Guide to the Thomas J. Mooney Collection, 1917-1918

Processed by Hülya Reshad; machine-readable finding aid created by James Lake
Sanoian Special Collections Library
California State University, Fresno
5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML 34
Fresno, California 93740-8014
Phone: (559) 278-2595
Fax: (559) 278-6952
Email: specialc@listserv.csufresno.edu
URL: http://www.lib.csufresno.edu/SubjectResources/SpecialCollections
© 1998
California State University, Fresno. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Thomas J. Mooney Collection, 1917-1918

Sanoian Special Collections Library



Henry Madden Library

Fresno, California

Contact Information:

  • Sanoian Special Collections Library
  • California State University, Fresno
  • 5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML 34
  • Fresno, California 93740-8014
  • Phone: (559) 278-2595
  • Fax: (559) 278-6952
  • Email: specialc@listserv.csufresno.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.csufresno.edu/SubjectResources/SpecialCollections
Processed by:
Hülya Reshad
Date Completed:
1998
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1998 California State University, Fresno. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Thomas J. Mooney Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1917-1918
Creator: Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942
Extent: 5 linear inches
Repository: Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).

Sanoian Special Collections Library.
Fresno, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas J. Mooney Collection, Sanoian Special Collections Library, California State University, Fresno.

Biography

Known worldwide as the scapegoat of anti-unionists, Thomas Joseph Mooney was falsely accused for bombing the Preparedness Day Parade in San Francisco on July 16, 1916. Mooney, a Socialist union activist and organizer, had previously been involved in an ugly strike against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. This put him under immediate suspicion for the bombing even though it was later proved that he was no where near the actual bomb site during the parade. Mooney's wife, Rena, Warren Billings, Israel Weinberg, and Edward Nolan were also tried for the bombing but only Billings and Mooney were convicted. Mooney received the death sentence in 1917 and spent the next twenty-two years in prison despite outrage from around the world and evidence that many of the witnesses who testified against him had committed perjury, especially F.C. Oxman.
Culbert Olson, governor of California, officially pardoned Thomas Mooney in 1939.

Scope and Content

The Thomas J. Mooney collection measures 5 linear inches and dates from 1917 to 1918. The collection centers around the trials and is comprised of mostly legal documents.
The letter is written by Webb, the Attorney General of State of California after his discovery of F.C. Oxman's perjury. He also stated that Mooney had been tried at a time when there was widespread prejudice against and suspicion of socialists because of previous industrial conflicts. The report by District Attorney C.M. Fickert outlines what he believes to be the factors that led to the conviction of Mooney and Billings, men whom he believed to be innocent.

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    Date: 1931-1963


    Minnesota Historical Society

    Banker, politician. U.S. Senator, and Governor of Minnesota with papers relating to Benson's support of the pardon for Thomas Mooney.
  • Title: John Frederick Finerty Papers,
    Date: 1910-1961


    University of Oregon Library

    Lawyer, with files for cases involving Thomas Mooney.
  • Title: Joseph Labadie Collection


    University of Michigan, Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

    Contains material on Thomas Mooney.
  • Title: Thomas J. Mooney Collection,
    Date: 1916-1935


    University of California, Los Angeles, Research Library, Special Collections
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    University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library
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    New College of California, Holt Labor Library

Container List

Box Box 1

Testimony and proceedings, undated

 

Support

 

F.C. Oxman

 

Claims of dishonest testimony, 1917, and undated

 

Letter, 1917

 

Report, undated

 

Request for retrial, undated

 

Speech, 1918

 

Weinberg, Israel

 

International Workers Defense League fund, 1917

 

Petition of writ of habeas corpus, undated

 

Guilt

 

Denial of retrial, undated