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Papers, 1905-1972

Caesar, Irving, 1895-1996

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Sound Recordings
  • Physical Details
    • 1.2 c.f. (4 archives boxes) and
    • 6 disc recordings
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  • Photocopied papers of Irving Caesar (1895-1996), a lyricist and composer of popular songs and Broadway musicals and a pacifist. The majority of the collection relates to Caesar's early career and his social concerns. Songs, 1937-c. 1970, include lyrics satirizing the military-industrial complex; songbooks and recordings of compositions for children about safety, friendship, and the United Nations; and sheet music for the Pledge of Allegiance. Correspondence includes exchanges with George Gershwin, Aldous Huxley, Lyndon B. Johnson, George Seldes, I. F. Stone, Lyle Stuart, Upton Sinclair, William English Walling, and Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Writings include an early journal; articles on the Cold War for the New York "Independent"; speeches; and papers regarding his Peace by Wireless plan. Also included are an undated autobiography, an article about song writing, and a transcript of an oral history interview, 1971, for the William E. Wiener Oral History Library of the American Jewish Committee.


  • Presented by Irving Caeser, New York, N.Y., 1971-1977.
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