Scope and Content of Collection
Title: National Rosenberg Defence Committee records
Collection Number: 2007C10
Creator: National Rosenberg Defence Committee (Great Britain)
2 manuscript boxes
(0.8 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Minutes, correspondence, press releases, circulated material, pamphlets, clippings, and a photograph relating to the espionage
trial and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
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[Identification of item], National Rosenberg Defence Committee records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2007.
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The National Rosenberg Defence Committee was an organization created in England, most likely during 1952, as a result of the
publicity surrounding the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Maintaining contact with the New York based Committee to Secure
Justice in the Rosenberg Case, this organization sought to enlist the support of the British public in the drive to obtain
clemency for the Rosenbergs. Members of the committee included Felicity Whittaker, Percy Belcher, Rev. Stanley Evans, and
D.N. Pritt, QC. In addition to writing letters to the editors of various leftist, union, and Jewish publications around Britain,
they sought public support through sponsoring rallies in London, letter writing campaigns targeted at U.S. leaders, and other
forms of protest. In one such letter writing campaign, they enlisted the support of many well-known British authors, including
Graham Greene, Dylan Thomas, Sean O?Casey, and a host of others.
Following the execution of the Rosenbergs, the National Rosenberg Defence Committee sponsored a new fund to benefit their
two sons. The group organized a meeting the following month to serve as a fundraiser for this new undertaking, and the following
year, on the one-year anniversary of the execution of the Rosenbergs, they held another commemorative meeting in London.
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection contains minutes, correspondence, press releases, circulated material, pamphlets, clippings, and a photograph,
relating to the espionage trial and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953.
Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953.
Espionage, Russian -- United States.
Civil rights -- Great Britain.