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Paul Palmer papers

Call Number: MS 382

Scope and Contents

This three box collection of approximately five hundred items consists of Paul Palmer's business correspondence, 1923-1960. The majority of the letters are to Palmer from such prominent literary and political figures as: Eli Culbertson, Clarence Darrow, Ford Maddox Ford, Joseph P. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Charles A. Lindbergh, Henry L. Mencken, John O'Hara and Alexander Woollcott. In some cases drafts of articles were included with the letters, some of these were never published. The letters from Palmer requesting writers to pursue certain topics in articles for publication and the writers' responses to him are revealing. Many of the letters express intelligent opinions, or highly emotional reactions to the various political issues, and thus represent illuminating commentaries on the temper of the times. This collection of papers is a valuable source for research in political and literary thought of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.


  • 1929-1960


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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Paul Palmer in 1961.


1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The papers consist of Paul Palmer's professional correspondence with prominent literary and political figures soliciting articles for publication. In some cases, drafts of articles are included with the letters.

Biographical / Historical

Paul Palmer was born in 1900. His career in journalism began in 1922 when he became a reporter for the Baltimore Sun. Between 1923-1926 Palmer was first a reporter, and then Sunday editor of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. He was Sunday editor of the New York World from 1926-1930, and a free-lance writer from 1930-1935. In 1935 Palmer became editor of The American Mercury, a post he held until 1939. From 1939-1941, he was a reporter for Reader's Digest. Palmer was Washington correspondent for the McClure newspaper syndicate during 1941. In 1942 he returned to Reader's Digestand became a senior editor. Paul Palmer died on July 2, 1983.

Guide to the Paul Palmer Papers
Under Revision
Preliminary inventory by Carol King
February 1990
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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