Guide to the Philip Sterling Papers
1924 - 2010

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Sterling, Philip, 1907-1989
Title: Philip Sterling papers
Dates: 1924 - 2010 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 11.0 linear feet (9 boxes)
Location of Collection: In the Schmitt Supplement index, but the record is missing from the book.
Collection Number: Ax 751
Summary: Philip Sterling (1907-1989) was a writer and public relations representative. The Philip Sterling papers include publicity material for a number of radio shows in the 1940s and 1950s, professional correspondence, manuscripts, research material and correspondence relating to biographies. There is also a considerable amount of research material on Rachel Carson.
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

Philip Sterling (1907-1989) began as the general publicity factotum for Columbia Broadcasting System in 1945. After 1960 he began writing and collaborating in biographies and children’s books. Sterling died from lung cancer in 1989 at his home in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

Content Description

The Philip Sterling papers include publicity material for a number of radio shows in the 1940s and 1950s, professional correspondence, manuscripts, research material and correspondence relating to biographies. The collections publicity material contains very detailed press releases.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Philip Sterling Papers, Ax 751, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. 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.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Miscellaneous, Addenda 1: Correspondence, Addenda 1: Publicity Material, 2011 Accession.

Materials within this collection are arranged first by initial accession(s) that were processed together as a whole and then by subsequent accession(s). This organization reflects the fact that the collection had been processed at one point in time and then more materials were acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them into a whole at this point in time, given the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff. 2011 Accession processed by Sam Bouchat and Amanda Steele. 2014 Accession processed by Sonia De La Cruz

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

This collection may have received a basic level of processing including some organization and rehousing. The initial accession(s) were processed and arranged as a whole and are reflected in the series arrangement. Subsequent accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each subsequent accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence, 1947-1969
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Baltimore Sun 1967
1 1 Brau, Maria
1 1 Carson, Robert M 1969
1 1 Davis, J Lewis 1968
1 1 Doubleday and Co. 1967
1 1 Georgetown University 1967
1 1 Hayes, Arthur 1962
1 1 Hill and Wang 1960-1961
1 1 Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole 1969
1 1 Mercer, Charles 1962
1 1 Munoz, Maria 1967
1 1 Murphy, Robert Cushman 1947
1 2 Rodman, Bella 1960-1961
1 2 Scientist and Citizen 1967
1 2 Sexology
1 2 Sociedad de Autores Puertorriquenas 1966
1 2 Steinberg, Charles 1962
1 2 Sterling, Peter
1 2 United States Senate 1968
1 2 University of Miami 1968
1 2 Yale University Library 1967-1968

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Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 3 Fiorello La Gaurdia 1962
1 4 Four Took Freedom 1967
1 5-8 The Quiet Rebels 1968
1 9-11 Background material of Maria Brau
1 12-15 Sea and Earth 1970
2 1-3 Sea and Earth
2 4 Young Man of the Sea

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Miscellaneous
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 5 Miscellaneous Pages and Chapters
2 6 Carson Family Personal Documents
2 7 Transcripts of Interviews
2 8-9 Notes
2 10 Family photographs
2 11-13 Pamphlets
2 14 Magazine Tearsheets
2 15 CBS scripts

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Addenda I: correspondence, 1951-1965
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1-8 The Academy of American Poets 1959
3 1-8 American Broadcasting Co 1962
3 1-8 American Oil Co. 1959
3 1-8 Anderson, Gilda
3 1-8 Associated Press 1959
3 1-8 AP Newsfeatures 1961
3 1-8 Bates, Ted, and Co 1952
3 1-8 Bernbrine, Martin
3 1-8 Broadcasting Magazine 1962-1963
3 1-8 Brownfield, Louis 1951-1958
3 1-8 Christian Science Monitor 1960
3 1-8 Church of Jesus Christ of Letter Dat Saints 1957
3 1-8 Civil War Round Table 1960
3 1-8 Coff, Don
3 1-8 CBS News 1960
3 1-8 CBS Radio 1956
3 1-8 CBS Television Network 1960
3 1-8 Cone, Howell C 1962
3 1-8 Daily Dorothy 1961
3 1-8 Davis, Lucian 1960
3 1-8 Detroit News 1956
3 1-8 Drexel Institute of Technology 1959
3 1-8 Estey, William Co. 1959
3 1-8 Faith, Percy 1957
3 1-8 Froug, Bill 1956
3 1-8 Garfield, Sid
3 1-8 Gellis, Harry 1957
3 1-8 Giorfe, Dom 1964
3 1-8 Gottlieb, David 1957
3 1-8 Graham, Gladys P 1956
3 1-8 Halbert, Diane 1963
3 1-8 Harrison Independent 1962
3 1-8 Hausman, Louis 1959
3 1-8 Hicks and Son 1963
3 1-8 Hughes, Ray 1953
3 1-8 Inge, Benson 1953
3 1-8 Insurance by North America 1962
3 1-8 International House 1956
3 1-8 International News Service 1957
3 1-8 J, Madison 1958
3 1-8 KCBS 1962
3 1-8 KGLO 1961
3 1-8 KGVO 1959
3 1-8 KIRO 1952
3 1-8 Kramer, Fred 1952
3 1-8 KSL 1957-1958
3 1-8 Kunstler, William M 1957
3 1-8 Lamm, betty 1962
3 1-8 Life 1958
3 1-8 Little Brown, and Co 1959
3 1-8 McGraw-Hill 1960
3 1-8 Mediascope 1962
3 1-8 Mercer, Charles 1961
3 1-8 Metropolitan Broadcasting Corp. 1961
3 1-8 Michal, Maria 1962
3 1-8 Minderman, Earl
3 1-8 Minton, A.R.
3 1-8 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 1957
3 1-8 National Broadcasting Co. 1960
3 1-8 National Council for the Social Studies 1958
3 1-8 National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis 1952
3 1-8 Nationwide Insurance 1958-1959
3 1-8 NEW Service, Inc 1958-1959
3 1-8 New York City Society for Crippled Children and Adults 1959
3 1-8 New York Herald Tribune 1957-1960
3 1-8 New York Post 1957
3 1-8 New York Public Library 1960
3 1-8 New York Telephone Co. 1960
3 1-8 Pusey, Robert O. 1961
3 1-8 Putnam’s Sons 1956-1959
3 1-8 Religious News Service 1964
3 1-8 Ripley, Joseph M. 1962
3 1-8 Rosner, Milt 1953
3 1-8 Ross, George, Rev 1959
3 1-8 Sackhiem, Ben Inc 1958
3 1-8 Salvation Army 1957
3 1-8 Samansky, Arthur 1960
3 1-8 Saturday Review 1957-1960
3 1-8 Scholastic Magazines Inc. 1963
3 1-8 Singer, Al 1961
3 1-8 The Skipper 1960
3 1-8 Smith, George Horsley 1957
3 1-8 Sonnenberg, Benjamin 1962
3 1-8 Southeastern Broadcasting Co. 1958
3 1-8 Sponsor 1962
3 1-8 Swivelier 1955
3 1-8 TV Radio Mirror 1957-1961
3 1-8 Trout, Robert
3 1-8 Waddel, Mrs. Kenneth 1962
3 1-8 WBBM 1961
3 1-8 WBKV 1958
3 1-8 WCAW 1953
3 1-8 WJR 1963
3 1-8 WNEW 1963

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Addenda I: Publicity Material
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
3 9 Edgar Bergen’s Operation Santa Claus
3 10 Herb Shriner Show
3 11 The Hidden Revolution
3 12 Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home
3 13 My Friend Irma
3 14 My Little Margie
3 15 The Nation’s Nightmare
3 16 NET Alert Material
3 17 New York Philharmonic Broadcasts
3 18 Newport Jazz Festival Broadcast
3 19 Our Miss Brooks
3 20 People are Funny
3 21 Peter and Mary Show
3 22 Philip Morris Playhouse on Broadway
3 23 The Play’s the Thing
3 24 POW – A Study in Survival
3 25 Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir
3 26 Sebring Auto Race
3 27 Sing with Bing
3 28 The Son of Man – a Passion Play
3 29 Steve Allen Show
3 30 Strike it Rich
3 31-35 Miscellaneous Press Releases
3 36 Andy Griffith Show
3 37 The People Act
3 38 Biographical Material

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Series:  2011 Accession
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1 Rachel Carson bio notes 1907-1964
5 2 Bibliography references 1832-1963
5 3 Notes/sources for Laughing on the Outside 1619-1967
5 4 Misc. book correspondence 1965-1969
5 5 Puerto Rico notes
5 6 Notes on Rachel Carson
5 7 Riverside Notes
5 8 Notes filed
5 9 notes
5 10 Laughing on the outside notecards
5 11 Wellfleet pesticide committee notecards
6 1 Correspondence 1956-1966
6 2 Laughing outside
6 3 Source Material - Unclassified 1961
6 4 Humor in Black and White Correspondenc e 1965
6 5 Addenda December 12, 1964
6 6 "Laughing" manuscript
6 7 Possibilities - uncatalogued
6 8 Notes - queries - followups 1965
6 9 Unclassified - roughs
6 10 Originals - carded - unclassified
6 11 Redding - to office
6 12 Sex, marriage, family life (tentative)
6 13 Title page and table of contents
6 14 Part I: Captive Centuries
6 14 Introduction
6 14 The Wisdom Stories
6 14 Ol' Mass and Mist'ess
6 14 The Need of Prayer
6 15 Part II: O Freedom!
6 15 Introduction
6 15 Trumpet in the Morning
6 15 Mighty Rugged Road
6 15 The Jailhouse Key
6 15 The Lamp of Learning
6 16 Part III: The Big Bundle
6 16 Introduction
6 16 From Kin to Cain't
6 16 Mostly Mules
6 16 They Also Serve
6 16 There's No Business
6 17 Part IV: A Home in that Rock
6 17 Introduction
6 17 Preachers and Believers
6 17 Wade in the Water
6 17 A Place Called Hell
6 17 A City Called Heaven
6 18 Part V: Color of Imagination
6 18 Introduction
6 18 Telling Lies
6 18 People Talking
6 19 Part VI: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
6 19 Introduction
6 19 Notes for Part VI - Intro
6 19 Color and Race
6 19 Matching Wits
6 19 Mr. and Mrs. Charlie
6 19 Chip on My Shoulder
6 19 The Wishing Hall
6 19 Ain't Gonna Study War
6 19 One More River to Cross
6 20 Part VII: The Written Word
6 20 Introduction
6 21 Title page and table of contents
6 22 General Introduction Material
6 23 Part I: Captive Centuries
6 24 Part II: O Freedom!
6 25 Part III: The Big Bundle
6 26 Part IV: A Home in that Rock
6 27 Laughing - manuscript
6 28 Cleveland Library Notes
6 29 La Guardia Notes
6 30 Unlabelled memo pad (2)
6 31 Fliers/pamphlets
7 Research tapes - various projects

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2014 Accession
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
file
8 1 Newspaper Clippings of films October 29, 1938 - March 25, 1939
8 2 Platt, David correspondence July 26, 1988 - October 25, 1988
8 3 Nouvel Age - new age monthly review (French) October 1931
8 4 Famous Film 1938
8 5 Notes on Film and movies
8 6 Miscellaneous documents February 17, 1998 - May 10, 2012
8 7 Short film script "Dear Pete"
8 8 Writing and Famous Films project 1937 - 1938
8 9 Home Relief Bureau 1933 - 1979
8 10 Home Relief Bureau 1932
8 11 Relief Work 1933
8 12 Battles (news clips) 1932
8 13 Correspondence and news clippings 1924 - 1928
8 14 Doggerel
8 15 Human Services 1977 - 1979
8 16 Woodward House -notes 1977 - 1979
8 17 Human Services Committee 1979
8 18 Human Services publicity 1977 - 1981
8 19 Human Services reference clips 1977 - 1979
8 20 Human Services proposal, by-laws, etc. 1979
8 21 Human Services miscellaneous 1978 - 1979
8 23 Notes on the depression 1932 - 1991
8 24 Unemployment (evictions) 1933
8 25 Unemployment, Human Relief Bureau 1932
8 26 Unemployment (bonus march) 1932
8 27 CBS - Current television 1964 - 1968
8 28 Ralph G. Martin 1989
8 29 Research 1961 - 2010
Folder
8 30 Research 1957 - 1963
8 31 CBS Papers October 16, 1947
8 32 Child Booklet 2010
8 33 CBS Starlines 1949
8 34 Sing with Bing 1957
8 35 Will April 3, 1990
8 36 Amistad Research Center 1980
8 37 CBS annual report 1962
8 38 Westmore news 1965 - 1967
8 39 CBS documents 1947 - 1962
8 40 Cross-burning 1961 - 1968
8 41 CBS radio reports, stories, etc. 1950 - 1956
8 42 CBS correspondence 1945 - 1957
8 43 Philip miscellaneous correspondence 1937 - 1950
8 44 Writing Sketches 1965 - 1968
item
9 1 Global News National Sindicate (LP)
item
9 2 Carnival of Books (LP)- Part I (NBC) December 29, 1957
item
9 3 Carnival of Books (LP) - Part II (NBC) December 29, 1957
item
9 4 Carnival of Books (LP) - Part III (NBC) September 11, 1954
item
9 5 Carnival of Books (LP) - Part II (NBC) September 11, 1957
item
9 6 The Nation's Nightmare (LP) August 13, 1951
item
9 7 The Big News of '58 (LP) December 28, 1958

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964
  • Sterling, Philip, 1907-1989
  • Sterling, Philip, 1907-1989--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Columbia Broadcasting System, inc.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Broadcasting--United States
  • Publicity--United States
  • Radio broadcasting--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Letters
    • Manuscripts for publication

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