Collection contains the investigative files, hearing transcripts, and working papers of several committees (Assembly Relief
Investigating Committee on Subversive Activities, Joint Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities in California, and
Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities) created by the California Legislature to investigate subversive activities.
The growth of international communism in the 1930s had an enormous impact on American politics. Coupled with the rise of Nazi
Germany, Fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan, the threat of communism during the period leading up to World War II was very
real and pervasive. In response to allegations that communists had infiltrated the State Relief Administration, the California
Legislature created in 1940 what was to become a thirty-one year investigation into un-American activities in California.
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Collection is open for research.