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Inventory of the California Un-American Activities Committees Records, 1935-1977
93-04-12, 93-04-16  
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1. F Number Files, 1935-1971. 93-04-12.

Physical Description: 28 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by F number.
This series contains files on alleged communist, fascist and other suspected subversive organizations and individuals under CUAC investigation. Materials include correspondence, reports, clippings, testimony, exhibit items relating to hearings, photographs, and supporting background information.
Although no guide to the CUAC filing system is available, the following pattern emerges from a careful evaluation of the records:
F1 boxes 1-2 Communist Party organizations and leaders
F2 boxes 2-12 Suspected communist front organizations
F3 boxes 12-15 Communist publications and documents about communism
F4 boxes 15-16 Suspected communists
F5 boxes 16-21 Suspected fellow travelers, both organizations and individuals
F6 boxes 21-24 Miscellaneous topics, principally from the 1950s
F7 boxes 25-26 Communist Party election petitions
F10 box 27 Subversive non-communist organizations
F11 box 27 Subversive publications
F12 box 27 Suspected subversive individuals
F13 box 27 Other investigated individuals
F20 box 28 Miscellaneous information on subversive organizations
F21 box 28 Miscellaneous information on subversive organizations, individuals, and unnumbered files on schools
 

2. Hearing Transcripts, 1941-1958. 93-04-12.

Physical Description: 6 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of hearing.
These are transcripts of public and executive session hearings conducted by the Committees at various locations throughout the state. As noted above, the transcripts of public hearings were opened in November 1999.
Many of the transcripts reference an F number file that contains exhibits or other supporting documentation relating to that hearing. In addition, each transcript includes a list of witnesses that are included in each volume.
A separate finding aid for the public hearing transcripts was prepared by the Senate Rules Committee staff in 1999.
 

3. Index Cards, 1939-1968. 93-04-12.

Physical Description: 32 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged into three sub-series as follows:
a. 5" X 8" cards, 1939-1960, boxes 35-58, arranged alphabetically by name. This sub-series provides access to the F number files.
b. 3" X 5" cards, 1954-1968, boxes 59-64, arranged by color. White cards are used for Tocsin, pre-1964, Delano and post-1968 references; blue cards refer to the first Bay Area report; green cards refer to the third Bay Area report; and salmon cards represent the Delano preliminary report.
c. Miscellaneous cards, principally relating to the Bay Area or other Committee reports, 1960s, boxes 65-66. Box 65 contains five separate indices: the first relates to the Peace and Freedom Party and Clubs; the second to the 1967 report; the third to San Francisco State University; the fourth and fifth to the Bay Area reports. Box 66 contains an index to the Bay Area reports, nos. 2-4, and the Bay Area index, 1964-1965. Some of the indices are arranged alphabetically; others have no apparent organization.
The content of the index cards varies from one sub-series to the next. Some of the cards are quite extensive in the information provided about an organization or individual, extending through several cards. Others contain only the name of the organization or individual and a brief reference to records in the collection.
The large, alphabetized set of cards (sub-series "a." above) provides the F number file where additional information may be found and relevant dates. A reference may also be provided to the hearing transcripts when appropriate. The focus is entirely on California. The second and third sets of index cards (sub-series "b." and "c.") are national in scope and contain many examples of information reproduced from membership lists of suspected subversive organizations or subscription lists of subversive publications. In addition, these cards rely heavily on newspaper and television reports about individuals participating in or attending various anti-war, civil rights, nuclear disarmament, or peace rallies. There are few cross-references to other files in the collection with the exception of the cards in boxes 65-66, which serve as an index to the Bay Area reports.
 

4. Bay Area Reports, 1962-1971. 93-04-12.

Physical Description: 5 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

There is no logical arrangement to this series; however, at the request of the Senate Rules Committee, no rearrangement has been imposed.
In addition to the five manuscripts covering the third through the seventh Bay Area reports, this series contains a wide variety of information, including correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, publications, and supporting documentation. To a great extent, the files relate to the San Francisco Bay region, and appear to be uncataloged materials. Included in the files is information about the Delano grape strike and boycott, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Watts riots, and unrest at the University of California-Berkeley.
 

5. Publications, [The date of publication is not provided for many of the items. For those that do, most date from the 1940s-1960s.] 93-04-12.

Physical Description: 6 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

No apparent arrangement.
This is the working library of the Committees and contains a wide variety of publications, including books, booklets, pamphlets, newspapers, audio tapes, and brochures received or acquired during the course of the investigations. In addition, a number of copies of the Committees' own reports are included.
Prominent subjects include communism, the Soviet Union and its leaders, the federal House on Un-American Activities, labor, civil rights, the Vietnam War, student unrest, the Black Power movement, Marxism, and Communist China. Of particular note is the nearly complete set of the "Little Lenin Library", which consists of writings of Lenin, Stalin, Marx, and Engels.
 

6. Office Files, 1940-1977. 93-04-12.

Physical Description: 3 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

No apparent arrangement.
This series contains a broad assortment of uncataloged materials, including books, bulletins, posters, Dictaphone disks, correspondence, reports, transcripts, newspaper clippings, photographs, and supporting documentation. Although the files cover four decades, the items are predominantly from the 1960s, and reflect the principal topics of the Committee work at the time, including anti-war protests, the student peace movement, and the growth of ethnic power groups.
A second group of files dates from the 1940s and 1950s and includes reports of the Senate Investigating Committee on Education and various publications of the period.