Biographical Note

Arrangement

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Bibliography

Related Material

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Preliminary Guide to the Clayton Van Lydegraf Papers
1944-1991



Manuscript Collection No.: 1341
Creator: Van Lydegraf, Clayton , creator
Title: Clayton Van Lydegraf papers
Date Span: 1944-1991
Quantity: circa 46.74 linear feet, including 2 sound cassettes
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Clayton Van Lydegraf (1915-1992) was a Pacific Northwest-based political activist whose career as a writer, theorist, and organizer spanned sixty years and a wide spectrum of radical organizations. Born in Salem, Oregon, Van Lydegraf joined the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) in 1933 and participated in the momentous San Francisco General Strike of the following year. During the Second World War, he served as a pilot for the U.S. Air Corps in India in 1944-1945, earning the rank of First Lieutenant and receiving both the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

Upon returning to the Seattle area, Van Lydegraf secured a job as a machinist at Boeing and membership in International Association of Machinists (IAF) lodge 79. His continued affiliation with the CPUSA, however, led to his expulsion from the IAF and the loss of his position at Boeing in 1947. He further committed himself to the CPUSA, rising to the office of State Secretary for the Northwest District. In 1956, Van Lydegraf was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), where he was accused of being a CPUSA saboteur and trainer for the Communist Hukbalahap uprising in the postwar Philippines. He eventually left the CPUSA in the late 1950s over ideological differences, and became a founding member of the Progressive Labor (PL) Party, a revisionist Marxist-Leninist group, in 1961. Van Lydegraf played a prominent role in the Washington State PL until 1967, when he was expelled from the group over arguments in the organization’s political direction.

Van Lydegraf soon began developing contacts and relationships among the various activist groups affiliated with the “New Left” movement then burgeoning in Seattle and Western Washington. To groups like Draft Resistance–Seattle, Peace and Freedom Party, and Students for a Democratic Society, Van Lydegraf served as an ideological link to the “Old Left” of the CPUSA and the PL, a resource of ideological militancy and practical experience gained from decades of activism, available at a time when most of Van Lydegraf’s contemporaries had retired from active agitation. He also became a prodigious and well-respected writer of political works, covering such subjects as Marxism-Leninism, Maoism, black militancy, and revolutionary tactics. He also maintained a correspondence throughout this time with notable Communist thinkers around the world, such as Anna Louise Strong and Rewi Alley. His most notable writings - U.S. Imperialism and the Fascist Danger (1967), The Object is to Win (1967), and The Movement and the Workers (1969) – all date from this period.

By the mid-1970s, Van Lydegraf’s increasingly strident avocation of direct and violent revolutionary action against the American political establishment placed him on the fringes of the radical left, where he affiliated himself with the Weather Underground Organization (WUO). In 1974, he co-founded and led the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee (PFOC), an above-ground support arm of the WUO which specialized in publishing, communications, and providing supplies to WUO members in hiding. In 1977, Van Lydegraf, along with four other radicals connected to the PFOC, was arrested for the planned bombing of the offices of conservative California State Senator John Briggs. The “L.A. five,” as they were known in press coverage, received a prominent trial, in which Lydegraf pleaded no contest to charges of conspiracy and possession of explosives. He would spend a total of two years in prison.

Following his release in 1980, Van Lydegraf ceased active participation in revolutionary activities, though he remained involved in activism for various causes, such as Native American rights. He died of cancer in 1992 in Oakland, CA.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into nine accessions:

  • 1341-001: Clayton Van Lydegraf personal records and ephemera, 1940-1970
  • 1341-002: Correspondence with Anna Louise Strong, 1967-1970
  • 1341-003: Correspondence with Rewi Alley, 1967-1983
  • 1341-004: Legal and personal records, 1941-1980
  • 1341-005: Manuscripts by Van Lydegraf, 1973-1984
  • 1341-006: Writings, poems, correspondence and academic transcripts, 1971-1988
  • 1341-007: Correspondence with Mary Ann Nichols, 1944-1987
  • 1341-008: Tape-recorded interview, 11/3/91
  • 1341-009: Tape-recorded interview with transcript, 12/8/91

Each accession is arranged into series according to their creator, format, or function. Subseries are subdivided similarly. Within each subseries, files are arranged chronologically, with the exception of ephemera files and publications, which are both arranged alphabetically. There is significant overlap in subject between accessions. 1341-004, Series III, “Manuscript Materials,” concerns items very similar to those found in 1341-005, “Manuscripts by Van Lydegraf.” Due to the lack of organization and mis-identification of some of the original records, furthermore, there is also some overlap between series. For example, ‘Personal Materials’ may contain items that might pertain better to ‘Manuscript Materials,’ had the collection been in a more intelligible original order.

Scope and Content

This collection documents the public life of Clayton Van Lydegraf from 1940 to 1987, with the bulk depicting the years 1964-1983. One of the largest accessions, 1341-001 is composed of personal files once held by Van Lydegraf, and includes materials that reflect Van Lydegraf’s political activities within a span of organizational affiliations over several decades, both in terms of his personal initiatives and his interests in the wider community of political activism. 1341-002 contains correspondence from prominent journalist and activist Anna Louise Strong, who was then living in exile in China. 1341-003 contains Van Lydegraf’s correspondence with New Zealand-born writer and activist Rewi Alley, including poems by Alley from which Van Lydegraf selected for publication. 1341-004 is composed of personal files once held by Van Lydegraf, with a similar organization and composition to 1341-001. The greatest portion of the accession is made up of legal materials dealing with several criminal trials, including FBI surveillance reports focused on Van Lydegraf and his political associates. 1341-005 concerns manuscripts for a number of Van Lydegraf’s writing projects, including essays, poetry, and testimony transcripts. 1341-006 is a very small accession comprised of some late writings, poetry, correspondence, academic transcripts, and a newspaper clipping. 1341-007 is a series of letters Van Lydegraf wrote to his then-wife from Second World War-era India, where he was stationed as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Corps. Some of his commentary is about the Indian independence movement. 1341-008 and 1341-009 are recordings of two 1991 interviews of Van Lydegraf by activist George Lippman, the latter of which includes a transcript. For further clarification, consult the scope and content information for each of the accessions list below.

Restrictions on Access

Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Consult the restrictions governing reproduction and use for each of the accessions listed below.

Bibliography

Barber, David. A Hard Rain Fell: SDS and Why It Failed. Oxford, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2008.

Berger, Dan. Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity. Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2005.

http://www.sds-1960s.org/ “Clayton Van Lydegraf (1915 - 1992)” http://www.sds-1960s.org/ Accessed April 15, 2012.

Jacobs, Ron. The Way the Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground. New York: Verso, 1997.

Rudd, Mark. Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen. New York: Harper Collins, 2010.

Van Lydegraf, Clayton. U.S. imperialism and the fascist danger. Seattle, WA: Committees of Correspondence, 1969.

Van Lydegraf, Clayton. The movement and the workers. Eugene, Or: Communications Co., 1972.

Related Material

The personal papers of John Caughlan, a Seattle-area attorney and civil rights leader, contain two folders concerning Caughlan’s professional dealings with Van Lydegraf.


Inventory

  
Accession No. 1341-001
Van Lydegraf, Clayton
Clayton Van Lydegraf personal records and ephemera, 1940-1970
18 linear feet
Arrangement
This accession is divided into five series:
The first series is arranged by creating political organization, and subseries by subject. The second series is arranged alphabetically by subject or creating body, with minor subjects subsumed into larger folders by letter, such as ‘Ephemera- C.’ The third series is organized by material type, and the fourth by material type or subject. The fifth series is organized alphabetically by title of publication.
Scope and Content
Ephemera, meeting minutes, agendas, reports, memoranda and correspondence from Van Lydegraf’s personal files. A large portion is composed of brochures, handouts, reports, agendas and meeting minutes relating to local organizations, events, and initiatives among Seattle’s activist community, particularly during the late 1960s. The various publications collected by Van Lydegraf are also present in large numbers, most of which concern aspects of radical political thought, such as communism, black nationalism, and labor activism. A portion of the files originate from Van Lydegraf’s ex-wife, Paula Van Lydegraf.
Other Finding Aids
View inventory/container list
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users except for Series IV, “Paula Van Lydegraf, 1953-1966,” which is restricted. Contact repository for details.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Gift of Clayton Van Lydegraf, 3/2/1970.
Box/FolderDate
SERIES I: POLITICAL MATERIALS1940-1969
SUBSERIES A: COMMUNIST PARTY1946-1969
11/3-5Communist Party- Reports and Ephemera 1946-1967
11/1Communist Party- Incoming Correspondence 1950-1968
11/2Communist Party- Outgoing Correspondence1950-1968
12/3Communist Party- Newspapers 1954-1959
12/1-2Communist Party- Speeches and Writings1954-1964
11/7Communist Party- General Correspondence1959-1967
11/6Communist Party- "Ad Hoc Bulletin (Marxist-Leninist)" 1967-1969
12/4Communist Party- Ephemera (Annotated) 1966-1969
SUBSERIES B: PROGRESSIVE LABOR PARTY1960-1969
9/9Progressive Labor Party- Trade Union Program1960-1966
9/4Progressive Labor Party- Reports1964-1968
9/10Progressive Labor Party- Trade Union Program (Annotated)circa 1966
9/11Progressive Labor Party- Trade Union Resolutioncirca 1966
9/6Progressive Labor Party- Incoming Correspondence1966
9/7Progressive Labor Party- Ephemera1966-1967
9/5Progressive Labor Party- Outgoing Correspondence1966-1967
9/12-13Progressive Labor Party- Meeting Materials1966-1969
9/8Progressive Labor Party- Speeches and Writings1969
SUBSERIES C: PEACE AND FREEDOM PARTY1964-1968
4/1Peace and Freedom Party- Meeting Materials1964-1968
4/2Peace and Freedom Party- Election and Organizational Materials1966-1968
4/4Peace and Freedom Party- Newsletters1967-1968
4/3Peace and Freedom Party- Correspondence1968
4/5Peace and Freedom Party- Party Newspapers1968
SUBSERIES D: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS1940-1969
6/2-3Political materials1940-1969
7/1-3Other People's Writings1952-1969
6/1Convention and meeting materials1966-1968
SERIES II: EPHEMERA1940-1970
1/1Ephemera- American Friends Service Committee1967
½Ephemera- Anti-Fascist Front1969
1/3Ephemera- Antithesis1964-1965
1/4Ephemera- A1964-1969
1/5Ephemera- B1965-1969
1/6Ephemera- China Books and Periodicals1961-1967
1/7Ephemera- Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam1967
1/8Ephemera- Committee to Free A.A. Fisher1960
1/9-10Ephemera- C1962-1968
1/11-12Ephemera- Draft Resistance Organizations1968-1969
2/1Ephemera- Dcirca 1967
2/2Ephemera- Free University of Seattle1966-1968
2/3Ephemera- F1960-1969
2/4Ephemera- G1965-1968
2/6Ephemera- Harlem Incident1965
2/7Ephemera- I1964-1965
2/8Ephemera- K1968
2/9Ephemera- L1968
2/10Ephemera- M1967-1968
2/11-12Ephemera- N1962-1969
3/1Ephemera- O1968
3/2-3Ephemera- P1965-1970
3/4Ephemera- R1968-1969
3/5Ephemera- Seattle Committee to End the War in Vietnam1967
3/6-7Ephemera- Students for a Democratic Society1967-1969
5/1Ephemera- Seattle Youth for Peace in Vietnamcirca 1968
5/2Ephemera- Spring Mobilization Committee1967
5/3-4Ephemera- S1940-1969
5/5Ephemera- T1967
5/6Ephemera- U1967-1969
5/7Ephemera- Vietnam Day Committee1966
5/8Ephemera- V1965-1969
5/9Ephemera- Vancouver Student1968-1969
5/10Ephemera- Washington Progressive Forumcirca 1968
5/11Ephemera- The Worker1960-1967
5/12-13Ephemera- W1958-1968
5/14Ephemera- Y1965-1968
7/4-5, 8/1-2Clippings 1956-1969
SERIES III: PERSONAL MATERIALS1947-1969
9/2Incoming Correspondence1947-1969
6/4Speeches and Writings by Van Lydegraf1948-1969
9/1Legal Documents1954-1968
9/3Outgoing Correspondence1958-1970
8/4-5Personal Notescirca 1965
8/3Political Materials annotated by Van Lydegraf 1967-1968
SERIES IV: PAULA VAN LYDEGRAF1953-1966
10/1-2Paula Van Lydegraf- Ephemera1953-1963
10/6Paula Van Lydegraf- Correspondence and Writings1955-1962
10/4Paula Van Lydegraf- International Women's Day1959-1960
10/3Paula Van Lydegraf- Women's International League for Peace and Freedomcirca 1961
10/5Paula Van Lydegraf- Clippings1961-1966
SERIES V: PUBLICATIONS1953-1969
17/6Anti-U.S. in Vietnam Propaganda, Foreign Languages Press (China)1965-1966
16/1-3Black Panther Party. 1967. The Black panther. Oakland, Calif: Black Panther Party, Ministry of Information1968-1971
15/6Committee for GI Rights, and American Servicemen's Union. 1968. The Bond. New York, NY: Committee for GI Rights1967-1969
16/11 Challenge. 1900. Chicago, Ill: Progressive Labor Party1966-1968
16/12 The Bay guardian. 1966. San Francisco, Calif: Roger B. Henkle, ed.1968
17/5Workers (Communist) Party of America, and Communist Party of the United States of America. 1924. The daily worker. Chicago, Ill: Daily Worker Pub. Co.1955
15/11International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union. 1944. The Dispatcher. San Francisco, Calif: International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union1965-1969
15/16Partido Comunista de Cuba. 1965. Gramma. Havana, Cuba: Central Committee, Communist Party of Cuba1966-1968
14/12-13, 15/1-5Institute for Independent Social Journalism, Inc. (New York, N.Y.). 1968. The Guardian. New York: [s.n.]1968-1969
17/7-11 Helix. 1967. Seattle, Wash: [s.n.].1967-1969
15/10Independent Socialist Clubs of America. 1967. Independent socialist. New York, N.Y.: New York Independent Socialist Club1967
16/13International Woodworkers of America. 1942. International woodworker. Seattle, Wash: International Woodworkers of America (CIO)1955
15/9Strong, Anna Louise. 1963. Letter from China. Peking: [s.n.]1967-1969
16/17 Leviathan. 1969. New York, N.Y.: V.R.-Leviathan Publications1969
16/16 Los Angeles free press. 1964. Los Angeles, Calif: Art Kunkin1969
15/13Labor-Progressive Party. 1957. Marxist review. Toronto: National Committee of the Labor-Progressive Party1958
18/2-7 Monthly review. 1949. New York: Monthly Review Foundation1953-1969
16/4-6 The Movement. 1960. San Francisco, Calif: Student Nonviolent Coordinating-Committee of California1967-1969
14/10-11 National guardian. 1948. New York, N.Y.: Weekly Guardian Associates1955-1968
16/7Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.). 1970. New left notes. Boston, Mass: Students for a Democratic Society1967-1969
15/12National Conference for New Politics, and New Politics Convention for 1968 and Beyond. 1967. New politics news. Convention issue. Chicago, Ill: Convention Steering Committee of the New Politics Convention for 1968 and Beyond1968
15/14Friends of the Soviet Union (Group). 1932. New world review. New York: N.W.R. Publications, etc.1961-1963
16/10 Northern neighbors. 1956. Gravenhurst, Ont., etc: Northern Neighbors Pub. Association1962
13/1-16, 14 /1-8 Peking review. 1958. Peking: Peking Review1961-1969
15/17-18 People's world. 1938. San Francisco, Calif: World Pub. Co.1954-1969
17/12-16, 18 /1Communist Party of the United States of America. 1945. Political affairs. New York: New Century Publishers1948-1968
16/20 Peninsula observer. 1968. Palo Alto, Calif: [s.n.]1969
16/21-24Progressive Workers Movement. 1964. Progressive worker. Vancouver1964-1969
16/9 San Francisco express times. 1968. San Francisco, Ca: Trystero Co.1968
16/15 The San Jose maverick. 1969. San Jose, Calif: [s.n.]1969
16/19Student Government Association. 1969. The Spectrum. Washington D.C.: Student Government Association1969
16/8 Ta kung pao. 1900. Hong Kong: TA Kung Pao1968
15/8 Vietnam courier. 1964. Hanoi, D.R.V.: [s.n.]1967-1969
15/7 Vietnam GI. 1968. Chicago, Ill: [s.n.]1968
16/25-27, 17/ 1-4 Vietnam information bulletin. 1967. Rangoon: Vietnam News Agency1966-1968
16/14Democratic State Central Committee of Washington. 1955. Washington democrat. Seattle, Wash: Washington Democrat, Inc.1955
14/9 Western front. 1970. Seattle Wash: Washington State Peace and Freedom Party 1969
16/18 Wildcat. 1969. Chicago, Ill: Wildcat Press1969
15/15 World Marxist review. 1958. Toronto: Progress Books1962-1963

  
Accession No. 1341-002
Van Lydegraf, Clayton
Correspondence with Anna Louise Strong, 1967-1970
2.5 linear feet (60 items)
Scope and Content
Correspondence with Anna Louise Strong, 1967-1970.
Includes twenty-two letters from Anna Louise Strong to Clayton Van Lydegraf; and thirty-two letters from Van Lydegraf to Anna Louise Strong. Also one writing regarding "I Change Worlds."
Restrictions on Access
Access restricted: For terms of access,contact Special Collections
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Mr. Van Lydegraf, ½7/1984.
Box/FolderDate
1/1-3Correspondence with Anna Louise Strong1967-1970

  
Accession No. 1341-003
Van Lydegraf, Clayton
Correspondence with Rewi Alley, 1967-1983
circa .16 linear feet
Scope and Content
Correspondence with Rewi Alley, poems of Alley from which Van Lydegraf selected for publication.
Restrictions on Access
Access restricted: For terms of access,contact Special Collections
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Clayton Van Lydegraf, ½7/1983.
Box/FolderDate
1/1Correspondence with Rewi Alley1967-1970
½Manuscript- "This Way Madness Lies"circa 1983
1/3-5Poems by Rewi Alleycirca 1967-1970

  
Accession No. 1341-004
Van Lydegraf, Clayton
Legal and personal records, 1941-1980
21 linear feet
Arrangement
This accession is divided chronologically into seven series:
The first series, FBI Materials, is organized by material type, and then chronologically. The second series, Political Materials, is divided into subseries by creating body, which are themselves organized chronologically by material type. The third series, Manuscript Materials, is divided into subseries according to creation by Van Lydegraf or another writer, and then arranged by manuscript project. The fourth series, Publications, is organized alphabetically according to title of publication. The fifth series, Personal Materials, is organized by material type. The sixth series, Court Case Materials, is divided chronologically into subseries by court case, and then arranged by material type. The seventh series, Small Press Materials, is organized by material type.
Scope and Content
An accession of materials deriving from Van Lydegraf’s legal and personal records. A large portion is composed of brochures, correspondence, reports, agendas, meeting minutes and published materials relating to Van Lydegraf’s political life, including his written opinions and his association with the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee. A large proportion of the files are composed of affidavits, transcripts, memoranda, and other records originating from Van Lydegraf’s legal troubles, especially his arrest and trial in 1977 for the attempted bombing of a California State Senator’s office. Also present are almost 40 years of FBI investigation files on Van Lydegraf and various associates, including Timothy Leary. The various publications collected by Van Lydegraf are also present in large numbers, most of which concern aspects of radical political thought, such as communism, black nationalism, and labor activism.
Other Finding Aids
View inventory/container list
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Clayton Van Lydegraf, 1/3/1989.
Box/FolderDate
SERIES I: FBI MATERIALS1941-1978
3/7-18, 4/1-10FBI file #100-476171941-1978
4/14-24, 5/1-3FBI file #100-1715 (Portland file)1941-1979
3/6, 5/4-16 FBI Reports1965-1982
6/9-17FBI file #40-84731 (Timothy Leary file) 1970-1976
5/17-18, 6/1-5FBI File # 100-13007 (Vision Works file) 1972-1973
1/15-20FBI Infiltrator Reports1977-1978
6/18-29, 7, 8/1-5Raw notes and lab files (includes FBI material)1977-1978
6/7FBI Memorandum concerning Van Lydegraf 1978
SERIES II: POLITICAL MATERIALS1948-1978
1/1Political statements and reports (not by Van Lydegraf)1961-1972
12/1Radical fliers and posterscirca 1975-1977
12/2-4Radical newspapers1969-1977
11/10-14 Radical reading material circa 1968-1977
SUBSERIES A: PRAIRIE FIRE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE1948-1978
10/1-2Prairie Fire Organizing Committee- FBI Investigation Documents 1948-1977
13/9-14, 14/1-6Prairie Fire Organizing Committee- Internal Documents and Memoranda1975-1978
13/7-8Prairie Fire Organizing Committee- Notescirca 1975-1978
13/3-6Prairie Fire Organizing Committee- Ephemera circa 1977
SUBSERIES B: PROGRESSIVE LABOR PARTY1967
½Progressive Labor Party- Reports and Writings1967
SUBSERIES C: ACTIVIST ORGANIZATION MATERIALS1972-1977
13/1Activism- Ephemera1972-1977
12/15Philippine activism- Ephemeracirca 1972
12/14African-American activism- Ephemera1974-1977
12/17-18American Indian activism- Ephemeracirca 1976-1977
12/16Puerto Rican activism- Ephemeracirca 1977
SERIES III: MANUSCRIPT MATERIALS1950s-1979
SUBSERIES A: MATERIALS WRITTEN BY VAN LYDEGRAF1950s-1979
14/11Poetry by Van Lydegrafcirca 1950s
1/4"The Object is to Win"- Manuscript and materialscirca 1967-1970
1/5"Never the Same"- Manuscript and materialscirca 1970
14/12"The Winds that blow from the direction of the Rat"- Manuscript and materials1970
1/6"Premature Wake"- Manuscriptcirca 1971
10/11Paper on US criminal justice- Manuscript and materialscirca 1979
10/12"The Hidden War"- Manuscript and materialscirca 1979
SUBSERIES B: MATERIALS WRITTEN BY OTHER PEOPLE1972-1977
13/2"SDS and the New Left: the Search for a New Ideology," by Jonathan Walker Parkes- Manuscript 1972
14/8"The GI Movement," by Bart Lubow and Jennifer Dohrn- Manuscript and materialscirca 1973
14/7"Critique of Community Organizing in Ocean Beach," by Frank Gormile- Manuscript and materials1977
SERIES IV: PUBLICATIONS1964-1975
10/19National Lawyers Guild. 1970. The Conspiracy. San Francisco: Bay Area Regional Office, National Lawyers Guild1972-1973
14/15New Daily Cardinal Corporation (Madison, Wis.). 1892. The Daily cardinal. Madison, Wis: New Daily Cardinal Corp. 1971
2/6May 2nd Movement. 1965. Free student. New York, N.Y.: May 2nd Movement1965
14/18-19Good times. 1969. San Francisco, Calif: Trystero Co.1971
12/5-7Institute for Independent Social Journalism, Inc. (New York, N.Y.). 1968. The Guardian. New York: [s.n.]1976-1977
14/16Liberated guardian. 1970. New York: Liberated Guardian Worker's Collective1971
2/1-4Progressive Labor Party. 1962. PL, Progressive labor. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Progressive Labor Party1965-1969
14/20-21Red Mountain Tribe. 1969. Berkeley tribe. Berkeley, Calif: Red Mountain Tribe1971
14/17Rising up angry. 1969. [Chicago, Ill.]: Rising Up Angry1971
2/8Rolling stone. 1967. San Francisco, Calif: Straight Arrow Publishers1975
14/14Strategic hamlet. 1970. Isla Vista, Calif: [s.n.]1971
2/5Progressive Labor Party. 1967. World revolution. [New York]: Progressive Labor Party1967-1968
2/7Miscellaneous Periodicals1964-1967
SERIES V: PERSONAL MATERIALS1967-1978
14/10Correspondence by Van Lydegraf with Ad Hoc Committee (Chicago)1967-1969
1/3Pamphlets written by Van Lydegraf circa 1967-1971
14/9Assorted correspondence by Van Lydegraf 1967-1978
14/13Criticism and Van Lydegraf's response1974
SERIES VI: COURT CASE MATERIALS1970-1980
SUBSERIES A: SAN FRANCISCO GRAND JURY1970-1973
10/14San Francisco Grand Jury- Assorted documents1970-1973
10/15San Francisco Grand Jury- Writings and correspondence1972-1973
SUBSERIES B: CALIFORNIA VS CLAYTON VAN LYDEGRAF (APPEAL)1970-1980
9/3-15California vs. Clayton Van Lydegraf (Appeal)- Assorted Documents1970-1979
9/19California vs. Clayton Van Lydegraf (Appeal)- Notes1972-1980
8/8California vs. Clayton Van Lydegraf (Appeal)- FBI Reports1975
8/7California vs. Clayton Van Lydegraf (Appeal)- Notes and writings by Van Lydegraf1975-1980
½1, 10/5-7California vs. Clayton Van Lydegraf (Appeal)- Court Documents1977-1979
8/6, 9/16California vs. Clayton Van Lydegraf (Appeal)- Correspondence1978-1983
9/17-18California vs. Clayton Van Lydegraf (Appeal)- Grand Jury Transcript1978
8/9-15, 9/1-2California vs. Clayton Van Lydegraf (Appeal)- Trial transcript1979-1980
SUBSERIES C: MISCELLANEOUS COURT CASE MATERIALS1970-1980
10/10Notes about court cases1970-1980
10/4Freedom of Information Act Request Documents1971-1977
10/16-18Los Angeles case notescirca 1977-1979
10/3Freedom of Information Act Complaint1978-1979
10/9Prepared statements and writings for Court appearances1978-1979
SUBSERIES D: IMPRISONMENT AND PAROLE MATERIALS1971-1980
11/1Prison Correspondence1971-1979
11/4Arrest and Incarceration material1977-1979
11/3Parole- Correspondence1977-1980
11/5-9Prison ephemeracirca 1978-1979
11/2Parole- Assorted Documents1980
10/13Parole request to attend survival gathering1980
SUBSERIES E: CALIFORNIA VS. JUDITH BISSELL, [CLAYTON VAN LYDEGRAF], ET. AL.1977-1978
1/7-14California vs. Judith Bissell [Clayton Van Lydegraf], et. al.- Trial Transcript1977-1978
3/1-4California vs. Judith Bissell, [Clayton Van Lydegraf], et. al- Court Documents1978
6/6California vs. Judith Bissell [Clayton Van Lydegraf], et. al.- FBI Declarations1978
6/8California vs. Judith Bissell [Clayton Van Lydegraf], et. al.- Transcript of Grand Jury proceedings1978
SUBSERIES F: JUDITH BISSELL, [CLAYTON VAN LYDEGRAF], ET. AL. VS. FBI1978-1979
4/11-13Judith Bissell, [Clayton Van Lydegraf], et. al. vs. FBI- Affidavit concerning FBI file #100-476171978
3/5Judith Bissell, [Clayton Van Lydegraf], et. al. vs. FBI- Fourth Affidavit1979
SUBSERIES G: USA VS. CLAYTON VAN LYDEGRAF1978-1979
10/8USA vs. Clayton Van Lydegraf- Court Documents1978-1979
SERIES VII: SMALL PRESS MATERIALS1972-1976
12/13Small press correspondence1972-1974
12/9Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers- Assorted material1972-1975
12/10-12Small press material1972-1976
12/8Beyond Baroque- Publications1974-1976

  
Accession No. 1341-005
Van Lydegraf, Clayton
Manuscripts by Van Lydegraf, 1973-1984
2.5 linear feet
Arrangement
The first portion of this accession is organized chronologically by manuscript, and the second by material type.
Scope and Content
Writings, most by Van Lydegraf, including "This Way Madness Lies," n.d.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Hazel Wolfe, 9/1/1988.
Box/FolderDate
1/1"About Our Constitutional Rights"- Manuscript 1973
½"Statement to be read before the San Francisco Grand Jury"- Manuscript1973
1/3"This Way Madness Lies"- Manuscriptcirca 1983
1/4"Schell Versus Schell"- Manuscriptcirca 1984
1/5Manuscripts and Correspondence1985-1987
1/6Poetry1954-1957
1/7Excerpt from testimony from House Un-American Activities Committee1956
1/8Writings by other people1959-1984

  
Accession No. 1341-006
Van Lydegraf, Clayton
Writings, poems, correspondence and academic transcripts, 1971-1988
circa .08 linear feet
Scope and Content
Writings, 1986-1987; poems, n.d.; correspondence and academic transcripts, 1988; clipping, 1971.
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Open to all users.
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Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Mr. Van Lydegraf, 4/8/1988, 4/29/1987

  
Accession No. 1341-007
Van Lydegraf, Clayton
Correspondence with Mary Ann Nichols, 1944-1945, 1986-1987
2.5 linear feet
Arrangement
This accession is organized chronologically.
Scope and Content
Outgoing letters, all to Mary Ann Nichols.
Leftist political leader who wrote home to his wife during 1944, 1945 when he was 5th Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Corps stationed in India. Some of his commentary is about the Indian independence movement.
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Open to all users.
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Some restrictions exist on copying, quotation or publication. Contact Repository for details.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Mary Ann Nichols, 3/9/1987.
Box/FolderDate
1/1Letters (September)1944
½Letters (October)1944
1/3Letters (November)1944
1/4Letters (December)1944
1/5Letters (January)1945
1/6Letters (February)1945
1/7Letters (March)1945
1/8Letters (April)1945
1/9Letters (May)1945
1/10Letters (Later Period)1986-1987

  
Accession No. 1341-008
Van Lydegraf, Clayton
Tape-recorded interview conducted by George Lippman, 11/3/91
1 sound cassette
Scope and Content
Tape-recorded interview conducted by George Lippman, 11/3/91.
This is the first in a series of two interviews. The second one (Accession #1341-9) has been transcribed but this first one has not. This interview contains many digressions but provides biographical information.
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Open to all users. Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.
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Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by George Lippman, 8/17/1992

  
Accession No. 1341-009
Van Lydegraf, Clayton
Tape-recorded interview conducted by George Lippman, with transcript, 12/8/91
1 sound cassette plus 1 transcript (36 pages)
Scope and Content
Tape-recorded interview conducted by George Lippman, with transcript, 12/8/91.
In this interview with George Lippman on the day after the fiftieth anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Van Lydegraf interprets the political events of wartime and of postwar U.S.
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Open to all users. Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.
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Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Bryan Bahl, 3/1/1992.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Alley, Rewi, 1897-1987--Correspondence.
Bissell, Judith Emily.
Justesen, Michael.
Leary, Timothy.
Lippman, George, interviewer.
Mullin, Leslie Ann.
Nichols, Mary Ann--Correspondence.
Scott, John V. (Jack)
Strong, Anna Louise, 1885-1970--Correspondence.
Strong, Anna Louise, 1885-1970. I change worlds.
Van Lydegraf, Clayton--Archives.
Organizations:
Black Panther Party.
Communist Party of the United States of America.
Peace and Freedom Party (U.S.)
Prairie Fire Organizing Committee.
Progressive Labor Party.
Students For a Democratic Society (U.S.)
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Weather Underground Organization.
Geographic Names:
India--History--Autonomy and independence movements--Sources.
Subjects:
New Left--United States--History--20th century.
New Left--United States--Periodicals.
New Left--Washington (State)--History.
Political activists--United States.
Political activists--United States--Correspondence.
Political activists--United States--Periodicals.
Political activists--Washington (State)
Radicalism--United States--History--20th century.
Radicalism--United States--Periodicals.
Radicalism--Washington (State)--Seattle--History--20th century.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Draft resisters--United States.
World War, 1939-1945--Correspondence.
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