Finding Aid for the Alice Greenfield McGrath papers, 1917-2009

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Alice Greenfield McGrath papers
Date (inclusive): 1917-2009
Collection number: 1490
Creator: McGrath, Alice Greenfield
Extent: 13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes
Abstract: Alice McGrath (1917-2009) was a political activist who first became known for her work to overturn the improper convictions of Mexican American youth in Sleepy Lagoon Trial in which the defendants were tried as a group under inhumane conditions. McGrath also supported humanitarian efforts and revolution in Nicaragua, pro bono work through the Mexican American Bar Association, and taught courses on self defense. The collection consists of trial documents, correspondence, articles, awards, photographs, and other ephemera.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alice McGrath, 1986; additions to collections gifted by Alice McGrath in 1990, 1995, and 2003.

Processing Note

Processed by Gloria E. Chacon in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alice Greenfield McGrath papers (Collection Number 1490). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Alice Greenfield McGrath (April 5, 1917-November 27, 2009) was a political activist who first became known for her work to overturn the improper convictions of Mexican American youth in Sleepy Lagoon Trial in which the defendants were tried as a group under inhumane conditions. McGrath also supported humanitarian efforts and revolution in Nicaragua, pro bono work through the Mexican American Bar Association, and taught courses on self defense.
Alice Greenfield McGrath was born in Calgary, Canada to a family of Russian Jewish immigrants. At the age of 5, McGrath and her family moved to Los Angeles. McGrath's experience growing up as an immigrant heavily influenced her later involvement in social activism. After graduating high school, McGrath worked several jobs including working in a candy factory and as a sales representative for Grove Press.
At the age of 24, Alice McGrath began volunteering for the defense committee of the Sleepy Lagoon Trial, now widely known for unjustly convicting an entire group of young Mexican-American youth with little evidence and many human rights violations. Several months later, she was appointed executive secretary. Though she was not directly involved in the legal work on the case, she worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the trial, coordinate efforts. Of particular note is McGrath's effort to correspond with and visit the defendants in prison. In October 1944 the committee's work paid off, and Judge Clement Nye overturned the convictions. The case then became a foundation for legal decisions nationwide concerning defendants' rights.
Alice Greenfield McGrath's direct involvement in the case led playwright Luis Valdez to contact her and buy the rights to her character. In l978, Zoot Suit, a play by Luis Valdez based on the sleepy lagoon case and the servicemen riots premiered at the Mark Taper Forum with much acclaimed success. The play is a fictionalized account of the trial. Alice McGrath becomes the central character. A film rendition of the play makes headlines in the l980s.
In 1952, she married Thomas McGrath, a poet and teacher. During this time, both came under surveillance by the FBI for their political ideologies and community activism. This investigation led to Thomas McGrath being summoned to appear before the Un-American Activities Committee.
Around 1957, Alice McGrath met Bruce Tegner, her son Daniel's self-defense instructor. Based on her son's experience, McGrath enrolled in Tegner's courses, earned various titles, and began working with Tegner to write books on self-defense. She later taught self-defense courses at various community centers and colleges around Southern California.
In addition to her career, McGrath continued to volunteer her time toward political and humanitarian efforts. She made numerous trips to Nicaragua during and after the Sandinista National Liberation Front overthrow of the Somoza government. She led clergy, physicians, lawyers, and teachers on tours through the country and helped raise money to buy medicine for Nicaraguan hospitals and Hurricane Mitch victims, her humanitarian work also continued in the United States, where she became the coordinator of the Pro Bono department of the Mexican American Bar Association.
Alice McGrath died on November 27, 2009 at the age of 92 from complications of a chronic illness.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of trial documentation, correspondence, publicity materials, photographs, articles, books, and ephemera.
The bulk of the material in the collection relates to the Sleepy Lagoon trial and its development into a play and film. In addition, documentation and photographs from McGrath's support of the Sandinista National Liberation Front and humanitarian work in Nicaragua constitute a large portion of the collection. The collection also includes personal photographs, awards, correspondence, and documentation of a trip to China.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Sleepy Lagoon trial
    • Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee
    • Zoot-Suit media adaptations
  2. Personal papers
    • Correspondence
    • Writings
    • Miscellaneous
  3. Photographs
  4. Magazines, books, film scripts
  5. China trip
  6. Nicaragua
  7. Awards and recognitions
  8. Government investigation files
  9. Self-defense

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

McGrath, Alice Greenfield, 1917- --Archives.
Women civil rights workers--California--Archival resources.
McWilliams, Carey, 1905-.
Valdez, Luis-- Zoot suit.
Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1943.
Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Mexican Americans--Civil rights--California--Los Angeles.
Los Angeles (Calif.)--Social conditions--20th century.
Nicaragua--Social conditions--20th century.

Related Material

The Education of Alice McGrath [oral history transcript] / Alice Greenfield McGrath, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1987. Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee Records (Collection 107)  . Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

 

1. Sleepy Lagoon Trial. 1943-2008

Scope and Content Note

Contains documents pertaining to the trial, correspondence between Alice McGrath and the defendants, newspaper clippings, and ephemera and correspondence pertaining to the play and film adaptations of the events.
 

1.1 Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee. 1943-2005

Scope and Content Note

This subseries focuses on all documents pertaining to the actual historical trial.
Box 1, Folder 1

Court documents -- police statements for the grand jury. 1943 August 13

Box 1, Folder 2

Court documents -- Copy of Appeal transcript and copies of chronology. 1943 June-1944 October 04

Scope and Content Note

Also includes a copy of "The Sleepy Lagoon Case" prepared for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth.
Box 1, Folder 3

Ayres report. 1942 August 13

Scope and Content Note

Ed Duran Ayres Report laying out cultural arguments for Mexican youth's violent tendencies.
Box 1, Folder 4

Sleepy Lagoon Committee letterhead and defendants' list. ca. 1943

Scope and Content Note

Also includes letterhead with Zoot-suiter drawing by Delgado(?), autographed list of defendants and inmate numbers, and a copy of "The Sleepy Lagoon Mystery" by Guy Endore.
Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence between McGrath and the defendants while in prison. 1943 October 08-1944 June 26

Box 1, Folder 6

Appeal News vol. I and II. 1943 April 7-1944 March 04

Scope and Content Note

Copies of bulletin published by Defense Committee to keep defendants and public aware of the case's latest news.
Box 1, Folder 7

Greenfield (McGrath), Alice. "The Wearing of the 'drape' is no sign of delinquency." Daily News, 21 May 1945. 1945 May 21

Box 1, Folder 8

Greenfield (McGrath), Alice. "Mexicans called their home 'Maravilla'--at first." People's World, (?) 1945. ca. 1945

Box 1, Folder 9

Greenfield (McGrath), Alice. "Why Lupe doesn't go to school…" People's World, (?) 1943. ca. 1943

Box 1, Folder 10

Greenfield (McGrath), Alice. "The trial that was made a Pageant of Prejudices" and Greenfield (McGrath), Alice. "Hard Times for the boys. . .". Circe 1945

Box 1, Folder 11

Letters written on behalf of the defendants. 1944 June 15 1945 February 02

Scope and Content Note

Various letters from Mexican consulate Peralta, and from Penafiel, editor of comite' contra el racismo and a single letter from Roberson and another single letter from Daniel G. Marshall from the Catholic Interracial Council of Los Angeles.
Box 1, Folder 12

Photos of defendants. ca. 1943-

Scope and Content Note

Photos taken primarily in San Quentin State Prison and Chino State Prison (including autographed photo by defendants)
Box 1, Folder 13

Photos of defendants' families. ca. 1944

Scope and Content Note

Especially Leyvas's family.
Box 1, Folder 14

Victory telegrams. 1944 October 4

Scope and Content Note

Copies of telegrams notifying Henry Leyvas and Mrs. Anita of appeal's overturn decision.
Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence -- Mark Day to McGrath. 1973 December 22-1977 October 18

Scope and Content Note

Letters written after the Sleepy Lagoon Case and one response by McGrath in 1973.
Box 1, Folder 16

Endore, Guy. "Sleepy Lagoon Mystery." Los Angeles, Unidos Books and Periodicals: 1978. (reprint). 1978 Oct

Box 1, Folder 17

Paul Fitzgerald. "George Sibley." Forum 6, no. 1 (July/August 1979):3-10, 30. 1979 July-August

Scope and Content Note

Interview with Shibley in response to the Zoot Suit Play by Valdez published by California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
Box 1, Folder 18

Barajas, Frank P. "The Defense Committees of Sleepy Lagoon: A Convergent Struggle against Fascism, 1942-1944." Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 31, no. 1: 33-62. 2006

Box 1, Folder 19

Manuscript by Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval -- the stories we tell. 2008 April 22

Scope and Content Note

Revised and later published as Armbruster-Sandoval, Ralph. "The Life of the Party: Alice McGrath, Multiracial Coalitions, and the Struggle for Social Justice." Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 36, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 69-98.
Box 1, Folder 20

Alfredo Gonzalez's book outline. c. 1980

Scope and Content Note

Preliminary title is : The Origins of Mexicano/Chicano Gangs: A Reconceptualization.
Box 1, Folder 21

Manuscript by Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval -- teaching the black/brown metropolis. June 2004

Scope and Content Note

Teaching the Black/Brown Metropolis: Race, Class, and Resistance in the city- written by Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval. Manuscript draft. It is unclear whether it was revised into a published paper.
Box 2, Folder 1

Collected newspaper articles. 1942 October 30-1944 July 07

Scope and Content Note

Articles are contemporary with trial and illustrate the widespread sensationalizing of Mexican youth crime.
Box 2, Folder 2

Photographs of defendants' release. 1944 October

Box 2, Folder 3

Los Angeles Times Obituaries of three Sleepy Lagoon Defendants (Ysmael Parra, Manuel Reyes, Henry Ynostroza). 2001 May 21-2008 March 07

Box 3, Folder 1

Los Angeles Philharmonic benefit concert. 1943 July 02

Scope and Content Note

Jazz concert held to raise money for the defendants. Includes names of the original musicians who played.
Box 3, Folder 2

Photographs of McGrath and Levyas family post-Sleepy Lagoon (35 years after the trial). ca. 1978

Box 3, Folder 3

Ben Margolis. ca. 1999

Scope and Content Note

Contains copies of programs paying tribute to Margolis, a copy of an interview transcript, a letter about Margolis, and a photograph.
Box 3, Folder 4

Kevin Starr -- article and correspondence. 2002 October 12-2002 October 28

Scope and Content Note

Includes copy of Starr's article and McGrath's letters to Kevin Starr's article errors, It also includes his replies
Box 3, Folder 5

Eduardo Pagan -- correspondence. 2003 April 08-2003 April 20

Scope and Content Note

Letters about Pagan's misrepresentations of the Sleepy Lagoon Case
Box 3, Folder 6

Illinois Jacquet -- obituary. 2004 July 24

Scope and Content Note

One of the Jazz musician who participated in a concert benefit for the Sleepy Lagoon Trial
Box 3, Folder 7

Sleepy Lagoon symposium at UCLA. 2005 May 20-21

Scope and Content Note

Announcement card for The Sleepy Lagoon Case: Constitutional Rights and the Struggle for Democracy held May 20-21, 2005.
 

1.2 Zoot-Suit Media Adaptations. 1978-2008

Scope and Content Note

This subseries focuses on the play, film, and documentary adaptation of the Sleepy Lagoon Trial and McGrath's collaboration mainly with Valdez.
Box 3, Folder 8

Correspondence -- adaptations of the Sleepy Lagoon trial. 1978 February-September

Scope and Content Note

Includes Valdez's original letter to McGrath about his idea for a play
Box 3, Folder 9

Correspondence -- rights within adaptations. 1978 April 14-1980 December 23

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence about rights to use McGrath as character in play, film and documentary, including legal contracts
Box 3, Folder 10

Zoot Suit play -- first typescript draft. 1977 November 28

Box 3, Folder 11

Zoot Suit play -- second typescript draft. 1978 February 28

Box 3, Folder 12

Zoot Suit play -- final typescript draft. 1978 April 30

Box 3, Folder 13

Mark Taper's Zoot Suit play press release, cast contact list, and Aquarius theater information list. 1978 April

Box 3, Folder 14

Revised final. 1978 July 11

Box 4, Folder 1

Zoot Suit film adaptation -- first typescript draft. 1980 June 9

Box 4, Folder 2

Zoot Suit film adaptation -- third typescript draft. 1980 October 20

Box 4, Folder 3

Zoot Suit Play at the Mark Taper review. 1978 April 24

Box 4, Folder 4

Mark Taper Zoot Suit programs production programs. 1978 April-September

Box 4, Folder 5

Mark Taper souvenir program, Ephemera of Zoot-Suit play. ca. 1978

Box 4, Folder 6

Mark Taper souvenir buttons (2). ca. 1978

Box 4, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings about the play. 1978 April 16-1978 September 4

Box 4, Folder 8

Aquarius Theater production Copies of play program. ca. 1978

Box 4, Folder 9

Newspaper reviews of play at the Aquarius Theater. 1978 Sept 27-1979 June 27

Box 4, Folder 10

Winter Garden Theater production copies of play program. 1979 March

Box 4, Folder 11

Winter Garden Theater production souvenirs, few souvenir buttons. 1979

Box 5, Folder 1

Newspaper reviews of Zoot Suit play. 1978 April-1979 June

Scope and Content Note

Mainly in Broadway, NY.
Box 5, Folder 2

Zoot Suit play rehearsal photographs. 1978

Scope and Content Note

Snapshots of rehearsal including Gordon Davidson, Luis Valdez, Danny Lopez (actually Daniel Valdez?) and Edward James Olmos as well as Chepe
Box 5, Folder 3

Zoot Suit play adaptation programs. 1999-2008 April

Box 5, Folder 4

Photographs Alice McGrath and original play cast with Tyne Daly and Carey McWilliams. 1978-1992

Box 5, Folder 5

Photograph of Edward James Olmos as El Pachuco. ca. 1979

Box 5, Folder 6

Pictures of opening night of film Zoot Suit. ca. 1980

Box 5, Folder 7

Zoot Suit Motion Picture production. 1981

Box 5, Folder 8

Zoot Suit Universal Studios production Souvenir button. 1981

Box 5, Folder 9

Zoot Suit: The Play and the Promise. 1979

Scope and Content Note

Includes press release and letter.
Box 5, Folder 10

Zoot Suit: The Play and the Promise -- photographs and slides (taken of television screen). 1978

Box 5, Folder 11

The Sleepy Lagoon Murders -- miniseries announcement. 1978

Scope and Content Note

Article and announcement about the miniseries under development. The New Ingot Company (Larry Schiller) was producing the series with Abby Mann. The series appears to have never developed.
Box 5, Folder 12

The Sleepy Lagoon Murders -- correspondence. 1978

Scope and Content Note

Mainly between Alice McGrath and the new Ingot Co., Joan Scott.
Box 5, Folder 13

Zoot Suit and related lectures by Alice McGrath -- correspondence. 1981

Box 5, Folder 14

Zoot Suit and related lectures by Alice McGrath -- ephemera. 1981-1982

Box 5, Folder 15

From Sleepy Lagoon to Zoot Suit: The Irreverent Path of Alice McGrath -- reviews, correspondence and ephemera. 1997

Scope and Content Note

Produced by Bob Giges.
Box 5, Folder 16

Zoot Suit Symposium at the Disney Center. 2004 September 17-30

Box 5, Folder 17

Latino Film Festival Program that featured Zoot Suit film. 1998 October 28-November 1

Box 5, Folder 18

Correspondence from Manuel Delgado. ca. 1970

Box 6, Folder 1

Newsletter from AM to those involved in Sleepy Lagoon defense. 1978

Box 6, Folder 2

Zoot Suite play -- reviews and ephemera. 1977-1997

Box 6, Folder 3

Newspaper articles -- Zoot Suit and Alice McGrath. 1978

Box 6, Folder 4

Newspaper articles -- Sleepy Lagoon case and play. 1957 April 30-2001 January 31

Box 6, Folder 5

Articles -- press information about Alice McGrath. 1981

Box 6, Folder 6

Zoot Suit play -- first night programs. 1978 August

Box 6, Folder 7

Sanchez, Paul "Zoot Suit" is heritage on stage. 1978 December 17

Box 6, Folder 8

La Pantera Rosa reception invention. 1979

Scope and Content Note

In honor of Zoot Suit play.
Box 6, Folder 9

Zoot Suit play -- photographs at third opening at Aquarius. 1996

Scope and Content Note

Alice McGrath holding original program with Luis Valdez, Alice McGrath receiving kiss.
Box 6, Folder 10

Zoot Suit play -- advance critical reviews. 1979 April 21

Box 6, Folder 11

New York production reviews (photocopies). 1979 April

Box 6, Folder 12

Zoot Suit play -- ticket stubs. 1979 March 25

Scope and Content Note

Opening night March 25, Alan Alda Note March 27, tickets Aquarius March, ticket stub Winter Garden opening night
Box 6, Folder 13

Invitation to reception Mayor Tom Bradley, Assemblymen Richard Alatorre and Art Torres in honor the cast and crew of Zoot Suit. 1978

Box 6, Folder 14

El Grito, March/April 1979. 1979

Scope and Content Note

Issue of El Grito includes the article, "Zoot Suite: La Historia Chicana en el Senario."
Box 6, Folder 15

Zoot Suit Winter Garden Theatre souvenir program. ca. 1979

Box 6, Folder 16

Articles -- Zoot Suit play and Alice McGrath. 1978 March-1982 December

Box 6, Folder 17

Zoot Suit Motion Picture -- articles about possible production. 1980

Box 6, Folder 18

Zoot Suit Motion Picture -- newspaper articles. 1979-1990 May

 

2. Personal papers. 1943-2006

Scope and Content Note

Contains items of personal interest to Alice McGrath including correspondence, clippings regarding personal friends or family, and ephemera from McGrath's personal life.
 

2.1 Correspondence. 1943-2005

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence between McGrath, colleagues, and family. Also includes clippings and ephemera related to the people with whom she had correspondence.
Box 6, Folder 19

McWilliams, Carey. 1943

Box 6, Folder 20

McWilliams, Carey. 1970

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Alice McGrath
Box 6, Folder 21

McWilliams, Carey. 1970

Box 6, Folder 22

McWilliams, Iris. 1980

Box 6, Folder 23

Libraries and publishing companies -- about Carey McWilliams's book, North from Mexico . 1970

Box 6, Folder 24

From Alice McGrath -- about Carey McWilliams. 1970

Box 6, Folder 25

Symposium with Carey McWilliams. 1979 November 7

Scope and Content Note

Held at Ventura College with Carey McWilliams and Alice McGrath and moderated by Rene Rodriguez.
Box 6, Folder 26

Photographs -- Mayor Tom Bradley commendation ceremony to honor McWilliams. 1979

Scope and Content Note

Photographs include Alice McGrath, Carey McWilliams, Luiz Valdez and Tom Bradley
Box 7, Folder 1

Photographs -- Alice McGrath speaking at Carey McWilliams's class at UCLA. 1978

Box 7, Folder 2

Clippings -- Carey McWilliams. 1979

Scope and Content Note

Includes articles about McWilliams as well as those he authored.
Box 7, Folder 3

Photographs -- Carey McWilliams' memorial service at UCLA. 1980

Box 7, Folder 4

Reviews -- American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams by Peter Richardson. 2005

Box 7, Folder 5

Carey Williams: the Great Exception. Los Angeles: KFPK. 1979

Box 7, Folder 6

Articles -- about Carey McWilliams. 1984

Scope and Content Note

Includes an entry Alice McGrath wrote on Carey McWilliams for the Encyclopedia Americana as other articles she wrote about him.
Box 7, Folder 7

Ephemera -- Carey McWilliams (posthumous). 1980

Scope and Content Note

Folder consists predominantly of memorials and obituaries.
Box 7, Folder 8

Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. 1947

Scope and Content Note

Includes programs and invitation to the 1993 awards dinner at the library.
Box 7, Folder 9

Correspondence -- W.E.B. and Shirley DuBois. 1956

Box 7, Folder 10

Invitations -- dinner to honor W.E.B. DuBois. 1953

Box 7, Folder 11

Photographs -- W.E.B DuBois. 1956

Scope and Content Note

One photograph is inscribed to Alice McGrath by W.E.B. DuBois.
Box 7, Folder 12

Thank you note -- from Stud Terkel. ca. 1984

Box 7, Folder 13

Photographs -- E. P. Thompson and Alice McGrath. 1991 May

Scope and Content Note

Photograph was taken at E.P. Thompson's country home in England.
Box 7, Folder 14

Correspondence -- various (folder 1 of 2). 1958-2002

Box 7, Folder 15

Correspondence -- various (folder 1 of 2). 1958-2002

Box 7, Folder 16

Programs from the Apollo Theater and Gallery Theater. ca. 1989-2002

Box 7, Folder 17

Correspondence -- various. 1984

Scope and Content Note

Predominantly notes or forms. One refers to package AM sent her son while he was in prison.
Box 7, Folder 18

Correspondence -- Dan Schechter. 1990

Box 7, Folder 19

Correspondence -- Dan Schechter. 1991

Box 8, Folder 1

Correspondence -- Dan Schechter. 1992

Box 8, Folder 2

Correspondence -- Dan Schechter. 1993

Box 8, Folder 3

Photographs -- Dan Schechter while protesting. ca. 1990

Box 8, Folder 4

Poems by and from Dan Schechter. 1991

Box 8, Folder 5

Clippings -- Dan Schechter's protests and arrest. 1991 June 7

Box 8, Folder 6

Dan Schechter's statements about protests and arrests. 1990-1991

Box 8, Folder 7

Dan Schechter's prison newsletters. 1991

Box 8, Folder 8

Dan Schechter open letter. 1989

Box 8, Folder 9

Dan Schechter's writings on various causes, government action, and civil disobedience. 1989

 

2.2 Writings. 1955-2001

Scope and Content Note

Box 8, Folder 10

The Perpetual Bourgeois. 1955

Scope and Content Note

Draft of poem by Alice McGrath published in Coastlines's first issue in Spring 1955.
Box 8, Folder 11

Social and Business Hints for the Man on the Way Down. after 1961

Scope and Content Note

Unpublished manuscript draft written by Alice McGrath, illustrations by Chris Jenkyns.
Box 8, Folder 12

College papers written by Alice McGrath. 1965

Box 8, Folder 13

Publishing correspondence. 1984-1986

Box 8, Folder 14

Clippings about Alice McGrath's class at Ventura College. 1984

Box 8, Folder 15

Alice McGrath's music log. 1970

Box 8, Folder 16

McGrath's newspaper opinion pieces. 1976-2001

 

2.3 Miscellaneous. 1958-2006

Scope and Content Note

Box 8, Folder 17

Alice McGrath's Wedding Vows. 1977

Box 8, Folder 18

Alice McGrath's personal biographies. 2004

Scope and Content Note

Materials gathered for Stanford University's Chicano/Latino theme dorm, Casa Zapata for their annual Zoot Suit Week on February 22, 2004.
Box 8, Folder 19

Alice McGrath's personal notes, telephone numbers, names. ca. 1970-2006

Box 8, Folder 20

Grove Press book publisher letters and exhibit photos. 1959

Box 8, Folder 21

Personal legal documents, including CA I.D. cards. 1958 October 7-2003 April 5

Box 8, Folder 22

List of items to be gifted to UCLA Special Collections for the Alice McGrath Collection. 2009

 

3. Photographs. 1941-2009

Scope and Content Note

Photographs in this series predominantly picture family and friends as well as portraits of Alice McGrath.
Box 8, Folder 23

Family photographs. 1947 October-2007 January

Scope and Content Note

Mainly of Daniel Schechter.
Box 9, Folder 1

Family photographs. bulk February 2008

Scope and Content Note

Mainly of Alice McGrath, Daniel Schechter (McGrath's son), and Laura D'Auri (McGrath's daughter).
Box 9, Folder 2

Portraits of Alice McGrath. ca. 1938-2002

Scope and Content Note

Also includes a digital contact sheet with approximate ages of Alice in various photographs.
Box 9, Folder 3

Various family photographs. 1941 March-2005 December

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Alice McGrath and her children, Thomas McGrath and other family.
Box 9, Folder 4

Photographs of Alice McGrath and friends. 1942-2009

Box 9, Folder 5

Alice McGrath and family. 1950s

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Alice McGrath, Thomas McGrath, Laura D'Auri, and Daniel Schechter.
Box 9, Folder 6

Alice McGrath and family. 1839-1979

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Alice McGrath, her two sisters and her parents.
Box 9, Folder 7

Photographs of friends. ca. 1940s-1980s

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Cisco Houston, McGrath's sister Claire, Hasker Wexler, Luisa Moreno, Carlos Bulosan, Ben Maddow, and others unidentified.
Box 9, Folder 8

Soviet Union (Russia) photographs. 1978 February

Box 13, Folder 1

Oversize -- portraits of Alice McGrath. ca. 1979

 

4. Publications and lectures. 1944-1993

Scope and Content Note

Consists of articles and books that were given to Alice McGrath. Many of the items have an inscription or signature addressed to McGrath by the author.
Box 9, Folder 9

Various articles with inscriptions or signatures. 1964

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Selecting a School Counselor" by Laurence Peter, "A Mathematician's Faith" by Dirk Struik, and "It's Your Money" by C. Northcote Parkinson.
Box 9, Folder 10

The Contemporary Man, drawings by Chris Jenkyns with Words by Alice McGrath, unpublished. 1965

Box 9, Folder 11

Notes from Underground II with an inscription to Bruce and Alice. 1966

Box 10, Folder 1

Fuck You: a magazine of the arts 7, no. 5 (Sept 1964). 1964

Box 10, Folder 2

Maddow, Ben. The Savage Eye: A Film on Hogarth in Los Angeles [transcript]. 1952 January 2

Box 10, Folder 3

Maddow, Ben. The Savage Eye: A Film on Hogarth in Los Angeles [onion skin draft]. ca. 1952

Box 10, Folder 4

Grove Press letters and sales reports. ca. 1960

Box 10, Folder 5

The Essentials in a Struggle- A chapter from W.E.B. DuBois The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America 1638-1870 . undated

Scope and Content Note

photocopy
Box 10, Folder 6

The Literary Worker's Polonius from A Literary Chronicle by Wilson, Edmund. undated

Scope and Content Note

photocopy from 1935 work.
Box 10, Folder 7

Balter, Michael. Peace, Love, and Fort Ord. Buzz (August 1993): 68-71. 1993

Box 10, Folder 8

Varat, Harvey. Self-Renewal and the Police Establishment [manuscript]. 1972 May 18

Box 10, Folder 9

Hyman, Irwin. Corporal Punishment in the Schools: Americas Officially Sanctioned Brand of Child Abuse. [copy]. 1977 April 18

Box 10, Folder 10

Phillips, Ralph S. Dissipative Operators and Hyperbolic Systems of Partial Differential Equations [reprint]. Transactions of the American Mathematical Society 90, no.2 (February 1959): 193-254. 1959 February

Scope and Content Note

Inscription to Alice McGrath by author.
Box 10, Folder 11

Ming, Kwa Tak. The Fundamental operations in Bead Arithmetic: How to Use the Chinese Abacus . Service Supply Company: San Francisco. undated

Box 10, Folder 12

Grove Press photographs of Alice McGrath and sales displays. ca. 1960

Box 10, Folder 13

The Alpine Weekly Newsletter [photocopy]. 1944 March 30

Box 10, Folder 14

Pinter, Harold. Moonlight. Boston: Faber and Faber. 1993

Scope and Content Note

Inscription to Alice McGrath from the author.
Box 10, Folder 15

North Dakota Quarterly 50, no. 4 (Fall). 1982

Scope and Content Note

Issue includes articles by Thomas McGrath: "Statement to the House Committee on Un-American Activities," "Crazy Horse Manifesto," "McGrath on McGrath," and "The Frontiers of Language." Issue also includes an article by Alice McGrath, "Longshot O'Leary Says It's Your Duty to Be Full of Fury."
Box 10, Folder 16

McGrath, Thomas. Longshot O'Leary's Garland of Practical Poesie. New York: International Publishers. 1949

Box 10, Folder 17

Turkel, Studs. Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who've Lived It. New York: The New Press, 1995. 1995

Scope and Content Note

Hardback cover with dust jacket. Inscribed to McGrath from Terkel.
Box 10, Folder 18

Recordings of Alice McGrath and Luis Valdez. ca. 2001-2009

Scope and Content Note

Includes 3 DVDs and a letter addressed to Laura D'Auri from Frank Sotomayor. Letter describes the recording on each of the three discs. Recordings include an interview of McGrath by Frank Sotomayor, McGrath lecturing on the Sleepy Lagoon case, a question and answer session with McGrath, and an interview of Luis Valdez about the Zoot Suit play and McGrath. The recordings appear to be transfers from VHS tapes, and the sound and image quality is often poor.
Box 11, Folder 1

Alice McGrath interviewed by Luis Valdez at the El Teatro Campesino. 2007-2010.

Scope and Content Note

Includes DVD of interview and a discussion between Alice McGrath and Alika Spencer, the woman who plays McGrath's character in the Zoot Suit play. DVD is in plastic jewel case with a facsimile of a letter Valdez sent to McGrath in 1978. Folder also includes letter from Valdez to Laura D'Auri in 2010.
 

5. China trip. 1979

Scope and Content Note

Consists of ephemera, travel diary, and photographs of her trip to China.
Box 11, Folder 2

Photograph. 1979 June

Scope and Content Note

Taken in conjunction with Alice McGrath's English lecture on "Zoot Suit."
Box 11, Folder 3

Alice McGrath's China trip diary. 1979 May 21

Box 11, Folder 4

A Tourist Guide to Chungking and map. 1979 May

Box 11, Folder 5

Photographs of Alice McGrath and others in China. 1979 May

Box 11, Folder 6

Postcards, Stamps, and Letters during Alice McGrath's China trip. 1979 May

Box 11, Folder 7

Information about China. 1979 May 3

Box 11, Folder 8

McGrath's notebooks containing notes on China Trip. 1979 May-June

 

6. Solidarity work in Nicaragua. 1979-2003

Scope and Content Note

This series relates to McGrath's work in support of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FLSN) and McGrath's humanitarian tours of the country. Consists of correspondence, ephemera, and photos.
Box 11, Folder 9

Nicaraguan Delegation lists. 1986 June

Scope and Content Note

Includes letter and programs of events.
Box 11, Folder 10

Center for Training in Computer Science and Systems (CAIS) -- microcomputer training project. 1987

Scope and Content Note

Also includes letters to McGrath about her donations.
Box 11, Folder 11

Correspondence and photographs. ca. 1987-1998

Box 11, Folder 12

Sandinista Constitution. 1987 January 9

Scope and Content Note

Copy of constitutional reform provided by the Nicaraguan Embassy.
Box 11, Folder 13

La Seaman Comical Newspaper and other newspaper clippings. 1984 March 18- 1992 May 26

Box 11, Folder 14

Memoria Ejercito de Nicaragua 1995-1997. Managua: Direccion de Relaciones Publicas y Exteriores. 1998

Box 11, Folder 15

Instituto Nicaraguense de Seguridad Social y Bienestar. Martirio De Los Niños De Nicaragua Bajo La Agresion De La Administracion Regan. Managua: Instituto Nicaraguense de Seguridad Social y Bienestar. 1985

Scope and Content Note

Also includes The Subversive Agent (For A Poetry of Revolutionary Activism).
Box 11, Folder 16

Torres, Sylvia. Una 'chela' con algo extra. Barrada supplement, Managua. 1994 September

Scope and Content Note

Note written by Alice McGrath and stuck to article indicates the article is "loaded with inaccuracies."
Box 11, Folder 17

Photographs. 1992-1994

Scope and Content Note

Photographs picture Alice McGrath delivering supplies to a Nicaraguan children's hospital, Sergio Ramirez (Vice President from 1984-1990), Mary Addes, Xabier Gorostiaga and LASA.
Box 12, Folder 1

Photographs -- Alice McGrath with campesinos and companeros. 1987-1997

Scope and Content Note

Many of the photographs included are laminated.
Box 12, Folder 2

Photographs -- tours. ca. 1980

Box 12, Folder 3

Photographs -- American farmers with Alice McGrath (in Nicaragua). 1990 February

Box 12, Folder 4

Photographs -- murals in Managua Church that was to be painted over. ca. 1980s

Box 12, Folder 5

Photographs -- Alice McGrath in children's hospitals and schools. 1989 June

Box 12, Folder 6

Photographs -- people voting and FSLN supporters. 1990

Box 12, Folder 7

Photographs -- Alice McGrath on her 25th trip to Nicaragua. 1989 June

Box 12, Folder 8

Photographs -- Cuban veterinarians and doctors delegation. ca. 1980s

Box 12, Folder 9

Photographs -- American Citizens demonstrating. 1984-1986

Box 12, Folder 10

Photograph -- McGrath with Daniel Nunez. ca. 1980

Scope and Content Note

Nuñez was president of UNAG (National Farmer's and Cattleman's Association of Nicaragua).
Box 12, Folder 11

Photograph -- clergy delegation and Soviet Circus. ca.1986-1988

Box 12, Folder 12

Photograph -- Dr. Fernando Silva and army base. 1984-1990

Box 12, Folder 13

Photograph -- La Orden Decimo Aniversario for solidarity work. 1990 February 23

Scope and Content Note

Includes clippings and the medal McGrath received.
Box 12, Folder 14

Certificate from Frente Sandinista de la Liberacion Nacional to Alice McGrath. 1979 Jul 19

Scope and Content Note

Awarded to recognize McGrath's support of the Sandinistas.
Box 12, Folder 15

Photograph -- Alice McGrath with Daniel Ortega. ca. 1980s

Box 12, Folder 16

Cards and Postcards from Nicaragua. ca. 1988

Box 12, Folder 17

Nicaraguan currency and stamp. ca. 1980

Box 12, Folder 18

Commemorative day planner. 1989 July 19-1990 December 31

Scope and Content Note

10th Anniversary Celebration Calendar (planner) of the triumph of the Nicaraguan Revolution from July 19, 1989 to December 30, 1990
Box 12, Folder 19

Election ephemera. ca. 1984 November 4

Scope and Content Note

The Electoral Process in Nicaragua: Domestic and International Influences, Electoral Law pamphlet, sample ballot.
Box 12, Folder 20

Photographs and slides. ca. 2001-2003

Scope and Content Note

Includes slides taken in Nicaragua, photos of AM with Lewites, Herty (Mayor of Managua) and other companeros, inscription from author Gioconda Bellis.
Box 13, Folder 2

Photograph -- Sandino. ca. 1980

Box 13, Folder 3

¡Nicaragua mi muchachita! Commemorative posters of the Frente Sandinista de la Liberacion Nacional. 1986 November 8

Box 13, Folder 4

Patria Libre Newspaper, Triunfo Sandinista Pueblo Nicaraguense llega al poder (Sandinista Triumph). 1979 July 19

Box 13, Folder 5

En Confianza Alicia en el pais de los desastres. Supplement to Nosotras de La Prensa. 2002 April 23

Box 13, Folder 6

Nicaraguan election ephemera. ca. 1990 March

Box 13, Folder 12

Oversize -- clippings and ephemera. 1982 August 12-1990 May 13

Box 15, Folder 1

Frente Sandinista de la Liberacion Nacional scarf. ca. 1980s

Scope and Content Note

This is the same scarf Alice McGrath is wearing in the photograph with Daniel Ortega
 

7. Awards and recognitions. 1981-2008

Scope and Content Note

Consists of general recognitions, awards, and thank you notes. The awards and letters predominantly relate to McGrath's political activism.
Box 12, Folder 21

Thank you letters -- lectures and appearances. 1981 March 23-2007 June

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains various letters from institutions where Alice McGrath served on a panel or gave a lecture. Many of these lectures were on the topic of the Sleep Lagoon trial.
Box 12, Folder 22

Sheldon, Glenn. Interview with Alice McGrath. Pittsburgh Quarterly (Winter 1991/92). 1991

Scope and Content Note

Includes print out of article and letter to Alice McGrath from the author.
Box 13, Folder 7

Letter from Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley congratulating McGrath on her 70th Birthday, newspaper clippings about her birthday celebration. 1987 April 5

Box 13, Folder 8

McGrath's 75th birthday celebration -- clippings. 1992 April 5

Box 13, Folder 9

McGrath's 90th birthday celebration -- clippings. 2007 April 22

Box 13, Folder 10

Ventura County Board of Supervisors recognition of McGrath's 80th birthday. 1997 April 5

Box 13, Folder 11

Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by those Who've Lived it by Studs Terkel -- clippings. 1992 April 6-1995 November 7

Box 13, Folder 13

Newspaper articles and clippings discussing McGrath's fight for social justice, involvement with Sleepy Lagoon Trial. 1995 September 17-2002 March 4

Box 13, Folder 14

Alice McGrath lecture advertisements. 1996 October 16

Box 13, Folder 15

Sotomayor, Frank. "Patron Saint of Lost Causes." Los Angeles Times Magazine, February 3, 2002. 2002

Box 13, Folder 16

Davis, Kelly. "Go Ask Alice." Ventura County Reporter, November 1, 2001. 2001

Box 14, Folder 1

El Concilio del Condado de Ventura Tenth Annual Latino Leadership Awards. 1999 January 3

Box 14, Folder 2

County of Ventura Leadership Award. 1999 January 3

Box 14, Folder 3

Cruz Reynoso Award. 1998

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains the program for the 38th annual banquet of the Mexican American Bar Association.
Box 14, Folder 4

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. 2001 May

Scope and Content Note

Certificate recognizes Alice McGrath as a benefactor of the Rotary Foundation.
Box 14, Folder 5

Various Certificates of Recognition. 1996-1998

Box 14, Folder 6

Clippings -- Alice McGrath's awards and recognitions. 1998 October 29-2008 September 25

Box 14, Folder 7

University of California, Santa Cruz commencement program. 1997

Scope and Content Note

Alice McGrath gave the keynote speech at the commencement.
Box 14, Folder 8

Invitations. ca. 1996

Scope and Content Note

Invitations are to a testimonial dinner honoring several attorneys, as well as to meet with Wallace, Henry
Box 14, Folder 9

Progressive LA Conference ephemera. 1998 Oct 3

Scope and Content Note

This folder includes clippings, a letter, and programming information for the conference.
Box 14, Folder 10

Ventura County Bar Association. 1996

Scope and Content Note

McGrath served as the association's Pro Bono Program manager.
Box 14, Folder 11

Black Journalists Association of Southern Californian newsletter. 1982 July

Scope and Content Note

Newsletter mentions McGrath's appearance at the July meeting of the association.
Box 14, Folder 12

University of Washington's Labor Studies Department -- appreciation for Alice McGrath's donations. 2002

Box 14, Folder 13

Center for Constitutional Rights newsletter. 2008

Scope and Content Note

Materials in this folder relate to McGrath's donations and fundraising efforts. Also includes photographs of Alice McGrath with various members of the center.
Box 14, Folder 14

McGrath's 70th birthday celebration invitation. 1987

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs with Sleepy Lagoon trial defendants.
Box 14, Folder 15

McGrath's 85th birthday celebration -- programs. 2002

Box 14, Folder 16

McGrath's 85th birthday celebration -- clippings. 2002

Box 14, Folder 17

McGrath's 85th birthday celebration -- photographs. 2002

Box 14, Folder 18

McGrath's 90th birthday celebration -- ephemera. 2007

Box 15, Folder 2

Oversized awards, certificates, and posters given to McGrath. 1992-2002

Box 16, Folder 1

National Women's Political Caucus of Ventura County 2003 Women's History Calendar. 2003

Box 16, Folder 4

Ventura College Associate in Arts Diploma and Ventura College commencement program. 10 June 1983

Scope and Content Note

Alice McGrath served as student speaker.
 

8. Government investigation files. 1943-1980

Scope and Content Note

Both Alice McGrath and her son, Daniel Schechter, were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at different times in history. This series consists of documentation of the investigations by the F.B.I. and the Immigration and Naturalization Services.
Box 16, Folder 2

Freedom of Information Act releases -- Alice McGrath. 1952 November 11-1968 November 1

Scope and Content Note

Official release interleaved with McGrath's personal notes.
Box 16, Folder 3

Freedom of Information Act releases -- Joseph B. Goldberg. 1980 April 28-November 2

Box 16, Folder 5

Correspondence between Joseph B. Goldberg, FBI Freedom of Information Branch, and Army Intelligence. 1979 November 17- 1980 February 2

Box 16, Folder 6

Freedom of Information Act releases -- Thomas McGrath. 1943 May 21-1957 January 2

Box 16, Folder 7

Max Schechter single sheet report about his business. 1963 May 3

 

9. Self-defense. 1961-1980

Scope and Content Note

Consists of the documentation of McGrath's career in teaching, writing about, and demonstrating self-defense techniques. Series includes photographs, correspondence, and articles.
Box 13, Folder 17

photographs where McGrath is practicing and demonstrating self-defense tactics, newspaper articles about McGrath's self-defense course. ca. 1974

Box 16, Folder 8

Clippings about Alice McGrath's writings and courses on self-defense. 1962 April- 1980 August 19

Scope and Content Note

Newspaper articles and clippings (from the LA Times and Chicago Tribune) about McGrath's self-defense courses, "How to Become a Martial Arts Book Expert Without Hitting Anybody" by McGrath, "Self-Defense for Cowards" by Alice McGrath, letters about course
Box 16, Folder 9

California Community College's certificate of special limited services credential. 1972 September 18

Box 16, Folder 10

Descriptions and brochures for defense classes. 1973-1975

Box 16, Folder 11

Correspondence and descriptions for defense classes (folder 1 of 2). 1967 August 30-1980 March 15

Scope and Content Note

Letters to McGrath about her self-defense course from schools, Journal of physical education and recreation, California Physical Ed. Workshop booklet, Self Defense & Assault Prevention for Girls and Women seminar conducted by McGrath.
Box 17, Folder 1

Correspondence and descriptions for defense classes (folder 2 of 2). 1967 August 30-1980 March 15

Scope and Content Note

Letters to McGrath about her self-defense course from schools, Journal of physical education and recreation, California Physical Ed. Workshop booklet, Self Defense & Assault Prevention for Girls and Women seminar conducted by McGrath.
Box 17, Folder 2

McGrath, Alice and Chris Jenkyns. Better Part of Valor. The Sunday Telegraph, page 5. 1962 June 24

Box 17, Folder 3

McGrath, Alice. How to Become a Martial Arts Book Expert without Hitting Anybody. Top of the News 34, no. 4 (Summer 1978):331-338. 1978

Box 17, Folder 4

Tegner, Bruce and Alice McGrath. The Survival Book. New York: Bantam Books, 1983. 1983

Box 17, Folder 5

Photographs -- examples of self-defense techniques. ca. 1960

Box 17, Folder 6

McGrath, Alice. Self-Defense for Cowards. Hollywood, CA: Thor Publications Co., 1961. 1961

Scope and Content Note

Drawings by Chris Jenkyns. One copy has an inscription by Stan Freberg and Chris Jenkyns.
Box 17, Folder 7

Tegner, Bruce and Alice McGrath. Self-Defense and Assault Prevention for Girls and Women. Hollywood, CA: Thor Publications Co., 1986. 1986

 

10. Memorial ephemera. 2009

Scope and Content Note

Consists of letters, cards, and materials received by Laura D'Auri or created for McGrath's memorial ceremony.
Box 15, Folder 3

Obituaries. 2009 November

Scope and Content Note

Includes copies of the obituaries run in the Los Angeles Times, the Ventura Star, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
Box 17, Folder 8

List of invitees to McGrath's memorial ceremony. 2009

Box 17, Folder 9

Memorial announcements. 2009

Box 17, Folder 10

Funeral guest book. 2009

Box 17, Folder 11

Condolence correspondence. 2009-2010

Scope and Content Note

Included in this folder are letters of condolence written to Laura D'Auri, McGrath's daughter. Letters included from Lee Ann Meyer, John F. Terzano (The Justice Project), James Gregory (Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies), Fernando Gamboa, Gus and Lamont Yeakey and others.
Box 17, Folder 12

Slide show shown at memorial. 2009

Scope and Content Note

Consists of 3 CDs, all of which have some variation of a slide show featuring pictures of Alice McGrath at various points in her life. The slide shows consist of 34 images, captions and music.
Box 17, Folder 13

DVD recorded at memorial. 2009 December

Scope and Content Note

Folder includes 2 DVDs: a regular version and an HD version. Speakers include: Steve Stone, Arthur Gilbert, Steve Perrin, Greg Totten, Kevi Brannelly, Tom Crossure, Holly Olsen (McGrath's niece), Josie Saldano, and others.
Box 17, Folder 14

University of California at Los Angeles - digital images for memorial. 2009

Scope and Content Note

Includes 1 DVD with scanned images that were used in the slide show presentation.
Box 18, Folder 1

Memorial album. 2009

Scope and Content Note

Album containing remembrances of Alice McGrath. Authors include: Martin Hird, Arthur Gilbert, Greg Totten, Amanda Irma Perez, and Rene Rodriguez.