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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Lee Roberts Pennington papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1974
    Collection Number: 88019
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 16 manuscript boxes (6.4 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, reports, memoranda, serial issues, clippings, and other printed matter, relating to communism and other political issues in the United States, subversive activities in the United States, and investigative activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and private organizations, collected by agent Lee Roberts Pennington, who specialized in investigating radical left wing activists when employed by the FBI.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Pennington, Lee Roberts, 1895?-1974.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lee Roberts Pennington papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1988.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    1894 Born in Martinsburg, West Virginia
    1915 Received Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland
    1917-1918 Served as Lieutenant in the 60th Infantry in World War I
    1920 Married Catherine Carter
    1928 Began working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    1944 Served as department commander of the District of Columbia America Legion
    1952-1954 Served as National Executive Commiteeman of the American Legion
    1953 Retired from FBI
    1955 Became full time Director of the American Legion's Americanism Commission's counter-subversive activities in Washington, DC
    1972 The Watergate scandal; Pennington under suspicion for destroying documents due to connection with James W. McCord
    1974 Died in Bethesda, Maryland
    1953-1974 Believed to be employed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), paid by check that could not be traced to the CIA

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains correspondence, speeches, reports, memoranda, serial issues, clippings, pamphlets, and other printed matter relating to communism in the United States, subversive activities in the United States, the issues surrounding Watergate, the Vietnam War, and the Middle East, and investigative activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and private organizations.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into 5 series: Biographical File; General Correspondence; Printed Matter; Speeches and Writings; and Subject File.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American Legion. National Americanism Commission.
    American Security Council.
    United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    Communism--United States.
    Internal security--United States.
    Subversive activities--United States.