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Descriptive Summary

Biographical/Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Master's Thesis, 1950-1973

Journalism Career 1978, 1982-1983, 1996

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John M. Pope Papers, 1950-1996



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pope, John Marvin
Title: John M. Pope Papers
Dates: 1950-1996
Abstract: Born in 1948, John M. Pope earned a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. Inspired by the experiences of humorist and broadcaster John Henry Faulk, Pope's master's thesis focused on the issue of blacklisting in broadcasting during the Second Red Scare. Research notes, clippings, edited drafts, a bound volume of his thesis "Trial Without Jury: Blacklisting in Broadcasting," telephone interview notes, and correspondence with several victims of blacklisting comprise the Master's Thesis series. Newspaper articles written by Pope for the New Orleans Times-Picayune during the 1970s and 1980s comprise the Journalism Career series.
Accession No.: 91-345;91-346;92-383; 94-314; 96-094; 97-005
OCLC No.: 76707277
Extent: 7 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in 1948, John Marvin Pope graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) with a B.A. in 1970 and M.A. in history in 1972. During his time at UT, he worked as a journalist for The Daily Texan. Inspired by the experience of humorist and radio broadcaster John Henry Faulk, Pope's master's thesis, "Trial Without Jury: Blacklisting in Broadcasting," explores the issue of blacklisting in the media during the period after the Second World War known as the Second Red Scare. Pope buttressed his thesis by including firsthand accounts from blacklisted media figures that appeared in Red Channels, published in 1951 by the journal Counterattack to identify dozens of Hollywood figures and their purported affiliations with groups or statements that supported communism. Pope later worked as a higher education journalist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Scope and Contents

The John M. Pope Papers, 1950-1996 (bulk 1950-1972), are divided into two series, Master's Thesis and Journalism Career. Correspondence, research notes, clippings, edited drafts, and a bound copy of Pope's thesis, "Trial Without Jury: Blacklisting in Broadcasting," compose the Master's Thesis series, 1950-1972. Correspondence, 1970-1973, includes copies of the form letter and questionnaire that Pope sent to individuals named in Red Channels and replies from critic Jack Gould, screenwriter Allan Sloane, folklore singer Pete Seeger, playwright Marc Connelly, and several others. Research notes, ca.1971-192, document Pope's interview with John Henry Faulk as well as his research on blacklisting. Clippings, 1950, 1955, 1972, include an article on the removal of actress Jean Muir from the NBC sitcom The Aldrich Family and a 1972 article documenting the lives and whereabouts of the first media figures blacklisted, the so-called "Hollywood Ten," blacklisted in 1947. Edited drafts, ca.1971-1972, contain annotated and corrected pages and chapters from Pope's master's thesis, including the edits he sent to a typist.

Newspaper articles written by Pope for the New Orleans Times-Picayune between 1978 and 1996 comprise the Journalism Career series. Writings address the impact of Reaganomics on the poor in New Orleans, Pope's trip to China in 1978, and a 1996 trip to the former residences of the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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Arrangement

The papers are arranged into two series:
  • I. Master's Thesis
  • II. Journalism Career

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Faulk, John Henry.
Gould, Jack.
Muir, Jean.
Pope, John Marvin, 1948 -- Archives.
Sloane, Allan E.
Subjects (Organizations)
AWARE, Inc. -- Trials, litigation, etc.
University of Texas at Austin -- Graduate students.
Subjects
Anti-Communist Movements -- United States.
Blacklisting of entertainers -- United States.
Communism -- United States.
Radio broadcasting -- United States.
Television broadcasting -- United States.
Times-picayune.

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Related Material

See also John Henry Faulk Papers

See also John Henry Faulk v. AWARE Inc., Laurence A. Johnson and Vincent Hartnett Case Records

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John M. Pope Papers, 1971-1996, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mark Firmin, September 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Master's Thesis, 1950-1973

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2.325/B49E Bound volume of "Trial Without Jury," 1972
Edited drafts, [ca. 1971-1972]
Correspondence, 1971-1973
Telephone interview notes, 1971
Correspondence, 1971-1973
Research notes, [ca.1971-1972]
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2.325/A104b Research notes, [ca.1971-1972]
Clippings, 1950, 1955, 1972

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Journalism Career 1978, 1982-1983, 1996

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2.325/A104b Journalism Career, 1978, 1982-1983, 1996

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