Scope and Content
Title: Thomas J. Mooney Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1917-1918
Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942
Extent: 5 linear inches
Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).
Sanoian Special Collections Library.
The collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Thomas J. Mooney Collection, Sanoian Special Collections
Library, California State University, Fresno.
Known worldwide as the scapegoat of anti-unionists, Thomas Joseph Mooney was falsely
accused for bombing the Preparedness Day Parade in San Francisco on July 16, 1916.
Mooney, a Socialist union activist and organizer, had previously been involved in an ugly
strike against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. This put him under immediate
suspicion for the bombing even though it was later proved that he was no where near the
actual bomb site during the parade. Mooney's wife, Rena, Warren Billings, Israel
Weinberg, and Edward Nolan were also tried for the bombing but only Billings and Mooney
were convicted. Mooney received the death sentence in 1917 and spent the next twenty-two
years in prison despite outrage from around the world and evidence that many of the
witnesses who testified against him had committed perjury, especially F.C. Oxman.
Culbert Olson, governor of California, officially pardoned Thomas Mooney in 1939.
Scope and Content
The Thomas J. Mooney collection measures 5 linear inches and dates from 1917 to 1918. The
collection centers around the trials and is comprised of mostly legal documents.
The letter is written by Webb, the Attorney General of State of California after his
discovery of F.C. Oxman's perjury. He also stated that Mooney had been tried at a time
when there was widespread prejudice against and suspicion of socialists because of
previous industrial conflicts. The report by District Attorney C.M. Fickert outlines what
he believes to be the factors that led to the conviction of Mooney and Billings, men whom
he believed to be innocent.
Elmer Austin Benson Papers,
Minnesota Historical Society
Banker, politician. U.S. Senator, and Governor of Minnesota with papers relating to Benson's support of the pardon for Thomas
John Frederick Finerty Papers,
University of Oregon Library
Lawyer, with files for cases involving Thomas Mooney.
Title: Joseph Labadie Collection
University of Michigan, Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Contains material on Thomas Mooney.
Thomas J. Mooney Collection,
University of California, Los Angeles, Research Library, Special Collections
Title: Thomas J. Mooney Collection
University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library
Title: Tom Mooney Collection
New College of California, Holt Labor Library