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Father Charles E. Coughlin Collection

Topic:
Liberation Journal
Social Justice
Dearborn Independent
Creator:
Coughlin, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1891-1979  Search this
Names:
Ford, Henry, 1863-1947  Search this
Pelley, William Dudley, 1890-1965  Search this
Extent:
9 Cubic feet (27 boxes, 1 map-folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Letters (correspondence)
Pamphlets
Periodicals
Lectures
Articles
Photographs
Books
Sermons
Speeches
Audio cassettes
Date:
1919-2015, undated
Scope and Contents:
This refence collection was assembled to assist in writing a biography of the Reverend Mr. Charles E. Coughlin. The collection contains books, booklets, published sermons, published lectures, pamphlets and other printed materials. Of these, 57 were written by Coughlin. The remainder of the materials 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; 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:
The collection is arranged in four series.

Series 1: Coughlin, Charles E., Writings and Speeches, 1930-1972, undated

Series 2: Photographs and Ephemera, 1927-1979, undated

Series 3: Periodicals and Publications, 1919-2012

Series 4: Reference Materials, 1933-2015, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Edward Coughlin was born on October 25, 1891 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to Thomas J. and Amelia Mahoney Coughlin. He was educated in Canada and attended St. Michael's College, Toronto. After graduation he prepared for Holy Orders within the Basilian Fathers at St. Basil's Seminary. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1916. Coughlin left the Basilian order after 1923 and moved to Detroit, Michigan.

Coughlin was accepted into the Roman Catholic Archidiocese of Detroit in 1923. He was eventually assigned to the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. His reputation for formidable preaching led to the growth of his congregation, and in 1926 Coughlin began broadcasting after a Klu Klux Klan cross burning on the lawn of the church.

He eventually expanded the topics of his broadcast to the political arena. It was with this programmatic change that Coughlin became one of the most controversial figures in the first half of the twentieth century. Described as the "Radio Priest," "The Fighting Priest," and the "Angel of the Airways," Coughlin broadcast weekly from a radio studio in Royal Oak from 1926-1940. Taking a strident and nationalistic tone, he lambasted immigrants, bankers, Communists and other groups. Breaching the line between religion and politics he also lectured and sermonized on government policy. While initially favoring the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he eventually became one of the president's harshest critics.

In 1936 he began publishing Social Justice a weekly paper. Coughlin's broadcasts were so successful that between 1931-1936 a new Shrine of the Little Flower was built. The zig-zag Art Deco style of the Shrine became a tourist destination for Coughlin's fans. His increasingly harsh rehtoric coincided with the outbreak of World War II. While stating he was not antisemitic, he professed support for some of the governmental policies of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in part because they were a check on Communist Russia. The Vatican and many Roman Catholic American bishops disagreed and wanted Coughlin to leave the airwaves. Eventually he was forced off the air and publication of Social Justice was halted.

Coughlin remained parish priest at the Shrine of the Little Flower until his retirment in 1966. He spent his retirement publishing and giving the occasional interview. Coughlin died on October 27, 1979. He is buried in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan.
Separated Materials:
Objects related to Father Charles E. Coughlin are held in the Division of Cultural and Community Life.
Provenance:
The collection was purchased by the National Museum of American History from Todd Moriarty. Moriarty had acquired the collection from an individual who amassed the materials with plans to write a book on Coughlin.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Anti-communist movements -- United States  Search this
Religion and politics  Search this
Catholic Church  Search this
Radio in religion  Search this
Priests  Search this
Catholicism  Search this
Radio broadcasting  Search this
Radio in politics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.
Pamphlets -- 20th century
Periodicals -- 20th century
Lectures -- 20th century
Articles -- 20th century
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 20th century
Books -- 20th century
Sermons
Speeches -- 20th century
Audio cassettes -- 20th century
Citation:
Charles E. Coughlin Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1389
See more items in:
Father Charles E. Coughlin Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1389
Online Media:

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Radios

Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Extent:
2.44 Cubic feet (consisting of 4.5 boxes, 1 folder, 5 oversize folders, 2 flat boxes (partial), 1 map case folder.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Business ephemera
Business letters
Publications
Receipts
Business cards
Trade literature
Logs (records)
Sales catalogs
Print advertising
Ephemera
Catalogs
Advertising mail
Commercial catalogs
Invoices
Trade cards
Technical reports
Trade catalogs
Advertising
Manuals
Reports
Manufacturers' catalogs
Commercial correspondence
Catalogues
Printed materials
Illustrations
Bulletins
Technical manuals
Printed material
Transcripts
Letterheads
Printed ephemera
Advertisements
Advertising cards
Radio scripts
Correspondence
Advertising fliers
Business records
Date:
1893-1992
Summary:
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Accounting and Bookkeeping forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
Scope and Contents:
The radio category contains material primarily related to radio company products, radio broadcasts and programs, technical documentation on the use of radios, and material documenting the effect of radio on modern life. The bulk of the material covers sales catalogues and advertisements, though no complete records for single companies are present.

The radio broadcast transcripts and programs include fictional or anecdotal stories, transcripts of contests, interviews, or speeches, and notifications about future broadcasts.

Literature concerning the effect of radio on modern life includes brief radio historiographies, discussions about the need for advanced education for the radio field, and documentation of the use of radio in leisure time or in rural life. Additional publications address the uses and effects of radio during times of war. While no extensive documentation exists on any one topic, the publications may provide general histories of the radio with snapshots of specific facets of radio history.
Arrangement:
Radio is arranged in three subseries.

Business Records and Marketing Material

Genre

Subject
Forms Part Of:
Forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana.

Series 1: Business Ephemera

Series 2: Other Collection Divisions

Series 3: Isadore Warshaw Personal Papers

Series 4: Photographic Reference Material
Provenance:
Radio is a portion of the Business Ephemera Series of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Accession AC0060 purchased from Isadore Warshaw in 1967. Warshaw continued to accumulate similar material until his death, which was donated in 1971 by his widow, Augusta. For a period after acquisition, related materials from other sources (of mixed provenance) were added to the collection so there may be content produced or published after Warshaw's death in 1969. This practice has since ceased.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Radio -- History  Search this
Radio -- Receivers and reception  Search this
Radio  Search this
Radio -- Transmitters and transmission  Search this
Radio -- Apparatus and supplies  Search this
Radio broadcasting  Search this
Radio broadcasts  Search this
Radio in politics  Search this
Radio advertising  Search this
Radio -- Receivers and reception -- Design and construction  Search this
Radio audiences  Search this
advertising -- Business ephemera  Search this
Consumer goods -- Catalogs  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Broadcast advertising  Search this
Radio comedies  Search this
Broadcasting  Search this
Broadcasting -- United States  Search this
War  Search this
Retail trade  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Transmission of culture  Search this
Radio -- 1930-1940  Search this
Radio -- Antennas  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business ephemera
Business letters
Publications -- Business
Receipts
Business cards
Trade literature
Logs (records)
Sales catalogs
Print advertising
Ephemera
Catalogs
Advertising mail
Commercial catalogs
Invoices
Trade cards
Technical reports
Trade catalogs
Advertising
Manuals
Reports
Manufacturers' catalogs
Commercial correspondence
Catalogues
Printed materials
Illustrations
Bulletins
Technical manuals -- 20th century
Printed material
Transcripts
Letterheads
Printed ephemera
Publications
Advertisements
Advertising cards
Radio scripts
Correspondence
Advertising fliers
Business records
Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Radios, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Radios
See more items in:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Radios
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-radios

Fireside politics : radio and political culture in the United States, 1920-1940 / Douglas B. Craig

Author:
Craig, Douglas B  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 362 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Radio broadcasting  Search this
Radio broadcasting--Political aspects--History  Search this
Radio broadcasting policy--History  Search this
Radio in politics--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_629435

Radio, television and American politics [by] Edward W. Chester

Author:
Chester, Edward W  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 342 p. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1969
C1969
Topic:
Radio in politics  Search this
Television in politics  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_524077

Radio priest : Charles Coughlin, the father of hate radio / Donald Warren

Author:
Warren, Donald I  Search this
Subject:
Coughlin, Charles E (Charles Edward) 1891-1979  Search this
Catholic Church Clergy Biography  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 376 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1996
C1996
1919-1933
1933-1945
Topic:
Right-wing extremists--Biography  Search this
Radio in politics  Search this
Radio in religion  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
CT275.C85 W2 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_496655

Intersections : gender, orality, text, and female space in contemporary Kiganda radio songs

Author:
Mugambi, Helen Nabasuta  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Uganda
Date:
1994
Topic:
Ganda women's songs  Search this
Radio broadcasting  Search this
Radio in politics  Search this
Folk songs, Ganda  Search this
Radio plays, Ganda  Search this
Call number:
PL8010 .R46X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_496750

Order, efficiency and control : the evolution of the political spot advertisement, 1936-1956 / by William L. Bird Jr

Author:
Bird, William L  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 293 leaves : ill., map, ports, ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1987
1985
Topic:
Advertising, Political  Search this
Television advertising  Search this
Electioneering  Search this
Television in politics  Search this
Radio in politics  Search this
Call number:
JF2112.A4 B618 1985a
JF2112.A4B618 1985a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_322496

Getting elected : from radio and Roosevelt to television and Reagan / J. Leonard Reinsch

Author:
Reinsch, J. Leonard (James Leonard) 1908-  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 338 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1988
[c1988]
20th century
1933-1945
1945-1989
1989-
Topic:
Presidents--Election--History  Search this
Television in politics--History  Search this
Radio in politics--History  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
E176.1.R355 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_365726

Talk radio and politics in Ghana : exploring civic and (un)civil discourse in the public sphere / Wisdom Tettey

Author:
Tettey, Wisdom  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Ghana
Date:
2011
Topic:
Radio talk shows  Search this
Radio in politics  Search this
Call number:
TK6548.A35 R33 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1036786

Contesting mainstream media power : mediating the Zimbabwe crisis through clandestine radio / Dumisani Moyo

Author:
Moyo, Dumisani  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Short Wave Radio Africa  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Zimbabwe
Date:
2011
Topic:
Radio in politics  Search this
Radio broadcasting  Search this
Radio audiences  Search this
Radio--Interferences  Search this
Call number:
TK6548.A35 R33 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1036788

Radio Okpai : 100 per cent Congolese / Stephanie Wolters

Author:
Wolters, Stephanie  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Radio Okpai  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Date:
2011
Topic:
Community radio  Search this
Radio in politics  Search this
Radio broadcasting  Search this
Call number:
TK6548.A35 R33 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1036796

Voices from without : the African National Congress, its radio, its allies and exile, 1960-84 / Stephen R. Davis

Author:
Davis, Stephen R  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Radio Freedom (Zambia)  Search this
African National Congress  Search this
South African Communist Party  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Date:
2011
Topic:
Radio in propaganda  Search this
Radio in politics  Search this
Anti-apartheid movements  Search this
Call number:
TK6548.A35 R33 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1036799

Airing the politics of nation : radio in Angola, past and present / Marissa J. Moorman

Author:
Moorman, Marissa Jean  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Angola
Date:
2011
Topic:
Radio in politics  Search this
Radio broadcasting  Search this
Radio audiences  Search this
Call number:
TK6548.A35 R33 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1036801

Radio in zones of conflict : abnormal measures for abnormal circumstances / David Smith

Author:
Smith, David  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Radio Bar-Kulan  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Somalia
Horn of Africa
Date:
2011
Topic:
Radio broadcasting  Search this
Radio broadcasters  Search this
Radio in politics  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Call number:
TK6548.A35 R33 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1036802

Encouraging rebel demobilization by radio in Uganda and the D. R. Congo : the case of "come home" messaging / Scott Ross

Author:
Ross, Scott  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Lord's Resistance Army Demobilization  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Uganda
Great Lakes Region (Africa)
Date:
2016
Topic:
Radio in propaganda  Search this
Radio in politics  Search this
Call number:
DT1.A1 A26
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1067905

Calvin Coolidge : our first radio President / Jerry L. Wallace

Author:
Wallace, Jerry L  Search this
Subject:
Coolidge, Calvin 1872-1933  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 55 p. : port. ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2008
1923-1929
Topic:
Presidents  Search this
Mass media--Political aspects  Search this
Radio in politics--History  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
E792 .W35 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_922601

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