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Register of Angela Davis Academic Freedom Case & Trial and Defense Movement, 1969-1972
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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1 UCLA Academic Freedom Case, 1969-1972

Physical Description: .7 legal boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series is comprised of correspondence, resolutions, editorials and reports related to the termination of Angela Davis for membership in the Communist Party, USA and her extramural speeches.
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University correspondence between members of the UCLA Philosophy Department and Vice-Chancellors, the Chancellor, and the University President. Begins with letters confirming the hiring of Angela Davis and then continues through the controversy. One letter by Davis. 4/16/1969-6/18/1971

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Correspondence of support for Davis between Kalish and various members of the UCLA community as well as other academic and professional institutions: Stanford, Yale, American Philosophical Association, York University of Ontario, University of Wisconsin, Cornell, Princeton, and a letter from a former student of Davis. 9/12/1969-3/7/1970

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Disagreements/Red-baiting

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Resolutions by academic and citizen groups supporting Davis’ right to teach. Associated Students of University California, Berkeley. Associated Students of UCLA. 25th Assembly District Democratic Club (San Jose, California). USC University Senate. 8/22/1969-1/12/1970

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Press releases put out by faculty of the UCLA Philosophy Department.

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Radio news editorials and rebuttals by members of the UCLA Philosophy Department, including a letter by Davis.Radio news editorials and rebuttals by members of the UCLA Philosophy Department, including a letter by Davis.

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Report by the American Association of University Professors printed in August 1971 and a paper (“The Constitutional Rights of Communist Teachers and the Angela Davis Case”) given at the 1972 annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association.

 

Series 2 Trial and Defense Movement, 1970-1972

Physical Description: .7 legal boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series is comprised of correspondence, resolutions, trial bulletins, newsletters, and political education materials on the trial of Angela Davis for conspiracy to murder.
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National United Committee to Free Angela Davis(NUCFAD) Administrative Papers

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NUCFAD form letters letters requesting political solidarity and commitment, fundraising letters, petitions from NUCFAD.

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Letters to Supporters

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Hate Mail

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Resolutions by various Democratic Clubs and one from the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union (ILWU).

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NUCFAD newsletters: "Free Angela” and “Because We’re Oppressed” newsletters. 1970-1972

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Trial bulletins published by the state as well as community groups.

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Press releases and press correspondence by NUCFAD and the Committee for Defense of the Bill of Rights. 10/15/1970-4/15/1972

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Statements and reports on the trial. Various communist materials. Many undated.

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Protest Materials & Political Event Flyers

44cm. by 46cm “Free Angela Davis” poster, with Davis on a microphone, removed and put with other political posters of Davis in the SCL collection.
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Statements by Angela

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East Germany solidarity materials. Two pamphlets, one published post-trial and follows her travels in East Germany. One open letter from Attorney Professor Dr. Friedrich Karl Kaul. Five statements by the Women’s International Democratic Federation.

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Political pamphlets from various sources on the Angela Davis trial.

 

Series 3 News Clippings, 1969-1977

Physical Description: 1 legal box

Scope and Content Note

This series is comprised of clippings from a variety of media sources on the UCLA case and the Trial, along with a Brandeis 1965 Yearbook.
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University of California media, 7/1/1969-10/27/1970

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Los Angeles Times, 9/19/1969-4/28/1977

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Santa Monica Evening Outlook,9/19/1969-12/20/1969

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San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, July 9, 1969-December 1969

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Other California Newspapers, 10/7/1969-3/17/1972

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Non-California (United States) Newspapers, 9/27/1969-April 1971

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Social-Movement/Ethnic Media ( The Black Panther; Muhammad Speaks; Soviet Woman; Feminist and Jewish papers), 1970-1971

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Italian and French Media, 10/25/1970-1/20/1971

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CPUSA Affiliated Media ( People’s World; Daily World; World Magazine), 6/20/1969-12/31/1970

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CPUSA Affiliated Media ( People’s World; Daily World; World Magazine), 2/2/1971-10/14/1972

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Television Commentaries on the Trial (January and February 1971)

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Magazine Coverage, 1971-1972

One article removed: LIFE Magazine, 9/11/1970, which now resides with the Angela Davis poster collection of the SCL.

Note

There is one article from Frontier, 1956, entitled "How to Fire a Communist".
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Random Clippings Without Dates

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Brandeis University Yearbook, 1965