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Alan Barth papers

Call Number: MS 867

Scope and Contents

The papers of Alan Barth deal in general with his profession as a writer and lecturer and with the liberal causes he espoused. The social and political issues of the 1940s through the 1970s are highlighted, in particular McCarthyism, civil liberties, intellectual freedom, and gun control. Among the more important correspondents are both political figures and editors, including Malcolm Cowley, John Fischer, Felix Frankfurter, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., and Adlai Stevenson.

The collection contains correspondence, writings, printed matter, newspaper clippings, and other papers, all of which are arranged in two series: Correspondence & Personal Papers and Writings & Subject Files. Series I is made up of three sections: Select Correspondence, General Correspondence, and Personal Papers. Series II also contains three sections: Speeches and Articles, Subject Files, and Editorials.

These papers were donated to Yale University by Alan Barth in two gifts of 1975 and 1976, and by Adrienne Barth in 1981.


  • 1937-1981


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Alan Barth has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

Copyright status for other 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 Alan Barth, 1975-1976, and Adrienne Barth, 1981.


Arranged in four series: I. Correspondence. II. Writings and Subject Files. III. Biographical and Personal Materials. IV. Editorials.


5 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Correspondence, articles, speeches, editorials, subject files, newspaper clippings, and a small amount of personal papers. Half the papers consist of editorials written for the Beaumont Journal(1937-1938), theWashington Post(1949-1977), and theGuild Reporter(1950-1951). Both the correspondence and writings reflect Barth's involvement during the McCarthy period. The issues of civil liberties and freedom of the press run through much of his correspondence with Malcolm Cowley, John Fisher, Felix Frankfurter, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., and Adlai Stevenson.

Biographical / Historical

Alan Barth (1906-1979): newspaper reporter for the Beaumont, Texas, Enterprise, 1936, andJournal, 1937-1938; correspondent in Washington, D.C., for the McClure Newspaper Syndicate, 1938-1941; beginning in 1941 worked as editorial assistant for the Treasury Secretary and the Office of War Information; author of numerous books and articles.

Guide to the Alan Barth Papers
Under Revision
Revised by Janet Elaine Gertz
June 1983
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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