Inventory of the National Rosenberg Defence Committee records

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Inventory of the National Rosenberg Defence Committee records

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Hoover Institution Archives Staff
Date Completed:
2012
Encoded by:
Machine-readable finding aid derived from Microsoft Word and MARC record by Jill Golden.
© 2012 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Title: National Rosenberg Defence Committee records
Dates: 1952-1954
Collection Number: 2007C10
Creator: National Rosenberg Defence Committee (Great Britain)
Collector:
Collection Size: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Minutes, correspondence, press releases, circulated material, pamphlets, clippings, and a photograph relating to the espionage trial and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: English French Yiddish

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], National Rosenberg Defence Committee records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2007.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Historical Note

The National Rosenberg Defence Committee was an organization created in England, most likely during 1952, as a result of the publicity surrounding the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Maintaining contact with the New York based Committee to Secure Justice in the Rosenberg Case, this organization sought to enlist the support of the British public in the drive to obtain clemency for the Rosenbergs. Members of the committee included Felicity Whittaker, Percy Belcher, Rev. Stanley Evans, and D.N. Pritt, QC. In addition to writing letters to the editors of various leftist, union, and Jewish publications around Britain, they sought public support through sponsoring rallies in London, letter writing campaigns targeted at U.S. leaders, and other forms of protest. In one such letter writing campaign, they enlisted the support of many well-known British authors, including Graham Greene, Dylan Thomas, Sean O?Casey, and a host of others.
Following the execution of the Rosenbergs, the National Rosenberg Defence Committee sponsored a new fund to benefit their two sons. The group organized a meeting the following month to serve as a fundraiser for this new undertaking, and the following year, on the one-year anniversary of the execution of the Rosenbergs, they held another commemorative meeting in London.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains minutes, correspondence, press releases, circulated material, pamphlets, clippings, and a photograph, relating to the espionage trial and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953.
Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953.
Espionage, Russian -- United States.
Civil rights -- Great Britain.


Collection Contents

Box/Folder: 1 : 1-2

Committee meeting minutes and reports 1953-1954

 

Correspondence 1952-1953

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Members (Percy Belcher and Felicity Whittaker) 1952-1953

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Press 1952-1953

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Cultural material 1952-1953

Scope and Content Note

Poems, plays, essays, and songs on the Rosenberg case by Rewi Alley, Edward Eliscu, John Hutton, Ethel Rosenberg, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Edith Segal
Box/Folder: 1 : 6

International counter-trial materials 1953 April-July

Box/Folder: 1 : 7-8

Letters of protest 1952 November-1953 June

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Michael and Robert Rosenberg Fund correspondence 1953 June-August

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Press releases 1952 November-1953 June

 

Printed material 1952-1953

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Circular letters and leaflets

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Julius Rosenberg will and Ethel Rosenberg letter

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

Pamphlet typescript, notes, and design

Scope and Content Note

Includes small painting of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
 

Writings by Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

Public meetings 1952-1954

Scope and Content Note

In chronological order
Box/Folder: 1 : 15

General 1952-1953

Scope and Content Note

Includes leaflets and meeting minutes
Box/Folder: 1 : 16

St. Pancras Town Hall meeting correspondence and minutes 1953 July

 

Commemoration meeting, 1954 May-June

Box/Folder: 1 : 17

Fundraising

Box/Folder: 1 : 18

Messages

Box/Folder: 1 : 19

Musical program

Box/Folder: 1 : 20

Platform representatives correspondence

Box/Folder: 1 : 21

Program and tickets

Box/Folder: 1 : 22

Publicity

Box/Folder: 1 : 23

Speakers

Box/Folder: 1 : 24

Venue

 

Reference material 1952-1954

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

General 1952-1954

Scope and Content Note

Includes photograph of the Rosenbergs' graves
Box/Folder: 2 : 2

Notes on the case 1952-1954

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

National Guardian clippings and pamphlets 1953

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

National Labor Committee for Clemency for the Rosenbergs 1953

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

News clippings 1953

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Toronto Committee to Secure Clemency 1953

 

United States Committee to Secure Justice in the Rosenberg Case 1952-1953

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Correspondence 1952-1953

Box/Folder: 2 : 8-12

Press releases 1952 June-1953 October

Box/Folder: 2 : 13

Printed material 1952-1953