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William M. Agar letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9329

Scope and Contents

Contains a letter sent from William M. Agar to Burgess Meredith for the purpose of advertising the publication "International Correspondence" provided by Freedom House. Agar writes that he has enclosed the most recent issue of the publication, and remarks upon its reputation as a trusted and important news source. Agar then explains how Meredith can sign up to receive the service, and asks him to provide a letter of commendation should he find it a valuable service. Dated May 10, 1942.


  • 1942 May 10


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the William M. Agar letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

William MacDonough Agar (1894-1972) was an American geologist, educator, and author.

William McDonough Agar was born on February 14, 1894, in New York, New York, to parents Agnes Louise MacDonough and John Giraud Agar. In his youth, Agar attended the Newman School in Lakewood, New Jersey. He married Alida Steward Carter, with whom he had four children. He was a founder and board chairman of Freedom House, a research institute, in New York. Agar served as chief of visitors' services in the department of public information of the United Nations Secretariat from 1948 to 1956. He received a B.S. degree from Princeton in 1916, an M.A. in 1920, and a Ph. D. in 1922. From 1922 to 1923 he was a geologist working for Anaconda Copper Company in Butte, Montana. He taught geology at Yale from 1923 to 1928, and at Columbia from 1928 to 1935. Later, he became headmaster of the Newman School from which he had graduated, and was appointed chief geologist of the United States Geological Survey. Agar passed away on June 10, 1972 in Southampton, New York.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Found in the periodical "Beltaine" by rare book librarian, Maggie Kopp, then transferred to John Murphy, 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred, Maggie Kopp to John Murphy, 2019.


Western American Business and Labor History (20th Century Western and Mormon Americana Collection Development Policy II.B.5.II, 2016).

Processing Information

Processed; Chelsea McNeil, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2019.

Register of William M. Agar letter
Chelsea McNeil
2019 July 2
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States