George A. Dondero correspondence with Cecil F. Chamberlain

Collection ID:
Dondero, George A. (George Anthony), 1883-1968
1950 Feb. 5- Mar. 23
Physical Description:
3 Items

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence between Cecil Chamberlain, a board member for the Society of Western Artists, and Congressman George A. Dondero pertaining to Dondero's March 25, 1949 speech to Congress, Communists Maneuver to Control Art in the United States. Chamberlain asks Dondero to send copies of his speech in the Congressional Record exposing the Artist Equity Association to the Society of Western Artists. Dondero replies by thanking Chamberlain for his interest in exposing Communist influences in the world of art and writes that he is glad to send copies of the speech.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
George A. Dondero (1883-1968) was a Congressman from Michigan. D.C. Dondero was known for mounting an attack on Modern Art during the 1950s. In 1952, he told Congress that Modern Art was a conspiracy by Moscow to spread Communism in the United States.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2009 by the Oregon State University Libraries via Head of Special Collections, Cliff Mead. The letters, appearing to be an incomplete string of correspondence, were found by a staff member in the History Department Archives.

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Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Communism and art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chamberlain, Cecil Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists Equity Association Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Society of Western Artists (Calif.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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