Guide to the Charles E. Coughlin Collection
NMAH.AC.1389

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1389
Creators:
Coughlin, Charles E., (Charles Edward), 1891-1979
Dates:
1891-1979
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
17 cubic feet
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The collection contains 136 books, booklets, published sermons, published lectures, pamphlets and other printed materials. Of these, 57 were written by Coughlin. The rest relate to him directly or have chapters or passages relating to him. Additionally, there are periodicals, including newspaper and magazine articles, and a full set of Coughlin's weekly publication, "Social Justice", 1936-1942; other periodicals such as William Dudley Pelley's weekly "Liberation Journal", 1938-1948; a few copies of Henry Ford's "Dearborn Independent"; original photographs, including images of Coughlin and of his church; letters; copies of the FBI's files on Coughlin; and (non-original) recordings of his broadcasts.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
1 series.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Coughlin was a controversial Catholic priest, based in Royal Oak, Michigan, who broadcast a weekly radio show from 1926-1940, in which he lambasted immigrants, bankers, Communists and other groups. He also published a weekly paper called "Social Justice", starting in 1936. He was eventually forced off the airwaves and spent the rest of his life presiding over his parish in Michigan, though he continued to publish. Coughlin died in 1979.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.,Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Preferred Citation note
Charles E. Coughlin Collection, 1909-1979, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use note
Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Conditions Governing Use note
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ford, Henry,, 1863-1947 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pelley, William Dudley,, 1890-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anti-communist movements--United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Books--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Catholic Church Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Dearborn Independent Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lectures--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Letters (correspondence)--20th century. Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Liberation Journal Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pamphlets--20th century. Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Periodicals--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs--Black-and-white photoprints--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Priests Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Radio broadcasting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Radio in politics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Religion and politics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sermons Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Social Justice Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Speeches--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu