Guide to the Austin Lewis Papers, 1913-1944

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Guide to the Austin Lewis Papers, 1913-1944

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 467

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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

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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.

Key to Arrangement

box Box

Letters written by Lewis, 1913-1944

Scope and Content Note

Letters dated 1913 to 1934 are typed copies written mainly to Roger N. Baldwin relating to legal cases involving civil rights and efforts to free Mooney and Billings. Those from 1938 to 1944 are originals written to Mary E. Bulkley and comment on international events, literature, friends, his health, etc.

Letters written to Lewis


Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. A partial list of correspondents follows the key to arrangement. Unlisted letters are arranged alphabetically in a miscellany at the end of the file.
Carton 1

Manuscripts of Lewis' writings


Arranged alphabetically.

American Labor and the Crisis


The Basis of Solidarity


Bibliography of Poverty


Centralization and Decentralization


The Chalice of St. John (fiction)


The Citizen and Social Planning


Education and the Working Class


Effects of Breaking Regulations of Hours, etc.


German Militarism Under Hitler


Huey Long and His Background


Inflation and the Worker


Labor is a Commodity




Mexico and U.S.


The National Disgrace - Child Labor




Social Credit


Some Matters of Law in Persecutions under Criminal Syndicalist Law of California


Syndicalism and Political Socialism


Syndicalism and Poverty


The University and the Working Class


What Happened to Quincy


What Is Syndicalism?


The World Turned Upside-Down




Clippings of Lewis' writings

Additional Note

Published mainly in New Review.
Arranged alphabetically.

The A.F. of L. Convention


The Basis of Solidarity


Company Owned Towns in California

Additional Note


The Mechanics of Solidarity


Movements of Migratory Unskilled Labor in California

Additional Note


Organization of the Unskilled

Additional Note


Potential Solidarity


Solidarity and Scabbing


Solidarity - Merely a Word?


Syndicalism and Mass Action

Additional Note


War and Public Opinion


What Is Syndicalism?


Manuscripts of lectures by Lewis


The Coming Struggle for Power


Contemporary Political Theory


Labor Organization in the United States


Marx and Marxism





Scope and Content Note

Mainly excerpts from books and articles re economics, labor movements, philosophy, politics, etc.

Manuscripts of writings by others

Scope and Content Note

Typescripts, arranged alphabetically by name of author.

Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley, Sabotage


Lewis, Saxon A., Law of Conspiracy and Combinations of Labor in Great Britain and the United States


Rorty, James, The Pretensions of American Poetry


Scharrenberg, Paul, Minority Report - Wheatland Hop-field Riot Investigation


American Civil Liberties Union. Northern California Advisory Committee


Financial statements, June -Aug. 1935


Reports to the director, Jan. -Mar. 1935


Minutes of meetings, Jan. -Apr. 1935


By-laws and miscellaneous Papers


Pledge cards (signed)


Miscellaneous publications


Committees, national and state, concerned with efforts to free Mooney and Billings


Miscellaneous form letters, etc.


Labor Defense League of California


Miscellaneous papers


Pamphlets re equal rights for women, labor unions, syndicalism, etc.



Carton 2

Legal files


Alden vs. Pacific Coast Lumber and Mill Company

Additional Note

(Lawsuit to recover damages, industrial accident.)

Bensen vs. Bensen

Additional Note

(Dissolution of marriage.)

Hartman vs. Cassity

Additional Note

(Land ownership dispute.)

Hugo, Gustav V.

Additional Note

(Articles of co-partnership.)

Kintner vs. Southern Pacific

Additional Note

(Automobile accident.)

People vs. Ford and Suhr

Additional Note

(Murder case.)

People vs. Madsam

Additional Note

(Arson case. Incomplete.)

People vs. Welton, Casey, Dunn, etc.

Additional Note

(Violation of criminal syndicalism law. Incomplete.)

People vs. Wieller

Additional Note

(Violation of criminal syndicalism law. Incomplete.)

Rockledge Resilient Spring Company

Additional Note

(Incorporation and patent papers.)

Skrocki vs. Stahl and McGettigan

Additional Note

(Slander case.)
Carton 3

Transcripts of court proceedings in cases involving civil liberties

Additional Note

Lewis was attorney in some of the cases.
Carton 4

Newspaper clippings

Scope and Content Note

Lewis' folder titles, arranged alphabetically as follows:



Behind literary London






Contemporary politics


Economic nationalism






Fascism, America




Free speech






Labor, American - history


Labor and N.R.A.


Left deviation








Middle class


Mooney case




Revolutionary parties


Right and left




Social credit




Socialism, etc.


Wells [H. G.] on America





Scope and Content Note

Clippings concerning civil liberties, world conditions, etc. Includes postcard written by John D. Barry and a letter written by Alice L. Park.

Partial List of Correspondents


American Civil Liberties Union


3 letters, 1920-1935

Additional Note

Letter dated 1935 written to Mary Hutchinson.

See also Baldwin, Roger Nash.

Baldwin, Roger Nash, 1884-


55 letters, 1917-1935

Additional Note

Written mainly while Director, ACLU, and member, National Mooney-Billings Committee. Some letters are written to Mary H. Hutchinson and some are copies of letters written to others.

Barry, John Daniel, 1866-1942


Postcard, Oct. 17, 1935

Additional Note

In Scrapbook, Carton 4.

Billings, Warren Knox, 1884-

See Hunt, Henry Thomas, 1878-


Bulkley, Mary Ezit, 1856-


2 letters, 1944


California. University. Extension Division


3 letters, 1932-1933

Additional Note

Written by Bernice Hubbard. Included also: Notice of Organization of Class to be taught by Lewis.

Coolidge, Mary Elizabeth Burroughs (Roberts) Smith, 1860-1945


Letter, July 13, 1920


Ettor, Joseph J.


Letter, n.d.

Additional Note

Transmits article, "What the I.W.W. Intends to Do to the U.S.A.," written with William D. Haywood.

Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley, 1890-1964

See Carton 1 for MS copy of her article, Sabotage.


Hunt, Henry Thomas, 1878-


2 letters, 1929

Additional Note

Letter, Apr. 9, transmits copy of letter from Warren K. Billings.

Hutchinson, Mary H.


6 letters, 1929-1935 and n.d.

Additional Note

Copies of letters to Roger N. Baldwin and others.

Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931


Letter, July 16, 1920


Kellogg, Paul Underwood, 1879-1958


Letter, Oct. 8, 1925


Laidler, Harry Wellington, 1884-


Letter, Sept. 30, 1913


Lane (John) Company


5 letters, 1913-1914 and n.d.

Additional Note

Discuss possible publication of Lewis' book on syndicalism.

Lewis, Saxon A.

See Carton 1 for MS copy of his article, Law of Conspiracy and Combinations of Labor in Great Britain and the United States.


Macmillan Company


2 letters, 1913-1914


Marx, Guido Hugo, 1871-1949


Letter, July 14, 1920


May, Bernice (Hubbard)

See California. University. Extension Division


Mooney, Thomas Joseph, 1882-1942


Letter, May 6, 1929


Park, Alice Locke


Letter, June 24, 1920

See also letter, Oct. 14, 1935, in Scrapbook, Carton 4.


Peixotto, Jessica Blanche, 1864-1941


Letter, Feb. 7, 1929

Additional Note

Written to Mary Hutchinson.

Rehfisch, Carol A.


Letter, Mar. 7, 1924

Additional Note

Concerning dangers of protective legislation based on sex.

Rorty, James, 1890-

See Carton 1 for MS copy of his article, The Pretensions of American Poetry


Rowell, Chester Harvey, 1867-1948


Letter, July 13, 1920


Scharrenberg, Paul

See Carton 1 for MS copy of his article, Minority Report -Wheatland Hop-field Riot Investigation.