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Abraham Minkus Papers: Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles, 1945-1983
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Series 1. Abraham Minkus, 1943-1983

Physical Description: 19 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series includes correspondence with Minkus' lawyers and the U.S. Department of Justice, Minkus' FBI file, notes, other documents, and case files from Minkus' several lawsuits. The lawsuits include: Los Angeles City School Board vs. Abraham Minkus (1953-1955), Abraham Minkus vs. Los Angeles City School Board (1977), Abraham Minkus and Serril Gerber vs. Los Angeles City School Board (1977), and Minkus, Gerber, Eisenberg, Arkin, Sirell and Cooper vs. Los Angeles City School Board (1977). A portion of Gerald L. K. Smith's FBI file is also included in this section. Smith was a proponent of "Christian American Nationalism," a "race-baiter" and a "native fascist." The file details a protest of a Smith speech in 1945 by, among others, Minkus and Charlotta Bass.
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Correspondence

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County of Los Angeles, 1977-1982

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Law Offices of Melvin D. Morgan, 1981-1982

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Law Offices of Silverton, Miller and Narvid [2 folders], 1977-1983

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U.S. Department of Justice, 1978

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FBI Files

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Abraham Minkus, 1943-1968

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Protest at Gerald L.K. Smith Speech, 1945

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Meeting Notes, 1954, 1977, n.d.

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Miscellaneous, 1953-1981, n.d.

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Legal Documents

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Statements, 1977, 1979, n.d.

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Testimony, 1953

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Los Angeles City Board of Education (LACBE) vs. Abraham Minkus

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1953

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1953-1954

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Abraham Minkus vs. Los Angeles City Board of Education, 1955, 1977

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Minkus and Gerber vs. Los Angeles City Board of Education

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1951, 1977-1980

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1953, 1979-1980

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Minkus, Gerber, Eisenberg, Arkin, Sirell and Cooper vs. Los Angeles City Board of Education, 1977-1981

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Declarations -- Minkus, Arkin, Cooper, and Sirell, [1977?]

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Settlement Agreement -- Minkus, et al., 1982

 

Series 2. Other Los Angeles Teachers, 1953-1980

Physical Description: 17 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series includes legal documents, biographical sketches, income statements, and other materials relating to other Los Angeles teachers who were blacklisted. Of special interest is the miscellaneous material on Frances Eisenberg, which includes her letter requesting a copy of her FBI file (the actual file is in her collection).

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically by teacher.
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David Arkin

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Los Angeles City Board of Education vs., 1953-1955

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Miscellaneous, [1977?]

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Alice Ball vs. Los Angeles City Board of Education, 1968

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Minna Cooper

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Los Angeles City Board of Education vs., 1954-1955

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Los Angeles City Board of Education vs. Cooper, Goldin, Sirell, Kaye, Rubenstein, and Arkin, [1954?]

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Miscellaneous, [1978?]

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Frances Robman Eisenberg

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Los Angeles City Board of Education vs., 1953-1955, 1977

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Eisenberg, Arkin, and Sirrell vs. Los Angeles City Board of Education, 1978-1979

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Miscellaneous, 1975-1980

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Clarence and Doris Gerber -- Wills, 1977

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Serril Gerber

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Los Angeles City Board of Education vs., 1953-1954

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vs. Los Angeles City Board of Education, 1953, 1977

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Retirement, 1974-1975, n.d.

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Miscellaneous [Includes Wills for Serril and Lillian], 1976-1979

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Harry Shepro -- Biography, 1954

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Los Angeles Board of Education vs. June Sirell, 1953-1955

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Jean B. Wilkinson -- History of Case, [1954?]

 

Series 3. Other Documents, 1947-1982

Physical Description: 16 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series includes subject and background files related to the blacklisting and court cases as well as two issues of the L.A. Teacher, newspaper clippings, and materials on a teacher blacklisting case from Hawaii (John Reinecke and Aiko Reinecke vs. State of Hawaii).
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Assembly Bills, 1959-1978

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Code of Civil Procedure, n.d.

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Communist Party, 1953-1959

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Compensation Cases, 1975-1976, n.d.

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Employee Rights, 1961, n.d.

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Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, 1954-1980, n.d.

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Loyalty Oaths, 1948, 1953, n.d.

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Teachers

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Dismissal, 1964, 1966

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Resignation, [1957?]

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Reinecke vs. State of Hawaii, 1976-1978

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Miscellaneous Cases [2 folders], 1945-1976, n.d.

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L.A. Teacher, 1953, 1954

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Clippings [3 folders], 1947-1982