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  • Title: Karl Baarslag papers
    Date (bulk): 1940-1960
    Collection Number: 85040
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English and German
    Physical Description: 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

    Access

    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1985.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Karl Baarslag papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    1900 November 25 Born
    1941-1945 Lieutenant commander, United States Navy; assigned to Office of Naval Intelligence
    1947-1953 Head of the National Americanism Commission of the American Legion
    1984 January 10 Died
    1953-1954 Research director for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
    1920s-1930s Marine radio operator
    1935 Published SOS to the Rescue
    1937 Published Coast Guard to the Rescue
    1938 Published Robbery by Mail: The Story of the U.S. Postal Inspectors
    1940 Published Islands of Adventure
    1947 Published Communist Trade Union Trickery Exposed
    1956-1960 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 Some of Baarslag's own writings on communism; chapters from his unpublished memoir, "Backwards, Turn Backwards;" and his writings on other research interests are also included in the papers.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 file.
    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

    Related Collections

    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