Scope and arrangement
The records include general correspondence of the editors with editorial sponsors and others opposed to America's entry into the war in Europe; subscriptions correspondence; miscellaneous business and financial papers; typescript drafts of articles by various authors; research notes; and printed ephemera including a virtually complete file of Uncensored. Included is correspondence addressed to Milton S. Mayer from readers of his anti-interventionist article "I Think I'll Sit This One Out" which was published in the October 7, 1939 issue of the Saturday Evening Post..
The Uncensored (New York, N.Y. : 1939) is arranged in seven series:
The correspondence is arranged into general correspondence and subscriptions correspondence both of which are arranged alphabetically in the period 1939-1941 with a few letters dating to 1938.
These records include certificate of incorporation, lease agreement, correspondence with the printer, income and expense records, financial statements, bank statements, journal, ledger, cash receipts, bills paid, and canceled checks.
The typescripts consist of drafts of articles arranged alphabetically by subject or title, prepared by various authors. Some of the scripts are unidentified as to author. Scripts by authors represented in the general correspondence are filed in that series. These scripts are noted on the Alphabetical Index of Correspondents (pages 7-11 of this inventory) by a "+" sign following the name entry.
The notes which are holograph and typewritten are arranged topically. Included are a mass of miscellaneous notes and an index card file of names and addresses.
Included in the miscellaneous papers which are arranged topically are papers relating to "American Current", a news magazine which was intended as a successor to Uncensored; make-up sheets for Uncensored; papers relating to the radio committee; and editorial memoranda. Included in the editorial memoranda are memoranda relating to anti-interventionist peace organizations.
These letters, which are arranged alphabetically, were addressed to Milton S. Mayer from members of the public in response to his strongly anti-interventionist article entitled "I Think I'll Sit This One Out" which was published in the Oct. 7, 1939 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. Virtually all of the letters express an anti-interventionist point of view. Included is a cable (10/6/39) from F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In April of 1940 Mr. Mayer, who was then assistant to Robert M. Hutchins of the University of Chicago, transferred the letters to the editors of Uncensored for whatever value they might have for enlarging the list of subscribers and contributors to the newssheet.
The printed matter is arranged into a topical file of newsletters, bulletins, brochures, flyers and press releases issued mainly by anti-interventionist organizations; a file of loose clippings (1939-41); and a virtually complete file (#1-110, 112-114 - #111 is missing) of issues of Uncensored.