1: Phonograph Records

Subseries XV.2: Audio Reels (5 inch)

Subseries XV.3: Audio Reels (large)

Subseries XV.4: Audio Reels (large)

Series XVI: Manuscript Files on Audio/Visual Material

Subseries XVI.1: Audiovisual Information: Manuscripts

Subseries XVI.2: Cassette Tapes

Subseries XVI.3: Film Strips

Subseries XVI.4: VHS

Subseries XVI.5: L-500 VHS

Subseries XVI.6: Card Files

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

 The following boxes are located off-site: 1-506; 509-512. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Group Research Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Online exhibit

Choosing Sides: Right-Wing Icons in the Group Research Records. Columbia University Libraries.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subjects

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Christian conservatism.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Conservatism--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Group Research, Inc.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
John Birch Society.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Political culture.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Political movements--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Political parties.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pressure groups.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Radicalism--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Religious right.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Republicanism.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Right and left (Political science)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Right-wing extremists--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Wesley McCune founded Group Research Inc. in 1962 after a successful career as a journalist for such magazines as "Newsweek", "Time", "Life", and "Changing Times". In addition, McCune worked as well as a staff member of several government agencies and government-related organizations. Based in Washington DC until ceasing operations in the mid-1990s Group Research Inc. collected materials that focus on the right-wing and span four decades. The resulting Group Research archive includes information about and by right-wing organizations and a ctivists in the form of publications correspondence pamphlets reports newspaper "Congressional Record" and magazine clippings and other ephemera. The collection is thoroughly cross-referenced and contains the Group Research Directory which, dating mostly from the 1960s, provides brief histories of prominent people organizations and publications associated with the right wing. McCune and his small staff also published an initially bi-monthly but in later years monthly newsletter Group Research Report which kept its subscribers abreast of the latest views and actions of right-wingers.

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