Guide to the Gwartney American Legion and Anti-Communist Collection

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Guide to the Gwartney American Legion and Anti-Communist Collection 1937/1981

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Gwartney American Legion and Anti-Communist Collection
Dates: 1937-1981
Identification: MS-0063
Creator: Gwartney, B. E.
Physical Description: 4.45 ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

B. E. (Bill) Gwartney was active in several American Legion posts in Southern California in the 1950s and 1960s. He chaired the Americanism Committee of the Los Angeles City Council Post in the early 1960s, and aided the effort to arrange the Southern California School of Anti-Communism in 1960-1961. He later served in the American Legion, San Diego Post. Mr. Gwartney was a real estate agent and was also active in the La Mesa Writers Club and the Congress of California Seniors.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Topical Term:

American Legion
Anti-communist movements -- United States

Administrative Information



Processing Information:

Processed Fall 2009

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Gwartney American Legion and Anti-Communist Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

This collection documents B. E. (Bill) Gwartney's service as a member of several American Legion Posts in Southern California, including correspondence and notes from his tenure as chairman of the Americanism Committee for the L.A. City Council Post in the early 1960s. Dating primarily from the 1960s, the collection consists of correspondence, notes, resolutions, unpublished reports, newsletters, memos, programs, newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook about the Southern California School of Anti-Communism in 1961, produced with the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade. There is one oversize folder of posters from World War II.  The collection consists of four series: American Legion Activities, Reports and Catalogs, Newsletters, Personal, Newsclippings, and Oversize.
American Legion Activities documents Gwartney's involvement as chair of the Americanism Committee and his involvement in the Southern California School of Anti-Communism.
Reports and Catalogs consists of unpublished American Legion conference reports and national Americanism Committee catalogs.
Newsletters consists of scattered issues of newsletters from mostly conservative organizations.
Personal consists of materials relating to Gwartney's involvement in the La Mesa Writers Club and documents from his real estate career.
Newspaper Clippings consists of clippings from various Southern California newspapers, mostly regarding communism and possible communist activities.
Oversize consists of a scrapbook about the Southern California School of Anti-Communism, and homefront propaganda posters from World War II.

Detailed List of Contents


American Legion Activities

Box 1, Folder 1

American Legion-General minutes, flyers, reports

Box 1, Folder 2

American Legion-General minutes, flyers, reports

Box 1, Folder 3

American Legion, Drafts of Resolutions

Box 1, Folder 4

California Teachers Association-American Legion Joint Committee, minutes and correspondence

Box 1, Folder 5

California Teachers Association-American Legion Joint Committee, minutes and correspondence

Box 1, Folder 6

Americanism Committee-General memos, minutes, notes

Box 1, Folder 7

Americanism Committee, Outgoing Correspondence, 1958-1965

Box 1, Folder 8

Americanism Committee, Incoming Correspondence 1961-1966

Box 2, Folder 1

Christian Anti-Communism Crusade-correspondence

Box 2, Folder 2

National Security Seminar, 1969

Box 2, Folder 3

Anti-Communist Pamphlets and Flyers

Box 2, Folder 4

Other correspondence

Box 2, Folder 5

Meeting notes and other notes


Reports and Catalogs

Box 3, Folder 1

Special Report of the COunty Counsel on Problems Created by Recent United States Supreme Court Cases Affecting the Communist Party, 1964

Box 3, Folder 2

Latest United States Supreme Court Decisions Favorable to Communists, 1965

Box 3, Folder 3

Further County Counsel Report...on the Potentially Damaging Effect on California's Loyalty Oath, 1966

Box 3, Folder 4

State of the Nation in Regard to Criticisms of the Schools, Committee on Professional Rights and Responsibilities, NEA, 1966

Box 3, Folder 5

People and Culture of China, Prepared by Dr. Irene Cheng

Box 3, Folder 6

American Legion Resolutions, 43rd Annual Convention

Box 3, Folder 7

Americanism Educational League Catalogs

Box 3, Folder 8

Armed Forces Films for Public and Television Use, 1957

Box 3, Folder 9

Myths and Truths about Free Enterprise, Joe Crail



Box 4, Folder 1

Action: California Teachers Assn. Newsletter

Scope and Contents

v. 13. no. 3, 1974
Box 4, Folder 2

American Legion Advance

Scope and Contents

September 1964
Box 4, Folder 3

American Legion Firing Line

Scope and Contents

December 1965 August-September 1966
Box 4, Folder 4

American Legion Magazine

Scope and Contents

April 1970
Box 4, Folder 5

Nation's Security: American Security Council Newsletter

Scope and Contents

September-October 1963
Box 4, Folder 6

The American Student

Scope and Contents

March 1952 October 1963
Box 4, Folder 7

California Legionnaire

Scope and Contents

v. 33, no. 4 1962 v. 39, no. 2 1968 v. 39, no. 9 1969 v. 39, no. 11 1969 v. 43, no. 11 1974 v. 52, no. 8 1982 v. 55, no. 10 1985 v.55, no. 12, 1985
Box 4, Folder 8

California Senior Citizen News

Scope and Contents

June 1974
Box 4, Folder 9

Citizens Intelligence Digest

Scope and Contents

v. 1, no. 1
Box 4, Folder 10

Doumentation: The Voice of Americanism

Scope and Contents

January 1966
Box 4, Folder 11

Dr. Berry's Newsletter

Scope and Contents

August 1, 1960
Box 4, Folder 12

Los Angeles Fire and Police News

Scope and Contents

June 1960 June 1966
Box 4, Folder 13

Hollywood Legionnaire

Scope and Contents

May 1966
Box 4, Folder 14

Human Events: Your Weekly Washington Report

Scope and Contents

April 20, 1963 April 27, 1963 May 4, 1963 May 11, 1963
Box 4, Folder 15

Insider's Newsletter: An Every Monday Report for Busy Women...

Scope and Contents

January 31, 1966
Box 4, Folder 16

John Birch Society

Scope and Contents

November 1973 December 1973 January 1974 February 1974
Box 4, Folder 17

Latin American Report: The Havana Conference

Scope and Contents

April 1967
Box 4, Folder 18

Vietnam Betrayed!: Internationalist Aim for Profitable...

Scope and Contents

May 1975
Box 4, Folder 19

Meet the Press: America's Press Conference of the Air

Scope and Contents

June 14, 1970 May 9, 1971 July 15, 1973 November 3, 1974 May 4, 1975 May 11, 1975 May 18, 1975 May 25, 1975 June 22,1975 January 4, 1976 May 2, 1976 August 1, 1976
Box 4, Folder 20

Muhammad Speaks

Scope and Contents

July 29, 1966
Box 4, Folder 21

The National Decency Reporter

Scope and Contents

June 1966 July 1966
Box 4, Folder 22

The Patrick Henry League: Compromise with injustice is the lowest...

Scope and Contents

Release No. 18 Release No. 20
Box 4, Folder 23

A Reader's Digest Reprint

Scope and Contents

January 1962 May 1964 January 1965
Box 4, Folder 24

Sacramento Report

Scope and Contents

March 1967
Box 4, Folder 25

Thomas Jefferson Research Center

Scope and Contents

January 1966 March 1966 March 1967 May 1969 May 1972 April 1972
Box 4, Folder 26

U.S National Comission for Unesco Newsletter

Scope and Contents

February 7,1958 (2)
Box 4, Folder 27

The Westchester Spotlight

Scope and Contents

December 1965 May 1971 June 1974


Box 5, Folder 1

Personal Documents and Awards

Box 5, Folder 2

Congress of California Seniors/East County Committee on Aging - General correspondence, memos

Box 5, Folder 3

Real Estate Career

Box 5, Folder 4

Real Estate Career

Box 5, Folder 5

Personal Date Books and Land Deeds



Box 6, Folder 1

News Clippings, 1950s

Box 6, Folder 2

News Clippings, 1960s

Box 6, Folder 3

News Clippings, 1960s

Box 6, Folder 4

News Clippings 1970s - 1980s

Box 6, Folder 5

News Clippings, Undated


Oversize: Scrapbook and WWII Posters

Box 7

Oversize: School of Anti-Communism scrapbook

Box 8: Ovrsz

I'm Counting on You! Don't Discuss Troop Movements...

Box 8: Ovrsz

If You Tell Where He's Going...He May Never Get There

Box 8: Ovrsz

United: The United Nations Fight for Freedom

Box 8: Ovrsz

Americans Will Always Fight For Liberty

Box 8: Ovrsz

"Doing All You Can Brother?" Buy War Bonds

Box 8: Ovrsz

A Careless World: A Needless Sinking

Box 8: Ovrsz

Work on a Farm This Summer: Join the U. S. Crop Corps

Box 8: Ovrsz

They Did Their Part

Box 8: Ovrsz

Attack! Buy War Bonds

Box 8: Ovrsz

Food is a Weapon: Don't Waste It! Buy Wisely - Cook Carefully - Eat it All

Box 8: Ovrsz

Enemy Ears Are Listening