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Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Audio Archive (Mss 18)

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1000+ audio recordings made by the Center for the Democratic Institutions(CSDI) between 1958- 1987.

During that time CSDI brought together many of the most capable and distinguished minds of the times to discuss vital issues facing American society of the day. Political and academic leaders, scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, journalists, theologians, labor and community leaders focused on topics such as peace and war, democracy, dissent, community action, ecology and the environment, elections and the electoral process, immigration, international relations, law and order, the media, race and ethnicity, and religion. Prominent participants included Senator Alan Cranston, Upton Sinclair, Milton Friedman, Mortimer Adler, Cesar Chavez, Aldous Huxley, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, Sander Vanocur, and Gunner Myrdal among many others.

Thanks to donors Neal Linson, Ceil Pulitzer, and Stanley Sheinbaum, a project began to digitize and make accessible on the web some of the most important conference proceedings, talks, and dialogues recorded by CSDI. Since then, the digitization effort has expanded to encompass nearly all the audio tapes in the collection. These have been grouped by broad topic areas.

The recordings are part of a larger collection, the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Collection, 1950-1991 (Mss 18), which contains 710 linear feet of material, including paper records, microfilm, photographs, films, videotapes, artwork, and artifacts. A finding aid to the collection is available online at:
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf3s2006vg

Sample items from the collection

Harry Kalven, Jr., of the University of Chicago Law School, presides over a staff meeting at the Center focused on Garner v. Louisiana, in which the Supreme Court reversed the conviction of sit-in demonstrators for disturbing the peace. The case,…

Harry Kalven, Jr. provides an analysis of the four different opinions written by the Supreme Court justices in Garner v. Louisiana, offering some observations on the ironies and shortcomings in those opinions and looking for insight on how the Court…

Harry Kalven, Jr. explores the notion that sit-in demonstrations are protected under the First Amendment as a form of free speech. Jan. 23, 1964.

Economist Stanley K. Sheinbaum argues that capitalism is not inherently democratic because economic decisions are not made democratically, and conversely that democracy does not improve the functioning of capitalism. Discussion with Harry S. Ashmore,…

Economist Stanley K. Sheinbaum argues that capitalism is not inherently democratic because economic decisions are not made democratically, and conversely that democracy does not improve the functioning of capitalism. Discussion with Harry S. Ashmore,…

Robert M. Hutchins, interviewed by Joseph P. Lyford, defines the democratic community as one whose members learn together to govern themselves. He discusses the possibilities of life and growth for such a community amid the massive complexities of…