ELMER DAVIS He signs a typed letter to formally terminate one of his employees at OWI Typed letter signed: "Elmer Davis" as Director, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1944 June 28.

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He signs a typed letter to formally terminate one of his employees at OWI
Typed letter signed: "Elmer Davis" as Director, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1944 June 28. On letterhead of the Office of War Information, Office of the Director to Miss Carol Burton, Office of War Information, New York, New York. The Director of the Office of War Information (OWI) terminates one of his employees. In full: "Because of the elimination by the Congress of surveys activities of the Office of War Information, it is necessary to discontinue the functions performed by you, effective June 30, 1944. In order to accomplish the systematic liquidation of work in progress without loss of the time and effort already invested, you will be carried on the rolls until the close of business on July 22 when your active service will terminate. You will thereafter be carried on the payroll until the expiration of your accrued annual leave. The work which you have done for the Office of War Information has been of real value to the Government, and I sincerely regret the necessity for terminating your services. You will be considered by the Personnel Division for any vacancy for which you can qualify in other parts of the Office of War Information. This office also will be available to assist you in finding another position in the Government service. Under regulations of the Civil Service Commission you have a right to appeal your separation to the Commission if you feel that there has been any violation of your rights under military preference laws or Commission regulations. If it is not possible to place you in any continuing activity within the Office of War Information, you may apply to the Commission to have your name entered on a reemployment list which will be used first in filling vacancies in the Federal Government for which you may be qualified. Very truly." In 1941, Elmer Holmes Davis (1890-1958), who had been recommended to President Franklin D. Roosevelt by his colleagues, left his $53,000 a year job as a radio commentator and news analyst at CBS Radio to head the newly formed Office of War Information (OWI). Before the agency, which had some 3,000 employees, was disbanded in September 1945, Davis fought to suppress government suppression of facts. He displayed the same commitment to truth when he returned to broadcasting, this time with ABC. The winner of the 1951 George Foster Peabody Award, Davis steadied the nerves of America during the McCarthy years. A reporter with "The New York Times" from 1914-1924 and the author of History of The New York Times 1851-1921, the reporter, essayist, novelist and philosopher is best known for his books, But We Were Born Free (1954) and its sequel, Two Minutes to Midnight (1955), on the trials of McCarthyism. Lightly creased. Stray ink mark at lower blank margin. Pinhead sized spot in center of left margin. Overall, fine condition.

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