Manuscript Collections - Ruth Sarles Benedict Papers

RUTH SARLES BENEDICT PAPERS, 1897-1996
5 linear inches (1 manuscript box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Ruth Sarles Benedict was a peace activist with the National Council for Prevention of War who worked with the America First Committee as Senate lobbyist and chief researcher.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The collection primarily contains business correspondence for the America First Committee that served as the genesis of her history of the organization. Includes documents from December 1941 which show the response of America First to the attack on Pearl Harbor. There are also several items pertaining to the topic of isolationism. An abridged version of Benedict’s history A Story of America First was published in 2003.

RELATED MATERIALS

There is a complete 1942 typescript of A Story of America First in the Wayne S. Cole Papers.

FOLDER LIST

Box      Contents

1          Baukhage, H. R. – Mail Analysis, undated
            Correspondence, 1941-1943, 1946, 1949 (8 folders)
            Correspondence, 1941-1943 and undated (some brittle originals)
            Fish, Hamilton. Is America for War or Peace?, Jan 1941 (radio address)
            Interview with William R. Castle, Dec 22, 1941
            Newspaper Clippings, 1942
            Notes and Routine Financial Materials, 1941-1942 and undated
            Reports, 1941-1942
            Stanley, Morris Burns. Correspondence Pertaining to Master’s Thesis, 1942
            Walsh, David I. Smear Campaign, May 21, 1942 (newspaper clippings)
            Who was to Blame for “Delayed Preparation?”, undated
            Why America First?, 1946