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   Dwight D. Eisenhower: Letters to the President, 1949-1952

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Dwight D. Eisenhower: Letters to the President; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

This collection is comprised of letters sent to Eisenhower during his presidency at Columbia University.

At a Glance

Call No.:UA#0167
Bib ID:8040826 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Columbia University. Office of the President.
Title:Dwight D. Eisenhower: Letters to the President, 1949-1952
Physical description:2 linear feet (4 document boxes)
Language(s): In English.
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically.

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Description

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of correspondence, mostly letters, with the inclusion of some packages in which individuals added photos, posters, notebooks, or other ephemera.

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material 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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This collection has no restrictions.

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/University Archivist, 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); Dwight D. Eisenhower: Letters to the President; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed in May 2010 by Vanessa Cano, Pratt Institute SLIS 2011

Papers cataloged on October 2010 by Lea Osborne

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion October 9, 2010 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-10-09 File created.
    2010-10-12 xml document instance created by Lea Osborne.

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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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Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969--Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Presidents--United States--Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

After World War II and before his terms as President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower served as President of Columbia University. His prior roles as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and General of the Army during World War II had made him a household name, a distinction that did not diminish during his tenure at the University. Thusly, Eisenhower received many letters while at Columbia.

This collection of correspondence was coined the "CP" file by Eisenhower's staff as an abbreviation for "Crazy People." The letters are characterized by assertions of conspiracy theories, fear of war, and opinions on a range of topics- homosexuality, ethnicity, and religion being only a few. There is no evidence that the letters were answered, but their existence gives voice to the anxieties that surrounded post World War II America, the Korean War, and societal change.

Some letters are from veterans or the mothers of soldiers, others are from individuals who firmly believe in peace or who believe they have important knowledge that would be helpful to Eisenhower with regard to military or government affairs.

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