Texas Archival Resources Online

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Biographical/Historical note

Scope and Contents note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Correspondence 1941-1944

Series II. Meeting Notes and Instructions

Series III. Newspapers, Readers, Reports 1942 - 1944

Series IV. Bills, Receipts, Bank Statements

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the American Defense Group records, 1941 - 1944 MS 353



Title: American Defense Group records
Dates: 1941-1944
Abstract This collection contains correspondence, memos, organizational and reading lists, and budget information regarding an organization called the American Defense Group. The Group consisted largely of professors from three California institutions who were interested in assisting the American war effort by reading foreign-language domestic publications and reporting editorial comments to U.S. Naval Intelligence.
Identification: MS 353
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft. (1 box)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical note

The American Defense Group consisted largely of professors from three California institutions (Huntington Library, California Institute of Technology, and the Mt. Wilson Observatory) who were interested in assisting the American war effort by reading foreign-language domestic publications and reporting editorial comments to U.S. Naval Intelligence. Ultimately, this information was passed on to the U.S. Office of Strategic Services.

The American Defense Group was in contact with the Office of Volunteer Readings at Princeton. Mrs. Hardin Craig, the donor of the collection, was at one time the secretary of the group. Her husband, a history professor, later became university librarian at Rice University.

Return to the Table of Contents


Scope and Contents note

This collection contains correspondence, memos, organizational and reading lists, and budget information regarding an organization called the American Defense Group. The Group consisted largely of professors from three California institutions (Huntington Library, California Institute of Technology, and the Mt. Wilson Observatory) who were interested in assisting the American war effort by reading foreign-language domestic publications and reporting editorial comments to U.S. Naval Intelligence. Ultimately, this information was passed on to the U.S. Office of Strategic Services.

Return to the Table of Contents


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the American Defense Group Records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Return to the Table of Contents


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
California Institute of Technology. Faculty.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Officials and employees.
Mount Wilson Observatory. Officials and employees.
United States . Office of Naval Intelligence.
United States. Office of Strategic Services.
Subjects
Intelligence Service -- United States
World War, 1939 - 1945 -- California
World War, 1939 - 1945 -- Military Intelligence -- United States
World War, 1939 - 1945 -- United States
Places
California -- History -- World War, 1939 - 1945
Los Angeles County (Calif.) -- History -- World War, 1939 - 1945
Pasadena (Calif.) -- History -- World War, 1939 - 1945
San Marino (Calif.) -- History -- World War, 1939 - 1945

Return to the Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

American Defense Group Records, 1941-1944, MS 353, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated to Fondren by Mrs. Hardin Craig and received on May 13, 1982.

Return to the Table of Contents


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I. Correspondence 1941-1944

creator Author (aut) Craig, Hardin, Mrs., 10/12/1973

Scope and Contents note
1 folder contains largely correspondence and memo material on 8 1/2" x 11" papers in fair condition.
Folder
1 General Correspondence 1941 – 1942
Folder
2 General Correspondence 1943 – 1944

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Series II. Meeting Notes and Instructions

Folder
3 Committee Meeting Notes, Instructions 1942 - 1943

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Series III. Newspapers, Readers, Reports 1942 - 1944

Folder
4 Lists of Newspapers and Readers 1942 – 1944
Folder
5 Reports to Newspapers, Organizations 1942

Return to the Table of Contents




 

Series IV. Bills, Receipts, Bank Statements

Folder
6 Bills, Receipts, Bank Statements, etc. 1942 - 1944

Return to the Table of Contents