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Guide to the Records of the 1948 Election Voting Study in Elmira, New York
1939-1972 (bulk 1948-1954)
 MS 196

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 19, 2017
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series III. Reference Materials, 1947-1948. 1.88 Linear feet in one record carton, one document box, and 67 phonograph records

Scope and Contents Note

The Reference Materials series includes mass media available in Elmira during the 1948 election campaign that may have had an influence on the voters. These included both print media and radio broadcasts from local station WENY, as recorded on phonograph records. The print media included local newspapers, corporate newsletters, and periodicals aimed at labor and other interest groups. The recordings are primarily of Fulton Lewis, Jr., the nationally-syndicated conservative broadcaster.

Arrangement Note

The series is organized in two subseries:

Subseries III.A. Print Matter

Subseries III.B. Phonograph Records

Processing Information Note

Volunteer Carol Reisner did the rehousing and labeling of the material in this series.

Subseries III.A. Print Matter, 1947 December-1948 December. 1.21 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

All the newspapers and periodicals are arranged by title

Scope and Contents Note

The subseries includes newspapers and other periodicals that circulated in at least some quarters in Elmira during the 1948 election campaign. These included newspapers aimed at the general public, such as the weekly Chemung Valley Reporter, and periodicals intended for particular audiences, especially those with labor, corporate, and religious affiliations. The container list below includes the specific titles.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 1-2 Chemung Valley Reporter (2 folders)
1948 May-November
Box: 14 Folder : 3 CIO News
1948 July-November
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Chemung County Farm & Home Bureau & 4H Club News
1948 June-November
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Democratic Digest, The Electronic Workers' Journal, Ford Facts, Elmira Labor Reviews
1948 January-November
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Independent Women, International Fire Fighter, International Teamster, The Journeyman Barber
1948 May-October
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Labor, The Laborer
1948 June-November
Box: 14 Folder : 8 The Machinist, Machinist Monthly Journal
1948 June-November
Box: 14 Folder : 9 The Modern Woodman, Moore News, Office Reporter, Office Worker, NYS Federation of Labor
1947 December-1948 October
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Railway Carmen's Journal, The Railway Conductor
1948 May-December
Box: 14 Folder : 11 The Typographical Journal
1948 August-December
Box: 14 Folder : 12 Union News Service, The Union Postal Clerk, United Automobile Workers
1948 June-November
Box: 14 Folder : 13 The Catholic Courier,The Carpenter
1948 September-December
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen Magazine
1948 May-December
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Bendix Council News, Bendix Eclipse News, Blazes, The Bridge News Magazine
1948 May-December
Box: 15 Folder : 3 American Federationist, American Flint
1948 July-November

Subseries III.B. Phonograph Records, 1948 June-November. 0.67 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The subseries includes 67 recordings of radio broadcasts from Elmira station WENY. The bulk includes 50 records of Fulton Lewis, Jr.’s show (or his substitute during the summer of 1948, Kenneth G. Crawford). There are also 16 recordings of "Meet the Press" and one record with two spots, sponsored by the Progressive Party and by the Republican Party. Many of the record labels are stamped as “used,” perhaps suggesting those were used in the election study.

Arrangement Note

The subseries is arranged by radio program.

Access Restrictions

The phonograph records are restricted because of their fragility and because N-YHS has no equipment on which to play them.

Container 1     Title Date
Disk: 1-50 Fulton Lewis, Jr. / Kenneth G. Crawford (50 records)

Scope and Contents Note

Crawford substituted for Lewis from July 19 through August 13.

1948 June 14-November 3
Disk: 51-66 "Meet the Press" (16 records)
1948 June 25-October 15
Disk: 67 "Henry A. Wallace" (Progressive Party Sponsor) / "Political Talk" (Republican Party Sponsor)
1948 October

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