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--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
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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.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Anti-communist movements--United States
  • Authors, American--United States--20th century
  • Communism and education--United States
  • Conservatism--United States
  • Conservative literature--United States
  • Conservatives--United States
  • Religious newspapers and periodicals--United States
  • Statesmen--United States--Biography

Personal Names

  • Robnett, George W. (George Washington), 1890-1970
  • Robnett, George W. (George Washington), 1890-1970

Corporate Names

  • Church League of America. National Laymen's Council

Geographical Names

  • United States--Emigration and immigration