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Series Part VI, II: Speeches, Statements and Writings, 1961-1963

Call Number: MS 628, Series Part VI, II

Scope and Contents

This section is divided into three subseries:

1) Speeches and Statements

2) Writings (except books)

3)The Conscience of a Liberal

n.b. Since Bowles depended on his staff to help in the preparation of speeches and articles, the researcher interested in this phase of Bowles' activities should also review the correspondence with the office staff in the State Department Correspondence.

1) Speeches and Statements: speeches, television and radio addresses, press conferences, interviews, and testimony before Congress. This subseries is arranged chronologically by date of delivery, with undated items filed at the end. For any particular speech, a folder may contain drafts, outlines, notes, reading copy, and printed copies. In addition there are some audio tape recordings for some speeches. A list of these tapes will be found in Part IX.

2) Writings (except books): articles, proposed articles, and letters to the editor. The subseries is arranged chronologically, with undated items filed at the end. Published items are dated by date of appearance, and proposed items are dated by approximate date of writing. A folder for a particular article may contain outlines, drafts, printed copies, reprints, and mailing lists.

3)The Conscience of a Liberal:this book is a compilation of Bowles' best speeches and articles from 1945 through 1962. Jean Joyce made a preliminary selection and excerpted significant items. Henry Steele Commager was invited to edit the work and write an introduction. Most of the work was completed by June, 1962, and it was published in October, 1962.

In addition to a copy of the book, there are outlines, notes, the preliminary book manuscript, the final manuscript, galleys, publicity and reviews. Those interested in the publication of the book should also see correspondence with Brandt and Brandt, Cass Canfield, Henry Steele Commager, Harper and Brothers, and Jean Joyce in the General Correspondence, with Philip Merrill in the State Department Correspondence, under "Bowles' Office Staff," and with USIA officials in "Correspondence with Officials in Other Executive Departments."


  • 1961-1963

Physical Description

(11 boxes)

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: Boxes 220-223, which contain constituent correspondence, are restricted until 2035 Jan 1.

The transcript of the oral history interview with Douglas Bennet, Jr. in Box 399b is closed until the deed of gift is secured from Bennet.

Box 408, which contains restricted personal and financial papers is closed until 2025 Jan 1.

Box 409, which contains audio tapes of oral history interviews with Bowles's associates, is not open to researchers.

Original audiotapes, videotapes, and motion picture films, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or pay for the creation of a use copy, retained by the repository, if none exist.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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