Scope and arrangement
The papers document Mr. Hertzberg's various employments, interests and affiliations throughout his career as editor, journalist, writer and publicist. About 40% of the papers consist of general correspondence, organizational (and other) papers reflecting his editorship of Common Sense, Consumers Union, and Current magazines; his work as regional representative in the Far East for the United Nations Appeal for Children; as editorial consultant for the Columbia Broadcasting System, and for Time, Inc.; and his activities as special correspondent for The Hindustan Times and as special consultant to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. His longstanding interest in India is also reflected in the papers relating to the India Famine Emergency Committee and to the Gandhi Films Committee of the Gandhi National Memorial Trust. The remaining papers consist of notes, writings, personal miscellaneous papers, printed ephemera; and audio-visual materials.
The Sidney Hertzberg papers are arranged in eight series:
- The correspondence is arranged into two sub-series: A. General Correspondence B. Family Correspondence
The Organizational Papers, which are arranged alphabetically, reflect Sidney Hertzberg's numerous professional employments and affiliations throughout his career as editor and publicist. The papers are described in sequence below.
The papers include correspondence arranged chronologically; drafts of speeches and articles; memoranda; papers relating to a book on foreign policy; and the Gandhi Centennial. The correspondence, which is with Max Kampelman and Ted Van Dyck, respectively advisor and assistant to Vice President Humphrey, relates to the preparation of drafts of articles, addresses and speeches for the Vice President; advice on campaign tactics and other political matters. Included are five letters from Hubert H. Humphrey (12/27/65, 12/12/66, 6/3/67, 7/8/71, and 2/3/72); and one letter from Chester Bowles (1/27/66).
The drafts of speeches and articles include drafts written by Mr. Hertzberg and drafts written by others which were submitted to him for his editorial comments. Included are drafts of speeches for the Overseas Press Club (Apr. 22, 1968), the American Iron and Steel Institute (May 23, 1968); and preliminary drafts of speeches on the United States and Asia and on Vietnam. There is also a draft (by Mr. Hertzberg) of an article on patriotism intended for Redbook magazine.
The memoranda which are arranged chronologically and by topic consist of inter-office exchanges between Mr. Hertzberg and other vice presidential advisors.
The papers relating to a book on foreign policy include correspondence with Charlotte L. Mayerson, senior editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston, relative to the preparation of a manuscript; memoranda, notes and outlines.
The Gandhi Centennial papers (1967-69) include correspondence, memoranda, and minutes of inter-agency meetings relative to the preparation of a program to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gandhi's birth. Included are papers relating to the United States Committee on the Gandhi Centennial; and papers relating to a symposium on Gandhi held at Dag Hammarskjöld College, Washington, D. C.
The notes, which are arranged topically, are written mainly in pencil on sheets of paper of varying sizes. Included are extensive notes on Zionism which were intended for a book on that subject. Following the topical file is a file of miscellaneous and fragmentary notes.
The writings by Sidney Hertzberg consist of drafts of articles arranged alphabetically by title; and papers, including correspondence, agreements, proposals, outlines, and drafts of introductions, relating to books which he proposed to write on consumer protection, Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vietnam, and Zionism.
The personal miscellaneous papers which are arranged topically include address and pocket memorandum books (1941-81); biographical papers including curricula vitae; college papers including essays, assignments, syllabi and bibliographies; miscellaneous financial papers; papers (1942-43) relating to the Lower East Side Defense Council; minutes and reports (1982-83) of the board of directors of the Palisades Free Library; and photographs. The photographs include portraits of Sidney Hertzberg, group photographs; and photographs of persons and places in India many of which were taken by Bradley Smith as member of the American Famine Mission to India.
The printed ephemera consists of a topical file; and a chronological file (1924-83) of miscellaneous ephemera. Included are oversized Indian newspapers published at Bombay and New Delhi mainly in the period 1946-51 including issues of The National Standard, Independent India, and JANATA.
The audio-visual materials consist of miscellaneous sound recordings and motion picture films relating mainly to India.