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Creator: Patchell, Herbert, collector.
Title:Edward L. Bernays papers
Dates:1982-1998 (bulk 1993-1995)
Call Number:M99
Location:65/4
Volume:.35 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Note:The Edward L. Bernays (ELB) papers cover the period 1982-1998 and consist of photographs, personal and professional papers, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. The documents were collected by Herbert Patchell, a Northeastern instructor. Patchell met ELB in 1982 and maintained a friendship with him until his death in 1995. The bulk of these materials document ELB's involvement in the failed pursuit of legislation in Massachusetts in 1992 to require licensing of public relations personnel. There are also correspondence between ELB and Patchell, newspaper clippings regarding ELB's career in public relations, and the court battle between ELB and his daughters over control of his finances. Photographs of ELB and friends at his home in Cambridge are included.
Historical Note:Edward L. Bernays, "Father of Public Relations" was born in Vienna in 1891. He studied at Cornell and became a member of the United States Committee on Public Information in 1918. In 1919, Bernays opened a public relations firm, and in 1923 wrote the seminal book on public relations: Crystallizing Public Opinion (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1923) [call number HM261 .B4]. On June 17, 1989, Bernays received an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Northeastern University and gave the commencement speech. He died in 1995.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Bernays, Edward L., 1891-1995
  • Bernays, Anne


  • Public relations -- United States
  • Public relations and law -- Massachusetts

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Lisa Luna, April 2004