Inventory of the Samuel Sloan Walker papers

Finding aid prepared by A. Ross Johnson, Beth Goder, and Zivka Mares Randic
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
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Collection Summary

Title: Samuel Sloan Walker papers
Date (inclusive): 1951-1963
Creator: Walker, Samuel Sloan
Collection Number: 2001C58
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Physical Description: 11 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (4.7 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, and printed matter, relating to activities of the Free Europe Committee in promoting opposition to the communist regimes of Eastern Europe.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of the Material : The collection is in English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Samuel Sloan Walker papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001.

Accruals

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.

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Arch Puddington collection, Hoover Institution Archives
Leszek Gawlikowski interviews, Hoover Institution Archives
Albert H. Arkus papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Free Europe Press issuances, Hoover Institution Archives

Biographical Note

Samuel Sloan Walker was vice president of the Free Europe Committee (FEC) from 1950 to 1959, where he was responsible for printed word programs. As New York-based director of the Free Europe Press, a division of the FEC parallel to Radio Free Europe, he oversaw publication projects intended for the Western reader, such as the magazine News From Behind the Iron Curtain (later titled East Europe) and its foreign language counterparts. He also oversaw printed word projects intended for audiences in the East, such as leaflets delivered by balloon and mail. After 1956, he launched a book program in which travelers would mail and deliver Western books, mostly non-political, to Eastern Europe. He oversaw the program in an FEC-spin-off, the East European Institute (EEI), based in New York in 1958-1959. Later in his career, Walker devoted himself to publishing, establishing Walker Publishers in New York City.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Samuel S. Walker papers contain correspondence, memoranda, reports, and printed matter related to activities of the Free Europe Committee in promoting opposition to the communist regimes of Eastern Europe. The collection includes publications produced or sponsored by the Free Europe Committee (FEC) and East Europe Institute (EEI), materials related to a project to distribute Western books at the Vienna Youth Festival of 1959, and corporate records of the EEI.
Walker coordinated a program to distribute books at the Communist-sponsored Vienna Youth Festival of 1959. The program aimed to counterbalance the pro-Communist effects of the Vienna Youth Festival by contributing 155,000 publications (including copies of Dr. Zhivago) to distribute before, during, and after the festival. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, and reports detailing this program.
The collection documents Walker's role in the East Europe Institute (EEI) and includes material documenting the life cycle of the organization, such as the articles of incorporation, by-laws, meeting minutes, and papers of dissolution.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Free Europe Committee.
Anti-communist movements.
Europe, Eastern.

Box: 1

Vienna Youth Festival correspondence and memoranda, 1957-1959

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence with Robert H. Bass, Mucio Delagdo, C. D. Jackson, Fritz P. Molden, and George A. Trutnovsky
Box: 1

Istanbul trip, 1953

Box: 1

"Hungary Since the Twentieth Party Congress," Free Europe Press Plans and Analysis Department, 1956

Box: 1

Printed matter, 1956-1959, undated

Box: 2

Berlin meeting notes, 1955

 

Correspondence

Box: 2

Bowles, Chester, 1957

Box: 2

Jackson, C. D., 1951-1958

Box: 2

Vienna Youth Festival, 1959

Box: 2

Free Europe Committee memoranda, 1955

Box: 2

Free Europe Press project reports and correspondence, 1953-1955

Scope and Contents note

Includes report on producing leaflets for political warfare purposes
Box: 2

Free Youth Action project, 1955-1956

Box: 2

Photographs of book storage, undated

Box: 2

Radio Free Europe Poland scripts, 1956

Box: 2

Speeches, 1956, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes draft of speech for General Crittenberger, Crusade Dinner
Box: 2

Translations, including Polonia Book Fund, undated

General note

On photographic paper. See also box 3
Box: 2

Travel file (Munich and European trip), 1955-1965

 

Printed matter

Box: 3

Publications about Kadar and Hungary, 1956-1957

Box: 3

Behind the Iron Curtain, 1957-1959

Box: 3

Publications Development Corporation proposal, undated

General note

On photographic paper
Box: 4

Vienna Youth Festival correspondence, memoranda, reports, and book program outline, 1958-1959

Box: 4

Printed matter, 1952-1960

Box: 4

East Europe Institute (EEI) project descriptions, undated

Scope and Contents note

Discusses literature distribution in Poland without attribution to the Free Europe Committee (FEC)
Box: 5

Map comparing Imperial and Soviet Russian expansion in Europe, Assembly of Captive Europe Nations, 1958

Box: 5-7

Printed matter, 1951-1963

Scope and Contents note

Includes publications of Free Europe Press (FEP) and Free Europe Committee (FEC)
Box: 7

East Europe Institute (EEI) corporate records, 1957-1958

Scope and Contents note

Includes articles of incorporation, by-laws, and meeting minutes
Box: 8

Vienna Youth Festival correspondence, memoranda, and action plan, 1958-1959

Box: 8

East Europe Institute (EEI) correspondence, memoranda, and budget plan, 1957-1959

Box: 9

Printed matter, 1953-1957

Box: 9

East Europe Institute (EEI) correspondence, monthly reports, and catalogs, 1959

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters of John G. Kirk, Margaret Evans, Unity Evans, and Andrzej Stypulkowski and correspondence with Roy Publishers. Includes documents related to Person-To-Person Program and Vienna Youth Festival
Box: 10

East Europe Institute (EEI) correspondence, financial documents, dissolution papers, and Walker's departure letters, 1959-1960

Box: 10

Vienna Youth Festival correspondence, reports, notes, Newport Jazz Festival proposal, and Newspaper Project memorandum, 1959

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters to or from Francis Bregha and Robert Minton
 

Oversize material

Box: 11

Poster, undated

Box: 11

Wiener Nachrichten, bound newspaper, 1959

Box: 12

"Chronology of Events in Hungary," Free Europe Press, early version, 1956

Box: 12

International Organizations, serial issues, 1959-1960