Guide to the George W. Robnett Papers
1937-1975

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Creator: Robnett, George W. (George Washington), 1890-1970
Title: George W. Robnett papers
Dates: 1937-1975 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (5 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 077
Summary: George W. Robnett (1890-1975) was an author and advertising executive, and co-founder and executive secretary of the National Laymen's Council, Church League of America. After retiring, Robnett concentrated his efforts on the Middle-East conflict and made three trips to the area. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, publications, and news clippings that reflect his work with the Church League of America and his writing.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

George Washington Robnett (1890-1970), author and advertising executive, co-founded in 1937 the National Laymen's Council, Church League of America, in Chicago, Illinois. He served as executive secretary of the League and editor if its publication, News and Views, until his retirement in 1957. After retiring, Robnett concentrated his efforts on the Middle-East conflict and made three trips to the area. While there, he visited dignitaries such as Mrs. Karina El-Said Rabie (Under Secretary of State in Egypt) and her husband Dr. Abbas H. Rabie; archaeologists, among them Dr. W. F. Albright; and refugee camps. George Robnett returned to Pasadena, California with his wife, Florence, where he worked on his book, Conquest Through Immigration and other projects until suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in August, 1969. He died in January, 1970.

Content Description

The George W. Robnett Papers consist largely of correspondence, speeches, and the publication of the Church League of America, News and Views. Also included are seven reports and booklets by Robnett dealing with communist influence in education and government, biographical sketches of American statesmen written by Robnett, press releases of lectures and speeches given by Robnett between 1940 and 1960, news clippings and other miscellaneous printed matter.

The correspondence, arranged chronologically, spans from 1937 to 1975 with the bulk falling between 1967 and 1969. It concerns matters relating to the Church League of America as well as the content and subsequent publication of Robnett's book, Conquest Through Immigration, a copy of which is with the collection. The speeches had previously been arranged and indexed into four subcategories: dated and titled, dated but untitled, undated but titled, and undated and untitled. They have been left in this order; the index can be found in box 3 folder 4. News and Views is arranged by volume number (1-277), and dates from 1937-1956, with some issues missing. Awards received by Robnett can be found chronologically arranged in the last folder.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], George W. Robnett Papers, Coll 077, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Florence S. Robnett in 1974

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Correspondence 1937, 1939, 1940, 1945-1946
1 2 Correspondence (Upton Close Case) 1946
1 3 Correspondence 1947-1951
1 4 Correspondence 1952-1954
1 5 Correspondence 1955-1956
1 6 Correspondence 1957-1958
1 7 Correspondence 1959-April 1961
1 8 Correspondence May 1961-July 1961
1 9 Correspondence (Portland Case) 1961
1 10 Correspondence January 1962-June 1962
1 11 Correspondence July 1962-May 1963
1 12 Correspondence June 1963-March 1964
1 13 Correspondence April 1964-May 1965
2 1 Correspondence July 1965-December 1966
2 2 Correspondence January 1967-October 1967
2 3 Correspondence November 1967-December 1967
2 4 Correspondence January 1968-February 1968
2 5 Correspondence March 1968-September 1968
2 6 Correspondence October 1968-February 1969
2 7 Correspondence March 1969-April 1969
2 8 Correspondence May 1969
2 9 Correspondence June 1969-July 1969
2 10 Correspondence August 1969-December 1969
2 11 Correspondence January 1970-1971; 1973-1975
2 12 Correspondence undated

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Series II:  Reports and Booklets
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Can We Preserve Our American System-In the Postwar World
3 1 The Crusade Against Government Investigating Agencies: A Report on Forces and Processes
3 1 It Can Be Done
3 1 The "Left Swing" in Education; Including Left-wing Traps for Youth
3 1 Origin, History, and Methodology of the "Front" Movement in America
3 1 Salesmanship: The greatest profession in the world
3 1 Who controls what you read?
3 2 Biographical sketches
3 3 Press releases 1940-1960
3 4 Dated and titled; index
3 5 Dated but untitled
3 6 Undated but titled
3 7 Undated and untitled

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Series III:  Speeches
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
3 4 Dated and titled; index
3 5 Dated but untitled
3 6 Undated but titled
3 7 Undated and untitled

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Series IV:  News and Views
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
4 1 Nos. 1-29
4 2 Nos. 30-50
4 3 Nos. 51-70
4 4 Nos. 71-100
4 5 Nos. 101-118
4 6 Nos. 121-149
4 7 Nos. 151-175
5 1 Nos. 176-209
5 2 Nos. 210-244
5 3 Nos. 245-277
5 4 Newsclippings
5 5 Miscellaneous printed matter
5 6 Awards

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Series V:  Book
Container(s)
Description
Box
5 Robnett, George W. Conquest Through Immigration, Pasadena, California: Institute for Special Research, 1968

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Robnett, George W. (George Washington), 1890-1970
  • Robnett, George W. (George Washington), 1890-1970--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Church League of America--National Laymen's Council
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Emigration and immigration
  • Subject Terms :
  • Anti-communist movements--United States
  • Authors, American--United States--20th century
  • Communism and education--United States
  • Conservatism--United States
  • Conservative literature--United States
  • Conservatives--United States
  • Religious newspapers and periodicals--United States
  • Statesmen--United States--Biography

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