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George A. Dondero correspondence with Cecil F. Chamberlain, 1950 Feb. 5- Mar. 23

Dondero, George Anthony, 1886-1968



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Summary: Correspondence between Cecil Chamberlain, a board member for the Society of Western Artists, and Congressman George A. Dondero pertaining to Dondero's March 25, 1949 speech to Congress, Communists Maneuver to Control Art in the United States. Chamberlain asks Dondero to send copies of his speech in the Congressional Record exposing the Artist Equity Association to the Society of Western Artists. Dondero replies by thanking Chamberlain for his interest in exposing Communist influences in the world of art and writes that he is glad to send copies of the speech.

Biographical/Historical Note

George A. Dondero (1883-1968) was a Congressman from Michigan. D.C. Dondero was known for mounting an attack on Modern Art during the 1950s. In 1952, he told Congress that Modern Art was a conspiracy by Moscow to spread Communism in the United States.


Donated 2009 by the Oregon State University Libraries via Head of Special Collections, Cliff Mead. The letters, appearing to be an incomplete string of correspondence, were found by a staff member in the History Department Archives.

Language Note

English .

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George A. Dondero correspondence with Cecil F. Chamberlain, 1950 Feb. 5- Mar. 23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.