Finding aid created by: -
Date: Apr 1967
|Dec 1968||additions (GBS)|
|11 Feb 2010||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|2 Aug 2010||box numbers corrected (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Cook, Fred J.|
|Title:||Fred J. Cook Papers|
|Quantity:||5.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American journalist, author. Correspondence, book manuscripts and galley proofs.|
|Language:||Bulk in English, a few published items in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Fred J. Cook (1911-2003) was an American investigative journalist. Born and raised in New Jersey, he graduated from Rutgers University and began his newspaper career in the 1930s at the Asbury Park Courier. He covered the 1937 Hindenburg disaster as editor of the New Jersey Courier. By 1945 was working for the New York World-Telegram and Sun, writing about crime and its political connections, and contributing regularly to national periodicals such as Nation, American Heritage, and the New York Time Magazine. He also wrote numerous books on political topics, including Alger Hiss, the FBI, Barry Goldwater, the Cuban Missile Crisis, organized crime, the Ku Klux Klan, and Watergate.
When Cook's 1964 book Goldwater: Extremist on the Right was published, it -- and Cook -- were attacked by Conservative evangelist and radio broadcaster Billy James Hargis on his radio show on station WGCB, based in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Cook sued, arguing that under the Fairness Doctrine he was entitled to free air time to respond to the attack. Red Lion Broadcasting, the company that owned WGCB, decided to challenge the constitutionality of the Fairness Doctrine. The case went to the Supreme Court as Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. Federal Communications Commission in 1969, which resulted in the Court's ruling that the Fairness Doctrine was constitutional.
The Fred J. Cook Papers consist of correspondence, subject files, manuscripts, and published material.
Correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, relates primarily to Cook's lawsuit against Billy James Hargis and WGCB.
Subject files contain an audiotape and published material, also related to Hargis.
Manuscripts includes manuscripts of books (see inventory below for specific titles) and a radio broadcast.
Published material includes two articles and foreign editions (German, Spanish, Portuguese, and French) of several of Cook's books.
All material is arranged alphabetically.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Copies of several of Cook's books are in the general collection and in the Rare Books holdings. Please refer to the Classic Catalog for a complete listing.
Cook, Fred J.
Journalists -- United States.
Genres and Forms
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Fred J. Cook Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Correspondence re James Hargis affair
|Correspondence re James Hargis affair|
|Box 1||Denton, Marion Gray 1964|
|Box 1||Federal Communications Commission 1965|
|Box 1||Hargis, Billy James 1964|
|Box 1||Hogan, Frank S. 1964|
|Box 1||K 1965|
|Box 1||Acceptance file 1964-1965|
|Box 1||Not carrying program 1964-1965|
|Box 1||Playing tape 1964-1965|
|Box 1||Uncertain if program was carried 1964-1965|
|Box 1||Trouble file 1964-1965|
|Box 1||W, unidentified 1964-1965|
|Box 1||James Hargis affair 1962, 1964|
|Box 1||Tape 1965|
|Box 2||Barry Goldwater, Extremist of the Right 1964 (2 folders)|
|Box 2||The Corrupted Land 1965 (2 folders)|
|The FBI Nobody Knows 1964|
|Box 2||Preliminary pages and Chapters 1-3 (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Chapters 4-12 (5 folders)|
|The Medical Establishment 1966|
|Box 3||Chapters 1-5 (5 folders)|
|Box 4||Chapters 6-10 (5 folders)|
|Box 4||Sample pages|
|Box 4||The Secret Rulers 1966 - galley proofs (2 folders)|
|Box 5||The Unfinished Story of Alger Hiss 1958 (5 folders)|
|The Warfare State 1962|
|Box 5||Chapters 1-5 (4 folders)|
|Box 6||Chapters 6-11 (2 folders)|
|Box 6||Notes and index|
|Box 6||Sample pages|
|Box 6||What Manner of Man 1959 (6 folders)|
|Box 7||What So Proudly We Hailed 1967 - original typescript with annotations; typescript carbons; notes (9 folders)|
|Box 6||Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Valiant Leader undated - typescript|
|Box 6||Radio broadcast on the Hargis affair undated|
|Box 8||"Hate clubs of the air" and "Just call the Dr. for a loan" 1964, 1968|
|Box 8||New York's clean air men 1967|
|Box 8||Die rechts-radiken machte in den USA und Goldwater 1965|
|Box 8||El FBI desconicido 1965|
|Box 8||Le FBI inconnu 1966|
|Box 8||O FBI por dentro 1966|
|Box 8||Les veutours de la guerre froide 1964|
|Box 8||O estado militavista 1964|