Approximately one-half of the Durr Papers reflect the activities of his personal life, but Durr's government activities in the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) are contained as well. The RFC provided loans to railraods, banks, agricultural agencies, industry, and commerce in order to help restore the economy. The collection also contains materials from 1940-1941 on an RFC subsidiary, the Defense Plant Corporation (DPC). The latter agency was created in 1940 to handle the conversion and expansion of industry to prepare for war with Germany and Japan. Materials on the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) are included for the period in which Durr served as commissioner, 1941-1948. The beginnings of education broadcasting in the U.S. is covered as is the Eugene Cox affair. The FCC regulatory policies and procedures for wartime and peace-time broadcasting are contained, as are materials related to the House Committee on Un-American Activities from 1941-1951. In the personal life and private practice series are materials related to the 1954 U.S. Senate Internal Security subcommittee hearings held in New Orleans, La., on the Southern Conference Educational Fund, which involved both Clifford and Virginia Durr, and on the civil rights movement in the South from 1954-1969. Durr served as counsel in a number of civil rights cases during that period.
Among the more prominent correspondents were Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ladybird Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, James L. Fly, Aubrey Williams, Harold Ickes, John H. Bankhead, Lister Hill, George Huddleston, Jesse H. Jones, Estes Kefauver, Claude Pepper, Herbert Lehman, James O. Eastland, J.W. Fulbright, and other officials of government during the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, scientists Edward U. Condon, Harlow Shapley, Robert and Frank Oppenheimer; U.S. Supreme Court Justices Abe Fortas, Felix Frankfurter, William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, and especially, Hugo L. Black; loyalty review defendants Charles E. Clift, Goodwin Watson, George A. Eddy, Dr. Karl F. Heiser, Dr. L.J. Stadler, Roy Patterson, and Anna Caulfied Holcomb; HUAC defendants Mary Jane and Phillip O. Keeney; and individuals associated with civil rights: Father Albert S. Foley, Leon Friedman, James E. Folsom, Fred Gray, David I. Fox, Richard Nesmith, Holmes Alexander, Anna Gach, Fred Gach, and many others.
Also included are two photocopies of an interview conducted by the Oral History Research Office at Columbia printed in 1976.
- Black, Hugo LaFayette, -- 1886-1971.
- Cox, Edward E. -- (Edward Eugene), -- 1880-1952.
- Nixon, Richard M. -- (Richard Milhous), -- 1913-1994.
- Alabama. -- Educational Television.
- Baggett Transportation Co., Inc.
- First National Bank of Birmingham (Ala.)
- National Farmers Union.
- Southern Conference on Human Welfare.
- Defense Plant Corporation.
- United States. -- Congress. -- House. -- Committee on Un-American Activities.
- United States. -- Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- United States. -- Federal Communications Commission.
- Reconstruction Finance Corporation.
- Reconstruction Finance Corporation. -- Defense Plant Corporation.
- Banks and banking -- United States.
- Civil rights -- Alabama.
- Civil rights -- United States.
- Congresses and conventions -- Europe.
- Families -- Alabama.
- Indians of North America -- Claims.
- Ku Klux Klan.
- Ku Klux Klan in Alabama.
- Loyalty oaths.
- Loyalty-security program, 1947-
- Poll tax -- Southern States.
- Pollution -- United States.
- Practice of law -- Alabama.
- Practice of law -- Washington (D.C.)
- Presidents -- United States -- Election.
- Radio broadcasting.
- Radio in education.
- Segregation -- Alabama.
- Selma-Montgomery Rights March, 1965.
- Suffrage -- Alabama.
- Wiretapping -- United States.
- World War, 1939-1945 -- United States.
- Montgomery (Ala.)
- Montgomery County (Ala.)
- Wetumpka (Ala.)
- Elmore County (Ala.)
- Alabama -- History -- 1819-1950.
- Alabama -- History -- 1951-
- Alabama -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
- Alabama -- Politics and government -- 1951-
- Alabama -- Race relations.
- Brazil -- Emigration and immigration.
- Europe -- Description and travel.
- Thailand -- Description and travel.
- United States -- History -- 1901-1953.
- United States -- History -- 1945-
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-