Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Part 2, 1933-1947 | Special Collections & Archives
American Jewish Committee
Anti-Nazi movement - California - Los Angeles
Anti-Semitism - United States
B'nai B'irth, Anti-defamation League
Close, Upton, 1894-1960
Cross and the Flag
Dilling, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, 1894-1966
Discrimination in housing - California - Los Angeles
Espionage, German - United States
Fascist propaganda - United States
Hollywood Anti-Nazi League for the Defense of American Democracy
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Newsletter (News Research Service, Inc.)
Pelley, William Dudley, 1890-1965
Phelps, G. Allison (George Allison), b. 1893
Propaganda, German - United States
Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion
Religion in the public schools - California
Roos, Joseph, 1908-
Smith, Gerald L.K. (Gerald Lyman Kenneth), 1898-1976
Tenney, Jack B. (Jack Breckinridge), 1898-1970
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities
Part 2 of the CRC Collection documents the period 1938-1946. The files contain the papers of both Executive Director Leon L. Lewis and Joseph Roos, Lewis’s staff assistant, who took over the responsibility of maintaining the records of the JCC following Lewis' tenure. Roos was also placed in charge of informant debriefings, creating the Master File system, and wrote the newsletter of the News Research Service (NRS). The series, sub-series and file structure of Part 2 is consistent with the arrangement found in Part 1 of the collection. The collection is divided into three major series: Administration (1938-1947), Fact Finding and Community Relations (1933-1946), and Leon L. Lewis (Personal and Law Practice) (1938-1945).
Series I, Administration, is divided into five sub-series: Sub-series A, Los Angeles Jewish Community Committee (LAJC Committee) (1938-1946), consists of the incomplete minutes as well as correspondence between committee members and the executive secretary. It documents the JCC’s subcommittee structure, which reflects the important areas of concern to the Jewish community. Sub-series B, Los Angeles Jewish Community Committee - Executive Office (1938-1946), consists of the correspondence, inter-office memoranda, and reports of staff members, as well as contact lists for mailings, and files of literature distributed from the JCC office. Much of the executive office correspondence related to fact-finding and community relations is filed in Series II. Sub-series C, Los Angeles Jewish Community Committee - Supported Groups (1938-1947), consists of materials pertaining to the cooperative community relations campaign undertaken with both Jewish and non-Jewish groups in the region. Sub-series D, Los Angeles Jewish Community Council - Parenting/Funding Organizations (1938-1946), consists of materials that document the close ties developed with the Jewish Community Council during this period. Sub-series E, Motion Picture Division (1938-1946), consists of materials that document the relationship between the JCC and the motion picture industry. The Hollywood Committee of earlier years became the Motion Picture Division in 1938 and played a major role in establishing the News Research Service, Inc.
Series II, Fact Finding and Community Relations, is divided into eleven sub-series: Sub-series A, Complaints, Inquiries and Investigations (Complaints) (1938-1946), consists of materials that document the investigations of individual complaints received about anti-Semitism and discrimination in the Jewish community. Sub-series B, Court Cases and Legislative Hearings (Cases & Hearings) (1935-1946), consists of materials that document the JCC’s participation in several legal and legislative activities, and includes files disseminated to state and national investigators, testimony by JCC informants in sedition cases during World War II, the Summary Report prepared for the Dies Committee, and background information provided for the motion picture industry’s defense in 1941. Sub-series C, Frauds and Rackets, documents investigations of organizations and individuals who were brought up on fraud charges. It includes files on the Benjamin Franklin forgery perpetuated by a number of fascist and anti-Semitic organization already under investigation by the JCC. Sub-series D, Informant Files (1933-1946), consists of correspondence with informants and their reports back to the JCC, as well as some of the printed materials and letters they collected while on assignment. Folder titles include the code names assigned to various informants to help protect their identities. Groups infiltrated include the German-American Bund operating out of the German House in downtown Los Angeles, isolationist organizations such as America First, and the Ku Klux Klan. Sub-series E, Investigated Groups and Individuals (1938-1946), consists of correspondence, reports, and printed matter on groups and individuals suspected of fascist, communist, and/or anti-Semitic activities. The files range from volumes on the most active groups in Southern California such as the German American Bund, to a few pieces of literature collected at meetings or received in the mail from less active or out-of-state organizations.
Sub-series F, Issues and Projects (1938-1946), consists of background information on numerous issues including discrimination, fair employment practices, intercultural education, and race relations. It also documents special projects the committee directed or participated in, such as the Bureau of War Records. Sub-series G, Jewish Groups and Individuals (1938-1946), consists of correspondence, reports, and printed matter documenting cooperation and disagreements within the Jewish community on issues and tactics used by the JCC to combat right wing activities. Sub-series H, Master Files (1938-1946), refelct Joe Roos’s reorganization of the JCC filing system to facilitate finding and the use of collected information. The Master File system can be seen also as special Exhibition documents used by the JCC to state its case to the outside world. Many of the general files contain cross-reference (or removal) sheets leading to a document located in the Master File. Documents numbered 1 to 9,999 cover the period from April 1938 through February 1944. After February, the numbering system changed to an annual system: i.e. 44-1 to 44-517, 45-1 to 45-656, etc. The Master File system was maintained through 1968 when Joe Roos left the Community Relations Committee. The sub-series also includes a digest version, and a card file that indexes names of individuals and organizations found in the Master Files. The Master Files for this period are complete except for documents No. 9651-9700, which survived only in the digest version. Only the alphabetical card index from Sho-Z survived for the 1938-1946 period. Sub-series I, News Research Service, Inc. (NRS) (1936-1946), consists of materials that document the NRS, an entity first established and funded by the Motion Picture Division to disseminate information collected by the JCC. It includes a complete run of the News Letter from January 1939 through December 1941, when it ceased publication. Also included is an alphabetical name and topic index, as well as Roos's extensive NRS correspondence. Sub-series J, Reports (1938-1946), consists of topical reports prepared from informant information and other sources for internal purposes, or at the request of other agencies of government investigators. Of particular interest are reports written about Henry D. Allen, Leslie Fry, the Motion Picture Industry, and Gerald L.K. Smith. Subseries K, Secular/Interfaith Cooperating Groups and Individuals (1938-1946), consists of correspondence, reports, and printed matter that document JCC's cooperation with the non-Jewish community on special projects and joint committees.
Series III, Leon L. Lewis (Personal and Law Practice), is comprised of the personal papers of Executive Director Leon Lewis and consists of reports, correspondence, memos, and speeches. As found in Part I, the papers include two sub-series: Sub-series A, Personal Correspondence (1938-1945), and Sub-series B, Law Practice Files (1938-1945).