Papers, 1933-1970

Fischer, John
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  • Format Mixed Materials; Sound Recordings
  • Physical Details
    • 4.8 c.f. (12 archives boxes)
    • 1 tape recording; plus
    • additions of 2.8 c.f
  • Finding Aids
    • Register


  • Papers of John Fischer, an author and journalist who was editor-in-chief of "Harper's Magazine," 1953-1969. Correspondence, 1945-1963, concerns the editing of Harper's, Fischer's own writing, and his work on the 1956 Presidential campaign for Adlai E. Stevenson. Among the prominent correspondents are Walter Lippmann, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Theodore C. Sorenson, and Benjamin M. Spock. Fischer's writings are represented by drafts, notes, and related materials for three books ("Why They Behave Like Russians," 1947; "Master Plan, U.S.A.," 1951; and "The Stupidity Problem and Other Harassments," 1964); drafts of his column "The Editor's Easy Chair"; free-lance articles; addresses; and clippings. Other records document Fischer's personal life and background. The collection also includes a tape recording of a 1965 English Seminar at West Point, United States Military Academy, in which Fischer was a panelist.
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1940-1967, and is described in the register. Additional accessions date 1933-1970 and are described below.


  • Presented by John Fischer, Guilford, Connecticut, 1960-1967.
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