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Hadley Cantril Papers


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Cantril, Hadley, 1906-1969

Hadley Cantril was a psychologist who studied propaganda and public opinion research. Cantril studied at Dartmouth College before earning a PhD in psychology from Harvard Umiversity in 1931. In 1963 he began teaching at Princeton University, where he later became chair of the Department of Psychology. In addition to serving as President of the Institute for Propaganda Analysis, Cantril was a member of the Princeton Radio Research Project, which studied the public reaction to Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast. Cantril's reasearch in the area of public opinion polling led to his work polling overseas during WWII. He subsequently advised several U.S. Presidents on public opinion studies both domestically and abroad.

The collection includes bound Hadley Cantril Diaries, poll results and reports on Polls During World War II, correspondence, and other reports.

Gift of Albert H. Cantril in 2021 (ML-2021-017).

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The collection was processed by Will Clements in 2022.

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Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Author
Will Clements
Finding Aid Date
2022 February 3
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Collection Inventory

Hadley Cantril Diaries, 1941-1944. 4 Volumes.
Physical Description

4 Volumes

Poll Results During World War II, 1940-1945. 6 folders.
Physical Description

6 folders

Reports on Polls During World War II, 1942-1963. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Physical Description

1 box

Letters Received by Hadley Cantril During WWII, 1941-1945. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence and Reports, 1952-1969. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Alpha Correspondence, 1943-1967. 25 folders.
Physical Description

25 folders

Rockefeller, Nelson, 1954-1969. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Roosevelt, F. D., 1942-1944. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Note Re: "Autographs", 1965 July 14. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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