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Guide to the Austin Lewis Papers, 1913-1944
BANC MSS C-B 467  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Austin Lewis Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1913-1944
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 467
    Creator: Lewis, Austin, 1865?-1944
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 box, 4 cartons
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Relating primarily to his interest in civil liberties, to various causes including efforts to free Tom Mooney and Warren Billings and to repeal California's criminal syndicalism law, and to his legal career. Include correspondence, MSS of his writings and lectures, legal files and clippings.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Austin Lewis Papers, BANC MSS C-B 467, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical Sketch

    Austin Lewis was a lecturer, writer and attorney with law offices in San Francisco and Oakland. He devoted his career to so-called radical causes, such as the pardon of Tom Mooney and Warren K. Billings and the repeal of California's criminal syndicalism law, and to defense of civil liberties in general, usually involving persons with little or no money. He helped organize the Northern California Branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and served as its counsel and on the Advisory Committee.

    Scope and Content

    The papers relate mainly to his career. The bulk of them were given to The Bancroft Library in 1952 by Saxon A. Lewis and Mrs. Ralph H. Sliter. Some additional correspondence came from Mrs. Mary H. Hutchinson in 1965.
    A key to arrangement follows.