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Guide to the McNamara Defense Committee Records TAM.033

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: McNamara Defense Committee
Title: McNamara Defense Committee Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1911
Abstract: A New York based committee formed in 1911 to rally support for John J. and James B. McNamara prior to their confessing to dynamiting the Los Angeles Times Building in 1910. The records contain minutes, appeals for support from labor and socialist groups, responses from these groups and financial records with lists of organizations making contributions. Much of the correspondence is that of the Committee's secretary, Socialist Party activist Julius Gerber. Included are also two letters from Samuel Gompers, and two from John J. McNamara.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Call Phrase: TAM.033

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Historical/Biographical Note

A New York based committee formed in 1911 to rally support for John J. and James B. McNamara prior to their confessing to dynamiting the Los Angeles Times Building in 1910. The McNamara brothers were members of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers, which was engaged in a lengthy and violent strike. Harrison Gray Otis, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, led the local business community's opposition to the local labor movement.

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Scope and Content Note

The records contain minutes of committee meetings, appeals for support from labor and socialist groups, responses from these groups usually including naming of delegates to conference, and committee financial records with lists of organizations contributing. Much correspondence is that of the Committee's secretary, Socialist Party activist Julius Gerber. Two letters from Samuel Gompers support Committee efforts, and two from John J. McNamara thank Ernest Bohen for support.

Arrangement

The folders are arranged alphabetically.

The files are grouped into one series:

Missing Title

  1. I, Records, 1911

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • McNamara, John Joseph.
  • Bohen, Ernest
  • Gerber, Julius, 1862-1916
  • Gompers, Samuel, 1850-1924.
  • McNamara, James

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Financial records
  • Minutes (administrative records)

Subject Organizations

  • Los Angeles Times (Firm)
  • McNamara Defense Committee

Subject Topics

  • Labor movement -- California -- Los Angeles.
  • Bombings -- California -- Los Angeles -x History -y 20th century.
  • Anarchism -- United States.
  • Anarchists -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in 1911, are expected to enter the public domain in 2032.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; NcNamara Defense Committee Records; TAM 033; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Rand School Archives, 1963. There is no earlier provenance information. The accession number associated with this collection is 1963.020.

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Container List

Series I: Records, 1911.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Agitation Fund
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Attendance Sheets and Minutes
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence about Defense Fund
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence about the McNamara Conference (I)
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence about the McNamara Conference (II)
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Defense Fund: Finances
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Gompers, Samuel: Letters
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 8 McNamara, John J.: Telegram and Letter
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Organization and Meeting Announcements
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Page of Photographs on Los Angeles and Indianapolis Bombings: New York Times, December 17, 1911
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Receipts, Bills
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Statements of Support
1911

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