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Richard Halworth Rovere papers, 1926-1981

Rovere, Richard H. (Richard Halworth), 1915-1979


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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Sound Recordings
  • Physical Details
    • 6.8 c.f. (17 archives boxes); plus
    • additions of 4.0 c.f
    • 4 photographs, and
    • 2 tape recordings
  • OCLC ocn173705114, ocn173692774
  • Finding Aids
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  • Papers of Richard Halworth Rovere, a writer and editor known for his work on politics and current affairs for "The New Yorker" (1944-1978) and his book "Senator Joe McCarthy." Best for the period from the late 1930s to the mid-1960s, the papers offer excellent material on Rovere's involvement with the Communist Party and on his writings, particularly those on McCarthyism and the Vietnam War. Especially well documented are seven books Rovere wrote and contributions to such periodicals as "The New Masses," "The New Yorker," "Harper's," "Encounter," and "The (London) Spectator." Elsewhere in the collection are files on the Peace Corps in Kenya, the Ku Klux Klan, the American Committee for Cultural Freedom, and Thomas Dewey's 1944 Presidential campaign. Among many prominent correspondents are Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Granville Hicks, Irving Kristol, and Frederick Lewis Allen.
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1931-1968, and is described in the register. Additional accessions date 1926-1981 and are described below.


  • Transcript of Rovere's discussion of John Foster Dulles and the Eisenhower administration (in Box 17, Folder 3) from Reminiscences of Richard Halworth Rovere: oral history, 1968, Columbia University Oral History Office. Permission required to cite and quote from the Columbia University Oral History Office.
  • Presented by Richard H. Rovere, Rhinebeck, N.Y., 1966 and 1968.
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