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Title: Reminiscences of Michael Straight
RLIN number: NXCP88-A125
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Family background, NEW REPUBLIC founder by parents; mother's remarriage to Leonard K. Elmhirst, founding of Dartington Hall, 1926; school days at Dartington, travel and adventures with brother Whitney; left wing activities, London School of Economics; Cambridge University, 1935-1937: president, Socialist Society, member of Apostles, association with Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess; student tour of the Soviet Union, 1936; economist, United States State Department, 1937; speechwriter, Department of the Interior, 1938-1940; Air Force Officers Training School and pilot training, 1942-1945; writer-editor, NEW REPUBLIC: political orientation, readership, financial difficulties; Henry Wallace's third party candidacy, 1948; author MAKE THIS THE LAST WAR, 1943, TRIAL BY TELEVISION, 1954; novelist: CARRINGTON, 1960, A VERY SMALL REMNANT, 1963; National Endowment for the Arts: decision to refuse chairmanship, search for chairman, role as deputy chairman; cooperation with Federal Bureau of Investigation and British Intelligence, 1964; judge Moscow feature film competition, 1969; National Endowment for the Arts during Johnson administration, chairman Roger Stevens; appointment of Nancy Hanks and operation under Hanks; operational policy as set up in 1965 Arts and Humanities Act; obtaining appropriations; personal nominations to Endowment executive council; description of personalities, policies and programs of Endowment: architecture and design, dance, arts and education, literature, special projects, training and fellowship, Family background, NEW REPUBLIC founded by parents; mother's remarriage to Leonard K. Elmhirst, founding of Dartington Hall, 1926; schooldays at Dartington, travel adventures with brother Whitney; left wing activities, London School of Economics; Cambridge University, 1935-1937: president, Socialist Society, member of Apostles, association with Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess; student tour of Soviet Union, 1936; economist, United States State Department, 1937; speechwriter, Department of the Interior, 1938-1940; Air Force Officers Training School and pilot training, 1942-1945; writer-editor, NEW REPUBLIC: political orientation, readership, financial difficulties; Henry Wallace's third party candidacy, 1948; author MAKETHIS THE LAST WAR, 1943, TRIAL BY TELEVISION, 1954; novelist: CARRINGTON, 1960, A VERY SMALL REMNANT, 1963; National Endowment for the Arts: decision to refuse chairmanship, search for chairman, role as deputy chairman; cooperation with Federal Bureau of Investigation and British Intelligence, 1964; judge, Moscow feature film competition, 1969; National Endowment for the Arts during Johnson administration, chairman Roger Stevens; appointment of Nancy Hanks to chairmanship, 1969; council directors in Hanks administration; organization and operation under Hanks; operational policy as set up in 1965 Arts and Humanities Act; obtaining appropriations; personal nominations to Endowment executive council; description of personalities, policies and programs of Endowment: architecture and design, dan
Extent: Transcript: 978 leaves, Tape: 25 reels, Miscellaneous papers relating to oral history
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1982 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Straight, Michael, 1916- (1)
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1916
Speaker occupation: Author; Editor
Age at speaking: 66
Document date: 1982
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Oral history
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0019082-14525