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Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Box number, Folder number and/or title, Smith Act Trial Collection, MSS 67, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Collection Summary:

Newspaper articles, personal statements, legal documents, publications, pamphlets, newsletters.

Historical Background:

Documents related to the arrest, trial and conviction of nine members of the Communist Party in Philadelphia who were accused of violating the Smith Act, which outlawed the teaching or advocating the overthrow of the American government, by force. The defendants were Benjamin Weiss, Sam Gobeloff, Walter Lowenfels, Joseph Kuzma, Robert Klonsky, Sherman Labovitz, Irvin Katz, David Dubensky, and Thomas Nabried.

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Box Folder Description
1 1 Chronologies of events
    List of lawyers, witnesses
  2 Marion [Joseph] Kuzma
  3 Helen [Benjamin] Weiss
  4 Sophie [David] Davis (aka David Dubensky)
  5 Joseph Roberts (aka Sam Gobeloff)
  6 Helen [Robert]Klonsky
  7 Pauline [Sherman] Labovitz
  8 Lillian [Walter] Lowenfels
  9 Violet [Irvin] Katz
  10 Barbara [Joseph] Roberts
  11 Collective letters of appeal from wives, to friends of the defendants
  12 Friends and Families of the Smith Act Defendants. Activities
  13-16 Newsclippings
  17 Indictment
  18 Examination of Jurors, March 25, 1954
  19 Appeal: Brief for Appellants
  20 Appeal: Supplemental Brief for Appellants
  21 Brief in Support of Motion to Acquit Joseph Roberts
  22 Proof of factual material involved in determining the Constitutional issues in the Smith Act cases
  23 Vengeance on the Young, by Albert E. Kahn
  24 A Collection of Editorial & Resolutions in Opposition to the Un-American Activities Committee. January 1962.
  25 The Smith Act and the Supreme Court. ACLU, April 1952
  26 Facts on the Smith Act. Pennsylvania Civil Rights Congress, [1954]
  27 The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties. ACLU, 1952
  28 Let Freedom Ring. Pennsylvania Civil Rights Congress, 1953-54
  29 My Life—My Principles, by David Davis. n.d.
    “Know Your Rights” n.d.
    “Outline for use in visiting on question of police malpractice and denial of protection of 4th amendment to the Negro people”. Pennsylvania Civil Rights Congress. n.d.
    Feature Press Service weekly bulletin, nos. 2160, 2190 (1963-64). ACLU.
    “Text of American Civil Liberties Union Statement on June 5 Supreme Court Decisions re 1950 Internal Security Act and Membership clause of Smith Act”. ACLU, July 6, 1961.
    Fact Sheet: Internal Security Act (McCarren Act) passed by the U. S. Congress, Sept. 1950
    Press release, Communist Party, Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware, August 20, 1954.
    List of available material from the Citizens Committee for Constitutional Liberties (book and pamphlet order form). n.d.
  30 The Nation.  Special Issue: “The FBI”. October 18, 1958. Concerns Fred J. Cook’s investigation of the F.B.I.
    Your Constitutional Rights . . . are in Danger! Citizens Committee for Constitutional Liberties. n.d.
  31 Miscellaneous

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