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Finding Aid to People for the American Way Collection of Conservative Political Ephemera, 1980-2004
BANC MSS 2010/152  
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This collection is comprised of ephemera assembled by the People For the American Way and pertaining to right-wing movements in the United States. The collection documents the ideological orientations, policy positions, talking points, and organizational structures and strategies of hundreds of right-wing organizations, individuals, and publications.
People for the American Way (PFAW) was founded in 1981 by Norman Lear, Barbara Jordan, Father Theodore Hesburgh, and Andrew Heiskell. PFAW is dedicated to promoting equality, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. Their operational mission includes promoting progressive policies, electing progressive candidates, and holding public officials accountable. Josh Glasstetter from PFAW read in the New York Times about the newly formed Center for the Comparative Study of Right-wing Movements at UC Berkeley. He then contacted the Center’s Executive Director, Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal, to inquire about the possibility of the Center providing a home for the PFAW archive of materials pertaining to American right-wing groups and individuals. Dr. Christine Trost, Program Director for the Center, contacted the Bancroft Library to see if they might be interested in processing and housing the collection.
118 cartons; 1 box; 1 oversize box. circa 148 linear feet
Materials in this collection 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.
Collection is open for research. COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.