Michael Ranville papers: 1953-2008
Summary Information
Title: Michael Ranville papers
Creator: Ranville, Michael, 1943-
Inclusive dates: 1953-2008
Extent: 3.5 linear feet (in 4 boxes)
Extent: 2 oversize items
Abstract:
Author and political consultant from Charlotte, Michigan who wrote a book on the Milo Radulovich Case; records include interviews, correspondence, newspaper clippings, Radulovich military records, research notes, and documentation relating to the writing and publication of To Strike at a King: The Turning Point in the McCarthy Witch-Hunt.
Call number: 2009144 Aa 2, UAl
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Alexis A. Antracoli, 2009

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Michael Ranville (donor no. 10211) in 2009.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Michael Ranville papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Michael Ranville (born December 3, 1943), is author of the book To Strike at a King: The Turning Point in the McCarthy Witch Hunt. He is a native of Flint, Michigan and a former political consultant. Ranville received his bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University before joining the United States Air Force in 1966. He served in the Air Force until 1970, where he provided air-to-ground communication to the President of the United States and other high-ranking American officials from Andrews Air Force Base.

Following his time in the Air Force, Ranville returned to school to earn a master's degree in communications at Central Michigan University. He then began a career in public relations and free-lance speechwriting. In 1976, he accepted a research and speech writing position in the Michigan State Senate. Eventually, Ranville left this position to join the lobbying firm Karoub Associates.

Ranville has authored a number of magazine and newspapers articles dealing with history, politics, sports, and public relations, however, he is probably best known for his book To Strike at a King about Milo Radulovich.

Milo John Radulovich (October 28, 1926 -- November 19, 2007) was an American citizen (born in Detroit) of Montenegrin descent who served as a lieutenant in the Air Force reserve in the 1950s. In 1953, the Air Force accused him of being a security risk for maintaining a "close and continuing relationship" with his father and sister who had been identified as possible "security risks." The Air Force stripped him of his commission under the provisions of Air Force Regulation 35-62. Radulovich was eventually reinstated, but only after Edward R. Murrow brought Radulovich's case to the nation's attention on the television news program "See It Now" on October 20, 1953.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of six series: Milo Radulovich Research materials, Writing and Publicity, Later Milo Radulovich materials, Other articles, Video materials, Sound materials, and Posters. The collection's strength lies in Ranville's interviews with Milo, his sister, and other's involved in Radulovich's Air Force Security Hearing, as well as in the other accumulated research materials.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Good night, and good luck (Motion picture)
  • Good night, and good luck (Motion picture)
  • Compact discs.
  • Photographs.
  • Posters.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Videotapes.
  • Cronkite, Walter.
  • Friendly, Fred W.
  • McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957 -- Influence.
  • Radulovich, Milo, 1926-2007.
  • Ranville, Michael, 1943-
  • Ranville, Michael, 1943- -- To strike at a king.
  • Radulovich, Milo, 1926-2007.
  • Ranville, Michael, 1943-
  • Radulovich, Milo, 1926-2007.
  • Ranville, Michael, 1943-
  • Friendly, Fred W.
  • Young, Coleman A.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Milo Radulovich Research materials [series]

The Milo Radulovich Research materials series documents Ranville's research for his book. The series contains interviews, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photocopies of Radulovich's military records, and Ranville's research notes.

 
Interviews 1992-1995
Box   1  
Walter Cronkite undated
Box   1  
Margaret (Radulovich) Fishman 1993-1995
Box   1  
Vera Layton (Floyd) 1994
Box   1  
Fred and Ruth Friendly 1993
Box   1  
Ernest Goodman undated
Box   1  
Milo Radulovich undated
Box   1  
Ron Rothstein 1994
Box   1  
Kenneth Sanborn 1992-1993
Box   1  
Nancy Tuttle 1994
 
Newspaper Clippings (largely photocopies)
Box   1  
Korean War
Box   1  
Joe McCarthy 1953
 
Milo Radulovich
Box   1  
1953-1954 (2 folders)
Box   1  
1960s-1990s

(includes retrospective articles about the Radulovich case)

Box   1  
Victor Harris 1953
Box   1  
Charles Lockwood 1950s-1990s
 
Red Scare
Box   1  
1953
Box   1  
1990s

(includes retrospective articles about McCarthyism)

Box   1  
Miscellaneous 1953
Box   1  
Serbian Publications 1950s-1990s
 
Correspondence
Box   1  
Charles Lockwood undated
Box   1  
Hugh McDiarmid 1993
Box   1  
Milo Radulovich 1950s-1990s
Box   1  
Radulovich Family 1950s-1990s
Box   1  
Michael Ranville 1992-1996
Box   1  
Kenneth Sanborn 1953
Box   1  
Harold E. Talbott 1953
 
Military Records (photocopies)
Box   1  
Transcript of the Hearing of Lt. Milo Radulovich 1953
Box   1  
Air Force Letters and Memos 1953
Box   1  
Board of Findings 1953
Box   1  
Miscellaneous Military Records 1953
Box   1  
FBI Documents 1953
Box   1  
Milo Radulovich Retirement Benefits 1996
 
Research Notes
Box   1  
Background Information
Box   1  
Father Charles Coughlin
Box   1  
Senator Homer Ferguson
Box   1  
Margaret (Radulovich) Fishman
Box   1  
Fred Friendly
Box   1  
Charles Lockwood
Box   1  
General Timeline
Box   1  
Edward R. Murrow
Box   1  
Milo Radulovich Background
Box   1  
Milo Radulovich Hearing
Box   1  
George Sokolsky
Box   1  
Harold E. Talbott
Box   1  
Miscellaneous Notes
 
Michigan History Article
Box   1  
"The Case Against Milo Radulovich" 1995
Box   1  
Notes and Research
Box   1  
Article drafts
Box   1  
Correspondence 1995
 
Miscellaneous Research Materials
Box   1  
"See It Now" 1953
Box   1  
Statement by Margaret (Radulovich) Fishman 1953
Box   1  
House Un-American Activities Hearings 1934
Box   1  
Milo Radulovich Poem
 
Writing and Publicity [series]

The Writing and Publicity series documents Ranville's writing and editing process as well as publicity efforts for his book. It contains drafts of various chapters, copyediting documents, correspondence, and publicity materials. The publicity materials mostly include correspondence, book reviews, and publicity materials related to Ranville's interviews, lectures, and book signings.

 
Drafts
Box   2  
Dust Jacket
Box   2  
Forward
Box   2  
Preface
Box   2  
Introduction
Box   2  
Prologue
Box   2  
Chapter 1
Box   2  
Chapter 2
Box   2  
Chapter 3
Box   2  
Narrative Outline
Box   2  
Index
Box   2  
Photographs
Box   2  
Photograph Permissions Correspondence 1996
 
Editing Documents
Box   2  
Correspondence 1995-1997
Box   2  
Dustjacket
Box   2  
Outline
Box   2  
Index
Box   2  
Corrections to text
Box   2  
Galleys (3 folders)
 
Publicity
Box   2  
Correspondence 1995-2005
Box   2  
Book Reviews 1996-1998
Box   2  
Author Interview Requests
Box   2  
Promotional Forms
Box   2  
Book Signings
Box   2  
Contact and Distribution Lists
Box   2  
Lectures
Box   2  
Articles citing Ranville 2003-2007
Box   2  
Miscellaneous Promotional Materials
Box   2  
Golden Age of Television Conference 1997
 
Later Milo Radulovich materials [series]

The Later Milo Radulovich materials series documents some of the publicity surrounding the film "Good Night, and Good Luck," and efforts to honor Radulovich from the mid-1990s to 2008. It contains copies of screenplays for the film, newspaper and magazine publicity, and materials involving efforts to honor Radulovich, including documents related to the posthumous Bachelor of Arts ceremony at the Bentley Historical Library in 2008.

 
"Good Night, and Good Luck"
Box   2  
Screenplay 2005
Box   2  
Good night, and good luck: The Screenplay and History Behind the Landmark Movie 2006
Box   2  
"Good Night, and Good Luck" Publicity 2005
 
Miscellaneous
Box   2  
Posthumous Bachelor of Arts Ceremony for Milo Radulovich 2008
Box   2  
"The Legacy of the Milo Radulovich Case," State Bar of Michigan 1998
Box   2  
Rights to Milo Radulovich's Life Story 2002-2005
Box   2  
Correspondence 1998-2004
 
Other articles [series]

The Other articles series contains two articles written by Michael Ranville that are unrelated to Milo Radulovich.

Box   2  
The Closer (2 items)
 
Videotapes [series]

The Video materials series contains a series of video cassettes related to Milo Radulovich and McCarthyism. Most of the cassettes pertain to Ranville's research for To Strike at a King, including a copy of the episode of "See It Now" that highlighted Radulovich's case. The series also contains cassettes of Ranville's speeches and interviews after publication of the book.

(VHS cassettes)
 
Milo Radulovich
Box   3  
Milo Radulovich, Judge Kenneth Sanborn & Michael Ranville Guests of Alan Sanborn Michigan Senate Chamber 2003

(tape no. 1)

Box   3  
An Evening with Milo Radulovich and Michael Ranville 1997

(tape no. 2)

Box   3  
26th Michigan Legal Milestones

(includes interviews with Milo Radulovich and Michael Ranville)

(tape nos. 3-4)

Box   3  
"See It Now" October 20, 1953

(tape no. 5)

Box   3  
"See It Now" October 23, 1953

(tape no. 6)

 
Edward R. Murrow
Box   3  
Ed Murrow/American Masters 1990

(tape no. 7)

Box   3  
Murrow -- Civil Rights Newsreels to News

(tape no. 8)

Box   3  
Edward R. Murrow: The McCarthy Years with Walter Cronkite

(tape no. 9)

Box   3  
Edward R. Murrow

(tape no. 10)

Box   3  
"Murrow US-ML"

(tape no. 11)

Box   3  
Biography -- Murrow with Walter Cronkite

(tape no. 12)

 
Michael Ranville
Box   3  
Book Brunch: Michael Ranville "To Strike at a King: The Milo Radulovich Story" 1997

(tape no. 13)

Box   3  
John H. Faulk Conference 1997 (2 videotapes (VHS (TM)))

(tape nos. 14-15)

 
McCarthyism
Box   3  
Epidemic of Fear 1995

(tape no. 16)

Box   3  
McCarthy: Death of a Witch Hunter

(tape no. 17)

 
Miscellaneous
Box   3  
Interviews

(tape no. 18)

Box   3  
Charlie Rose and George Clooney 2003

(tape no. 19)

Box   3  
Jack Perkins

(tape no 20)

Box   3  
Walter Cronkite

(tape no. 21)

 
Sound materials [series]

The Sound materials series contains audio recordings of the interviews Ranville completed as part of his research. There are also cassette tapes of "See It Now," and interviews with Ranville.

(sound cassettes except where noted)
 
Interviews
Box   4  
Margaret (Radulovich) Fishman (5 audiocassettes)

(tape nos. 1-5)

Box   4  
Fred and Ruth Friendly (2 audiocassettes)

(tape nos. 6-7)

Box   4  
Ernest Goodman

(tape no. 8)

Box   4  
Irving Kempner

(tape no. 9)

(DAT cassette)
Box   4  
Irving Kempner

(tape no. 10)

Box   4  
Charles P. Lockwood

(tape no.11)

Box   4  
Harry Lunn

(tape no. 12)

Box   4  
Milo Radulovich (2 audiocassettes)

(tape nos.13-14)

Box   4  
Radulovich Family (2 audiocassettes)

(tape nos. 15-16)

Box   4  
Ron Rothstein

(tape no. 17)

Box   4  
Kenneth Sanborn

(tape no. 18)

Box   4  
Nancy Tuttle

(tape no. 19)

Box   4  
Joe Wershba

(tape no. 20)

Box   4  
Coleman Young

(tape no. 21)

 
Edward R. Murrow Recordings
Box   4  
"A Reporter Remembers the War Years" (2 audiocassettes)

(tape nos. 22-23)

Box   4  
Combined Reel: "This is Edward R. Murrow" and "See It Now" October 20, 1953

(tape no. 24)

 
Miscellaneous
Box   4  
Ranville Interview with Ted Heusel

(tape no.25)

Box   4  
"The Jack Lessenberry Show" (1 optical discs (CD))
 
Posters [series]

The Posters series contains two posters for the film "Good Night, And Good Luck."

Oversize Folder   1  
"Good Night, and Good Luck" Movie Posters (2 items)