The Gilbert G. Benjamin, Jr. Subversive Activities Collection documents "subversive" and "communist" activities in the United States through printed reports, statements, and testimony before the House Committee on Internal Security (formerly the House Un-American Activities Committee), as well as the Senate Committee on the Judiciary's Sub-committee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws. Also included are Congressional Record statements made by Senator Thomas J. Dodd on the Vietnam War, and reports and statements given by J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the House Un-American Activities Committee. The collection has been arranged into three series: Subversive Activities – California Legislature (1943-1975), Subversive Activities – Federal Government Investigations (1947-1974), and Political and Social Movements Literature (1918-1973).
Series I, Subversive Activities – California Legislature, consists of materials documenting communist activities, criminal justice and related "subversive" activities in California written by the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice, Assembly Interim Committee on Elections and Reappointment, Joint Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities and the Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities. The reports are arranged by committee and chronologically therein.
Series II, Subversive Activities – Federal Government Investigations, consists of documentation of various topics such as the Black Panther Party, college and university civil disorder, Senator Thomas J. Dodd, Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, J. Edgar Hoover, National Lawyers Guild, "New Left" movements, Linus Pauling, riots, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, Soviet propaganda, student/youth movements, and Vietnam. This series has been divided into six subseries: Subseries A, House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) (1946-1967), consists of documentation from the state of California and the Federal Government and is arranged alphabetically. Subseries B, House Committee on Internal Security (1970-1974), consists of documentation of subversive activities after the scope of investigations moved into areas beyond the traditional focus on communism. The documents are arranged alphabetically. Subseries C, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws (1951-1975), consists of documentation of investigations and hearings before this senate body. The material is arranged alphabetically. Subseries D, Senate Committee on Labor & Public Welfare (1951), contains one report on communist domination of labor unions. Subseries E, Congressional Record (1947-1965), consists of several speeches of Senator Thomas Dodd on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the Vietnam War. Speeches are arranged alphabetically. Subseries F, Federal Bureau of Investigation (1960-1968), consists of agent field notes giving background history of communist activities in the United States as well as reports, statements and testimony by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Series III, Political and Social Movements – Literature, contains booklets, flyers, pamphlets, political postcards and related printed items documenting the political ideologies and activities of a large variety of home grown progressive and right wing organizations. The items were collected by Mr. Benjamin both in the line of duty and as a personal collection of memorabilia. Groups represented include: the American Civil Liberties Union, Citizens Committee to Preserve American Freedoms, Communist Party of California, Constitutional Educational League, Inc., Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), Labor Research Association, The Trade Union Unity League and Young Communist League, and others. Examples of Mr. Benjamin's interests include material on the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) "New Left" Movements, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Student/ Youth Movements, Trade Union Unity League and the Young Communist League. The files are arranged alphabetically by name of organization if known, or by author and publisher.