New Finding Aids Posted Online

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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

Center for Civil Society International records, 1948–2008
The records of the center, a U.S. private nonprofit organization promoting contact with voluntary organizations abroad, relate to voluntary associations in the former Soviet Union, exchanges and person-to-person contacts, religion, peace movements, human rights, and promotion of democracy and citizenship. The materials consist of organizational records and many publications collected by the center. Records of the center's predecessor, the Northwest Regional Office of the World without War Council, are also included.

Ryszard Gontarz collection, 1948–2001
Gontarz, a collector of Polish historical materials, amassed these materials about political conditions and secret service activities in Poland during the communist era. The collection consists of photocopies of Polish government and Communist Party documents, minutes, bulletins, reports, circulated material, and printed matter.

Robert Holtzmann papers, 1912–43
This collection relates to the activities of the Tannenbergbund, a right-wing German political organization active from 1926 to 1933 that was founded by General Erich Ludendorff. Holtzmann, a major in the German army, was the business manager for the organization. The collection contains correspondence, printed matter, and photographs. Correspondence with Ludendorff is included.

Theodore Fred Abel papers, 1930–86
The existing guide to this collection has been extended by adding individual autobiographical sketches by members of the Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiter-Partei concerning their reasons for joining the party. The sketches were collected by Abel, an American sociologist, as research material for his book Why Hitler Came into Power (1938). Abel's papers also contain diaries and other writings, as well as printed matter, relating to sociological theory and world politics.

Wayne Holder papers, 1920–2007
Holder, an American poet and writer, traveled to Estonia. His correspondence, writings, and photographs relate to the history and literature of Estonia. Of particular importance are the numerous photographs and news articles that pertain to Estonia’s struggle for renewed independence in the years leading to the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.