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Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office Records
BANC MSS 86/89 c  
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  • Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office Records
    Creator: Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 86/89 c
    Physical Description: 12.75 linear feet (10 cartons, 1 oversize folder, and 1 volume)
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1977
    Abstract: Consists of office files from two collaborating organizations serving U.S. military service personnel primarily in the Bay Area and Asia during and after the Vietnam War. Includes organizational history, correspondence and reports from projects and offices in Asia and West Germany, material related to affiliated groups, and reference files.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language of Material: English .


    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    The Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Jeanne Friedman on December 29, 1985.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office Records, BANC MSS 86/89 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


    Funding for processing provided by Free Speech Movement Project.

    Related Collections

    Title: Vietnam Veterans Against the War/Winter Soldier Organization,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 81/20 c
    Title: National Lawyer's Guild Records,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 99/280 cz

    Scope and Content

    The Pacific Counseling Service and Military Law Office Records, 1969-1977, consist of office files from two collaborating organizations serving service personnel primarily in the Bay Area and Asia during and after the Vietnam War.
    Materials generated before 1971 document the foundation of the Pacific Counseling Service (PCS) and its role in providing personal counseling to servicepeople in the G.I. Movement in the Bay Area and Asia. The files of the Pacific Counseling Service consist of historical background, recruitment and personnel materials, correspondence, financial records and publications. They include files from the Women's Collectives.
    The National Lawyers Guild established the Military Law Office (MLO) in San Francisco next door to PCS in 1971. The MLO provided free legal advice and representation to military servicepeople, while PCS provided counsel to G.I.'s in their efforts at war resistance and/or their individual needs. The Military Law Office files consist of correspondence, reports, National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter files, and communications and literature from National Lawyers Guild offices throughout the United States.
    Although they were separate organizations, their cooperative activities produced collective work and their files are inextricably linked. The Pacific Counseling Service/Military Law Office sections represent the joint collaborative work of the two organizations and these files include minutes, reports, and fund-raising contacts. Reports from the various Asia Projects and from the San Francisco offices were issued frequently to each project to keep participants at home and abroad informed of the progress of their mutual work. They paint a vivid picture of the internal and external struggles of the project participants on personal, political, and professional levels.
    An extensive collection of clippings documenting the events in the Philippines before, during, and after lawyer Doug Sorenson's arrest in 1972 is noteworthy. The files of the Center for Servicemen's Rights/G.I. Project Alliance, Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, the Liberated Barracks, and Stop Our Ship include correspondence and publications that are rich in content. Of particular note is literature generated by the Indochina Peace Campaign, to which Tom Hayden contributed and The Free Theater Associates Show files which include correspondence from Jane Fonda. Vietnam Veteran's Against the War files document its relationship to the Pacific Counseling Service.

    Publication Rights

    Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For additional information about the University of California, Berkeley Library's permissions policy please see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/about/permissions-policies