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Leonard W. Doob papers relating to "Ezra Pound Speaking"

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1506

Scope and Contents

The collection contains background materials, research notes, drafts, and galleys relating to psychologist Leonard W. Doob's work as editor of "Ezra Pound Speaking": Radio Speeches of World War II. The subject of the book is American poet Ezra Pound's collaboration with Rome Radio in Italy from 1940 to 1943, in which Pound created and broadcast fascist propaganda expressing anti-Semitism and criticism of the United States and the United Kingdom. His broadcasts were monitored by the Federal Communications Commission, and the collection includes annotated photocopies of FCC transcripts of Pound's broadcasts, as well as annotated photocopies of Pound's unaired radio speeches, Doob's file card index, and typescript drafts of the book.


  • 1969 - 1978


Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Leonard W. Doob Papers Relating to "Ezra Pound Speaking" is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Leonard W. Doob after the publication of “Ezra Pound Speaking”: Radio Speeches of World War II in 1978. Doob likely conducted research and editorial work in the library, where he left the material in this collection after completion.


The collection is arranged roughly in the order received, with materials grouped together by format.

Associated Materials

Leonard W. Doob papers relating to the Ezra Pound Literary Property Trust (YCAL MSS 651). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.


2.1 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Leonard W. Doob (1909-2000)

Leonard William Doob, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Yale University, was an American psychologist, teacher, and scholar in the fields of social psychology, propaganda, communication studies, and conflict resolution. Born on March 3, 1909 in New York, New York, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College in 1929, an M.A. in Psychology from Duke University in 1930, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard in 1934. He also studied at the Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany from 1930 to 1933.

From 1934 to 1977, Doob taught psychology at Yale. He was affiliated with the Institute of Human Relations until its dissolution, later serving as chair of the Council on African Studies and director of the Division of Social Science. After retiring from teaching, Doob was a senior research scholar at Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies. During World War II, he served as director of the Bureau of Overseas Intelligence for the Office of War Information until 1945.

Doob published nineteen books, including Propaganda: Its Psychology and Techniques (1935), Frustration and Aggression (1939), Patriotism and Nationalism: Their Psychological Foundations (1964), and “Ezra Pound Speaking”: Radio Speeches of World War II (1978). He was editor of The Journal of Social Psychology from 1965 to 2000.

Doob was a trustee of the Ezra Pound Literary Property Trust and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1936, he married poet Eveline Bates, with whom he had three sons: Anthony, Christopher, and Nicholas. He died on March 30, 2000 in Hamden, Connecticut.

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This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Leonard W. Doob Papers Relating to "Ezra Pound Speaking"
by Nora Soto
May 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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