The Lusk Committee
L0038. Investigations Files, 1918-1920. 5 cubic feet.
Arrangement: Organized into two subseries: Subseries 1, New York City Investigation File, 1918-1920, 3 cubic feet, is alphabetically arranged by topic. Subseries 2, Upstate New York Investigations File, 1919, 2 cubic feet, is alphabetical by city.
This series contains records relating to the committee's investigation of organizations suspected of spreading radical revolutionary propaganda in violation of the state's criminal anarchy statutes. To assist prosecutors in preparing criminal anarchy cases, the committee produced investigative reports, seized and examined organization records, and subpoenaed witnesses for testimony.
The records in this series were produced as part of these investigations. They include correspondence, investigative reports, minutes of meetings, summaries of documents seized from organizations, lists of individuals and organizations suspected of radical activity, transcripts of speeches and testimony, and newspaper articles, pamphlets, and other printed items. The records are divided into two subseries, the first relating to New York City investigations and the second relating to investigations in upstate New York.
This series contains information relating to investigation of individuals and organizations active in New York City and Upstate New York. The records include material relating to: the Russian Soviet Bureau (reports on bureau activity, interviews with staff, and summaries of seized documents); the Rand School of Social Science (mostly content of curriculum and background of faculty); the Industrial Workers of the World (correspondence, articles for labor newspapers, and investigation reports on activities of a number of local labor unions and organizations); labor groups, socialists, and Jewish and African-American individuals and organizations. Reports from private investigators hired by the committee detailed activities at radical meetings, various speeches, and the methods of distribution of radical literature.
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