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Inventory of the Samuel Sloan Walker papers
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • 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


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

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001.


    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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    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.