Earl Newsom Papers, 1934-1992 (bulk 1934-1972)

Scope and Content Note

Major clients include Australia, CBS, Campbell Soup Company, Canadian International Paper Company, General Motors Corporation, Eli Lilly Company, Ford Motor Company, International Paper Company, Martin Marietta Corporation, Merrill Lynch, New York University, Price, Waterhouse and Company, Standard Oil of New Jersey, and Trans World Airlines. Newsom also guided the philanthropic activities of many leaders and as a result was involved with organizations such as the American Heritage Foundation, Atoms for Peace, the Civilian Technical Corps, Colonial Williamsburg, Crusade for Freedom, the Ford Foundation, the Fund for the Republic, Jackson Hole National Monument, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Business and corporate leaders for whom Newsom provided services or with whom he had close contact included Frank W. Abrams, Ernest R. Breech, George M. Bunker, Ian Clunies-Ross, William T. Gossett, J. George Harrar, Gervase Huxley (and Elspeth Huxley), Eugene Holman, Vernon Johnson, W. Beverly Murphy, William Paley, M.J. Rathbone, Donald Regan, Maurice Stans, Richard S. Salant, Frank Stanton, and Charles J. Tillinghast Jr. Other individuals well documented in the papers include Mortimer Adler, Richard Casey, Kenneth Chorley, George Harrer, James Hester, Robert Hutchins, and Henry Cabot Lodge. Also included are files on minor or prospective clients, speeches by Newsom himself, financial records of the firm (1934-1944 only), a memorial tribute, and a lengthy letter from John Newsom about his father.

Miscellaneous photographs received with the collection document Newsom himself, Henry Cabot Lodge, and the activities and executives of the Campbell Soup Company, Ford Motor Company, Univac, TWA, and a few other clients. Photographs of the Canadian International Paper Company detail activities to eradicate the budworm, circa 1950.