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Blair Moody Papers, 1928-1954 (majority within 1934-1952)

27.5 linear feet (in 29 boxes) — 29 film reels — 60 phonograph records — 37 GB (online)

Detroit newspaperman and United States Senator from Michigan. Correspondence chiefly concerning his 1952 senatorial campaign and his newspaper work in the United States and abroad during World War II; scrapbooks of newspaper articles written by Moody and published for the most part in the Detroit News and Barron's; tape recordings of public affairs radio program; photographs and motion pictures of public affairs interview programs.

The Blair Moody collection documents the career of a Washington-based newspaper correspondent and columnist and United States Senator. The collection covers the period 1928 to 1954, though the bulk of materials date since the mid-1940s. Much of the collection pertains to that period of time when Moody was in the Senate or was running for election to the Senate, although his newspaper career is also well documented. The collection has been divided into the following series: Biographical; Correspondence; Personal/Family; Newspaper Career; Gridiron Club; Senatorial Papers; Speeches; Scrapbooks; Sound Recordings; and Visual Materials.


Sound Recordings


The Sound Recordings include both sound tapes and sound disks. Beginning in 1946 and continuing through the first few months of 1954, Moody was moderator of "Meet Your Congress, a weekly public affairs program which appeared first on radio and then in the early 1950s on television. Moody liked to refer to the program as a capsule of the best of Congressional debates on the current issues of the day. His guests each week included members of both the House and the Senate as well as an occasional member of the Executive branch or the private sector. The collection of tapes for the program is unfortunately incomplete. There is one tape that can be dated to 1951; the rest date from 1953 to 1954. Of the tapes in the collection, Moody moderated all the programs except for the last three months when his responsibilities were taken over by fellow journalists, Ernest K. Lindley, Charles Lucey, and Roscoe Drummond. The "Meet Your Congress" series of tapes are all 7 inches and play at 7 1/2 ips. A smaller part of the Moody tape collection consists of broadcasts of his "This is Washington" program which was the means he used to report to his constituents on his activities as senator during 1951-52. The collection includes four of these tapes, all from 1951. They are 5 inches and play at 7 1/2 ips. There is finally a speech given by Moody at Laurium Union Hall, October 16, 1952. Moody was then in the midst of what would then be an unsuccessful campaign for reelection.

The sound disk subseries dates earlier than the sound tapes and include Moody radio broadcasts from 1940 and 1946-1950.