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Top FDR Advisor Isador Lubin Accused of Pro-Soviet Views: Sources

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Here are the sources for the story, Top FDR Advisor Isador Lubin Accused of Pro-Soviet Views, by Francis Wyman.


I am indebted to Professor Landon Storrs of the University of Iowa, Dr. Donald G. Kennedy, and Christie E. Wyman for reading an early draft of this article and suggesting changes.

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The article is based on Isador Lubin’s FBI files (101-2609 and 121-10705) and FBI file (100HQ-203581 RES 4748) secured through Freedom of Information Act requests to the FBI and the National Archives.

Other valuable sources include Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York Isador Lubin Papers, Boxes 38, 64, and 76.

Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri Dean G. Acheson Papers, Memoranda of Conversations (online) Edwin W. Pauley Papers.

Columbia University Libraries, New York, New York

Lubin, Isador, and Donald F. Shaughnessy. The Reminiscences. New York Times Oral History Program. New York: Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, 1972.

Library of Congress, Manuscript Division,Washington, DC.

Robert Porter Patterson Papers, Box 40.

National Archives and Records Administration Sound Recording 174-OH-148; Oral History of Dr. Isador Lubin, April 4, 1966; Oral Histories, Record Group 174; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho 1950 Diary, Burton Lee French Papers, Special Collections and Archives.


I was fortunate to have been in contact with Robert P. Patterson and Robert Morgenthau before they died. Morgenthau assisted Patterson in preparing Lubin’s case.
Robert P. Patterson telephone message, October 29, 2014 Robert M. Morgenthau telephone interview, November 12, 2014
Secondary Sources For information on Isador Lubin and the loyalty program. I found these works very helpful. Bernstein, Marver H. “The Loyalty of Federal Employees.” Western Political Quarterly 2, no. 2 (1949): 254-64.
Bontecou, Eleanor. The Federal Loyalty-Security Program. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1953.
Donaldson, Gary. Truman Defeats Dewey. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1999.
Gillon, Steven M. Politics and Vision  : the ADA and American Liberalism, 1947-1985. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.
Goldberg, Joseph P., Goldberg, Moye, William T, and United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The First Hundred Years of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Labor  : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1985. (reprint from the collections of the University of California Libraries)
Goldberg, Joseph P. “Frances Perkins, Isador Lubin, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” Monthly Labor Review 103, no. 4 (1980): 22–30.
Harper, Alan D. The Politics of Loyalty; the White House and the Communist Issue, 1946-1952. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Pub. Corp, 1969.
Lansky, Lewis. “Isador Lubin: The Ideas and Career of a New Deal Labor Economist.” ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 1976.
Kirkendall, Richard Stewart. Civil Liberties and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman. Kirksville, Missouri: Truman State University Press, 2013.
Marshall, J. Howard, and Robert L. Bradley. Done in Oil : An Autobiography. 1st ed. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1994.
Richardson, Seth W., and Harry S. Truman. “The Federal Employee Loyalty Program.” Columbia Law Review 51, no. 5 (1951): 546-63.
Shattuck, Henry L. “The Loyalty Review Board of the U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1947-1953.” Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society 78 (1966): 63-80. Storrs, Landon R. Y. The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left. Politics and Society in Twentieth-century America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.
Wickens, Aryness Joy. “Isador Lubin, 1896-1978.” The American Statistician 33, no. 4 (1979): 207.


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