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Physically handicapped, 1973

 File — Box: 321, Folder: 16
Identifier: Series 4 Subseries 1

Scope and Contents note

From the Series:

This series contains articles, correspondence, legal documents, government documents, notes, reports, and other textual material Jack Anderson gathered while researching his articles. They range in date from 1949 to 2004, documenting the extraordinary breadth of topics Anderson investigated during his half century of writing the “Washington Merry-Go-Round” column. While other series in this collection also contain correspondence, articles, and other materials similar to those in this series, the majority of the items in this series were intentionally gathered by Anderson and his researchers as subject files during the course of their research, and this original order has been preserved.

Second in size only to Series 1: Merry-Go-Round columns, this series represents the earliest stage in Anderson’s writing process, when a story idea first came to his attention or a source tipped him off to a potential story. In cases where such a source provided Anderson with classified government documents or clearly wished to remain anonymous, relevant documents have been removed and are restricted for 25 years from the date the collection was given to Gelman Library, in 2007.

This series contains four subseries. Within each subseries the folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title. The largest of these is the general subseries, containing general research topics. The other three subseries contain research material on particular topics for which large amounts of research material were gathered.

“Subseries 2: Thomas Dodd” contains materials Anderson and Drew Pearson gathered investigating the senator for ethics violations in the 1960s. Folders with titles beginning with asterisks have titles taken directly from Anderson and Pearson’s original folders and often require some explanation. One folder in the collection, which has been called “Dodd folder titles explained,” gives an outline of these titles.

“Subseries 3: FBI Files,” which contains FBI files of certain individuals that Anderson obtained from sources, has been restricted in its entirety due to the potentially classified nature of its contents.

“Subseries 4: Mow-Hsiang” is unusual in that it seems to have been collected not by Anderson or Pearson but by Warren Woods, a lawyer who once represented Anderson and Pearson. These materials concern Chinese military leaders Lieut. General P. T. Mow aide Colonel V. S. Hsiang, who were engaged in a legal dispute with the Chinese government under Chiang Kai-Shek in the 1950s and were represented by Woods.


  • Creation: 1973


Restrictions on Access

This series contains some items that are restricted for 25 years from the date the collection was given to Gelman Library, in 2007. Restricted items have been removed from their original files, placed in parallel files, and replaced with a separation sheet. Gelman Library will open the materials beginning in 2032, which may involve having their security classifications reviewed by appropriate government agencies.


From the Series: 59.5 Linear Feet (113 document boxes, 3 flat boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Historic Context note

This folder title is the original folder title generated by the creator of the records. It is often historically relevant to know what terminology was used by the creator of archives. For this reason SCRC staff did not remove or edit the folder title.

The SCRC recognizes that the term used in this title is identified as problematic in the resource Disability Language Style Guide maintained by the National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ). The NCDJ recommends, when possible, avoiding the use of this term when describing a person and instead to refer to the person’s specific condition or use “person with a disability.” This is what the SCRC staff will do when we have discretion over the descriptive language.

To view the finding aid prior to this revision work please use Pre-revision August 2022 finding aid of Jack Anderson papers

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America