Hadley Cantril Papers
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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).
The collection was processed by Will Clements in 2022.
No materials were separated from the collection.
- Public Policy Papers
- Finding Aid Author
- Will Clements
- Finding Aid Date
- 2022 February 3
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
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