Arthur L. Edson papers
Collection Scope and Content
This collection consists of teletype printouts, correspondence, note pads, interview transcripts, rough notes, and more. They range in date from 1950 to 1968. They cover US politics, presidential campaign of 1968, the 1964 GOP convention and biographical information and interviews from delegates, candidates, and prominent figures. Some of the prominent figures include John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Charles A. Lindbergh, Eugene McCarthy, John Pastore, Lyndon B. Johnson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Felix Frankfurter, Barry Goldwater, Carl Hayden, Ezra Taft Benson, Adam Clayton Powell, and Harry S. Truman to name a few.
- Edson, Arthur L. (Person)
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Historical or Biographical Note
Arthur Edson (-1969) brought the Associated Press into the American Newspaper Guild and was a writer for "US News and World Report."
Arthur Edson graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1935. His first job was as a sports writer for an Oklahoma paper. He joined the Associated Press (AP) Kansas City Bureau in 1942. He moved to Washington, D.C. in 1945 and was, along with other top AP writers, instrumental in bringing the AP into the American Newspaper Guild. By 1948, he was a top feature writer for AP. He covered presidential politics for twenty-four years and did may feature stories for the AP. He moved to "US News and World Report" in 1968 and was due to take a top position there when his career was cut short by the discovery of cancer.* Arthur Edson died in January 1969.
* Information above supplied by Warner Ragsdale, Jr., a close friend of Edson's. Correction to some dates supplied by Ron Pesch in 2020.
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Language of Materials
Collection consists of teletype printouts, correspondence, note pads, interview transcripts, rough notes, and more. They range in date from 1950 to 1968. They cover US politics, presidential campaign of 1968, the 1964 GOP convention and biographical information and interviews from delegates, candidates, and prominent figures.
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Acquisition is unknown.
- Guide to the Arthur L. Edson papers, 1950-1968
- Folder Inventory
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English