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Harper Hubert Wilson papers

 Collection — Folder: 1-4 (shares a clamshell box)
Identifier: A 209

Scope and Contents

The letters with exchanged with J. Edgar Hoover are quite acrimonious. There are over 102 letters between Wilson and Robert Staughton Lynd, a noted American sociologist. There are 134 letters total in the collection.

The outgoing correspondence file contains letters dated 1954 to 1974.

The incoming correspondence file contains letters from J. Edgar Hoover, Lyle Mercer, and Robert B. Payne, among others.

The collection does contain correspondence about politics, but also letters from parents or students regarding classes Wilson taught, who were upset at perceived political or philosophical biases. The collection includes Wilson's answers to these letters.

There is a separate file for incoming letters from Robert S. Lynd.

The collection also contains a file of media clippings regarding exchanges between Hoover, Wilson, and Lynd.


  • Creation: 1954-1970


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Harper Hubert Wilson (1909 - ?) was a professor of political science at Princeton University. He corresponded with Robert Staughton Lynd, and with J. Edgar Hoover, regarding violations of civil liberties.


0.25 linear feet (1 box) : 4 folders

Language of Materials



Harper Hubert Wilson (1909 - ?) was a professor of political science at Princeton University. The collection (1954-1970) contains correspondence with Robert Staughton Lynd and with J. Edgar Hoover, among others, regarding civil liberties and politics of the day, and also clippings regarding Wilson, Hoover, and Lynd.

Other Finding Aids

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Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Harper Hubert Wilson Papers
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Finding aid written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA