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Wilbur and Mary Alice Baldinger Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP000902
The papers of Wilbur and Mary Alice Baldinger contain minutes, correspondence, reports, articles, clippings and other publications documenting Ms. Baldinger’s career with the National Civil Liberties Clearing House and Mr. Baldinger’s journalistic activities and writings. Also included are Mr. Baldinger’s reference files for a directory of extremist right-wing organizations he had hoped to publish.

Important subjects in the collection: Civil rights--United States Communism--United States The Guild Reporter Loyalty oaths--United States Joseph McCarthy Ku Klux Klan National Civil Liberties Clearing House National Socialists--United States Radical right--United States The Newspaper Guild Trade-unions--Newspaper employees--United States United States--Congress--House--Committee on Un-American Activities United States Conference of City Health Officers United States Conference of Mayors Urban policy--United States Henry A. Wallace

Important correspondents in the collection: Mary Anderson; Victor Pasche; Wilbur Bade; Philip Price; Clyde Beals; Harry Read; Benjamin Brenner; Arthur Riordan; Walter Burson; Steve Ripley; John Childs; Nathan Robertson; John Dunn; William Rodgers; Ted Friend; Marcus Rosenblum; George Harris; Morris Rosenthal; Sidney Hollander; Abraham Roth; Milton Kaufman; Morris Rubin; Milton Lapine; Jules Schick; Elizabeth Magee; William Schulze; Milton Murray; Bernice Shine; Fred Myers; Donald M. Sullivan; Ralph Novak; Barney B. Taylor

Series Description: Series I, Mary Alice Baldinger, 1949-1971 Series II, Wilbur Baldinger, 1929-1976

Dates

  • 1929 - 1976

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

26 Linear Feet (25 SB, 1 OS)

Abstract

Mary Alice Baldinger served as executive director of the National Civil Liberties Clearing House from 1949 to 1971. Wilbur Baldinger worked as a reporter, as editor of The Guild Reporter from 1941 to 1944, and as director of publications for the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 1961 to1971.

The papers of Wilbur and Mary Alice Baldinger document their careers and reflect their efforts to promote civil liberties and human rights.

History

Mary Alice Negley Baldinger was born on August 23, 1908 in Butler, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Thiel College and Columbia University, she married Wilbur Baldinger in 1937. Ms. Baldinger served as executive director of the National Civil Liberties Clearing House, a voluntary association of independent national organizations promoting civil liberties and human rights, from 1949 until 1971, when the Clearing House discontinued operations.

Wilbur Baldinger was born on November 30, 1906 in Spokane, Washington. A newspaperman in Pennsylvania in the thirties, he worked as editor of The Guild Reporter from 1941 until 1944. He held a number of other reporting jobs, including labor reporter for Newsweek, before taking over as director of publications for the U. S. Conference of Mayors in 1961, until his retirement in 1971. He died on August 18, 1976.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), and Series 2 (Boxes 4-25).

Transfers

Some books, Newspaper Guild covention proceedings and several issues of PM, United States Municipal News, and City Health Officers News were transferred to the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Wilbur and Mary Alice Baldinger Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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