Manuscript Collections - Wayne S. Cole Papers

Oct 18, 2021

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Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

The research materials in this collection were accumulated and compiled between 1947 and 1982 by Professor Wayne S. Cole of the Department of History at the University of Maryland in College Park.  They were used as the bases for his writings on American isolationism and isolationists, incuding the books: America First: The Battle Against Intervention, 1940-1941 (1953); Senator Gerald P. Nye and American Foreign Relations (1962); Charles A. Lindbergh and the Battle Against American Intervention in World War II (1974); and Roosevelt and the Isolationists, 1932-45 (1983).

The collection consists of six categories of materials:       

  1. notes typed in the course of research in more than one hundred relevant manuscript and archival collections in the United States and England
  2. printed primary sources and photocopies of documents
  3. microfilm of relevant documents
  4. audio tapes of speeches by and about isolationists and isolationism
  5. published books on American isolationism and isolationists
  6. reprints of scholarly articles on the subject. 

The first category is unique.