Scope and arrangement
These additions to the William Bross Lloyd Jr. papers both overlap and supplement the three earlier accessions of this collection. This accession includes professional correspondence, files related to Lloyd's work with satellite and radio communications, the United Nations Association and the World Federalists Association, miscellaneous subject files, and notes and drafts of articles. While there is a correspondence series, it should be noted that all series contain correspondence both to and from Lloyd, and that there may be correspondence from an individual within the collection in various locations. Some portions of the collection, especially notes in subject files or in his writings are undated, and dates are provided when available. Also included in the collection is an audio recording of the television show It's Your Decision from 1958 in which Lloyd is interviewed about the emerging nations in Africa and the Soviet Bloc. However, the recording is unavailable for use at this time pending preservation transfer.
The William Bross Lloyd, Jr. papers are arranged in six series:
The correspondence series includes letters dated 1961-1991 to individual politicians, political analysts and other contemporaries discussing Lloyd's various policy interests and suggestions. There is a great deal of correspondence with Edith Wynner and Robert Maynard Hutchins, founder of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. The end of the series consists of several folders of general correspondence, 1961-1976, and a folder of undated general correspondence.
The Satellite and Radio communications series contains material (primarily correspondence) documenting Lloyd's campaign to support the United Nations Radio and Satellite initiatives. Earlier documents from the 1940s and 1950s outline Lloyd's campaign to support the underfunded UN Radio program, which he regarded as necessary for "peaceful coexistence". In the 1950s and carrying on through 1985, his focus shifted to the United Nations Satellite Initiative, a push to broadcast and share programs from various countries all over the world. The files document struggles with funding, publicity, and ultimately, feasibility. These files contain outgoing as well as incoming correspondence and include clippings as well as general memos to the UNA board and petitions to use the Intelsat satellite.
The United Nations Association series contains correspondence and near print material 1964-1985 related to Lloyd's involvement as a committee chairman at the Chicago branch of the United Nations Association. The United Nations Association is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to building understanding of and support for the ideals and work of the UN among the American people. While Lloyd's primary work within the UNA focused on Satellite Communication, these files reflect other political interests including most prominently United Nations reform. Minutes from Chicago UNA meetings, memos, and clippings are also present.
The World Federalists Association series contains correspondence, memos, and clippings documenting Lloyds participation in the organization from 1954-1986. Lloyd was an active member of the Chicago branch of the WFA and attended meetings there, in New York, and in Europe. The World Federalists Association (currently the Democratic World Federalists) supports a democratic federalist system of world government. Lloyd advocated UN reform through the World Federalists. His work with the WFA also concerned Swiss style of government and the status of emerging African nations.
The subject files document Lloyd's interest and involvement in such issues as Swiss government, the cooperative movement, and disarmament. The files contain correspondence and materials from groups such as the World Citizens and the World Future Society, and form letters to politicians. Materials include correspondence, brochures, memos, leaflets, and clippings. Notable are papers reflecting his efforts to obtain his CIA files under the Freedom of Information Act and requesting his files be updated to correct "gross inaccuracies."
The writings and speeches series includes articles and speeches given by Lloyd, some in partial draft form and some printed. A large portion of the material is unsorted notes written by Lloyd when preparing a piece. These files also include some correspondence relating to his writings and publications, primarily to publishers. Articles include those written for Towards Freedom, the political newsletter he founded in 1952, as well those sent to other political publications. Articles written for the Chicago Literary Society, of which Lloyd was a longtime member are also represented. This series also contains a folder of various "letters to the editor" that Lloyd drafted for political publications and newspapers. Most material is undated.