HALL-HOAG COLLECTION: Contains documents representing a broad spectrum of militant political, social and religious dissent in the United States, from the post-World War II period to the present. Part I comprises more than 168,000 items emanating from over 5,000 organizations, constituting the country's largest research collection of right- and left- wing U.S. extremist groups between 1950 and 2000. Gordon Hall, a young veteran of the Pacific Theatre during the war, first encountered the printed propaganda issued by domestic hate-your-neighbor organizations/groups in the late 1940's and determined that such groups were a threat to the American way of life. He documented their activities by collecting their publications and literature, supporting his investigations and research by giving public lectures on his findings. Materials from all corners of the country were collected, enabling him to document statements made in lectures as well as in a growing number of expository articles written for newspapers and magazines. Grace Hoag, an alumna of Smith College, began collaboration with Hall during the 1960's, assisting the research and investigation and expanding the collection beyond its initial emphasis. Part I of the collection has been divided into about 100 ideological or topical categories, each of which contains material produced by organizations classified in that category. These categories appear in the inventory section of the online finding aid, and by clicking on the category name, you can see the organizations represented in that category. See the online finding aid for details. Some related materials were received directly from the United Fascist Union, and these are catalogued separately (see listing for the finding aid at left).
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY RECORDS: Consists of materials abandoned by the JBS and retrieved from a dumpster in Belmont, Massachusetts, after the JBS moved its headquarters to Appleton, Wisconsin. Includes correspondence and manuscripts; memoranda; audio tapes, videotapes, phonograph records, and filmstrips. Also includes printed copies of JBS publications such as The Review of the News, The John Birch Society Bulletin and its predecessors, and American Opinion. The collection ranges from 1957 to 1989, and the bulk of the material apparently dates from the period between 1965 and 1987. It includes some material from the 1960s, as well as some film and video, but most seems to date from the 1980s. See online finding aid for further details on the archival records. Researchers should also note that they will be asked to sign a Privacy Agreement prior to using this collection. A copy of the Privacy Agreement is attached in the DOCUMENTS box just to the right.
HOLLIS MOSHER PAPERS: Comprises correspondence, writings, research materials, and personal items related to the life and work of Hollis Malcolm Mosher. The majority of the materials in this collection are from the period of his life following his service in World War II. These materials reflect Mosher's undercover work in right-wing extremist organizations on behalf of various federal and state government agencies in the United States and his own political and social activism. See online finding aid for further details.
ONLINE FINDING AIDS:
HALL HOAG COLLECTION, Part II (currently closed for processing, links to informational blog)
Radicalism, Reaction and Dissent (Thomson Gale microfilm set)
Ms. 76.5: Anti-Integrationist Organizations
Ms. 76.6: Anti-Jewish Racist Organizations
Ms. 76.7: Anti-Jewish Racist Political Parties
Ms. 76.20: Independent Racist Pamphleteer Right
Ms. 76.21: Ku Klux Klan Organizations
Ms. 76.72: Hate Groups Extreme Right
Ms. 76.10: Christian Identity
Ms. 76.19: Independent Pamphleteer Right
Ms. 76.26: Nazi
Ms. 76.34: Racial, Ethnic Consciousness
Ms. 76.43: Extreme Right Organization
Ms. 76.54: Extreme Right-Wing Political Party
Hall Hoag at Brandeis (Brandeis University)
Social Documents Collection (University of Iowa)
Voices of Extremism (Illinois State University)
Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements (University of Kansas)
Social and Political Materials Collection (Rhode Island College)
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