Eaton, William J. (1930-2005)
Scope:
The William J. Eaton collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, professional materials, financial materials, photographs, notebooks, and other materials.

Manuscripts in the collection consist primarily of untitled article drafts and telexes regarding U.S. presidents, the Vietnam War, Watergate, Fidel Castro, and other subjects. Also present are essays addressing labor management relations and the media.

The collection includes general correspondence between 1962 and 1977. Notables include Robert F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. A congratulatory letter from Donald Rumsfeld is also included.

Personal memorabilia consists of assorted awards and certificates, such as a citation for the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for National Reporting and flight certificates for the Presidential helicopter, the Spirit of ’76, and Air Force One. Event programs and booklets, press passes, pins and badges, and desk ephemera constitute additional memorabilia.

Printed materials in the collection include newspaper clippings, government documents, magazines, and other materials. Collected clippings pertain to a variety of topics between 1957 and 1979, including international news, the Watergate scandal, economic initiatives, and the Clement Haynsworth nomination. Government documents consist of the Congressional Record, Congressional Quarterly materials, Monthly Labor Reviews, and various other reports. Collected magazines containing Eaton’s work include Newsweek, The Reporter, and Nieman Reports. Also present are newsletters, a flyer and booklet, and two programs from the White House Correspondents’ Association Annual Dinner.

Professional materials consist of subject files, general office files (1960-1973), transcripts, press releases, and other materials. Notable subjects include Haynsworth, Nixon, and the Washington Press Club.

The collection includes financial summaries, pay stubs, and internal memos from the Washington Press Club (1969-1978). Also present are tax returns, pay stubs, cancelled checks, financial reports and summaries, and insurance claims regarding Richard Nixon, Herbert Kalmach, and Clement F. Haynsworth, as well as tax returns from the Furman Charitable Trust (1964-1967).

Collected photographs include color slides, black and white and color prints, and a contact sheet. Photographs capture Eaton at the Capitol, the 22nd Constitutional Convention, and Northwestern University. Additional subjects include Mrs. Anna Grapozynski, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the John F. Kennedy memorial (Germany), and the 1967 Labor News Conference.  

Notebooks from Eaton’s journalistic pursuits are collected extensively. The collection includes reporter’s notebooks and pocket notebooks (1963-1982), which document trips with JFK and LBJ, general White House occurrences, and assorted untitled material. Also collected are two untitled legal pads, two stenographer’s notebooks regarding William L. Calley, and four spiral notebooks containing information on Watergate and the Benigan trial.

Other materials court transcripts from Dorothy and Rufus Barkley divorce, four issues of the New York Post, a National Press Club poster, and an unidentified painted rock.
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Notable Figures
1. Eaton, William J.
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Journalism Subject Guide
3. Journalists -- United States
4. Journalism – United States