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Finding Aid to the California Surveillance Collection larc.ms.0124
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Restrictions
  • Availability
  • Custodial History
  • Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Title: California surveillance collection
    Date (inclusive): 1929-1940
    Collection number: larc.ms.0124
    Accession number: 1999/028
    Extent: 3.0 cubic ft. (6 boxes)
    Repository: Labor Archives and Research Center
    J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
    San Francisco State University
    1630 Holloway Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94132-1722
    (415) 405-5571
    larc@sfsu.edu
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English.
    Abstract: The California Surveillance Collection consists primarily of undercover agent reports and other materials documenting the activities of labor organizations and organizations on the left, 1934-1940, including the Communist Party of San Francisco, and labor leader Harry Bridges. The materials were possibly gathered or created by Harper Knowles during his tenure as director of the Subversive Activities Committee of the American Legion in San Francisco, and Stanley M. Doyle, an associate of Harper Knowles. A second series in the collection contains household and financial records of Harper Knowles from 1901-1954.
    Location: Collection is available onsite.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], California Surveillance Collection, larc.ms.0124, Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University.

    Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives and Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Labor Archives and Research Center 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 reader.

    Availability

    Collection is open for research.

    Custodial History

    The materials were given to the MeikleJohn Civil Liberties Institute by an anonymous donor, and nothing is known regarding the provenance of these materials. Some of the materials came in large (8 1/2" x 11") envelopes with the return address of the McGilvray-Raymond Granite Company, with two addresses: G7B South Anderson Street, Los Angeles, and 634 Townsend Street, San Francisco.

    Acquisition

    The California Surveillance Collection was donated to the Labor Archives and Research Center by the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Unit, March 19, 1999, accession number 1999/028.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into two series: Series 1: California Surveillance Files, and Series 2: Harper Knowles Personal Papers.

    Biographical Information

    Harper L. Knowles and Stanley M. Doyle, prominently represented among the documents, were both associated with the Radical Research Committee, later the Subversive Activities Committee of the American Legion. Knowles, nicknamed "Moke," was the head of that committee before he became executive secretary of the Associated Farmers. Doyle, also known as Larry Doyle and Stanley Morton, was designated as a special investigating agent by the governor of Oregon; he worked closely with Knowles, especially in investigating Harry Bridges.

    Scope and Contents

    The California Surveillance Collection consists primarily of undercover agent reports and other materials documenting the activities of labor organizations and organizations on the left, 1934-1940, including the Communist Party of San Francisco, and labor leader Harry Bridges. The materials were possibly gathered or created by Harper Knowles during his tenure as director of the Subversive Activities Committee of the American Legion in San Francisco, and Stanley M. Doyle, an associate of Harper Knowles. A second series in the collection contains household and financial records of Harper Knowles from 1901-1954.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American Legion. Subversive Activities Committee.
    Bridges, Harry, 1901-1990
    Doyle, Stanley M.
    Industrial Association of San Francisco.
    Knowles, Harper L.
    Anti-communist movements--California--History--20th century.
    Communism--United States.
    Labor unions and communism.
    Subversive activities--United States.