New Finding Aid | Karl Pretshold papers

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce an updated finding aid published for the Karl Pretshold papers (Ax 834). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

This collection is about Karl Pretshold’s life and work as a journalist and public relations official. Pretshold worked in East St. Louis, Illinois as a journalist during the early 20th century. He wrote about workers unions and the labor movement. He traveled abroad during his career as a journalist and wrote about similar labor movements occurring in Britain. Following his career as a journalist Pretshold worked in New York City for the Department of Health in public relations. Pretshold was instrumental to a public campaign to test the newly developed polio vaccine. Pretshold died in New York in 1975, and the materials were donated to the University by his wife, Hannah following his death.

Notes from processing:

This collection contains manuscripts written by Pretshold, correspondences, publications and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and articles. The materials in the collection span from 1924-1970. Pretshold was deeply interested in union and labor rights, and these topics are prominent in the material found in this collection. Subjects also include Marxism and Socialist theory, corporate corruption, the Cold War, the Red Scare, the Oppenheimer hearing, and public health as it related to Pretshold’s job at the Department of Health in NYC.

–Emily Haskins, Special Collections Intern

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