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Guide to the Ernie Lazar FBI FOIA Files on Anti-Communism and Right Wing Movements TAM.576

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 Edited for DACS compliance by Nicole Greenhouse (March 2014); edited by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated administrative information  , Mar 2015

Container List

Series I: Disc 01

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
CD: 1 Track : 1 Baumgardner, Frederick Jackson

General note

HQ 67-136594: Section 1, #1 - #419, 9/21/39  9/1/82

11/24/10 claims that his missing performance reports (about 20 yrs) probably were among destroyed serials

Baumgardner, Frederick Jackson

224-60-1666; b: 08-12-11 (Munfordsville KY); d: 03-04-00

1931-1932 = University of Louisville KY -- 1934 – 06/36 = Jefferson School of Law – Louisville (LLB) -- 3/2/37 = Admitted to Kentucky Bar -- 6/37 – 1939 = Supervisor, Assistance Division, State Welfare Department, Louisville KY. He supervised investigative staff that determined eligibility for old age pensions -- 12/4/39 = EOD, FBI Special Agent -- Approx 2/40 = Milwaukee -- 7/19/43 = Entered Security Division -- Circa 4/44 = Supervisor, Sabotage Section, Security Division -- Circa 4/47 = #1 Man – Internal Security Section – Security Division -- 3/26/48 = Section Chief, Internal Security Section, DID -- 12/2/66 = Retired

496 Pages Released

CD: 1 Track : 2 Belmont, Alan Harnden

General note

HQ 67-94639: Section 1-2-3 (962pp), #1 - #300, 8/13/36  1/13/53

HQ 67-94639: Sections 4-5 (464pp), #301 - #389, 2/6/53 - 7/21/55

HQ 67-94639: Sections 6-7 (594pp), #390 - #530, 9/2/55 - 3/31/63

Belmont, Alan Harnden

224-60-0682; b: 01-22-07; d: 07-30-77

Belmont became FBI SA in 1936 and then served in Birmingham and Chicago field offices as well as ASAC of Chicago and NYC. In 1950 he became Assistant Director in charge of the Domestic Intelligence Division. He retired in 1965 and became Assistant Director of Hoover Institution on War, Peace and Revolution.

1931 = Accounting Degree from Stanford University -- 11/30/36 = EOD FBI = Special Agent -- 7/14/44 = Transferred from Cincinnati to become ASAC of NYC -- 2/27/50 = Inspector in Charge of Domestic Intelligence Division -- 09/30/51 – 6/1/61 = Hoover appointed him Assistant Director, Domestic Intelligence Division -- 02/60 = Became FBI liaison to U.S. Intelligence Board headed by Allen W. Dulles -- 6/2/61 – 12/30/65 = Belmont promoted to Assistant to Director—Investigative (replacing Donald J. Parsons who retired). In this position he supervised/directed Laboratory, General Investigative, Special Investigative and Domestic Intelligence Divisions -- 9/58 Staff of DID Belmont – Assistant Director Inspectors: Donald E. Moore = 10/14/56, Branch Chief, Espionage – Central Research Branch; Joseph A. Sizoo = 9/15/53  #1 Man and Branch Chief, Internal Security-Liaison Branch; Section Chiefs: Fred J. Baumgardner = Internal Security Section; James F. Bland = Subversive Control Section (until 9/1/55 he headed Internal Security Section); Ralph R. Roach = Liaison Section; William A. Branigan = Espionage Section; Sterling B. Donahoe = Nationalities Intelligence Section

594+464+962 = 2020 Pages Released

CD: 1 Track : 3 Bland, James F.

General note

HQ 67-200486: Section 1; #1 - #282; 3/25/41 - 7/23/82

Bland, James F.

215-44-8102; b: 05-06-17; d: 01-20-98

6/39 = B.A. degree – University of MD -- 6/13/41 = LLB degree – University of MD School of Law -- 8/25/41 = EOD FBI SA -- 1/4/42 = NYC = supervisor working on loyalty cases -- 10/10/48 = St. Louis – assigned to Communist Squad -- 10/30/50 = Transferred to Domestic Intelligence Division -- 5/1/52 = Supervisor in Charge, Communist Front Desk in Internal Security Section -- 6/14/60 = Supervisory Special Agent = Section Chief of Subversive Control Section -- 8/31/67 = Transferred to Crime Records Division as #1 Man (Inspector) -- 1973 = Executive Assistant to Acting Director -- 1/29/73 = Retired from FBI

412 Pages Released

CD: 1 Track : 4 Brennan, Charles D. (Chick)

General note

HQ 67-428100: Sections 1 and 2; #2 - #151; 11/28/47 - 6/5/63; Sections 3, 4, 5; #150 - #unrecorded; 12/19/63 - 7/29/77

Brennan, Charles D. (Chick)

155-01-4215; b: 06-12-22 (Atlantic City NJ) d: 02-20-00 (Alexandria VA)

9/11/422/11/46 = U.S. Army as weather observer -- 1947 = A.B. degree, University of PA – in journalism -- EOD FBI SA 04-19-48 -- 6/48 = Seattle -- 9/30/48-2/51 = Omaha -- 2/28/51  1/29/56 = WFO – worked in Nationality Section, Espionage and Foreign Intelligence Investigations Squad -- 1/30/56 = Assigned to Domestic Intelligence Division as Supervisor in Central Research Section; research and writing FBI monographs pertaining to communism and espionage [boss was Section Chief, W.C. Sullivan] -- 8/11/57 = Became Supervisor in Charge of new unit, Current Research Section of the Central Research Section (supervising 9 employees); also frequent lecturer on communism -- 7/60 = Brennan wrote “Communist Target—Youth” published by HUAC -- 6/9/61 = Became #1 man at Central Research Section -- 1966-1970 Chief, Internal Security Section (in charge of FBI COINTELPRO—New Left and Black Nationalist orgs) -- 8/1/70 = Brennan became Assistant Director in Charge of Domestic Security Division when Sullivan was promoted to #3 position, Assistant to the Director -- 6/28/71 = Letter received concerning transfer to Cleveland as SAC but then cancelled after White House inquiry -- 9/8/71 = Brennan re-assigned as Inspector, Special Investigations Office – primarily dealing with Ellsberg leak; Inspector E.S. Miller designated to replace Brennan as Acting Assistant Director, Domestic Intelligence Division -- 10/16/72 = Re-assigned as SAC, Alexandria VA -- 4/1/74 = Re-assigned as SAC, Salt Lake City -- 7/19/74 = Retired

Often gave speeches regarding communism to ONI along with Central Research Section Supervisor Joseph F. Condon (EOD 01-20-47).

Speeches by Charles D. Brennan:

11/10/59 = “Communism in the United States” to Fort Knox Armor Officers Advanced Training Class – Ft. Knox, KY -- 8/31/60 = speech at Oscar Frommel Smith High School, South Norfolk VA -- 9/1/60 = speech at George Washington Carver High School – Norfolk VA -- 9/9-10/60 = speech at Seminar on American Strategy, Ft. Benning GA -- 12/10/60 = “Communism, Intelligence and Espionage in the U.S.” to Seminar on American Strategy held at Jacksonville AL State Teachers College -- 3/14/61 = speech to Daughters of American Revolution, Toledo OH -- 4/27/61 = speech to Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate Catholic University

10/3/61 = speech to Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs – Ft. Lauderdale FL

Two letters were received as a consequence of this Brennan speech which accused him of being soft-on-communism. The first 10/7/61 from Mrs. Herberta Ann Leonardy (Coral Gables FL; 266-32-1040; b: 11-27-1893; d: 06-81). She was President of National Association of Parliamentarians. The second 10/5/61 from Mrs. O’Neil Langlais aka Vera G. Langlais (Ft. Lauderdale FL; 006-12-9299; b: 8-3-22; d: 8-4-07). Per HQ 67-428100, #130 which is 10/10/61 Sullivan to Belmont with original in 94-1-26209, “Both of them are typical of the occasional attack which right-wing extremists have made before on Bureau speakers who attempt to discuss the subject of communism in a rational and objective manner while warning against the dangers of vigilante action.”

10/27/63 = “The Challenge of Communism” to Knights of Columbus, Utica NY

More Speeches:

12/63 = U.S. Army Intelligence School – Senior Foreign Officer Intelligence Course, “Subversive Activities” -- 9/64 = Sullivan, Baumgardner, Arbor W. Gray, Joseph F. Condon, Joseph Sizoo and Brennan to Military Assistance Institute – Arlington VA re “Communist Philosophy and Objectives” -- 10/64 = Brennan and Baumgardner to Special Agents, Department of State, Office of Security re CPUSA -- 11/12/64 = speech to CIA officers, “Current Tactics and Objectives of the CPUSA” -- 5/2/67 = to National Counterintelligence Corps Association, Inc., WDC chapter – Arlington VA -- 6/20/67 = to PA State Police, Commanding Officers, Detectives Section re “extremism” -- 1/23/68 = Brennan to American Society For Industrial Security – Arlington, VA (many former FBI Special Agents) -- 1/7/69 = to Armed Forces Chaplains Board, WDC area: “The New Left Movement” -- 4/7/69 = to Air Command and Staff College – Maxwell AFB, AL – “Potential For Domestic Insurgency” -- 11/69 = to Naval War College – Newport RI – “United States Internal Security”

Monographs and Briefs – prepared under direction of Brennan:

3/60 = “Communist Infiltration of the Press” – prepared by Central Research Section under direction of Section -- Chief, William C. Sullivan -- 5/60 = “Communist Tactics, Strategy and Objectives on Special Concern to Lawyers” -- 4/3/62 = “Current Status of the Communist Party USA” -- 7/2/62 = “Adjunct of Soviet Power – the Communist Party USA”

In the course of the Senate debate on the King holiday, Senator John P. East (NC) received a letter from retired Asst Director Charles D. Brennan. Brennan stated that he had personally been involved in the FBI surveillance of King and knew from first-hand observation the truth about King’s sexual conduct --- conduct that Mr. Brennan characterized as “orgiastic and adulterous escapades, some of which indicated that King could be bestial in his sexual abuse of women.”

808+534 = 1342 Pages Released

CD: 1 Track : 5 Callahan, Nicholas P.

General note

HQ 67-43961: Sections 1, 2, 3; #1 - #280; 8/1/34 - 5/14/57

Callahan, Nicholas P.

b: 12-26-13 (WDC); d: 11-12-97

Prior to FBI, he worked at bank for $60 month.

1931-1933 = Callahan attended two West Point preparatory schools (1 yr each) but his West Point application was rejected due to hernia condition.

6/33 – 3/35 = Worked in Credit Dept of Second National Bank—WDC

He attended American Institute of Banking for one year and took courses in Accountancy at Benjamin Franklin University for two years and received Bachelors of Commercial Science from them in 6/37.

3/4/35 = EOD, FBI, as Messenger then changed to Under-Clerk/Typist in Technical Laboratory -- 8/35 = Transferred to Chief Clerk’s Office -- 10/16/35 = Promoted to Junior Clerk-Typist at $1440 yr. By July 1936 he was making $1740 yr. -- 6/37 = promoted to Assistant Accounting Clerk in Chief Clerk’s Office -- 6/26/39 = EOD, FBI, Special Agent Accounting -- 9/29/39 = Dallas -- 2/1/40 = Newark -- 8/15/40 = Baltimore -- 4/9/41 = Supervisor, Chief Clerk’s Office: WDC -- 4/25/55 = Inspector -- 8/25/55 = Transferred to Tolson’s office as replacement for Inspector Joseph A. Sizoo -- FBI Assistant Director, Administrative Division

767 Pages Released

CD: 1 Track : 6 Jones, Milton Ankers

General note

67-109106: Sections 1-2 (704pp); #1-#2, then skips #3 - #241; 10/23/37  12/15/54

67-109106: Sections 3-5 (1090pp); #3, then #242 - #462; 12/19/38 - 11/20/86

66-2534 (2pp): #3442 and #3846; 1/29/45 and 7/6/45

Jones, Milton Ankers

224-60-2482; b: 1-24-13 (Monticello KY); d: 4-24-94

5/35 = AB degree, Liberal Arts, Western KY Teachers College -- 9/23/35 – 6/23/38 = Harvard Law School -- 6/23/38 = LLB degree from Harvard Law and passed bar exam in Frankfurt KY -- 8/5/38  September 1938 = Clerk, Mail and Files Unit, Dept of Agriculture – Farm Security Administration in Raleigh NC -- 11/5/38  2/5/39 = Junior Attorney at Dept of Agriculture – Raleigh NC -- EOD, FBI Special Agent, 2/6/39 with training 2/6/39  5/20/39 -- 10/1/39 = Cleveland field and 12/39 = RA at Youngstown OH -- 2/20/40 = Trf to HQ as Supervisor, Crime Records Section -- 1/15/43 memo from LB Nichols to Tolson described Jones as “one of the best research men in the Bureau.” [67-109106, #107]

12/42 = Article in Wayne County KY Outlook – weekly newspaper, entitled “Former Student Assistant to Hoover Speaks in Louisville” refers to Jones as “Administrative Assistant to J. Edgar Hoover” in conjunction with his speaking engagement at a banquet at Kentucky Hotel on December 29, 1942. (The serial is unrecorded and is dated in March 1943) -- 1/44 = 2 weeks in Baltimore field for investigative assignments

3/1/44- Chief, Research Section, of Crime Records Section – replacing J.J. Starke; In this position Jones was responsible for all outgoing correspondence, proofreading internal Bureau employee publications such as The Investigator and FBI This Week, proofing radio scripts, preparing memos for Asst Director Nichols and JEH, tours and press releases. 2/55 = Hoover described him as Chief of Crime Records Section of Records and Communications Division (under Louis B. Nichols, Assistant to the Director) i.e. he was a Section Chief (same as 3/1/44) .

11/6/56 = Nichols prepared 4-page memo recommending commendations for all the Bureau personnel who worked on Don Whitehead’s book, The FBI Story. Jones assigned 3 supervisors in his section to work full time on research and review of the manuscript. W.C. Sullivan (DID) supervised two Special Agents (Russell S. Garner and Stanley M. Fuehrer) who did the research on communism and espionage matters and he reviewed the entire manuscript. [HQ 67-109106, #272, Nichols to Tolson.]

12/2/56 = he was scheduled to be demoted and transferred to Newark as a disciplinary measure because of snotty remarks he wrote on a memo concerning two changes which Hoover’s secretary (Helen Gandy) recommended with respect to a proposed draft of an outgoing letter but after a personal meeting with Hoover, the transfer was rescinded. He was put on probation instead from 11/56 thru 6/5/57.

1/28/59 = Again placed on probation due to Inspection of Records and Communications Division which revealed his supervisory inadequacies. Taken off probation 6/16/59.

4/58-3/59 performance report evaluation by Assistant Director C.D. DeLoach, Crime Records Division. Note: Crime Records became a Division circa 3/59. DeLoach replaced Nichols who retired in 1957.

3/60 commended by Hoover for his editing of The Investigator

1/17/73 = retired

1091+704 = 1795 Pages Released

CD: 1 Track : 7 Kirkpatrick, Theodore Cooper

General note

HQ 67-334296: Sections 1-2; #2 - #140; 5/14/42  11/3/58

Kirkpatrick, Theodore Cooper

(189-38 Lewiston Ave – St. Albans, L.I., NY); (1940-1942 = 1745 E. Glenrosa – Phoenix AZ)

411-03-8821; b: 06-08-10 (Campbellstown OH); d: 08-27-98

1929-1932 = Earlham College, Richmond IN – major in economics -- 6/32 = BA degree, Business Administration

After graduation, he was employed as bond salesman, and credit investigator and delinquent account adjuster by various finance companies in OH, TN, NY, WV, AZ for 9 years (all of which were branches of Beneficial Management Corp).

9/38 -1942 = Manager, Personal Finance Company of Phoenix AZ -- 08/31/42 = EOD FBI SA (training 8/31/42 – 11/28/42) -- 11/30/42 = WFO (applicant and general investigations) -- 3/30/43 – 11/9/45 = NYC -- 1/13/45 = first reference to him being assigned to Communist investigations and contacting large number of Confidential National Defense Informants -- 11/9/45 = retired

3/10/48 (serial #111, Nichols to Tolson) describes Kirkpatrick as “persona non grata”

Most of the 67-file is devoted to discussing his connection with Plain Talk magazine and the fact that 10 serials were missing from cominfil labor union files from the NY field office. Also, Kirkpatrick and Bierly were involved in what the Bureau considered “pirating” its security informants for Plain Talk magazine and, subsequently, for Counterattack newsletter after they retired from the FBI. They also used information they obtained during their FBI employment for their own commercial endeavors. Bureau memos refer to them “proselytizing” informants and using materials which sought to capitalize upon their FBI association.

After he left the FBI, he and 2 other former FBI agents created John Quincy Adams Associates which later became known as American Business Consultants, Inc. in New York City. Kirkpatrick was the Secretary/Treasurer of ABC and Managing Editor of its newsletter, Counterattack.

Counterattack/ABC (NYC 62-9189) = 11 W. 42nd St- NYC

John G. Keenan = President -- Theodore C. Kirkpatrick = Secretary/Treasurer and Managing Editor of Counterattack -- Kenneth M. Bierly = Vice President and “Investigator” -- Thomas A. Brady = Investigator (FBI 1942-1947) -- Jerry F. Buckley = Head of Research Department (FBI 1934-1947) -- S. Paul Ferrin (FBI 6/39-11/47) 582 Pages Released

CD: 1 Track : 8 Evans, Courtney Allen

General note

HQ 67-163462: Sections 1-4; #2 - #314; 11/4/40 - 11/22/68

Evans, Courtney Allen (WDC)

374-09-3185; b: 11-12-14; d: 12-11-10

Section Chief, then Inspector, then Assistant Director in Charge of Special Investigations Division in 3/64; Was liaison between Hoover and JFK and RFK

1150 Pages Released

CD: 1 Track : 9 Malone, John F.

General note

HQ 67-236142: Sections 1-2; #1 - #200; 7/27/41 – 11/18/53

Malone, John F.

224-60-0691; b: 10-21-10 (Carbondale PA); d: 1-87

1934 = AB degree, St. Thomas College (later known as University of Scranton); previously studied for Catholic priesthood at St. Charles College in Cottonsville MD

11/34 – 3/35 = Adult educator with WPA in Carbondale PA -- 4/29/34 – 9/41 = Investigator for PA Department of Public Assistance

5/4/42 = EOD FBI Special Agent -- 7/28/42 = Buffalo NY -- Primary cases: Selective Service and Bureau applicants; plus Larceny—Interstate Shipments; National Motor Vehicle Theft; Theft of Government Property; National Stolen Property Act; Espionage; Sabotage; Internal Security

11/16/42 = NYC -- 1/16/47 – 1/26/49 = Firearms Instructor, Quantico VA (Training and Inspection Division)

1/27/49 = Security Division – WDC, Supervisor in Atomic Energy Liaison Section aka Correlation-Liaison Section [His supervisor was Inspector Victor P. Keay; Asst Director D.M. Ladd]

1/50 = Special Name Check Desk -- 3/15/50 = ASAC Cleveland -- 2/51 = SAC, San Diego -- 11/51 = SAC, Louisville -- 6/3/52 = SAC Chicago -- 3/29/53 = SAC Los Angeles

609 Pages Released

CD: 1 Track : 10 Socialist Party (New York FBI Field Office File)

General note

Sections #3 and #4 from the FBI's New York field file on the Socialist Party.

However, most of the serials in those two sections pertain to the Socialist Workers Party and the Independent Socialist League.

Items of particular interest include:

(1) section 4, serial #151A (which is page 14): This is a 52-page summary memo about the May 31-June 2, 1957 National Convention of the Socialist Workers Party

(2) section 4, serial #161 (which is page 233) which is 74-page summary memo regarding the 1957 Convention of the Independent Socialist League.

(3) In addition, there are numerous references on many of the serials contained in this file to CPUSA-related FBI HQ and field office file numbers --so can be very helpful for serious researchers.

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