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Daniel Rochford papers

Accession 2114

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Daniel Rochford papers
Dates: 1925-1983
Accession Number: 2114
Creator: Rochford, Daniel, 1900-1989
Extent: 2 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Language of Material: Some items in Persian, Russian, Spanish and German.
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: Daniel Rochford was born in Rockford, Minn., on July 21, 1900, and attended Yale University and the Harvard Law School. Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, he worked a series of jobs trying to utilize his skills in publicity and public relations. In 1944, he secured permanent employment in the Employee Relations Dept. of the Standard Oil Company. Rochford's papers are a mix of business and personal items, and show the importance of contacts formed in college, journalism, and aviation in his subsequent career as a publicist.
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Administrative Information


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Biographical Note

Daniel Rochford was born in Rockford, Minn., on July 21, 1900, and attended Yale University and the Harvard Law School. He began his career in journalism, serving as a reporter and aviation editor of the Boston Transcript in 1922-29. The Depression derailed this career, and he spent the 1930s in a series of jobs, trying to utilize his skills in publicity and public relations. He worked successively for Pan American Airways, The Sportsman magazine, the New England Council, Time magazine, R.L Johnson, Inc., and Frank Gannett's 1940 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, as well as freelance jobs. Rochford's war service was with the Office of War Information, followed by a one-year stint with Young & Rubicam. In 1944 he secured permanent employment in the Employee Relations Dept. of the Standard Oil Company, from which he retired in 1964. He moved to Peekskill, N.Y., and died on July 29, 1989.

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Scope and Content

The papers are a mix of business and personal items. They show the importance of contacts formed in college, journalism, and aviation in Rochford's subsequent career as a publicist. While there are individual letters from the likes of Elmo Roper, Edward Land, Henry Luce, Robert McCormick, Gene Tunney, Herbert Hoover, Lowell Thomas, and Eddie Rickenbacker, they do little more than show the range of Rochford's connections. More substantive are letters from Yale classmate William Benton of Benton & Bowles, who aided Rochford in his switch to publicity.

There are a number of pieces on early aviation and Rochford's contacts with aviators who later became airline executives, as well as brochures for Northwest Airlines, Pan American, and Pan American-Grace Airways. There is some interesting material on the America First movement and Frank Gannett's presidential bid, a speech by Abe Fortas on the Public Utilities Act, a proposal for publicizing the centennial of the Cunard Line (1939), tourist brochures produced for the New England Council and for southwestern dude ranches, notes from a 1938 ad campaign by Fred Hamlin to increase the consumption of bread, preliminary ideas for the "Four Freedoms" concept from H. D. Lasswell, and publicity for a 1943 tour of the Sperry Gyroscope factory by Mme. Chiang Kai-shek.

Perhaps the most interesting pieces from the Standard Oil years are samples of newspapers and newsletters published for the employees of the Abadan, Iran, refinery, including one in Persian, which give the flavor of expatriate life under the Shah. There are also samples of union newspapers and George Seldes's IN FACT. Also of note is a file on Will Anthony Madden, and African-American monologist and former ESSO employee who operated a little theater in Greenwich Village and whom Rochford aided. It contains a modernist ode to Standard Oil that Madden apparently wrote and recited. Items on Russia from the 1950s include an Intourist brochure, a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Russian, and a fact book on American life and government in English and Russian.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Separated Material

Daniel Rochford photographs (Accession 1995.291), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

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Access Points

Aeronautics.
Employee motivation.
Journalism
Personnel management.
Tourism.
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

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1 Abadan - Miscellaneous, 1955-1959
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1 Abadan newspaper (Farsi), 1957-1959
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1 Abadan Today, 1958-1959
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1 Abadan Today (bulletin), 1957-1959
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1 Adcraft Club of Detroit, 1938
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1 America First Committee, 1940-1941
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1 American Legion - Crosscup-Pishon Post No. 281, 1936
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1 American Management Association, 1944-1966
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1 Aviation miscellany, 1928-1955
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1 BBDO News Bureau, 1936
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1 Benton, William B., 1927-1950
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1 Blair, Don, 1944-1954
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1 Boillod, Charles A., 1939-1941
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1 Boston Transcript article, 1929
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1 Bowen, R. Sydney (Aviation magazine), 1929
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1 Braniff Airways, 1942-1946
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1 Brown, R. Kenneth, 1940-1948
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1 Brygider, Mrs. Edward (horse farm), 1968
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1 Carlson, Hilding N. (New England Aircraft School, Inc.), 1935
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1 Carrier Corporation, 1944-1953
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1 Carson, James E., 1931-1950
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1 Carter, John M. (Young & Ottley), 1938-1939
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1 Carter, Sydney (son of Winthrop), 1939
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1 Carter, Winthrop L., 1938
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1 Chambers, Reed, 1940
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1 Chaing Kai-shek, Mme., 1943
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1 Chicago Federated Advertising Club, 1938
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1 Colliers Magazine, 1943
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1 Collisson, Charles F. (Minneapolis Tribune), 1932-1939
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1 Columbia Broadcast System, 1938-1952
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1 Commentator magazine, 1940
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1 Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., 1945
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1 Copeland, Harry Depew (Curtiss-Wright Corp.), 1930-1947
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1 Crouch-Bolas Aircraft Corporation, 1935
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1 Cue magazine, 1938-1939
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1 Cunard Line, 1939
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1 Currin, Theda Moore (secretary), 1944-1946
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1 Curtis, Frank (United Air Lines), 1935
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1 Curtis Publishing Company, 1937
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1 Curtiss-Wright Corporation, 1926-1943
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1 Damon, Ralph S. (American Airlines), 1943-1948
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1 Dennis, William A. (Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.), 1945
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1 Dessler, Walter M. (ESSO), 1946-1948
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1 ESSO News Repprts, 1944
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1 Felton, G. Haines, 1930
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1 Fortas, Abe - Public Utility Act, 1938
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1 French, A. Wallis, 1935-1943
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1 Frye, Jack (TWA), 1938
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1 Gannett for President National Committee, 1940
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1 Glenn L. Martin Company, 1945
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1 Gould, Bruce, 1935-1939
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1 Grant, Howard "Halcyone" (The Sportsman), 1930-1938
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1 Hall, Glenn Robert (Yale classmate), 1938-1948
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1 Hamlin, Fred, 1932-1950
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1 Hanks, Stedman Shumway, 1937-1949
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1 Hannay, Meta K. (The Sportsman), 1931
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1 Heinmuller, John P. V. (Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co.), 1941-1944
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1 Hoover, Herbert, 1938
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1 House, Capt. William E. (Springfield Armory), 1939
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1 Howe, E. L. "Bronc" (American Airlines), 1963-1964
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1 Kauffman, G. Francis (ESSO cartoons), 1947-1962
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1 Knott, Heinrich, 1931
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1 Knox, Frank, 1935-1940
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1 Kresge, Howard S., 1951-1953
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1 Labor press, 1948-1959
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2 Latin American Employee Relations Conference, 1946
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2 Licensed pilots, 1924-1935
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2 Lieber, Francis "Bud," 1934-1938
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2 Liebman, Julius, 1938-1957
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2 Lif e Magazine, 1938-1972
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2 Link, Walter K., 1955
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2 Liss, Doris (artist), 1938
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2 Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, 1944-1954
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2 Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1931-1951
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2 London, Kurt L., 1942-1945
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2 Love, Robert M. (Inter-City Airlines), 1935
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2 Lunch-hour movies, 1949
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2 Lyman, Lauren D. "Deke," 1938-1972
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2 McCormick, Col. Robert R., 1937-1941
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2 Madden, Will Anthony, 1947-1953
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2 Massachusetts Federation of Taxpayers Associations, 1935
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2 Maxson, Ralph, 1959
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2 May, Geoffrey & Elizabeth, 1929-1977
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2 Moon, Harold, 1930-1940
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2 Navy, 1943-1951
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2 New England Council - Publicity, 1936
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2 New England flyers yearbook data, 1929
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2 Northwest Airlines, 1946
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2 Pan American Airways, 1930-1958
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2 Philadelphia Rapid Transit Air Service, Inc., 1926
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2 Rice, Maxwell Jay (Pan American), 1937-1943
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2 Rickenbacker, Eddie V., 1946-1951
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2 Rochford, Daniel - Personal
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2 Rochford, Daniel - Published material, 1930-1940
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2 Roosevelt, Kermit, 1932
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2 Rotary Club, 1970-1971
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2 Russia, 1943-1960
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2 St. Louis Advertising Club, 1938-1939
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2 Santa Fe Railway - Dude ranches, 1939
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2 Smith, Harold - Cartoons, undated
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2 Sportsman Pilots Association, 1935-1938
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2 Sprague, George E. (Mass. Air National Guard), 1935
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2 Standard Oil Company - Miscellaneous, 1944-1960
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2 Stephenson, Benjamin T. (General Investors Corp.), 1935-1941
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2 Stone, Harvey L. (American Airlines), 1935-1943
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2 Sutherland, John (John Sutherland Productions, Inc.), circa 1950s
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2 Taylor, William H., 1935-1966
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2 Thomas, Lowell, 1937-1938
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2 Time, 1935-1942
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2 Tracy, S. Edwin & family, 1930-1983
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2 Treat, Lawrence A., 1945-1972
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2 Von Tresckow, Walter, 1938-1939
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2 Whitcomb, Edward J. (United Air Lines), 1935
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2 Wooley, Maj. Charles H., 1922
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2 Yankee Pilot, 1938
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2 ZeIcer, F. William, 1932-1943; 1~