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George W. Robnett papers, 1937-1975

Overview of the Collection

Robnett, George W. (George Washington), 1890-1970
George W. Robnett papers
1937-1975 (inclusive)
2.5 linear feet, (5 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 077
George W. Robnett (1890-1975) was an author and advertising executive, and co-founder and executive secretary of the National Laymen's Council, Church League of America. After retiring, Robnett concentrated his efforts on the Middle-East conflict and made three trips to the area. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, publications, and news clippings that reflect his work with the Church League of America and his writing.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

George Washington Robnett (1890-1970), author and advertising executive, co-founded in 1937 the National Laymen's Council, Church League of America, in Chicago, Illinois. He served as executive secretary of the League and editor if its publication, News and Views, until his retirement in 1957. After retiring, Robnett concentrated his efforts on the Middle-East conflict and made three trips to the area. While there, he visited dignitaries such as Mrs. Karina El-Said Rabie (Under Secretary of State in Egypt) and her husband Dr. Abbas H. Rabie; archaeologists, among them Dr. W. F. Albright; and refugee camps. George Robnett returned to Pasadena, California with his wife, Florence, where he worked on his book, Conquest Through Immigration and other projects until suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in August, 1969. He died in January, 1970.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The George W. Robnett Papers consist largely of correspondence, speeches, and the publication of the Church League of America, News and Views. Also included are seven reports and booklets by Robnett dealing with communist influence in education and government, biographical sketches of American statesmen written by Robnett, press releases of lectures and speeches given by Robnett between 1940 and 1960, news clippings and other miscellaneous printed matter.

The correspondence, arranged chronologically, spans from 1937 to 1975 with the bulk falling between 1967 and 1969. It concerns matters relating to the Church League of America as well as the content and subsequent publication of Robnett's book, Conquest Through Immigration, a copy of which is with the collection. The speeches had previously been arranged and indexed into four subcategories: dated and titled, dated but untitled, undated but titled, and undated and untitled. They have been left in this order; the index can be found in box 3 folder 4. News and Views is arranged by volume number (1-277), and dates from 1937-1956, with some issues missing. Awards received by Robnett can be found chronologically arranged in the last folder.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George W. Robnett Papers, Coll 077, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
1937, 1939, 1940, 1945-1946
1 2
Correspondence (Upton Close Case)
1 3
1 4
1 5
1 6
1 7
1959-April 1961
1 8
May 1961-July 1961
1 9
Correspondence (Portland Case)
1 10
January 1962-June 1962
1 11
July 1962-May 1963
1 12
June 1963-March 1964
1 13
April 1964-May 1965
2 1
July 1965-December 1966
2 2
January 1967-October 1967
2 3
November 1967-December 1967
2 4
January 1968-February 1968
2 5
March 1968-September 1968
2 6
October 1968-February 1969
2 7
March 1969-April 1969
2 8
May 1969
2 9
June 1969-July 1969
2 10
August 1969-December 1969
2 11
January 1970-1971; 1973-1975
2 12

Series II:  Reports and BookletsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
Can We Preserve Our American System-In the Postwar World
3 1
The Crusade Against Government Investigating Agencies: A Report on Forces and Processes
3 1
It Can Be Done
3 1
The "Left Swing" in Education; Including Left-wing Traps for Youth
3 1
Origin, History, and Methodology of the "Front" Movement in America
3 1
Salesmanship: The greatest profession in the world
3 1
Who controls what you read?
3 2
Biographical sketches
3 3
Press releases
3 4
Dated and titled; index
3 5
Dated but untitled
3 6
Undated but titled
3 7
Undated and untitled

Series III:  SpeechesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 4
Dated and titled; index
3 5
Dated but untitled
3 6
Undated but titled
3 7
Undated and untitled

Series IV:  News and ViewsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
4 1
Nos. 1-29
4 2
Nos. 30-50
4 3
Nos. 51-70
4 4
Nos. 71-100
4 5
Nos. 101-118
4 6
Nos. 121-149
4 7
Nos. 151-175
5 1
Nos. 176-209
5 2
Nos. 210-244
5 3
Nos. 245-277
5 4
5 5
Miscellaneous printed matter
5 6

Series V:  BookReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Robnett, George W. Conquest Through Immigration, Pasadena, California: Institute for Special Research, 1968