Ka Huliau

Ka Huliau or “The Turning Point” was a left leaning, underground, independent newspaper printed by  Hawaii Education for Social Progress, Inc..[1][2] Published in the 1980s (presumably from 1982-1986) Ka Huliau self-identified as “An independent newspaper focusing on Hawaii and Pacific issues.” These issues included labor strikes, nuclear proliferation, socialism and others primarily in the context of their effect on Hawaiians and other Islanders. The inclusion of Ku Huliau in the collections illustrates (as have some previous posts) that Gordon Hall collected items that really span the entire country. Admittedly items from Hawaii are fairly sparse. There are only a few copies of Ka Huliau in the Hall Hoag collection and I have included the covers of two of them from 1983.

Ka Huliau (1983)

Ka Huliau (1983)

Ka Huliau (1983)

Ka Huliau (1983)

[1] http://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/vf-uiu/Record/uiu_4306676

[2] http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn94023109/

 

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Texas Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Waco, TX)

Gordon Hall and his team of volunteers would often write to extremist groups in the guise of someone interested in joining. In return groups would send them recruitment packages usually containing information about the group and some of their publications.

Below are some items from a package sent by the Texas Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The package includes a few copies of the “White Patriot” newspaper, a hand written note from the grand dragon of the Texas Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Michael Lowe, stickers and a few party balloons.

Stickers

Stickers

Balloons

Balloons

Lowe gained some publicity in the mid 90s because he was represented by an African American lawyer, Anthony P. Griffin [1] in a case that involved the harassment and assault of African American residents in Vidor, Texas.[2]

It can be difficult to track the history of all of the different branches of the KKK. This history of the KKK in Texas is similar to other parts of the country in that is was started in the 1860s during reconstruction with an ebb and flow of membership and activity in the decades that followed. The Texas Knights became well known KKK in the 1990s around the time that this package was sent to Gordon Hall and often found themselves in the center of controversy in Texas. Indeed, Lowe proudly writes in his letter that his Klan group in the one the Anti-Defamation League stated “were the one to be concerned about and to watch.”

Hand Written Note from Michael Lowe

Hand Written Note from Michael Lowe

Hand Written Note from Michael Lowe Page 2

Hand Written Note from Michael Lowe Page 2

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/1993/09/10/news/a-klansman-s-black-lawyer-and-a-principle.html

[2] http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/vek02

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National Renaissance Party – Richard Bayer

Gordon Hall interviewed Richard Bayer, a member of the National Renaissance Party, in June of 1968 about his involvement in the party and the party’s ideology. The National Renaissance Party was founded by James Madole (who was also interview by Gordon Hall) in 1949 and disbanded shortly after his death in 1979.  The NRP was a neo-fascist group based out of New York City known for violent riots in the 1960s and controversial publications.[1] Similar to other fascist groups like the American Nazi Party, the NPR was white supremacist, racist, anti-Semitic, and sought for a dictatorship in America.

Richard Bayer, a native New Yorker, one day became secretary[2] of the NRP, but was 28 years old at the time of this interview.  In the section of the interview below Bayer shares his views on the use of violence to achieve political ends. There are quite a few (~50-100) interviews in the Hall Hoag collection and 60 folders of material from The National Renaissance Party.

National Renaissance Party (1968)

[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Renaissance_Party_(United_States)#cite_note-panel-3

[2] http://archive.org/stream/foia_NRP-HQ-17/NRP-HQ-17_djvu.txt

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Summer 2014 Recap

Last week marked the end of another successful summer for the Hall-Hoag project. A total of 15 different students worked on the project this summer and were able to process and reorganize a large quantity of material in two phases.

In phase one we continued the work from last summer. At that point we had process 1,100 of the 1,655 total boxes in the collection. Over the course of a little over a month we finished this phase. The work involved taking material out of the boxes it was originally placed in and then putting them into a new box corresponding the the letter of the alphabet of the folder label (organization names). As noted in an earlier post we ended up with the following box totals for each letter of the alphabet: A-102, B-58, C-165 , D-28, E-19 ,F-48, G-31, H-31, I-35, J-24, K-13, L-49, M-65, N-107, O-17, P-65 ,Q-1, R-41, S-72, T-26, U-56, V-14, W-59. X-1, Y-8 and Z-1.  There are also 2 boxes that start with numbers, 21 audiovisual, 96 books, 54 clippings, 10 index cards, 107 correspondence, 12 photographs, 29 unidentified, and 38 oversized material boxes. Through this reorganization we also condensed the collection a bit and eliminated 70 boxes that were no longer needed.

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In phase two we focused on one individual letter at a time and put all of the material for that letter in perfect alphabetical order. This process also involves updating the inventory for each folder with the final location in which it will reside. Once this step is complete the boxes go back in the storage module at the library annex and will only be accessed again for research purposes. We completed the following letters during the second half of the summer: B, D, F, G, H, L, R and S. Overall this represents a little less than a third of the entire collection. Throughout the next two semesters and next summer we will complete this phase of processing.

I want to thank my students for their hard work and I look forward to another great year working on this project. I am also excited to be back in the newly renovated John Hay Library. Although it was great working out of the library annex you cannot beat this view.

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Students for a Libertarian Society

Students for a Libertarian Society

Students for a Libertarian Society

Students for a Libertarian Society was founded in 1979 as separate entity from the Libertarian Party which already had a youth section.  The SLS, with a central location in San Francisco, California published pamphlets and a newspaper/magazine titled Liberty. Among a few others Jeffery Freidnman (a Brown grad) served as one of the groups national presidents.  The SLS was fairly short lived having mostly disbaned by 1983. [1] Libertarianism has become more prominent in recent years in American politics, but many politicans associated with the ideology are not actually offiliated with the Libertarian Party.

In the post today there is an undated pamphlet, which provides basic information about the group and the positions they hold. In general the SLS promoted small government and individual rights.

Students for a Libertarian Society

Students for a Libertarian Society

 

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Students_for_a_Libertarian_Society

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