6.5 linear ft. (14 boxes).
Newsletters, press releases, correspondence, and other files of the Midwest Committee for Protection of Foreign Born and its national organization, the American Committee to Protect Foreign Born, which together defended persons threatened with deportation by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; plus related conference proceedings, legal memoranda, pamphlets, and clippings. Topics include public relations and fundraising, deportee defense case files, and national legislation relative to civil liberties and civil rights, especially on efforts to prevent the deportation of alleged subversives under the McCarran Internal Security Act of 1950.
Correspondents include Committee officials Abner Green, Harriet Barron, Nathan Caldwell, Tillie Carle Rodgers, Mildred Treffman, Lillian Goodman, Ruth Heit, Leon Katzen, Louise Pettibone Smith, and Pearl M. Hart; Katherine Hyndman and Steven Tandaric, and other branch offices such as the Michigan and the Los Angeles Committee to Protect Foreign Born.
The Midwest Committee was founded in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, by civil rights lawyer Pearl M. Hart (1890-1975).
For listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).
Please cite this collection as: Midwest Committee for Protection of Foreign Born [manuscript] (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.
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Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Pearl Hart papers (M1976.00008) and the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights and related organizational records.
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