- Scope and Contents
The material is arranged alphabetically by subject, and groups concerned with a particular issue are placed together under the issue, rather than being listed separately by name. Under GUN CONTROL, for example, the reader will find literature of half a dozen different organizations. Three subjects which have a particularly large number of entries - ANTI-COMMUNISM; CHINA; and CHRISTIAN GROUPS - are further divided by prominent individuals and organizations.
The subject headings should be understood as indicating the predominant concern of these groups rather than as strictly defining their interests. Wherever they may start, most of these groups are united by a cluster of principles ranging over a variety of fields. Even so single-minded an organization as the Prohibition Party, for example, insists that although "many have the mistaken impression that the program of the Prohibition Party is very limited in scope, being almost entirely devoted to the prohibition of alchoholic beverages...its platform has been considerably expanded to include seventeen different planks." [Dr. Lowell H. Coate, National Chairman, "The Prohibition Challenge."]
The range of their interests can be very roughly gauged from the subject headings: e.g. gun control, fluoridation, mental health, race relations, immigration, foreign relations. One of the chief issues discussed under the heading FOREIGN RELATIONS is the United Nations, which these groups see as a danger to the sovereignty of the United States. Only two women's groups are represented - the Minute Women, and an antisemitic group which issued the publication Women's Voice.
Publications of ad hoc groups formed around a particular issue or person, are filed under that subject - e.g. Bricker Amendment, Pillion Amendment, General Edwin A. Walker. Periodicals issued by organizations are filed under the name of the organization, e.g. American Legion, Firing Line. In no case are the runs of periodicals comprehensive, but where there are a large number, the inclusive dates are given.
- Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
- Conditions Governing Use
Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
- Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from the William R. Johnson Papers at the Yale Divinity Library, and other accessions; accession 2016-M-017 transferred from the Kaplanoff Librarian for American History, 2015.
- 7.42 Linear Feet (18 boxes)
- Language of Materials