HU OSA 300-1-8 RFE/RL Public Affairs Photographic Files

Identity statement

Reference code
HU OSA 300-1-8
Title
RFE/RL Public Affairs Photographic Files
Date(s)
1950
Description level
Series

Context

Name of creator(s)
Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, Inc.
Archival history
The black and white prints of RFE/RL were donated to OSA by the Hoover Institute, California in year 2015. The images are duplicates of those held at Hoover. The originals, and most probably the negatives are with the donor as well. OSA only received the paper prints with captions, and digitized the entire collection in year 2018.

Content and structure

Scope and Content (Abstract)
Over 900 photos of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's activities, mostly from after the 1971 scandal threatening with closure. Propaganda and exhaustive documentation from the Cold War period.
Scope and Content (Narrative)
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty started a several-year-long campaign of self-promotion to prove to the US legislation that what they were doing was useful. RFE/RL embarked on creating the image of a radio with a strong mission, even an obligation, to bring objective, truthful and unbiased information to the captive nations behind the iron curtain. RFE/RL's operation was threatened to end when in 1971 it turned out that they were financed by the CIA as opposed to what had been communicated to the American public that they were a private company funded by contributions. While these images were made for propaganda purposes, their documentary value is unquestionable. The pictures show the facilities of RFE/RL in Munich and New York, and the transmitter antenna systems at Holzkirchen, West-Germany and Gloria, outside Lisbon. They also document the work and the conditions at various sections at RFE/RL, from the Central Newsroom to the Monitoring Unit, Library and Archives; from the Russian Unit to the Bulgarian, Czechoslovak, Polish, Romanian and Hungarian Desks and their studios. Portraits of RFE/RL employees and distinguished guests are also part of the photo collection.
Accruals

Not expected

Conditions of access and use

Conditions governing access
Not restricted
Languages
English

Description control

Archivist's note
Ownership of and copyrights to the materials belong to RFE/RL, Inc., 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036, USA. Permission to use the materials for purposes other than research and education shall be requested from RFE/RL, zvanersm@rferl.org.
Description notes
Ownership of and copyrights to the materials belong to RFE/RL, Inc., 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036, USA. Permission to use the materials for purposes other than research and education shall be requested from RFE/RL, zvanersm@rferl.org.
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