October 14, 2010
Sarah Mercier/Newseum collection; gift, The Schorr Family

Sarah Mercier/Newseum collection; gift, The Schorr Family

New Acquisition: Daniel Schorr's Typewriter, 'Pike Report'

WASHINGTON — The IBM Selectric III typewriter on which the late Daniel Schorr wrote his commentaries for National Public Radio, and a hand-annotated copy of the controversial “Pike Report,” were recently donated to the Newseum by the Schorr family.

Schorr, who died July 23, used the typewriter at his home office before switching to a computer and submitting his article by e-mail.

“The Pike Report” — findings of the House Intelligence Committee investigation into questionable CIA activities — was leaked to The Village Voice by Schorr in 1976 after the House voted to keep it confidential. Leo Pike, a New York congressman, headed the committee.

Schorr refused to divulge his source to congressional investigators. The incident ended his employment at CBS News.

These items are now part of the Newseum’s permanent collection of more than 10,000 artifacts and 35,000 historic newspapers.

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