About The Project

Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives: The Gordon Hall and Grace Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda, Part II

Funded By the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Brown University Library has received a three-year grant of $376,100 to complete the processing of The Gordon Hall and Grace Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda materials. Gordon Hall began compiling the collection when he returned from World War II and encountered U.S. domestic hate groups at both ends of the political spectrum. Along with a group of volunteers, including Grace Hoag, he infiltrated and investigated radical and dissenting groups, collecting their printed propaganda as part of his efforts to preserve these irreplaceable materials for posterity. Only the 168,000 items representing 5,500 organizations found in Part I of the collection have been processed, documented and made available to the public so far. This project will uncover the much larger, unprocessed and inaccessible Part II, comprised of 800 cartons (2,400 linear feet or ca. 700,000 items). The materials reflect a continuum of views on issues such as the Cold War, civil and women’s rights, and the relationship of religion and state.

About The Collection

The collection focuses on printed organizational literature, often ephemeral, some for circulation among adherents and others used to proselytize. The collection consists largely of pamphlets and leaflets, with smaller numbers of photos, audio–visual items, manuscripts, and monographs published by Anti-Abortion organizations; Anti-Integrationist organizations; Anti-Semitic and Racist political parties; Christian Identity organizations; Communist organizations; Communist political parties; Communist publishers; Congressional investigating committees; Cults and Alternative religions; Extreme Left-Wing publishers; Ku Klux Klan organizations; LaRouche organizations; Marxist-Leninist organizations; Militant Anti-Communist organizations; Militant Populist organizations; Neo-Nazi organizations; Pacifist organizations; Racial and Ethnic Consciousness organizations; Right-Wing Christian religious organizations; and Right-Wing publishers.


About The Project Archivist

As of July 2015, the collection responsibilities have been taken over by new project archivist, Jordan Jancosek. Ms. Jancosek joins the Brown community after recently receiving her M.S. in Archives Management and M.A. in History from Simmons College in May of 2015. Prior to graduating from Simmons, she received her B.A. in History and Classical Civilization from Oberlin College in 2011. Ms. Jancosek has had previous archives and library experience at Simmons College, Tufts University, Bunker Hill Community College, Antioch College, and Oberlin College.


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  1. Brown University Library’s Dan O’Mahoney Recognized by CLIR | Brown University Library News / 4-24-2014 / ·

    […] Daniel P. O’Mahoney, Director of Library Planning & Assessment and Scholarly Resources Librarian in the Social Sciences for the Brown University Library, was recognized by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for his work on the Library’s Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printing Propaganda.  […]

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