Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Karl Baarslag papers
Date (bulk): 1940-1960
Collection Number: 85040
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English and German
7 manuscript boxes
(2.8 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Writings, reports, memoranda, letters, pamphlets, and other printed matter relating to international communism, communism
in the United States, communism in maritime unions, and internal security activities of the Office of Naval Intelligence during
World War II.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1985.
[Identification of item], Karl Baarslag papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
|1900 November 25
||Lieutenant commander, United States Navy; assigned to Office of Naval Intelligence
||Head of the National Americanism Commission of the American Legion
|1984 January 10
||Research director for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
||Marine radio operator
SOS to the Rescue
Coast Guard to the Rescue
Robbery by Mail: The Story of the U.S. Postal Inspectors
Islands of Adventure
Communist Trade Union Trickery Exposed
||Consultant for the House Committee on Un-American Activities
Scope and Content of Collection
The Karl Baarslag papers contain writings, reports, memoranda, letters, pamphlets, books, and other printed matter relating
to international communism, communism in the United States, communism in maritime unions, and internal security activities
of the Office of Naval Intelligence during World War II. Some of Baarslag's own writings on communism; chapters from his unpublished
memoir, "Backwards, Turn Backwards;" and his writings on other research interests are also included in the papers.
The majority of the material is located in the
Communist Activities File, which contains material documenting various domestic and international communist movements and organizations, such as the
Communist Party of the United States of America, the International of Seamen and Harbour Workers (ISH), and the Marine Transport
Workers of the Western Hemisphere. Of particular note are letters written between 1924 and 1949 by prominent members of the
Communist Party USA, including Jay Lovestone and Alex Bail, located in the Communist Party of the United States of America
In addition, the collection contains several pamphlets and books relating to communism and socialism, located in the
Printed Matter series.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Communism -- United States
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service
Internal security -- United States
Labor unions and communism
United States. Office of Naval Intelligence
The Church League of America Collection of the Research Files of Counterattack, the Wackenhut Corporation, and Karl Baarslag,
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Communist Party of the United States of America issuances, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Jay Lovestone papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives