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Finding Aid for the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee Records, 1942-1945
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Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee's Publicity Regarding Case

Note

Available on microfilm reel 1.
Box 1, Folder 1

News releases.

Scope and Content Note

Mimeographed copies.
Box 1, Folder 1

Letter, 1944 March 1 to Parole Board, San Quentin, California 1944 March 1

Correspondent: Welles, Orson, 1915-
Box 1, Folder 1

News release : Sleepy Lagoon case and the press 1943

Scope and Content Note

Upper left hand corner: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee, Carey McWilliams National Chairman.
Box 1, Folder 1

News release : reasons for the convictions in the Sleepy Lagoon case 1944

Box 1, Folder 1

News release : telegram from Latin American labor delegates stating support of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee 1944 May 15

Scope and Content Note

The Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee releases the telegram sent by 14 Latin American deleagets of the International Labor Organization Conference held in Philadelphia, Pa.
Box 1, Folder 1

News release : support for the Sleepy Lagoon defendants and appeal of the trial

Box 1, Folder 1

News release : the CIO supports the Sleepy Lagoon case defendants 1944 September 9

Box 1, Folder 1

News release : brief submitted to the Board of Prison Terms and Parole at San Quentin on behalf of the Sleepy Lagoon defendants 1944 March 1

Box 1, Folder 1

Katz, Gallagher and Margolis prepare oral arguments for the appeal in the Sleepy Lagoon case 1944 May 9

Box 1, Folder 1

Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee claims a real victory with the announcement of the parole of nine of the defendants 1944 June 7

Box 1, Folder 1

Hollywood benefit buffet to be held in support of the Sleepy Lagoon defendants 1944

Scope and Content Note

Sponsors of the benefit buffet include Vincent Price, John Garfield Anthony Quinn, Katherine Locke and Elia Kazan, among others.
Box 1, Folder 1

Sleepy Lagoon case dismissed on October 23 1944 October 28

Box 1, Folder 1

Memorandum, 1943 November 4 to Charles Ellis, Labor Herald 1943 November 4

Author: Parker, Wayne
Box 1, Folder 1

Social conditions of Mexican American youth

Author: Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth

Scope and Content Note

1943 March 2
Box 1, Folder 1

We have just begun to fight (draft) 1943

Author: Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth
Box 1, Folder 1

Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican American Youth deplore attacks against Mexican youth 1943 June

Author: Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth
Box 1, Folder 1

Press telegram, the Daily People's World, San Francisco, Calif.

Author: Cullen, Tom
Box 1, Folder 1

Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee to be abolished 1944 December 29

Author: McWilliams, Carey, 1905-
Sponsor: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee
Box 1, Folder 1

News release : Manuel Delgado is the first Sleepy Lagoon defendant released from prison

Scope and Content Note

Manny Delgado is the first of the Sleepy Lagoon defendants to be paroled from prison.
Box 1, Folder 1

News release : Hollywood fund raiser held to benefit the Sleepy Lagoon defense 1943 December

Scope and Content Note

Benefit held December 12,1943 at the Mocambo in Hollywood with Anthony Quinn was the keynote speaker. In attendance were Katherine DeMille, John Garvey and Gene Kelly among other notable Hollywood stage, screen and radio writers, directors and actors.
Box 1, Folder 2

News releases.

Scope and Content Note

Preliminary drafts and carbon copies.
Box 1, Folder 3

Publicity stories concerning case.

Note

In English.
[Empty/Filmed empty]
Box 1, Folder 4

Publicity stories written by Alice Greenfield.

Physical Description: (3 items).
Box 1, Folder 4

Shipyard worker Eliseo Hernandez sells out copies of the pamphlet "The Sleepy Lagoon Case" 1943 July 27

Author: McGrath, Alice Greenfield, 1917-

Scope and Content Note

Eliseo Hernandez walked into the SLDC office and asked for copies of the pamphlet to sell. In a short time he was selling more copies than had been previously sold.
Box 1, Folder 4

On October 21 the first brief will be filed with the appellate court in the Sleepy Lagoon case 1943 October 14

Author: McGrath, Alice Greenfield, 1917-
Box 1, Folder 4

What comes next for the Sleepy Lagoon boys? 1944 October 27

Scope and Content Note

Greenfield writes of the hopelessness and anger the "boys" initially felt and how that changed to hope and strength as the work of their supporters paved the way for their release.
Box 1, Folder 5

Publicity stories.

Physical Description: (2 items).

Note

In Spanish.
Box 1, Folder 5

Straight wire press release : Veredicto del caso de la Laguna Dormida revocada = Sleepy Lagoon case verdict reversed 1944 October 4

Author: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee
Box 1, Folder 5

Informe rendido por los Ciudadanos del Comité de Defensa de la Juventud Mexico-Americana 1943 or 1944

Box 1, Folder 5

El Comité de la Laguna Dormida aclama la decisión de la corte de apelación 1944

Scope and Content Note

The Sleepy Lagoon Defense Commitee hails the appellate court decision on the Sleepy Lagoon case.
Box 1, Folder 6

Radio scripts.

 

“Our Daily Bread”. broadcasted May 24, 1944

Physical Description: (4 items).
Box 1, Folder 6

Our Daily Bread radio script, May 5, 1943 : the Sleepy Lagoon case May 5, 1943

Interviewer: Van Dycke, Tom
Interviewee: Marty, Joe L.

Scope and Content Note

Van Dycke interviews labor leader Marty on the issues of the case. Our Daily Bread, Radio Department of the Los Angeles CIO Council. KPAS 1110 on the dial.
 

Al Jarvis Show. broadcasted September 22, 1944

Physical Description: (2 items).
Box 1, Folder 6

Radio script for the Al Jarvis show with guest Guy Endore 1944 September 22

Scope and Content Note

On the Al Jarvis radio show, KFWB, Endore discusses the case and the work of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee and National Chairman Carey McWilliams. His research into the case led to his book "The Sleepy Lagoon Mystery."
Box 1, Folder 6

Radio script for show with three of the Sleepy Lagoon boys on the day of their release 1944 October

Interviewer: Partlow, Vern, 1910-1981
Interviewee: Leyvas, Henry Reyes, 1923-1971
Interviewee: Ruíz, Jos00E9;, 1925-1996
Interviewee: Telles, Robert, 1924-1967

Scope and Content Note

On CIO radio program, Partlow gives an introductory background on the facts of the case and then lets the boys speak.
Box 1, Folder 6

Our Daily Bread script, February 18, 1944, Albee Slade, commentator 1944 February 18

Scope and Content Note

Our Daily Bread, Radio Department of the Los Angeles CIO Council.
Box 1, Folder 7

Texts of speeches.

Scope and Content Note

Four speeches, including text and outline for speech by Josefina Fierro de Bright, National Secretary Spanish Speaking People's Congress.
Box 1, Folder 8

Publicity work with labor unions.

Physical Description: (23 items, including some duplicates).

Scope and Content Note

Includes petitions, resolutions, form letters, carbon copies, holograph materials and pamphlets.
Box 1, Folder 8

Letter, 1943 April 30, Los Angeles, Calif. to all State CIO Local Unions 1943 April 30

Correspondent: Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth
Correspondent: Marty, Joe L.

Scope and Content Note

Letter on Committee letterhead and signed by Chairman J.L. Marty asking unions for their support and donations to the Sleepy Lagoon defense fund. Officers of the Committee are listed across the top of the page and sponsors are listed at the bottom of the page.
Box 1, Folder 8

Los Angeles CIO Council's statement on recent race riots here 1943 June 22

Author: Los Angeles CIO Council
Box 1, Folder 8

California CIO Council Resolution in support of the appeal of the Sleepy Lagoon trial 1943 April 4

Author: California Industrial Union Council

Scope and Content Note

Concurred in by the California CIO Council Executive Committee in meeting April 3-4, 1943 held in Los Angeles, Calif.
Box 1, Folder 9

Publicity regarding defense committee publications.

Physical Description: (10 items, some duplicates).

Scope and Content Note

Guy Endore's Sleepy Lagoon Mystery, and also including clippings, form letters, etc.
Box 1, Folder 10

Publicity photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Photos mainly of “the boys.”
Box 1, Folder 10

Henry Leyvas at Los Angeles County Jail 1943 or 1944

Box 1, Folder 10

Gus Zamora at Los Angeles County Jail 1943 or 1944

Box 1, Folder 10

Jack Melendez at Los Angeles County Jail 1943 or 1944

Box 1, Folder 10

Ysmael "Smiles" Parra and family 1943 or 1944

Scope and Content Note

Photograph of Parra, his wife and child on the day of his transfer to Chino Prison.
Box 1, Folder 10

Sleepy Lagoon defendants greeted by supporters on the day of their release 1944 October

Scope and Content Note

Photograph taken in lobby of Los Angeles County Jail. In the extreme right hand corner o photograph is Sleepy Lagoon trial defense attorney Ben Margolis.
Box 1, Folder 10

Sleepy Lagoon defendants and Alice McGrath with defense attorney Ben Margolis 1944

Scope and Content Note

Photograph taken in attorney Margolis' office. The following signed their names above their images, l-r: Angel Padilla, Gus Zamora, J.J. Melendez, Hank Ynostroza, Chepe Ruíz.
Box 1, Folder 10

Sleepy Lagoon defendants leaving Hall of Justice 1944

Photographer: Stern, Phil
Box 1, Folder 10

Ysmael Parra, Gus Zamora and John Matuz with family members 1944

Scope and Content Note

Standing, l-r: Ysmael Parra holding daughter, Gus Zamora, Matuz and grandmother Mrs. Acuña; sitting, l-r: Delia Parra and a Matuz female cousin. Photograph taken in Chino.
Box 1, Folder 10

Al Jarvis, Henry Ynostroza and Guy Endore 1944

Scope and Content Note

L-r: Jarvis, Ynostroza, Endore at the microphone at radio station KFWB when Endore was a guest speaker on the Jarvis program.
Box 1, Folder 10

Sleepy Lagoon defendants boxing in San Quentin 1943 or 1944

Scope and Content Note

l-r: Chepe Ruíz, Bobby Telles, Manny Delgado, Smiles Parra, and Henry Ynostroza with boxing coach.
Box 1, Folder 10

Sleepy Lagoon defendants playing basketball in San Quentin 1943 or 1944

Box 1, Folder 10

Lions basketball team, San Quentin 1943 or 1944

Box 1, Folder 10

Jack Melendez in San Quentin 1943 or 1944

Box 1, Folder 10

Gus Zamora and Johnny Matuz 1943 or 1944

Scope and Content Note

Zamora and Matuz at Chino Honor Prison.
Box 1, Folder 10

Bobby Telles with band at Club Azteca, San Quentin 1944 or 1945

Scope and Content Note

Bobby Telles playing with quintet at "Club Azteca" in San Quentin. Inscribed in upper right hand corner: "To Alice a cool chick From Bobby Telles Club Azteca."
Box 1, Folder 10

Mrs. Leyvas 1943 or 1944

Scope and Content Note

The mother of Henry Leyvas.
Box 1, Folder 10

Gus Zamora, "Smiles" Parra and Johnny Matuz at Chino prison 1943 or 1944

Scope and Content Note

l-r: Zamora, Parra, Matuz.
Box 1, Folder 10

José"Chepe" Ruíz and Manuel "Manny" Delgado with baseball teammates 1943 or 1944

Scope and Content Note

Chepe Ruíz and Manny Delgado posing with prison baseball All Stars.
Box 1, Folder 10

Manuel and Peggy Delgado 1944

Scope and Content Note

Photograph taken in Chino; cropped for editing on both left and right sides.
Box 1, Folder 10

Basketball players at San Quentin 1943 or 1944

Scope and Content Note

Some of the Sleepy Lagoon defendants on the "Lions" basketball team, San Quentin.
Box 1, Folder 11

Miscellaneous publicity.

Physical Description: (11 items).

Scope and Content Note

Program for a pan America, Daily News - clippings.
Box 1, Folder 12

Publicity fragments.

Physical Description: (12 items).
 

Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee's Publications

Note

Available on microfilm reel 2.
Box 2, Folder 1

Appeal News. (April 7, 1943 to March 4, 1944)

Scope and Content Note

Complete file: vol.1 no.1-vol.2 no.6.
Box 1, Folder 10

The Appeal News 1943 April 7 to 1944 March 4

Author: McGrath, Alice Greenfield, 1917-

Scope and Content Note

This comprises the complete run of the newletter which was sent to the defendants in the Sleepy Lagoon case and supporters of their defense.
Name of the committee changed in mid-September 1943.
Box 2, Folder 2

Appeal News.

Physical Description: Duplicates.
Box 2, Folder 3

Printed publications.

Scope and Content Note

Including the Sleepy Lagoon Case (3 copies), Sleepy Lagoon Mystery (3 copies), Sleepy Lagoon Case-Pageant of Prejudice (2 copies).
Box 2, Folder 3

The Sleepy Lagoon case : with a forward by Orson Welles 1943

Author: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee
Author: Welles, Orson, 1915-
Author: Bachrach, Marion

Scope and Content Note

Introduction by Marion Bachrach, Executive Secretary, Council for Pan American Democracy.
Box 2, Folder 3

We have just begun to fight! 1943

Author: Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth

Scope and Content Note

Facts of the case are presented after the conviction of the Sleepy Lagoon case defendants.
Box 2, Folder 3

¡Nuestra lucha apenes [sic] ha comensado! 1943

Author: Abert, James William, 1820-1897

Scope and Content Note

Spanish translation of the pamphlet "We have just begun to fight!"
Box 2, Folder 3

Victory for democracy 1944 October

Scope and Content Note

Endore writes on the justice finally served with the reversal of the convictions in the Sleepy Lagoon case.
Box 2, Folder 3

Conspiración racial al descubierto en el caso de la "Laguna del Sueño" 1943

Scope and Content Note

Introduction by Orson Welles.
Box 2, Folder 3

The Sleepy Lagoon case : pageant of prejudice 1943

Author: McGrath, Alice Greenfield, 1917-
Box 2, Folder 4

Manuscripts.

Scope and Content Note

  • 1. Sleepy Lagoon Mystery
  • 2. Sleepy Lagoon Case
  • 3. Sleepy Lagoon Case-Pageant of Prejudice by Alice Greenfield.
Box 2, Folder 5

Miscellaneous publications.

Physical Description: (7 items, all in triplicate).
Box 2, Folder 5

Victory in the Sleepy Lagoon case = Gran victoria en el caso Laguna Dormida 1944

Author: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee
Box 2, Folder 5

This is the story of a crime 1944 January 29

Author: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee

Scope and Content Note

Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee advertisement originally placed in the Los Angeles Daily News and reprinted as a flyer. Provides a background of the case and solicits donations for the defense.
Box 2, Folder 6

Excerpts of Appellate decision.

Physical Description: (6 copies).
Box 2, Folder 3

Excerpts from the decision of the Second District Court of Appeal of the State of California in the Sleepy Lagoon case ; entered October 4, 1944 1944

Scope and Content Note

Excerpts from the appellate court decision which over turned the convictions in the Sleepy Lagoon case.
 

Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee's Correspondence

Note

Available on microfilm reel 2.
Box 2, Folder 7

Form letters.

Box 2, Folder 7

Excerpts from a letter written by Manuel Reyes, San Quentin 1943 April 28

Correspondent: Reyes Salazar, Manuel, 1925-1995

Scope and Content Note

Reyes writes of doing his part to contribute to the war effort in spite of being in prison.
Box 2, Folder 7

Letter, Los Angeles, Calif. to supporters of the Sleepy Lagoon case defendants 1944

Correspondent: McGrath, Alice Greenfield, 1917-
Sponsor: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee

Scope and Content Note

Letter written by McGrath, Executive Secretary of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee, asking supporters to help fight the slander and racism of the press, especially of the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
Along the left side are listed the officers and sponsors of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee.
Box 2, Folder 7

Urgent! 1944

Author: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee

Scope and Content Note

Request for signatures on the petition to Attorney General Kenney calling for the release of the Sleepy Lagoon case defendants.
Box 2, Folder 7

Letter, Los Angeles, Calif. to trade unionists 1943 or 1944

Correspondent: McWilliams, Carey, 1905-
Correspondent: Joseph, Bella
Sponsor: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee

Scope and Content Note

Letter, on temporary letterhead, from the Chairman and Executive Secretary of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee. Asks trade unionists to adopt a resolution condemning the injustices in the Sleepy Lagoon case.
Box 2, Folder 7

Letter, Los Angeles, Calif. to Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee supporters 1943 or 1944

Correspondent: McWilliams, Carey, 1905-
Sponsor: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee

Scope and Content Note

Letter from the National Chariman explaining the reason for sending a copy of "Sleepy Lagoon Mystery" by Guy Endore.
Along left side are listed the officers and sponsors of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee.
Box 2, Folder 7

Letter, 1943 December 21, Los Angeles, Calif. to Miss Buck 1943 December 21

Correspondent: McWilliams, Carey, 1905-

Scope and Content Note

Letter from McWilliams explaining why he accepted the position of National Chairman of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee and asking Miss Buck for her support in the Committee's efforts.
Box 2, Folder 7

Letter, 1943 March 26, Los Angeles, Calif. to Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee members 1943 March 26

Correspondent: Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth

Scope and Content Note

Letter on committee letterhead updating members on the status of the case. Announces that Ben Margolis is on board as attorney replacing George Shibley who left for the armed forces. The letter is signed by LaRue McCormick, Secretary.
Committee officers listed across the top of the page and sponsors are listed at the bottom of the page.
Box 2, Folder 8

Letters to Governor Earl Warren.

Physical Description: (2 letters, 3 items).
Box 2, Folder 8

Letter to Governor Warren 1943

Author: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee

Scope and Content Note

Unsigned letter asking Governor Warren to pardon the 17 defendants convicted in the Sleepy Lagoon trial.
Box 2, Folder 8

Letter to Governor Warren 1943

Author: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee

Scope and Content Note

Unsigned letter requesting that Governor Warren seek the release of the Sleepy Lagoon trial defendants.
Box 2, Folder 9

Correspondence with State Attorney General Robert W. Kenny.

Box 2, Folder 10

Correspondence with Mexican Consulate.

Box 2, Folder 11

Correspondence concerning Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee publications.

Box 2, Folder 12

Order file for Sleepy Lagoon Mystery.

 

Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee's Office Materials, Records, etc.

Note

Available on microfilm reel 2.
Box 3

Checkbooks with California Bank for Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee (2).

Box 3, Folder 1

Financial statements, accounts, etc. (October 21, 1942 to October 16, 1943)

Scope and Content Note

Expenditures, including Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee Los Angeles Audit Report.
Box 3, Folder 2

Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

Including correspondence, minutes of meetings, statement of committee's purpose, etc.
Box 3, Folder 2

Minutes, Conference, Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth held March 14, 1943 Belmont Studios, 122 1/2 South Vermont, Los Angeles 1943 March 14

Sponsor: Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth

Scope and Content Note

Meeting held in order to organize support for the Sleepy Lagoon trial defendants and to organize an appeal of the guilty verdicts.
Box 3, Folder 3

Petitions.

Box 3, Folder 2

Petition to Governor Earl Warren of California 1943 or 1943

Sponsor: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee

Scope and Content Note

Petition to Governor Warren for the reversal of the Sleepy Lagoon convictions. At the bottom of the page is handwritten information for signing and sending in the petition.
Box 3, Folder 2

Petition on the Sleepy Lagoon case to Honorable Robert W. Kenny, Attorney General, State of California 1943 or 1944

Sponsor: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee

Scope and Content Note

Petition asking Attorney General Kenny to examine the facts of the case and set aside all convictions in the Sleepy Lagoon trial.
Box 3, Folder 3

Petition for programs to improve the socio-economic status of Mexican Americans 1942 November 24

Sponsor: Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee

Scope and Content Note

Petition asking for city, state and federal commitments to programs geared towards helping improve the economic, educational and social status of Mexican Americans.
Box 3, Folder 3

Trip to Folsom and San Quentin, November 7-13, 1943 1943 November 11

Author: McGrath, Alice Greenfield, 1917-

Scope and Content Note

Alice McGrath reports back to the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Commitee on her visits with the incarcerated Sleepy Lagoon defendants and makes recommendations for actions.
Box 3, Folder 4

Office memo file.

 

Materials Concerning Defendants

Note

Available on microfilm reel 2.
Box 4, Folder 1

Guy Endore's “El Misterio de la Laguna ” clipped from Hoy. August 5 to September 30, 1944

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence from “the boys” to Alice Greenfield. 1943

Scope and Content Note

From San Quentin.

Note

(Not to be copied)
Box 4, Folder 2

Zoot suiter: drawing 1943 or 1944

Artist: Delgado, Manuel, 1924-1999

Scope and Content Note

Drawing of a "zoot suiter" surrounded by hip sayings on Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee letterhead. Sent by Delgado from San Quentin.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1943 May 16, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1943 May 16

Correspondent: Parra, Ysmael, 1922-2001

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Parra in San Quentin letting Alice know how the "boys" are doing.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1944 March 16 to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1944 March 16

Correspondent: Acosta, Andrew, 1925-

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Acosta asking Alice for any help she can provide on his case and for word on the "boys up north."
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1943 July 11, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1943 July 11

Correspondent: Parra, Ysmael, 1922-2001

Scope and Content Note

Parra updates Alice on how the "boys" are doing in San Quentin.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1943 June 16, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1943 June 16

Correspondent: Reyes Salazar, Manuel, 1925-1995

Scope and Content Note

Reyes Salazar make reference to the recent Zoot Suit riots and how they might affect the case of the Sleepy Lagoon defendants.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1944 February 29, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1944 February 29

Correspondent: Padilla, Angel, 1924-
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, n.d., San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. undated

Correspondent: Thompson, Victor Rodman, 1921-1998

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Rodman asking Alice to send him a picture of a "chick", preferably of her, to put up on his wall.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1943 September 24, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1943 September 24

Correspondent: Ruíz, José, 1925-1996

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Chepe letting Alice know how he is doing.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1944 May 4, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1944 May 4

Correspondent: Ruíz, José, 1925-1996

Scope and Content Note

Chepe writes of the appeal and of what his plans are if it isn't successful.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1943 April 28, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1943 April 28

Correspondent: Reyes Salazar, Manuel, 1925-1995

Scope and Content Note

Manny lets Alice know how he is doing in San Quentin.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1944 June 7, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1944 June 7

Correspondent: Ruíz, José, 1925-1996

Scope and Content Note

Chepe writes of his distress over the news of the invasion of France.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1944 January 25, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1944 January 25

Correspondent: Parra, Ysmael, 1922-2001

Scope and Content Note

"Smiles" writes Alice about the disappointment the "boys" feel over the postponement of the appeal.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1944 September 8, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1944 September 8

Correspondent: Ruíz, José, 1925-1996

Scope and Content Note

Chepe writes of his concern over the possible outcome of the forth coming appeal. He asks Alice to send his regards to the "boys" in Chino.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1943 January 13 to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1943 January 13

Correspondent: Leyvas, Henry Reyes, 1923-1971

Scope and Content Note

Leyvas writes of his disappointment over the outcome of the trial and thanks Alice for her hard work and friendship.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1943 April 11, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1943 April 11

Correspondent: Leyvas, Henry Reyes, 1923-1971

Scope and Content Note

Leyvas writes of his disappointment over the outcome of the trial and thanks Alice for her hard work and friendship.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1944 August 14, Los Angeles, Calif. to Manuel Delgado 1944 August 14

Correspondent: Leyvas, Henry Reyes, 1923-1971

Scope and Content Note

Leyvas writes of his disappointment over the outcome of the trial and thanks Alice for her hard work and friendship.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1944 May 18, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1944 May 18

Correspondent: Ruíz, José, 1925-1996

Scope and Content Note

Chepe Ruíz writes to Alice about his visit with his mother.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, n.d., San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. undated

Correspondent: Telles, Robert, 1924-1967

Scope and Content Note

Bob writes Alice about some of the "boys" being transferred to Chino.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, n.d., San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. undated

Scope and Content Note

Victor asks Alice to send him photographs of girls so that he can draw them.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1943 July 12, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1943 July 12

Correspondent: Reyes Salazar, Manuel, 1925-1995
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1943 April 10, San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield and the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee, Los Angeles, Calif. 1943 April 10

Correspondent: Reyes Salazar, Manuel, 1925-1995

Scope and Content Note

Letter to the editor of The Appeal News.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, n.d., San Quentin, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. undated

Correspondent: Telles, Robert, 1924-1967

Scope and Content Note

Bob asks Alice to thank their supporters including Anthony Quinn.
Box 4, Folder 2

Statistics : the nature of the Mexican American criminal 1942

Author: Ayers, Edward Duran

Scope and Content Note

Ayers, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Foreign Relations Bureau, wrote this controversial report on the "biological and racial nature" of violence among Mexicans and Mexican Americans.
Box 4, Folder 2

Letter, 1944 March 12, Chino, Calif. to Alice Greenfield, Los Angeles, Calif. 1944 March 12

Correspondent: Parra, Ysmael, 1922-2001

Scope and Content Note

"Smiles" Parra writes Alice to let her know how much better the situation is at Chino.
Box 4, Folder 3

Correspondence from “the boys” to various persons. 1944

Note

(Not to be copied)
Box 4, Folder 4

Information regarding defendants.

Scope and Content Note

Including carbon copies, photostats, mimeographed, holograph, typescript, biographies and reports of “the boys.”
Box 4, Folder 5

Miscellaneous releases, letters, etc. concerning the Sleepy Lagoon case and the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee.

Physical Description: (9 items).

Note

Not from or by the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee.
Box 4, Folder 6

Newsclippings about the case. Various papers.

Physical Description: (7 items).
 

Materials Gathered by the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee Regarding Minorities - Emphasis is on Los Angeles Mexican Minority Issues

Note

Available on microfilm reel 2.
Box 4, Folder 7

Los Angeles County Grand Jury. October 1942

Physical Description: (11 items).

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, reports from the Los Angeles Police Department and findings of the Grand Jury.
Box 4, Folder 8

Mexican “boy gangs” of Los Angeles.

Physical Description: (16 items).

Scope and Content Note

“Pachuco” situation.
Box 4, Folder 9

Mexican juvenile delinquency in Los Angeles.

Physical Description: (54 leaves) Photostats of clippings.

Note

UNAVAILABLE for use.
Box 4, Folder 9

Delinquency in wartime 1942, 1943, or 1944

Author: Holton, Karl

Scope and Content Note

Holton was Chief Probation Offiicer, Los Angeles County Probation Department. In this report he discusses the then current level of juvenile delinquency in Los Angeles County and the fallacy of increased juvenile delinquency amongst Mexican American youth. Suggests changes and additions in social service programs for minority youth.
Box 4, Folder 10

Mexican minority in Los Angeles.

Physical Description: (13 items).

Scope and Content Note

Includes Waxman's letter.
Box 4, Folder 11

Mexican minority - General.

Physical Description: (8 items).
Box 4, Folder 12

Sinarquismo.

Physical Description: (4 copies).

Scope and Content Note

Translation of 24 page booklet.
 

Miscellaneous Material Collected by the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee Concerning Minorities, Labor, etc.

Note

Available on microfilm reel 3.
Box 5, Folder 1

The Americas - A Review of Latin American News. Bulletin. vol.2 no.6 to vol.2 no.21. (January 4, 1944 to September 5, 1944)

Physical Description: (17 items).
Box 5, Folder 2

Correo de Norte - Publicado pro El Consejo pro Democracia Panamericana. February 4, 1944 to August 30, 1944

Physical Description: (12 items).
Box 5, Folder 3

Council for Civic Unity.

Physical Description: (34 items).
Box 5, Folder 4

International Labor Defense.

Physical Description: (18 items).

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and miscellaneous file mainly concerning the Sleepy Lagoon Case.
Box 5, Folder 5

International Labor Defense.

Abstract: Legislative and Information Service (Bulletin)
Box 5, Folder 6

International Labor Defense.

Abstract: News (July 2, 1943 to September 2, 1944).
Box 5, Folder 7

Miscellaneous printed publications.

Physical Description: (9 items).

Note

In English.
Box 5, Folder 8

Miscellaneous printed publications.

Physical Description: (14 items).

Note

In Spanish.
Box 5, Folder 8

Fraternidad ; Año I, Num. 6 1944 November

Scope and Content Note

Editorial applauding the outcome of the Sleepy Lagoon trial appeal and the reversal of the convictions. Congratulates the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee for all of the hard work done on behalf of the defendants, two of whom were Mexican citizens.
Box 5, Folder 9

Miscellaneous materials.

Physical Description: (16 items).

Scope and Content Note

Posters, fragments, clippings, etc.
Box 5, Folder 10

Miscellaneous mimeographed material collected by the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee.

Box 6

Photographic Plates, Newspaper Mats

Note

Available on microfilm reel 3.
 

Transcript of the Trial

Digital Object

The people of the state of California, plaintiff and respondent vs. Gus Zammora [sic], et. al defendents and appellants: reporter's transcript on appeal. October 13-December 10, 1942

Physical Description: Digitized microfilm of the trial transcript.
Boxes 7-10

The people of the state of California, plaintiff and respondent vs. Gus Zammora [sic], et. al defendents and appellants: reporter's transcript on appeal. October 13-December 10, 1942

Physical Description: 6032 leaves in 12 volumes.

Note

Original transcripts in boxes 7-10 are RESTRICTED from access and UNAVAILABLE for use due to their fragile condition. However, photocopies of the originals have been made and are available to the public.
Boxes 7-10

The people of the state of California, plaintiff and respondent, vs. Gus Zammora [sic], et. al, defendants and appellants : reporter's transcript on appeal 1942 October 13 - 1943 March

Scope and Content Note

At head of title: "In the Superior Court of the State of California in and for the County of Los Angeles, Department 43, Hon. Charles W. Fricke, Judge."
"No. 90344."
"E.R. Perry and G.J.Kennelly, Official Reporters."
CONTENTS:
  • v. 1. Index; [trial date:] Tuesday, October 13, 1942 ([7], 1-515 leaves)
  • v. 2. Thursday, October 22, 1942 (leaves 516-1004)
  • v. 3. Tuesday, October 27, 1942 (leaves 1005-1515)
  • v. 4. Friday, October 30, 1942 (leaves 1516-2046)
  • v. 5. Thursday, November 5, 1942 (leaves 2047-2540)
  • v. 6. Tuesday, November 10, 2942 (leaves 2541-3002)
  • v. 7. Monday, November 16, 1942 (leaves 3003-3550)
  • v. 8. Thursday, November 19, 1942 (leaves 3551-4040)
  • v. 9. Wednesday, November 25, 2004 (leaves 4041-4537)
  • v. 10. Wednesday, December 2, 1942 (leaves 4538-5067)
  • v. 11. Monday, December 7, 1942 (leaves 5068-5510)
  • v. 12. Wednesday, December 10, 1942 (leaves 5511-6032)
Box 7

vols.1-3

Scope and Content Note

  • Volume 1, October 13, 1942.
  • Volume 2, October 22, 1942.
  • Volume 3, October 27, 1942.
Box 8

vols.4-7

Scope and Content Note

  • Volume 4, October 30, 1942
  • Volume 5, November 5, 1942
  • Volume 6, November 10, 1942
  • Volume 7, November 16, 1942
Box 9

vols.8-9.

Scope and Content Note

  • Volume 8, November 19, 1942.
  • Volume 9, November 25, 1942.
Box 10

vols.10-12.

Scope and Content Note

  • Volume 10, December 2, 1942.
  • Volume 11, December 7, 1942.
  • Volume 12, December 10, 1942.
  • Volume 12, December 10, 1942. Second copy (last 100 leaves only).
 

Legal Documents

Note

Available on microfilm reels 7-8.
Box 11

Appellants' Opening Brief.

Physical Description: (2 copies).
Box 11

Application for Leave to File Brief as Friends of the Court and Brief.

Physical Description: (2 copies).
Box 11, Folder 1

Application for leave to file brief as friends of the court and brief : the Sleepy Lagoon case 1944 May 15

Scope and Content Note

Carey McWilliams, Clore Warne, A. L. Wirin, Aubrey Grossman, Attorneys for Applicants; Vito Marcantonio, David Scribner, William Standard, Nathan Witt, of the New York Bar; Sol. D. Kapelson, of the New Jersey Bar, of Counsel.
Appendix A: Excerpts from report entitled "Statistics" be Ed. Duran Ayres, Foreign Relations Bureau (sheriff's office).
Appendix B: Excerpts from the San Quentin News, November 25, 1943, article entitled "The Neutral Corner."
Box 11

Clerk's transcript.

Physical Description: (2 copies).
Box 11

Decision of District Court of Appeal.

Box 11

The People vs Zammora.

Physical Description: pp.219-288.
 

Miscellaneous Items

Note

Available on microfilm reel 8.
Oversize Box 12

2 Scrapbooks.

Oversize Box 12

Newspaper: Daly News H.F.O. 'This is the story of crime' 1942

Oversize Box 12

3 "Zoot Suit" posters - World Premiere Season 1978-1979. Mark Taper Forum Music Center.

Oversize Box 12

The San Quentin News.

Physical Description: (Folder).

Scope and Content Note

vol.5, no.45-49; vol.6, no.1-19 (December 21, 1945 to July 5, 1946).
Oversize Box 13

Receipts, envelopes, ledger leaf and distribution list for Mystery.

Physical Description: 12 items.
Oversize Box 13

Ledger of expenses and donor contributions. October 1943-December 1944.

Physical Description: 1 item.