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Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, research materals, lectures, speeches, galley proofs, news releases, appointment diaries, photographs, printed materials, audio and video cassettes. The correspondence consists of letters from editors and publishers as well as a selected group of letters from readers reacting to his columns and articles. Among these letters are one or two each from Joseph Alsop, Warren E. Burger, J. William Fulbright, John Kenneth Galbraith and Hubert H. Humphrey. The manuscripts, with corrections, notes and research materials are for his numerous contributions to periodicals, such as the "Letters from.." series in The New Yorker, radio and television scripts, interviews with prominent government officials, such as George Shultz, lectures, speeches, ideas and proposals for books, and an extensive file for his unpublished history of the investment firm, Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, Inc. There is a set of news releases for his column, "Washington Insight" 1965-1984 and for his Los Angeles Times column, 1980-1985. The printed materials include newspaper clippings, articles by Kraft in foreign periodicals and some books from his library. The audio and video cassettes contain interviews with presidents and prime ministers as well as radio and television broadcasts on which Kraft appeared.
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Restrictions on Access
The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-47. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Joseph Kraft papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Processed BRC/RL 10/22/86.
2020-10-06 EAD document created by CCR.
History / Biographical Note
Joseph Kraft (Columbia B.A., 1947) was a journalist and political commentator; editorial writer for the Washington Post, 1951; staff writer, New York Times, 1951-57; Washington correspondent, Harper's Magazine; syndicated columnist "Washington Insight" 1963-1986; and frequent contributor to national and foreign magazines.