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Fred E. Busbey Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1987-007

Scope and Contents

Papers include official and personal correspondence, speeches and remarks, news clippings, memorabilia, photographs, audiograph discs, maps and background material. Many of the photographs and battle maps in the collection reflect his military activities in World War I. Topics include McCarthyism, the House of Un-American Activities Committee, Alger Hiss, and the Dresden bombing in World War II.


  • Created: 1910-1965

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to the Florida State University Libraries.

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical Note

Fred Ernst Busbey was born in Tuscola, Illinois on February 8, 1895. He attended the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. On September 24, 1917, Ernst enlisted in the U.S. Army and served overseas as a sergeant until the Armistice in 1918, when he was made a battalion sergeant major in the 124th Field Artillery, 33rd Division. He was discharged on June 8, 1919. In 1930, he began working in the investment brokerage business in Chicago. Busbey served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 3rd Congressional district from 1943-1945, 1947-49, and 1951-55. He later resumed the investment brokerage business in Cocoa Beach, Florida until he retired in 1958. He died there on February 11, 1966.


6 boxes

3.00 Linear Feet

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Method of Acquisition

Given by Friends of Florida State University Library.

Existence and Location of Originals

Portions of collection available online?: No

Processing Information

Processed May, 1987.

Fred E. Busbey Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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