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