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Guide to the PM FBI Files  TAM.144

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Tamiment staff

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 28, 2019
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Megan O'Shea for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description  , October 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Title: PM FBI Files
Dates [inclusive]: 1984-1985
Abstract: PM (1940-48) was a progressive New York City daily newspaper that supported the extension of the New Deal and good relations with the Soviet Union, and opposed U.S. foreign policy and the rise of the Cold War and of domestic anti-communism. The collection contains FBI files on  PM, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet in 2 manuscript boxes
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM.144

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Historical Note

PM (1940-48) was a progressive New York City daily tabloid format newspaper that supported the extension of the New Deal and good relations with the Soviet Union, and opposed U.S. foreign policy and the rise of the Cold War and of domestic anti-communism.  PM (the name stood for Picture Magazine), borrowed many elements from weekly newsmagazines, and it accepted no advertising in an attempt to be free of pressure from business interests.  PM was published by Ralph Ingersoll and financed by the Chicago millionaire Marshall Field III. Circulation averaged at 165,000, less than the 225,000 it would need to break even. Notable contributors included Heywood Broun, McGeorge Bundy, Erskine Caldwell, Malcolm Cowley, Ben Hecht, Ernest Hemingway, Penn Kimball, Eugene Lyons, Tip O'Neill, Saul K. Padover, Dorothy Parker, Ben Stolberg, I.F. Stone, James Thurber, James Wechsler, and cartoonist Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss).

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Scope and Contents

The PM FBI Files consist of copies of files created and collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation between 1940 and 1950 on the activities of the newspaper and its employees. The collection consists of photocopies of correspondence, reports, and clippings on this topic and were made in 1985 in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by an unidentified person. The files document surveillance of the newspaper between 1940 and 1948 by the FBI and include internal and external FBI correspondence, external correspondence into the early 1950s between the FBI and American citizens regarding the newspaper and its employees, newspaper clippings, and reports written by FBI agents on this work. Also includes a thesis written about  PM in 1984.

Arrangement

This collection has not been arranged by an archivist.

Arrangement

This collection has not been arranged by an archivist. The materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Government records

Subject Organizations

  • PM (New York, N.Y. : Daily)

Subject Topics

  • Newspapers -- New York (State) -- New York -- 1940-1950.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created between 1940 and 1950, are expected to enter the public domain in 2060.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; PM: FBI Files; TAM 144; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Separated Materials

In 2019, boxes 3 and 4 were removed from this collection and reincorporated into TAM 089 Camp Midvale/Nature Friends of America: FOIA Files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection, provenance unknown. The accession number associated with this collection is 1950.001.

Processing Information

Decisions regarding arrangement, description, and physical interventions for this collection prior to 2019 are unknown. In 2019 materials were placed in acid-free folders and collection description was updated for compliance with DACS and ACM Minimum Requirements for Archival Description.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 FBI files
Box: 2

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