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Roscoe Drummond papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS208

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and other materials comprise the papers of this famous syndicated Washington columnist for (at various times) Christian Science Monitor, New York Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. The collection includes, in the form of clippings, a substantial number of Drummond's columns, together with correspondence from W. Averell Harriman, J. Edgar Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Alf Landon, Dean Rusk, and Wendell Willkie, among others.


  • 1909-1983
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1970

Collection-level Access Restrictions

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical note

Roscoe Drummond (1902-1983) was a Washington D.C.-based reporter-editor and syndicated columnist for more than 50 years. He wrote for the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. His column, "State of the Nation" was published three times a week in 150 newspapers in the United States and abroad.

According to his obituary, "He worked against censorship and coined the phrase ''creeping censorship'' to describe what he saw as a growing trend by government to withhold information. In 1952, he headed an advisory committee working with a Senate investigation of the handling of news by Government agencies."

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11 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057