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James Lawrence Fly papers, 1920-1977

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Call No.: MS#0436
Bib ID 4078768 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Fly, James Lawrence, 1898-1966
Title James Lawrence Fly papers, 1920-1977
Physical Description 55 boxes (55 boxes; 1 volume)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Collection arranged in 7 series. Selected materials cataloged remainder listed.

Description

Summary

James Lawrence Fly papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, notes, reports, legal briefs and other documents, books, clippings, and other printed materials dealing with Fly's professional activities and relationships in all three phases of his career. Correspondents include Roger N. Baldwin, Felix Frankfurter, Cordell Hull, Elmer Rice, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.

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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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); James Lawrence Fly papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Revision Description

May 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH

Subject Headings

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Briefs (legal documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drafts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscript notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
American Civil Liberties Union Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Baldwin, Roger N (Roger Nash), 1884-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Civil rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Freedom of speech Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lawyers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radio -- Censorship Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radio broadcasting policy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rice, Elmer Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Television -- Censorship Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Television broadcasting policy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tennessee Valley Authority Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Federal Communications Commission Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

James Lawrence Fly was the General Counsel of the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1934-1939; Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.), 1939-1944; and later in private practice as an attorney before the F.C.C., a member of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a frequent lecturer about radio, television, and freedom of speech.

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Series I: Cataloged correspondence



Box 1 Angell, James Rowland


Box 1 Armstrong, Edwin Howard


Box 1 Baldvin, Roger Nash


Box 1 Barkley, Alben William


Box 1 Baruch, Bernard Mannes


Box 1 Battle, George Gordon


Box 1 Benton, William


Box 1 Black, Hugo La Fayette


Box 1 Bliven„ Bruce


Box 1 Buck, Gene


Box 1 Butler, Nicholas Nuri-ay


Box 1 Copeland, Royal Samuel


Box 1 Corwin, Norman


Box 1 Cummings, Homer Stillé


Box 1 Davies, Joseph Edward


Box 1 De Forest, Lee


Box 1 Dulles, John Foster


Box 1 Eaton, Cyrus Stephen


Box 1 Ernst, Morris Leopold


Box 1 Farley, James A.


Box 1 Frankfurter Felix


Box 1 Fox, Dixon Ryan


Box 1 Hand, Learned


Box 1 Handier, Milton


Box 1 Holmes, John Haynes


Box 1 Hoover, John Edgar


Box 1 Howe, Louis McHenry


Box 1 Hull, Cordell


Box 1 Ickes, Harold Le Clair


Box 1 Kellogg, Paul Underwood


Box 1 La Guardia, FioreIIo Henry


Box 1 Lodge, Henry Cabot, Jr.


Box 1 Luce, Henry Robinson


Box 1 MacLeish, Archibald


Box 1 McWilliams, Carey


Box 1 Meyer, Eugene


Box 1 Morgenthau, Henry, Jr.


Box 1 Murrow, Edward R.


Box 1 Nevins, Allan


Box 1 Paley, William S.


Box 1 Parsons, Geoffrey


Box 1 Randolph, Asa Phiiip


Box 1 Rayburn, Sam


Box 1 Reed, Stanley Forman


Box 1 Reid, Helen Rogers (Mrs. Ogden M.)


Box 1 Rice, Elmer


Box 1 Roosevelt, Eleanor


Box 1 Roosevelt, Franklin Delano


Box 1 Sarnoff, David


Box 1 Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, Jr.


Box 1 Shirer, William Lawrence


Box 1 Shotwell, James Thomson


Box 1 Sulzberger, Arthur Hays


Box 1 Swope, Herbert Bayard


Box 1 Truman, Harry S.


Box 1 Wagner, Robert Ferdinand


Box 1 Wallace, Henry Agard

Series II: Department of Justice, 1933, 1938



Box 2 Letters, 1933

Letters recommending James Lawrence Fly for the position of The Assistant to the Attorney General of the U.S. (Antitrust Division) to which he was not appointed.



Box 15 Letters recommending J.L.F. as in 1933 and clippings

Series III: Tennessee Valley Authority, 1934-1939

J.L.F. was General Solicitor and General Counsel.

Arranged by subjects.



Box 3 Appointment & set-up of legal department


Box 3 Barr, James A.


Box 3 Congratulatory messages on TEP vs. TVA (Tennessee Electric Power Company)


Box 3 General correspondence


Box 3 Hoffman, Charles E.


Box 3 Miscellaneous opinions


Box 3 O'Brien, John Lord


Box 3 Opinion-Circuit Court Appeals: Letters of congratulations


Box 3 Personal correspondence


Box 3 Phosphate


Box 3 Photographs (of J.L.F.)


Box 3 Relationship between Authority Comptroller General


Box 3 Towsley, Frank Hathaway


Box 3 Travel expenses



Box 4 Digest of eases (5 Loose-leaf notebooks)


Printed materials



Box 5 Books, periodicals, articles by J.L.F.



Box 6 Legal briefs



Box 7 Legal briefs



Box 8 Legal briefs



Box 9 Legal briefs



Box 10 Legal briefs



Box 11 Legal briefs



Box 12 Legal transcripts



Box 13 Publicity - clippings



Box 14 Publicity - clippings

Series IV: Federal Communications Commission, 1939-1944

J.L.F. was Chairman of the F.C.C.


Subject File



Box 15 Appointments to F.C.C. and resignation


Box 15 Attorney General


Box 15 Bar admissions


Box 15 Baruch, Bernard M.


Box 15 Board of War Communications: Orders


Box 15 Collier's article re: television


Box 15 Congratulations F.C.C. appointment, 1939 September 01


Box 15 Congratulations on reappointment to F.C.C., 1942 July 01


Box 15 Dodd & Watson vs. the U.S.


Box 15 Ethridge, Mark


Box 15 Friedrich. C. J.


Box 15 General correspondence


Box 15 Kudos to J.L.F.



Box 16 Milestones in F. C.C. history since 1939


Box 16 Misc.


Box 16 O'Brien, John Lord


Box 16 Olds, Irving


Box 16 Photographs


Box 16 Press conferences, 1943



Box 17 F.D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N.Y.


Box 17 The Saturday Evening Post article, 1940 September 28


Box 17 Sulzberger, Arthur Hays


Box 17 Swope, Herbert Bayard


Box 17 Television


Box 17 Television: J.L.F. speeches & articles


Box 17 White House (including xerox copies of correspondence made by the Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, NY)


Box 17 White House Press Conferences


Box 17 Whitehair, Francis P.


Allocation hearings, 1944



Box 18 Allocation hearings, 1944



Box 19 Allocation hearings, 1944



Box 20 Allocation hearings, 1944


Cox Investigation Committee, 1943



Box 21 Cox Investigation Committee, 1943



Box 22 Cox Investigation Committee, 1943



Box 23 Cox Investigation Committee, 1943


FM hearings, 1945



Box 24 FM hearings, 1945


Free Speech


Box 24 Free Speech



Box 25 Free Speech


Newspaper hearings



Box 26 Newspaper hearings


Wiretapping



Box 27 Wiretapping


Printed materials


Box 27 Books



Box 28 Publicity - clippings

See also: Oversize scrapbook



Box 29 Publicity - clippings

See also: Oversize scrapbook



Box 30 Publicity - clippings

See also: Oversize scrapbook



Box 31 Publicity - clippings

See also: Oversize scrapbook


Speeches & articles

Drafts, printed copies, manuscripts, correspondence, and related materials



Box 32 Suggested speeches & articles: correspondence


Box 32 References to speeches and testimony on F.C.C. problems (extracts of speeches)


Box 32 1939 - April 1940



Box 33 April 1940 - May 1941



Box 34 May - December 1940



Box 35 January - September 1942



Box 36 October 1942 - August 1943



Box 37 September - December 1943



Box 38 January - May 1944



Box 39 June - November 1944

Series V: Private Practice, 1944-1966


Subject file


American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.)



Box 40 A.B.C. - Paramount merger


Box 40 Bricker Amendment


Box 40 Bridges, Harry R.


Box 40 Committee on Freedom of Communications (pressure group censorship)


Box 40 Ernst, Morris L.


Box 40 International broadcasting


Box 40 Miscellaneous


Box 40 Passport control


Box 40 Policy on filming (courtroom proceedings)


Box 40 Scott, Robert


Box 40 Subscription television


Box 40 Taft-Hartley Law



Box 41 Wiretapping



Box 42 Arbitration


Box 42 Book by J. L. F. on radio - Chicago University Press


Box 42 Fly, J.L. - trip abroad, 1950


Box 42 Fly, J.L., Jr.



Box 43 Fly, Fitts and Shubruks, Attorneys: Office papers accounts



Box 44 Lawrence, Ruddick C.


Box 44 Miscellaneous


Box 44 Navy - Official


Box 44 Outerbridge, Jospehine


Box 44 Peek, Mr. & Mrs. Carson C. (sister of J. L. F.)


Box 44 Photographs



Box 45 Publicity - clippings, 1944-1951


Box 45 Quotations, notes, etc.


Box 45 Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Foundation


Box 45 Say, Miss St. John Cannon


Box 45 Variety


Box 45 Senate Resolution 241 - Morton Salt & Cement Institute


Box 45 Westinghouse Electric Corp.; The Associated Broadcasters, Inc.; & Wesley J. Dunn: agreement and plan of reorganization


Box 45 Swidler, Joseph C.


Box 45 White House


Box 45 Whitehair, Francis P.



Box 46 F.C.C. Allocation hearings, 1945


Printed materials: Books & magazines



Box 47 Printed materials: Books & magazines



Box 48 Printed materials: Books & magazines


Speeches & articles



Box 49 1945



Box 50 1946-1947



Box 51 1948



Box 52 1949



Box 53 1950-1955

Series VI: Materials assembled by Sally Fly Connell for her proposed biography of her father, 1934-1977



Box 54 A.C.L.U.


Box 54 "Bug thy neighbor" by S.F.C.


Box 54 Bridges, Harry R.


Box 54 BuckneII-Rosenberg


Box 54 Cohn, Marcus


Box 54 Cox Investigation of F.C.C.


Box 54 Correspondence


Box 54 Corwin, Norman


Box 54 Denny, Charles


Box 54 Durr, Clifford


Box 54 F.B.I.- accusations


Box 54 F.C.C. censorship


Box 54 Fly-biography


Box 54 Friendley, Fred H.


Box 54 Miscellaneous


Box 54 Monopolies


Box 54 "The most dangerous man" by S.F.C.


Box 54 Norris, George W.


Box 54 O'Brien, John Lord


Box 54 Plotkin, Harry M.


Box 54 Paley, William


Box 54 Porter, Paul



Box 55 Rauh, Joseph L., Jr.


Box 55 "The red and the blue" by S.F.C.


Box 55 Roosevelt, F. D. - memos


Box 55 Rowe, James


Box 55 Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr.


Box 55 Shubruk, Peter


Box 55 Siepmann, Charles A.


Box 55 Swidler, Joseph C.


Box 55 "TVA: first five years" by S.F.C.


Box 55 Printed materials

Series VII: Oversize scrapbook of clippings


Box 55 Federal Communications Commission, 1939-1944


Box 55 Publicity - clippings