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J. William Fulbright Papers Addendum

Identifier: MS F956 144-D

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence with Arkansas constituents on matters concerning state and national affairs; business and personal correspondence relating to variety of topics such as reactions to speeches by Fulbright, press releases or television programs relating to Fulbright, political observations, and exchange program among others; general correspondence consisting of out-of-state letters addressing national and international issues; correspondence concerning legislation reviewed by Senatorial and Congressional Committees; and correspondence regarding Fulbright's senatorial speeches, Reconstruction Finance Corporation, and the issue of ethics in government.

Included in the collection are also office files; correspondence concerning the requests for appointments with the senator; correspondence pertaining to acknowledgments by the senator for books and other publications; letters of appreciation, both by Fulbright to others and to Fulbright for his efforts in the Senate and other matters; correspondence and related materials regarding invitations received by Fulbright, accepted or declined; correspondence regarding requests for photographs, signatures, articles, and interviews; printed or duplicated texts of statements and speeches; files pertaining to the senator's trips to Italy, December 1962 and Moscow, August 1963; files pertaining to political affairs on national level; and interviews of Fulbright.

Files pertaining to Arkansas concern the issues such as the state's politics, political campaigns, elections, projects for economic development, educational improvement, and social services.

The collection also includes two unpublished manuscripts, including correspondence with publishers.


  • 1944-1974


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Use Restrictions Apply: For reproduction of interview transcripts in Box 10, researchers should contact the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

J. William Fulbright was born in 1905 and was educated at the University of Arkansas from the first grade at the laboratory school until he was awarded the A.B. degree in 1925. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Pembroke College, Oxford, and was awarded the M.A. degree in 1931.

When he returned to the United States he studied law at George Washington University in Washington, and during the 1930s he served in the Justice Department and was an instructor at George Washington University Law School. In 1936 he returned to Arkansas where he was a lecturer in law and, from 1939 to 1941, president of the University of Arkansas.

Fulbright began his first term in Congress in January 1943, and was assigned to the Foreign Affairs Committee. In September of that year the House adopted the Fulbright Resolution supporting an international peace-keeping machinery, wherby he earned national attention. In November 1944 he was elected to the Senate where he served until 1974. In 1946 the Fulbright Scholar Program was established, which has provided opportunities for thousands of scholars in the United States and other countries to participate in what has been called "the largest movement of scholars across the earth since the fall of Constantinople." In 1949 he was assigned to the Foreign Relations Committee and became its chairman in 1959. He held the chair for the remainder of his tenure in the Senate, longer than any other person.

He was a powerful voice in the chaotic times of the war in Vietnam, when he chaired the Senate hearings on the conduct of the war. In 1963 Walter Lippmann wrote of Fulbright: "The role he plays in Washington is an indispensable role. There is no one else who is so powerful and also so wise, and if there were any question of removing him from public life, it would be a national calamity."


4.25 Linear Feet (10 Boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by format.

Acquisition Information

The J. William Fulbright Papers Addendum was donated to the Special Collections Department by J. William Fulbright in 1974. Additional materials (Box 10) were transferred by Fulbright or his Senatorial staff after that point, likely in late 1974 or early 1975.

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu; completed in February 2006. Additional materials (Box 10) were incorporated by Katrina Windon in October 2020.

J. William Fulbright Papers Addendum
Vera Ekechukwu
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • October 2020: Updated by Katrina Windon in October 2020 to incorporate additional materials (Box 10).

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444