May 14th, 2013 by Daniel H. Johnson
On Monday I attended the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Encoded Archival Context – Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF) workshop, held in the Sheerr Room in Fay House at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, located at Harvard University. Katherine M. Wisser, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Archives/History Dual Degree Program at Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College taught the workshop that covered the International Standard Archival Authority Record For Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, hands on EAC-CPF work and an overview of other EAC-CPF projects. EAC-CPF is a standard that can help define the creators of archival collections and expose relationships between creators and other archival collections. For the Hall-Hoag project we will be using EAC-CPF to show relationships between all of the organizations in the collection when we publish the collection online. This workshop really helped clarify how to properly code the identities of the organizations in the Hall-Hoag collection and the potential of listing the functions of these organizations.
To get an idea of what EAC-CPF can look like in practice check out these sites:
Trove (The National Library of Australia): http://trove.nla.gov.au/?q=
Archives Portal Europe Network: http://www.apenet.eu/
Fay House, Cambridge
May 8th, 2013 by Daniel H. Johnson
I rencetly found this item in the collection, but it does not have any publication information. Based on other copies of this document in the collection it is most likely attributed to a Stephen Miller, but it has been difficult to pinpoint his associations. The pamphlet also mentions Thomas A. Bresnaham from the State (MA?) Commission to Curb Communism. The item calls into question Gordon Hall’s communist sympathies. Although I do not know much about this item I chose to include it because it illustrates Gordon Hall’s profile in the extremist community. Through his collecting and writing Gordon Hall was a known entity to both left and right wing groups.
Send an email along if you think you might know more about this item.
April 30th, 2013 by Daniel H. Johnson
After attending the DH: The next Generation conference a few weeks back I decided to pull together some data from the Hall Hoag Collection Part I. We have a list of each organization in Part I and how many folders we have for each of those organizations and I decided to organize that data by the organization category (The categories were chosen by Gordon Hall, there are 99 of them). What I found was very interesting. For example, Christian Religious Right groups is by far the largest group in Part I with 643 organizations 2995 folders of material. This is even more surprising given that both Christian Identity (111 organizations, 311 folders) and Catholic Traditionalism (122 organizations, 336 folders) groups are separated from the larger group of Christian Religious Right groups in Hall Hoag Part I. The next largest type of organization is Single Issue Focus Left organizations with 375 organizations and 1008 folders. The size of that group shows the nature of many extremist groups in that there are many organizations and many of them have a very specific focus. The entire list is included below. It is a bit hard to read, but if you click the image it will enlarge, or you can download a PDF version of the list here: Hall Hoag Part I Data Analysis.
Hall Hoag Part 1 Organizations/Subjects
April 24th, 2013 by Daniel H. Johnson
This week’s highlight is a bit topical. With all of the coverage of the current gun control legislation I thought I would share an item from the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) which is an organization based in Hartford, Wisconsin founded by former firearms dealer Aaron S. Zelman in 1986.  According to the JPFO website the “JPFO initially aimed at educating the Jewish community about the historical evils that Jews have suffered when they have been disarmed” and then later expanded to prove that “’gun control’ had played a fundamental role in all the major genocides of the 20th Century … not just the Holocaust.” The JPFO is noted for its extreme view of gun control legislation and has been criticized by Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League who wrote “anti-Semitism has a long and painful history, and the linkage to gun control is a tactic by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership to manipulate the fear of anti-Semitism toward their own end.”
The group has released a variety of publications including pamphlets, documentaries and comic books. It is difficult to determine how many members and/or subscribers the group has. There are only 6 items from the JPFO in the Hall Hoag collection.
Jews For the Preservation of Firearm Ownership Poster (1991)
April 16th, 2013 by Daniel H. Johnson
The Realist was a magazine of “social-political-religious criticism and satire” published and edited by Paul Krassner from 1958-2001 with 146 editions. The Realist was a byproduct and helped influence the counter culture press of the 20th century. It included writing from Norman Mailer, Ken Kesey and Joseph Heller as well controversial figures like George Lincoln Rockwell (who has an editorial in the edition shown below). By the time publication ended The Realist was circulated to between 5000-7000 people and in its heyday could be bought at newsstands. The Realist was known for being one of the first magazines to publish conspiracy theories and wrote about the Watergate scandal prior to the mainstream press. Krasner was a cofounder of the Yippies—counterculture political party known for their theatrical demonstrations outside of the 1968 Democratic Convention. The Hall Hoag collection only contains about 12 issues of the Realist.
The entire Realist archive, including the issue below is available online: http://www.ep.tc/realist/39/
The Realist No. 39 (1962)