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Guide to Richard Cummings - Allard K. Lowenstein Papers, 1981-1985

Collection number: MC 151

Size: 3 cassette cases and 12 boxes (4.00 cu.ft.)

About Allard K. Lowenstein

Allard K. Lowenstein (1929-1980), the subject of The Pied Piper, was a complex political figure whose life came to an abrupt end when he was assassinated by a former civil rights movement protegé. He was president of the National Student Association in 1950 and a civil rights organizer in the South before he won fame as the “conscience” of American liberals for his key role in deposing President Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War. He subsequently served one term as a Congressman (1968-1970) and was appointed a United Nations ambassador for special political affairs during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.

As Richard Cummings shows in The Pied Piper, however, Lowenstein’s hatred of communism and his fear that the Communists would exploit discontent and undo the liberal reform agenda led him to collaborate with what he perceived as the “good wing” of the C.I.A., who, he thought (erroneously, as it turned out), shared that reform agenda. Consequently, he carried out C.I.A. missions in South Africa and in Franco’s Spain, and informed on many civil rights colleagues who had communist sympathies. He realized his mistake when the C.I.A. began using him to promote American hegemony abroad and the use of undemocratic methods, such as spying, at home. Ironically, his own name appeared on a C.I.A.-generated “enemies list.”

Richard Cummings has been a civil rights activist, legislative counsel, Democratic party convention delegate, Congressional candidate, and teacher.

About the Richard Cummings Pied Piper Papers

The collection consists of manuscript, typed, and computer-generated drafts of The Pied Piper: Allard K. Lowenstein and the Liberal Dream (InPrint.com, 1985), research materials for the book, an 8-part index released under the Freedom of Information Act by the C.I.A., and taped interviews.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard Cummings – Allard K. Lowenstein Papers, 1981-1985, MC 151, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: Richard Cummings, July 1995 (Accession number: 95.023)

Collection Contents

Series I: Drafts of The Pied Piper

(8 boxes)

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1-10 First draft of Flaming Liberal (early title of Pied Piper): Introduction and Chapters 1-9. Missing pp. 17-18; 42; 120, and 148-166
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1-15 Second draft of Flaming Liberal: Introduction and Chapters 1-13
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1-24 Typed draft of Pied Piper: Introduction and Chapters 8-28 (Chapters 1-7 missing)
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1-36 Typed draft of Pied Piper: Chapters 29-64
Box 4, Folder 37-39 Typed draft of Pied Piper after corrections: Chapters 8-13
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1-65 Carbon copy of typed draft, Introduction and Chapters 1-64
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1-83 Computer printout of Pied Piper, Files 1-50
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1-51 Computer printout of Pied Piper, Files 51-100
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1-6 Notes for The Pied Piper
Box 8, Folder 7-15 Corrections
Box 8, Folder 16-30 References
Box 8, Folder 31 Biographical sketch of Allard K. Lowenstein
Box 8, Folder 32 Justification for The Pied Piper

Series II: Research Materials for The Pied Piper

(4 boxes)

Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1-17 Research materials (Cummings’ notes; miscellaneous materials on Lowenstein; photocopies from the University of North Carolina Allard K. Lowenstein collection mostly about Africa)
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1-18 Research materials (journals)
Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1-18 Research materials (senior theses: Lawrence Michael Hill, Allard K. Lowenstein: A Man Who Made a Difference, 1981; Marc. A. Feigen, The March to Washington, 1983; and one whose author and date is unknown. Also manuscript proof of book by David Harris about Lowenstein, Dreams Die Hard)
Box 12
Box 12, Folder 1-9 “Vaughn Index” – an 8-part index released under the Freedom of Information Act by the C.I.A. during the 1977 National Student Association litigation against the C.I.A.

Series III: Taped Interviews

(3 cassettte boxes)

Cassette Storage Case 1
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 1 Harriet Eisman, April 23, 1981 (transcription available)
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 2 Richard Murphy, April 28, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 3 Richard Murphy, cont. (transcription available)
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 4 Jenny Lowenstein Littlefield, May 1-3, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 5 Jenny Lowenstein Littlefield, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 6 Jenny Littlefield, Frank Lowenstein (son), and Nick Littlefield, May 1-3, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 7 Nick Littlefield, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 8 Rick Weidman, May 16, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 9 Rick Weidman, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 10 Greg Stone, June 5, 1981
Box 1, Tape 11 Greg Stone, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 12 William F. Buckley, Jr., June 10, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 13 Barbara Boggs Sigmund and Paul Sigmund, June 21, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 14 Barbara Boggs Sigmund and Paul Sigmund, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 15 Gerry Twombly, July 23, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 16 Bruce Voeller, July 29, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 17 Joe Rauh, August 13, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 18 Joe Rauh, cont. (transcription available)
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 19 Curtis Gans, August 13-14, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 1, Tape 20 Curtis Gans, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 2
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 1 Alice Levien, October 16, 1981; Gina Galkie, October 17, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 2 Judge Richard Wallach, October 28, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 3 Doug Ireland, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 4 Rita Kupsick; Bronia Kupsick, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 5 Hamilton Richardson, February 17, 1982
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 6 George Houser, April 13, 1982
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 7 George Crockett, April 22, 1981
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 8 William Sloane Coffin, April 27, 1982
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 9 Melvin Wulf, May 5, 1982
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 10 William Dentzer, June 25, 1982
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 11 Greg Craig, August 11, 1982
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 12 Tom Flynn, 1982
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 13 Ken McCominsky, April 13, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 14 Ken McCominsky, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 15 Wendell Wilkie II, May 2, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 16 Theo Ben-Gurirab, May 5, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 17 Harris Wofford, May 18, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 18 Harris Wofford, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 19 Adlai Hardin, June 16, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 2, Tape 20 William Craig, June 30, 1983. Phone interview.
Cassette Storage Case 3
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 1 William Craig, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 2 John Tyler Caldwell, July 6, 1983. Phone interview.
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 3 Frank Carlucci, July 19, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 4 Ernest Wentzel, August 10, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 5 Brooke Aronson Trent and Carol Hardin Kimball, August 11, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 6 Brooke Aronson Trent and Carol Hardin Kimball, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 7 Jack Greenberg, September 15, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 8 John Pemberton, September 19, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 9 Barney Frank, October 3, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 10 Charles Jones, October 11, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 11 Emory Bundy, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 12 Emory Bundy, 1983, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 13 Emory Bundy, 1983, cont.
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 14 Russell K. Williams, 1983
Cassette Storage Case 3, Tape 15 Algernon Black, n.d.

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