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Guide to the John L. Balderston, Jr. Collection 1945-1947

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Balderston, John L., Jr. Collection

Dates:

1945-1947

Size:

1 linear foot (2 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

This collection contains correspondence related to the Letters on World Government project, conducted by John L. Balderston, Jr., Dieter M. Gruen, W.J. McLean, and David B. Wehmeyer. The collection includes over one hundred letters from prominent intellectual, political, and entertainment figures of the 1940s concerning the creation of a world government and a report summarizing the responses they received. It also includes a bound volume entitled the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. The collection dates from 1945 to 1947, with the bulk of the material dating from 1945.

Information on Use

Access

This collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Balderston, John L., Jr. Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

Historical Note

In 1945, four individuals who had worked on the Manhattan project—John L. Balderston, Jr., Dieter M. Gruen, W.J. McLean, and David B. Wehmeyer—formed a committee and wrote a letter to 154 public figures asking for their opinions about the possibility of the creation of a world government. Over the next year, as the various public figures responded to the letter, the responses were correlated into a report that was released in 1947.

Scope Note

This collection is divided into three series: Series I, World Government Correspondence; Series II, Permission Correspondence and Report; and Series III, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Series I, World Government Correspondence consists of the solicitation letter that was sent out in 1945 and the responses to that letter. The responses and any attached documents were originally bound into three alphabetically organized volumes. They are now organized into folders, but the alphabetical arrangement remains intact.

Series II, Permission Correspondence and Final Report contains the correspondence of the committee requesting permission to use selected quotations from the world government correspondence. It also includes the final report that was compiled in 1947.

Series III consists of a bound volume entitled the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Related Resources

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: World Government Correspondence

Box 1   Folder 1

World Government Correspondence- Volume 1- Solicitation Letter, 1945

Box 1   Folder 2

World Government Correspondence- Volume 1- "A," 1945

Box 1   Folder 3

World Government Correspondence- Volume 1- "B," 1945

Box 1   Folder 4

World Government Correspondence- Volume 1- "C," 1945

Box 1   Folder 5

World Government Correspondence- Volume 1- "D," 1945

Box 1   Folder 6

World Government Correspondence- Volume 1- "E," 1945

Box 1   Folder 7

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- List of Letters Received, 1947

Box 1   Folder 8

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- "F," 1945

Box 1   Folder 9

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- "G," 1945

Box 1   Folder 10

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- "H," 1945

Box 1   Folder 11

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- "I," 1945

Box 1   Folder 12

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- "J," 1945

Box 1   Folder 13

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- "K," 1945

Box 1   Folder 14

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- "L," 1945

Box 1   Folder 15

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- "M," 1945

Box 1   Folder 16

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- "Mc," 1945

Box 1   Folder 17

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- "O," 1945

Box 1   Folder 18

World Government Correspondence- Volume 2- "P," 1945

Box 1   Folder 19

World Government Correspondence- Volume 3- List of Letters Received, 1947

Box 1   Folder 20

World Government Correspondence- Volume 3- "R," 1945

Box 1   Folder 21

World Government Correspondence- Volume 3- "S," 1945

Box 1   Folder 22

World Government Correspondence- Volume 3- "T," 1945

Box 1   Folder 23

World Government Correspondence- Volume 3- "U," 1945

Box 1   Folder 24

World Government Correspondence- Volume 3- "V," 1945

Box 1   Folder 25

World Government Correspondence- Volume 3- "W," 1945

Box 1   Folder 26

World Government Correspondence- Volume 3- "Y," 1945

Series II: Permission Correspondence and Final Report

Box 2   Folder 1

Permission Correspondence- Letter to Bing Crosby, 1946

Box 2   Folder 2

Permission Correspondence- Handwritten List, undated

Box 2   Folder 3

Permission Correspondence "A," 1946

Box 2   Folder 4

Permission Correspondence "B," 1946

Box 2   Folder 5

Permission Correspondence "C," 1946

Box 2   Folder 6

Permission Correspondence "D," 1946

Box 2   Folder 7

Permission Correspondence "F," 1946

Box 2   Folder 8

Permission Correspondence "H," 1946

Box 2   Folder 9

Permission Correspondence "J," 1946

Box 2   Folder 10

Permission Correspondence "K," 1946

Box 2   Folder 11

Permission Correspondence "L," 1946

Box 2   Folder 12

Permission Correspondence "M," 1946

Box 2   Folder 13

Permission Correspondence "R," 1946

Box 2   Folder 14

Permission Correspondence "S," 1946

Box 2   Folder 15

Permission Correspondence "T," 1946

Box 2   Folder 16

Permission Correspondence "V," 1946

Box 2   Folder 17

Permission Correspondence "W," 1946

Box 2   Folder 18

Final Report- Memo to Committee, 1947

Box 2   Folder 19

Final Report- Report on World Government Master Copy, 1947

Box 2   Folder 20

Final Report- Report on World Government, 1947

Series III: Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Box 2   Folder 21

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 1945-1947