Guide to the Fred Hirsch Ephemera Collection

SJSU Library Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San Jose State University
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Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Fred Hirsch Ephemera Collection

Collection number: MSS-2007-07-01

SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063


Processed by:
Mark Rivas
Revised by:
Veronica Cabrera
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Mark Rivas
Revised by:
Veronica Cabrera
© 2008 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Fred Hirsch Ephemera collection
Dates: 1955-1973
Collection number: MSS-2007-07-01
Creator: Hirsch, Fred, 1933-
Collection Size: 1 box 1.3 linear feet
Repository: San Jose State University Library.
San Jose, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The Fred Hirsch Ephemera collection documents local civil rights activist organizations in San Jose and Santa Clara County. This collection documents the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the National Farmworkers Association, and Santa Clara County Friends of SNCC, the Mexican American Political Association, and Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The collection includes correspondence, petitions, flyers and miscellaneous ephemera.
Physical location: Vault 1, Range 22B
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

Fred Hirsch collection, MSS-2007-07-01, San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing History

Processed by Mark Rivas, Revised by Veronica Cabrera, EAD encoded by Mark Rivas, Revised by Veronica Cabrera.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Fred Hirsch, July 2007.

Biographical Information

Fred Hirsch (1933-), a retired plumber is well known to the national leadership of the AFL-CIO and very widely in San Jose. As vice president of Plumbers and Fitter, Local 393, Hirsch worked as a plumber and rank and file worker in construction as well as a union activist and organizer. Hirsch helped transform his union into a dynamic force on issues of AFL-CIO intervention in the political and trade union life of sovereign nations and specifically the organizations in Latin America. Hirsch is particularly known in the Chicano community, where he founded and served as Secretary of the Law and Police Committee Model Cities Program. He has been involved in political, labor and community activism in San Jose and he served as Co-Chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Friends of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Hirsch also wrote the first pamphlet exposing CIA machinations in the Latin American labor movement. Committed to civil rights, Hirsch participated in the Mississippi Freedom Summer project to help register African American voters in Mississippi. In addition, he worked with Cesar Chavez and the National Farmworkers Association. He played a part in the Angela Davis’ trial by helping with the research of over 2000 potential jurors to guarantee a fair trial. Hirsch is currently on the Executive Board of Plumbers and Fitters Local 393 in San Jose, a delegate to the South Bay Labor Council and a longtime activist in the Latin America Solidarity Coalition.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Fred Hirsch Ephemera Collection contains civil rights era materials documenting the activities of civil rights organizations in San Jose and Santa Clara County. A Major focus of this collection is police brutality, and the development of the Community Alert Patrol (CAP). The collection consists of printed materials, ephemera, and publications. Topics include, Voter Registration and the Selma March in Alabama, Fair Housing issues, community alert patrols in San Jose and the effort to free Angela Davis.


This collection is arranged in one series. I. Public Relations and Printed Matter, 1955-1973.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Hirsch, Fred, 1933--
SNCC--California--Santa Clara
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
African Americans Civil Rights Movement--California--San Jose

Collection Contents

Box: 1

Series I: Public Relations and Printed Matter 1955-1973

Creator: Hirsch, Fred 1933-
Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

The materials presented in this series contain supporting documents of events held by local civil rights organizations of San Jose and Santa Clara County. Documents in this series include flyers of upcoming political and social events such as rallies in support of the First Amendment, mass marches to denounce police brutality and a variety of social justice petitions. This series provides a sampling of the local and national efforts to promote civil rights, including court documents and petitions related to the Angela Davis trial in the 1970s.


This series is arranged by format and alphabetically by subject matter.
Box/Folder 1/1-1/5

Correspondence 1960-1972

Folder 1/1

Invitations circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/2

Mississippi Challenge 1964-1965 undated

Box/Folder 1/3

Official Government Papers 1963 1970

Box/Folder 1/4

Solicitations for Donations circa 1960s 1972

Box/Folder 1/5

Solicitations for Support circa 1960s-1970

Box/Folder 1/6-1/13

Flyers 1955-1972

Box/Folder 1/6

Angela Davis 1970-1972

Box/Folder 1/7

Anti-war circa 1969

Box/Folder 1/8

Equal Employment & Fair Housing 1964-1965 undated

Box/Folder 1/9

Mexican-American Groups 1964

Box/Folder 1/10

Police Brutality circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/11

Political & Performance Events 1955-1965

Box/Folder 1/12

Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee Events 1963-1965

Box/Folder 1/13

Youth Education circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/14-1/15

Forms 1964-1972

Box/Folder 1/14

Community Alert Patrol 1972 undated

Box/Folder 1/15

Various Petitions 1964-1965 undated

Box/Folder 1/16

News Clippings 1966-1969

Box/Folder 1/16

San Jose Police 1969 undated

Box/Folder 1/17-1/20

Newsletters 1960-1973

Box/Folder 1/17

Firing of Chicano Professors circa 1973

Box/Folder 1/18

Mississippi Matters 1965 undated

Box/Folder 1/19

San Jose Police Matters 1969

Box/Folder 1/20

The South & Freedom circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/21-1/23

Pamphlets 1960-1970

Box/Folder 1/21

Civil Injustice 1964-1970 undated

Box/Folder 1/22

Mississippi circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/23

Publications 1964-1966 undated

Box/Folder 1/24-1/25

Printed Matter 1960-1969

Box/Folder 1/24

Protest Photographs 1969

Box/Folder 1/25

Song sheets 1960s

Box/Folder 1/26-1/29

Templates 1960-1972

Box/Folder 1/26

Angela Davis Flyers 1970-1972

Box/Folder 1/27

The South & Freedom Flyers circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/28

Upcoming Event Flyers circa 1970s

Box/Folder 1/29

Vietnam & Community Alert circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/30-1/33

Tin Sheets 1960-1972

Box/Folder 1/30

Angela Davis 1970-1972

Box/Folder 1/31

Community Alert Patrol circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/32

Community Control Petitions circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/33

Events & Demands circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/34-1/38

Transparencies 1960-1971

Box/Folder 1/34

Criminal Justice 1969-1971 undated

Box/Folder 1/35

Mexican Groups Flyers circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/36

Newspaper Articles 1967 undated

Box/Folder 1/37

The South & Freedom Flyers circa 1960s

Box/Folder 1/38

Upcoming Event Flyers circa 1960s