New Finding Aids Posted Online

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Finding aids to the collections described below are now available through the Online Archive of California.

Norman Allderdice collection, 1895–1984

These pamphlets and leaflets were issued by political, governmental, business, labor, religious, and educational organizations in the United States and abroad. Although focusing on right-wing and left-wing movements in the United States, the collection also relates to political, social, and economic conditions here and abroad. Norman Allderdice, a Pennsylvania industrialist, assembled the collection as an outgrowth of his conservative beliefs and interest in individual freedom.

Jack Belden papers, 1935–1984

American journalist and war correspondent Jack Belden reported from China during the Sino-Japanese War; from China, Burma, North Africa, and Europe during World War II; and again from China during its civil war. Belden's papers contain correspondence and news dispatches about the Sino-Japanese War; U.S. military operations in North Africa, France, Belgium and, Germany; and the occupation of Germany. Belden’s correspondence with Agnes Smedley, another U.S. journalist covering China, is also included.

Charles M. Carman Jedburgh collection, 1934–1994

Carman's collection of reports, orders, and other material covers Jedburgh operations, a 1944 Office of Strategic Services project in which operatives parachuted behind German lines in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France to connect with local resistance forces. Veterans’ recollections of the operations are included.

Center for the Study of Popular Culture records, 1988–2003

The Center for the Study of Popular Culture aims to promote traditional conservative values, particularly regarding racial and social issues, and mold public opinion by challenging opposing points of view. In documenting its activities, the center's records shed light on conservatism and the mass media in the United States. Some papers of David Horowitz, the center's founder, are included.

Iris Chang papers, 1887–2007

The correspondence, writings, recorded interviews, and other material created by historian and author Iris Chang relate to the history of the Chinese in the United States and aspects of World War II. They include research material for her books Thread of the Silkworm (1995), The Rape of Nanking (1997), and The Chinese in America (2003).

Kingsley Davis papers, 1926–1981

Kingsley Davis, an American sociologist and demographer, coined the terms "population explosion" and "zero population growth." His writings, correspondence, and other papers relate to international population, family structure, and urbanization. Davis used some of this material for his numerous books on urbanization and population growth.

Thomas Byrne Edsall papers, 1965–2006

American journalist and author Thomas Edsall chronicled U.S. politics during the presidential administration of Ronald Reagan. Subjects of the Edsall papers include campaign contributions and effects on income distribution, the gubernatorial administration of Michael Dukakis in Massachusetts and his campaign as the Democratic candidate for U.S. president in 1988, and social conditions in the United States.

Leo Eloesser papers, 1861–1994

Leo Eloesser served as a physician in wartorn and underdeveloped countries. His papers concern international medical aid to Spain during the Spanish civil war and to China during the Sino-Japanese War and Chinese civil war and medical practice in the United States, Mexico, and elsewhere. His papers include memoirs, correspondence, reports, and photographs. Some papers of Eloesser's companion Joyce Campbell are also included.

Two finding aids have been significantly updated:

Clovis E. Byers papers, 1917–1961 (updated)

The correspondence, memoranda, and diaries of this U.S. Army general relate to the Pacific theater during World War II, the army of occupation in Japan, the Korean War, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization command in Europe.

George Creel miscellaneous papers, 1912–1972 (updated)

After serving as chairman of the United States Committee on Public Information during World War I, George Creel authored a number of U.S. history books before becoming U.S. commissioner of the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. The correspondence and printed matter in this collection cover U.S. propaganda activities during World War I and the Golden Gate International Exposition.