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Inventory of the Harry Clair Shriver collection
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  • Title: Harry Clair Shriver collection
    Date: 1939-1975
    Collection Number: 78020
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize box (2.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: Clippings, pamphlets, writings, directives, and regulations, relating to government censorship, propaganda, and civil liberties in the United States during World War II.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Collector: Shriver, Harry Clair, 1904-1986


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Harry Clair Shriver collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical note

    Harry C. Shriver (1904-1986) was born near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He received his J.D. from George Washington University, and went on to serve as a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and of the United States Supreme Court. Shriver was a government lawyer for a number of federal agencies, including the Library of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, and the War Shipping Administration. He also served as General Counsel for the Navy Department, Hearing Examiner for the Federal Power Commission in 1963, and Administrative Law Judge in 1972.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains newspaper clippings, codes and regulations, press releases, speeches, pamphlets, reports, and bibliographies collected by Shriver during and after World War II. The contents of this collection focuses on the topics of wartime censorship, propaganda, free speech, and civil liberties. The clippings cover a large portion of the collection and describe the creation of the Office of Censorship and government activity concerning censorship and propaganda throughout the war years, from 1941 to 1947. Other notable documents in the collection include several pamphlets on censorship and war for the general public, wartime regulations for radio, TV broadcasters, and the press, and a copy of the presidential directive establishing the U.S. Office of Censorship. The collection also includes two books authored by Shriver, which are unrelated to World War II, but reflect Shriver's legal career.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Civil rights--United States.
    Propaganda, American.
    World War, 1939-1945--Censorship.
    World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda.
    World War, 1939-1945--United States.