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Justus Baldwin Lawrence papers

Call Number: MS 1639

Scope and Contents

The Justus Baldwin Lawrence Papers consist of the memoris of Justus Lawrence Baldwin, reminiscences of his staff when Lawrence was chief public relations officer for the U.S. Army, European theater, and a memorial service program.

The papers were the gift of Carlene Lawrence in 1993.


  • 1985-1987


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Catalog Record

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

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The papers consist of memoirs of Justus Baldwin Lawrence, staff reminiscences, and a memorial service program.

Biographical / Historical

Justus Baldwin Lawrence was born on December 16, 1903, and graduated from Yale in 1927. Lawrence started his career as a reporter for the Hearst newspapers, worked for RKO, and then for six years was advertising and publicity chief for Samuel Goldwyn. From 1939-1942, Lawrence was public relations director for the Motion Picture Producers Association, and his work related to American involvement in the war brought him into contact with Franklin Roosevelt and other national figures. During World War II, Lawrence served as chief public relations planner for Combined Operations Headquarters in England and then chief public relations officer for the U.S. Army, European theater. In 1951, at the request of General Eisenhower, Lawrence became the chief public relations planner and the deputy chief for plans and public affairs at SHAPE, the military headquarters for NATO. He returned to civilian life in 1953 and formed The Lawrence Organization, a public relations firm to advise American and British industrial and financial companies. Justus Lawrence died on April 21, 1987.

Guide to the Justus Baldwin Lawrence Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Carol King
May 1994
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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