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Halsey V. Barrett Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

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Biographical History

Halsey V. Barrett was co-founder of the American Television Society, an early sales executive for the Columbia Broadcasting System and a key member of the Television Plans Board for the 1952 and 1956 Eisenhower presidential campaigns. In the 1980s he was president of Special Situations Ltd., a business brokerage in New York. He served in World War II and is the author of Experiences Aboard the First Ship Sunk In the D-Day Invasion of France.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Halsey V. Barret Papers consists of the personal papers amd memorabilia of the American television executive. Correspondence-subject files includes Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), Federal Communication Commission (FCC), National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the Eisenhower TV Plans Board, photographs, mailing lists, clippings, an essay entitled "The Influence of Television on the 1952 Election," and an "I LIKE IKE" official Eisenhower delegate hat. Films are 16mm reels and include episodes of Cavalcade of America, This is Your Music, and others.

Arrangement of the Collection

This collection has been only minimally processed and the inventory below is an incomplete box listing.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has a number of television-related collections. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing

Subject Headings


Barrett, Halsey V.
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.

Corporate Bodies

American Television Society.
Columbia Broadcasting System, inc.

Associated Titles

Cavalcade of America.
This is your music.


Advertising, political -- United States.
Political campaigns.
Television broadcasting -- United States.
Television in politics -- United States.

Genres and Forms

16mm (photographic film size)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Photographic film (photographic materials)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Halsey V. Barrett Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Halsey V. Barrett.

Table of Contents

Correspondence-subject files