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Guide to the Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office Records, 1969-1977
BANC MSS 86/89 c  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1977
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 86/89 c
    Creator: Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office
    Extent: Number of containers: 10 cartons, 1 oversize folder, 1 volume. Linear feet: 12.75
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Consists of office files from two collaborating organizations serving U.S. military service personnel primarily in the Bay Area and Asia during and after the Vietnam War. Includes organizational history, correspondence and reports from projects and offices in Asia and West Germany, material related to affiliated groups, and reference files.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office Records, BANC MSS 86/89 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Related Collections

    Title: Vietnam Veterans Against the War/Winter Soldier Organization,
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    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 99/280 cz

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Jeanne Friedman on December 29, 1985.

    Funding

    Funding for processing provided by Free Speech Movement Project.

    Scope and Content

    The Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office Records, 1969-1977, consist of office files from two collaborating organizations serving service personnel primarily in the Bay Area and Asia during and after the Vietnam War.
    Materials generated before 1971 document the foundation of the Pacific Counseling Service (PCS) and its role in providing personal counseling to servicepeople in the G.I. Movement in the Bay Area and Asia. The files of the Pacific Counseling Service consist of historical background, recruitment and personnel materials, correspondence, financial records and publications. They include files from the Women's Collectives.
    The National Lawyers Guild established the Military Law Office (MLO) in San Francisco next door to PCS in 1971. The MLO provided free legal advice and representation to military servicepeople, while PCS provided counsel to G.I.'s in their efforts at war resistance and/or their individual needs. The Military Law Office files consist of correspondence, reports, National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter files, and communications and literature from National Lawyers Guild offices throughout the United States.
    Although they were separate organizations, their cooperative activities produced collective work and their files are inextricably linked. The Pacific Counseling Service/Military Law Office sections represent the joint collaborative work of the two organizations and these files include minutes, reports, and fund-raising contacts. Reports from the various Asia Projects and from the San Francisco offices were issued frequently to each project to keep participants at home and abroad informed of the progress of their mutual work. They paint a vivid picture of the internal and external struggles of the project participants on personal, political, and professional levels.
    An extensive collection of clippings documenting the events in the Philippines before, during, and after lawyer Doug Sorenson's arrest in 1972 is noteworthy. The files of the Center for Servicemen's Rights/G.I. Project Alliance, Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, the Liberated Barracks, and Stop Our Ship include correspondence and publications that are rich in content. Of particular note is literature generated by the Indochina Peace Campaign, to which Tom Hayden contributed and The Free Theater Associates Show files which include correspondence from Jane Fonda. Vietnam Veteran's Against the War files document its relationship to the Pacific Counseling Service.