American Protective League, New York Division Papers

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American Protective League, New York Division papers
Creator: American Protective League. New York Division
Call Number: D.419
Dates: circa 1917-1919
Physical Description: 1 Box, 1 Oversized Folder
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Local activities
Series II: Printed materials
Collection Overview
Title: American Protective League, New York Division papers
Creator: American Protective League. New York Division
Call Number: D.419
Dates: circa 1917-1919
Physical Description: 1 Box, 1 Oversized Folder
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The American Protective League, New York Division Papers documents the activities of an organization made up of private citizens who identified suspected German sympathizers and any other anti- American groups to protect the United States against foreign enemies during World War I. Members reported to the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Investigation. There were two classes of members: active and inactive. Active members were responsible for investigating cases assigned to them by government officials or agencies. Inactive members reported information to benefit the government and any potential investigation. Each member upon joining received an identification card. The rules and regulations of the League specified that members keep their affiliation with the organization a secret and only disclose their connection during the process of an investigation, if appropriate.

Scope and Content
This collection is comprised of two series: Local activities, and Printed Materials. The series Local Activities includes the document American Protective League Rules and Regulations that members of the New York division followed, as well as four of the reports they filed on potentially un-American activities. There is a small body of correspondence related to local actions, and two documents related to the disbandment of the League in 1919. Also included is a program from a dinner given by New York Division of the American Protective League on January 3, 1919. Finally, there is a manuscript written by Brett Page, a member of the New York division titled The Hidden Menace. The second series contains two folders, one letter sized and one flat file with printed materials distributed widely to state divisions.

Subject(s):
World War (1914-1918)
American Protective League. New York Division
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The American Protective League, New York Division Papers were the gift of Marge Barnett April 5, 1976.Access
The American Protective League, New York Division papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], American Protective League, New York Division papers, D.419, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Local activities
Box 1, Folder 1Rules and regulations
Box 1, Folder 2Reports, July-August 1918, April 1919, undated
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, May-September 1918, undated
Box 1, Folder 4Disbandment, circa January 1919
Box 1, Folder 5Program, dinner program, January 3, 1919
Box 1, Folder 6"The hidden menace," manuscript by Brett Page, chapters 1- 6
Box 1, Folder 7"The hidden menace," manuscript by Brett Page, chapter 7-end
Box 1, Folder 8"The spy glass", June-December 1918
Series II: Printed materials
Box 1, Folder 9Printed materials, circa 1918
Box 1The literary digest liberty map of the western front, 1918
Box 2Oversized printed materials, circa 1918


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