Scope and Contents
The Phoebe Courtney papers contain conservative newspapers and pamphlets written, edited, and published by Courtney. The papers include Tax Fax pamphlets No. 12 – No. 169 and The Independent American newspapers from January 1955 – February 1980. The papers also include a 1976 special edition of Tax Fax, letters to subscribers of The Independent American, and a copy of The CFR Conspiracy and Jimmy Carter: Why what is happening to our country, is happening (1979).
- Creation: 1955-1980
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 Reproduction and 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
Phoebe Carolyn Courtney (March 13, 1918 – September 14, 1998) was a conservative editor, publisher, and author involved in radical right American politics from the 1950s to the 1990s. She was married to Kent Courtney, a radical right political activist. The couple lived in New Orleans, Louisiana. They formed and operated the Conservative Society of America and were both John Birch Society members. In 1955, she and her husband launched Free Men Speak, a national conservative newspaper that was later renamed The Independent American. While her husband traveled to address right-wing groups across the United States, Phoebe edited the newspaper. She and Kent divorced in 1972, and Phoebe relocated to Littleton, Colorado, where she continued to publish The Independent American newspaper, the Tax Fax pamphlets the couple had begun years earlier, and several books.
1.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 record storage box
Language of Materials
Phoebe Courtney was a conservative editor, publisher, and author involved in radical right American politics from the 1950s to the 1990s. The collection contains conservative newspapers and pamphlets written, edited, and published by Courtney.
This collection is arranged in its original order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Phoebe Courtney, 1980.
Collection processed by Sarah Lueders, 2022.
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