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John E. Thorne Papers MS.423
MS.423  
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Description
John Ebson Thorne (January 20, 1921-May 10, 2002) was a San Jose-based attorney and activist who specialized in civil rights and constitutional law. Over the course of his career, Thorne extended his legal services to organizations including the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), the American Indian Movement (AIM), and anti-Vietnam War activists. He also represented Black Panther Party member and activist George Jackson, and intellectual Angela Davis. Thorne was also a prominent figure in Santa Clara County and California state Democratic Party politics. The collection primarily consists of Thorne’s correspondence, legal documents, client and witness interviews, case research materials, and publications related to his professional and activist work.
Background
John Ebson Thorne (January 20, 1921-May 10, 2002) was a San Jose, California-based attorney and activist born in Richmond, Indiana. Throughout his legal career, Thorne specialized in civil rights issues and constitutional law. He collaborated with African Americans and Native Americans in their struggles for racial and political justice, pursued legal action against the United States (U.S.) government as a means of demonstrating the illegality of the Vietnam War, and was a prominent figure in Santa Clara County and California state Democratic Party politics.
Extent
62.0 Linear feet, 123 boxes (111 legal document boxes, 11 cartons, 1 flat box)
Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Availability
This collection is open for research. Some restrictions apply.