Guide to the Group for Academic Freedom records, 1950-1956

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Guide to the Group for Academic Freedom records, 1950-1956

Collection number: CU-9.23

University Archives, The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Group for Academic Freedom records,
Date (inclusive): 1950-1956
Collection Number: CU-9.23
Creator: University of California, Berkeley. Group for Academic Freedom, 1950-1956
Extent: 7 boxes
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Primarily correspondence of Edward C. Tolman, including clippings and printed materials relating to the Loyalty Oath controversy. Box 7 contains papers of Margaret Trabue Hodgens.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Group for Academic Freedom records, CU-9.23, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Container List


Tolman files

box 1, folder 1

Internal Organization --- G.A.F.

folder 2

Vitae and Biographies of Group Members

folder 3

Biographical Information on Former Members of G.A.F.

folder 4

Financial, Employment, and Course Reports (Members of Group)

folder 5

Mailing Lists

folder 6

Members of the Group - 1950

folder 7-8

Members of the Group - 1951

folder 9

Members of the Group - 1952-1953

folder 10

Stanley A. Weigel - 1950

folder 11

Stanley A. Weigel - 1951

folder 12

Stanley A. Weigel - 1952

folder 13

Group for Academic Freedom --- Minutes

folder 14-15

Acknowledgement of Contributions - 1950

folder 16-17

Acknowledgement of Contributions - 1951

folder 18

Acknowledgement of Contributions - 1952

folder 19

Correspondence With Other Universities - 1950

folder 20-21

Correspondence With Other Universities - 1951-52

folder 22

Brown University

folder 23

University of California (all campuses except members of the group) 1950

folder 24

University of California - 1951-1952

folder 25

University of Chicago

folder 26

Columbia University

folder 27

Dartmouth College

folder 28

Johns Hopkins University

folder 29

Harvard University

folder 30

University of Michigan

folder 31


folder 32

North Western (Samuels)

folder 33

Ohio State

folder 34

Sarah Lawrence

folder 35


folder 36


folder 37


box 2, folder 1

Messages from Other Universities. Re: Bronson Resolution

folder 3

Messages from Other Universities, Professional Societies Re: Oath

folder 4-5

All Other Correspondence

folder 6

American Psychological Association

folder 7

Ford Foundation

folder 8

Correspondence With Former Members

folder 9

Letters Addressed to Professor Loewenberg

folder 10

Letters from Non-Signers

folder 11


folder 12


folder 13

Correspondence With President Sproul

folder 14

Letter to Governor Warren

folder 15

Sample Letter of Appointment. Aug. 9, 1949

folder 16

Letters Accepting Appointment. Aug. 24, 1950

folder 17

Proposal Letters of Congratulations on State Supreme Court

folder 18

Newsletters Distributed by G.A.F.

folder 19

Newsletters from E.C. Tolman to Non-Signers

folder 20

Distribution of Briefs

folder 21

Distribution of Petitioners' Reply Brief

folder 22

Concerning Reinstatement

folder 23

Effects of Controversy - Resignations, Refusals, etc.

folder 24

Faculty Committee on Financial Association

folder 25

Job Folder

folder 26

Miscellaneous - “Look” and American Civil Liberties Union

folder 27-28

U.C. Academic Senate and Steering Committee

folder 29-30

Regents Meetings

folder 31

Statements to Privilege and Tenure Com.

folder 32-33

Consequences of the Abrogation of Tenure

folder 34

Bergum Case at New York University. Nov. 1952-Feb. 1953

folder 35

Brayfield's Trip to Mid West, 1950

folder 36

Loyalty Oath - References to in Faculty Bulletin

folder 37-38


folder 39

Papers Relating to Oath Controversy

folder 40

Various Oaths of Loyalty

folder 41

George R. Stewart: Year of the Oath Material Made Available to G.A.F.

folder 42

Non-Senate Non-Signers

folder 43


folder 44

Possible Material for Publicity

folder 45

Bank Deposits, 1950

folder 46

Bank Deposits, 1951

folder 47

Financial Statements 1950-52

folder 48

Financial Statements 1952

folder 49

Financial Statements 1956

folder 50-51

Treasury Statements 1950, 1956

folder 52

Treasury Statements 1951-52

box 3, cardfile 1-2

Mailing List File Cards

folder 1


box 4-6

Newspaper Articles, 1950-52

box 4, folder 1-2

Loyalty Oaths of other states and other universities, also of individual cities and organizations of California

folder 3-4

Reactions to State of California Loyalty Oath Legislation

folder 5

Reactions of Faculties at other universities, AAUP, learned societies and individual professors

folder 6

Reaction of Students at the University of California (ASUC) and other universities

folder 7-8

U.S. Government Loyalty Program

folder 9

The Year of the Oath, by George Stewart

folder 10-11

Case before the Third District Appellate Court up until the Decision---April 6, 1951

folder 12-13

Case before the Third District Appellate Court After the Decision

folder 14-15

The Case before the California State Supreme Court

folder 16

The Case before the California State Supreme Court Decision, October 17, 1952

folder 17

Alumni, U.C. and other universities. Yale Alumni, Re: Tolman degree

folder 18-19

News Stories on Individual Members of Board of Regents: Ehrman, Gianni, Knight, Neylan, Nimitz, Sproul, Warren

folder 20

News Stories on Individual Non-Signers

folder 21

News Stories on Stanley A. Weigel

folder 22-24

“Red Smear” of U.C., Pres. Sproul and Prof. Tolman, June 1951; Burns Committee Report

box 5, folder 1

State Senate Committee on Education

folder 2

Attacks by U.S. Senate Committees on colleges and universities

folder 3-4

Meetings of Board of Regents 1950

folder 5-7

Meetings of Board of Regents 1951, 1953

folder 8

Early Regents Meetings

folder 9

Losses to the University - courses, dismissals, resignations, etc.

folder 10

American Civil Liberties Union

folder 11

Actions of the UC Academic Senate; initiatives of groups of faculty members; financial support; statements by or regarding individual professors (signers).

folder 12

Daily Californian; Daily Bruin

folder 13

Loyalty oaths for physicians, lawyers and teachers in California

folder 14

Magazine articles on Loyalty Oath at UC; reviews of books dealing with loyalty oaths

folder 15

Editorial and personal opinion on UC and other oaths--for the oath and against the non-signers

folder 16-18

Editorial and personal opinion on UC and other oaths--against the oath and for the non-signers

folder 19-21

State of California loyalty oath legislation (levering act, etc.)

folder 22-23

Propositions 5 and 6 [1952]

box 6

Printed materials; includes various periodical articles and legal briefs of both Supreme Ct. case and 3rd Dist. Appellate Ct. case


Hodgen files

box 7, folder 1

Hodgen, Margaret T. 1949

folder 2

Hodgen, Margaret T. 1950

folder 3

Hodgen, Margaret T. 1951

folder 4

Hodgen, Margaret T. 1952

folder 5

Hodgen, Margaret T. 1953, 1956

folder 6

Hodgen, Margaret T.

Physical Description: Clippings