Silver Shirt Legion of America, Washington State Division records, 1931-1997  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Silver Shirt Legion of America. Washington State Division
Title
Silver Shirt Legion of America, Washington State Division records
Dates
1931-1997 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.73 cubic feet (1 box and 4 microfilm reels)
Collection Number
3242
Summary
Documents and materials related to the right-wing political organization, The Silver Shirt Legion of America.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Access restricted on some materials: For terms of access, contact Special Collections.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Silver Shirt Legion of America was a white supremacist organization founded by William Dudley Pelley (1890-1965) in 1933. The Silver Shirts operated in Oregon, California, and Washington during the 1930s. The parent organization began as Silver Shirts of America, was later renamed Silver Legion of America and, in 1934, became Silver Shirt Legion of America. State liaison office was Orville W. Roundtree. The organization portrayed themselves as a Protestant Christian Movement created to restore a new Christian led society and government. Their primary aim was to suppress the Jewish population and destroy Sovietism/Communism, which they claimed was being brought about by the Jewish people. - Information adapted from the American Jewish Committee Archives: http://www.ajcarchives.org/AJC_DATA/Files/THR-SS1.PDF

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, notes, and other records of a liaison office for this right-wing political organization and of liaison officer Orville W. Roundtree. Silver Shirts flag, newsletters, news-clippings, correspondence, research notes, and microfilm with all issues of the Silver Shirt Weekly. Also includes two manuscript/thesis drafts.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries on some materials.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 3242-004: Silver Shirt Legion of America, Washington State Division records, 1933-1940Return to Top

.37 cu. ft. (1 reel positive microfilm, 1 reel negative microfilm, duplicate positive reel)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, notes, and other records, relating to the division, its parent organization (founded 1933 as Silver Shirts of America; later renamed Silver Legion of America, and in 1934, Silver Shirt Legion of America), and founder, William Dudley Pelley (1890-1965). Includes copies of the organization's newsletter, Liberation, papers of state liaison officer, Orville W. Roundtree, and material relating to American Gentile Protective Association, Christian Party, and Liberty Party. Persons represented include Isaac R. Crow, Ruth Coffee Hillis, Jesse B. Kling, Alfred H.E. Talpey, Elwood A. Towner, and Thompson Roy Zachary.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access contact repository.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Filmed from originals loaned by Mr. and Mrs. Orville Roundtree: 5/1965

Accession No. 3242-005: Silver Shirt Legion of America, Washington State Division records, 1931-1997Return to Top

0.36 Cubic Feet (1 Box), one microfilm.

Scope and Content: Additions to the Silver Shirt Legion - Washington State Division records: Materials collected by Ronald S. Green Jr. pertaining to the Silver Shirt Legion and William Dudley Pelley including Silver Shirts flag, newsletters, news-clippings, correspondence, research notes, and microfilm with all issues of the Silver Shirt Weekly. Also includes two manuscript/thesis drafts:"The Aftermath of Seven Minutes in Eternity: William Dudley Pelley and the Silver Shirts" by Ronald S. Green and "Piety and Patriotism: The Silver Shirt Legion of America in Washington State, 1935-1940" by Karen E. Hoppes.

Restrictions on Access: No restrictions on access.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Ronald S. Green Jr. , 2016-04-15 ; 2016-07-26

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Accession
1 3242-005
News clippings and Microfilm Printouts
1932-1965
1 3242-005
Newsletter: Silver Ranger
1934
1 3242-005
Newsletter: The New Liberation
1937-1938
1 3242-005
Newsletter: News Research Service
1939-1940
1 3242-005
Newsletter: Community Relations Committee
1964
1 3242-005
Correspondence (Ron Green)
1963
1 3242-005
Thesis Notes
undated
1 3242-005
Thesis Correspondence
1965-1966
1 3242-005
Thesis: "The Aftermath of Seven Minutes in Eternity: William Dudley Pelley and the Silver Shirts" by Ronald S. Green Jr.
1965
1 3242-005
Thesis: "Piety and Patriotism: The Silver Shirt Legion of America in Washington State, 1935-1940" by Karen E. Hoppes
1997
1 3242-005
Silver Shirts Flag
undated
1 3242-005
Microfilm of all issues of the "Silver Shirt Weekly"
1934-1936

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Antisemitism--United States
  • Antisemitism--Washington (State)
  • Fascism--United States
  • Fascism--Washington (State)
  • Political parties--United States
  • Political parties--Washington (State)
  • Socialist parties--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Bauer, Ruth
  • Clark, Frank W
  • Crow, Isaac R
  • Hillis, Ruth Coffee
  • Husby, Peter
  • Kling, Jesse B
  • Talpey, Alfred H. E
  • Towner, Elwood A
  • Zachary, Thompson Roy
  • Corporate Names :
  • American Gentile Protective Association
  • American Monetary Reform Association
  • Christian Party (U.S.)
  • Christian Party (Wash.)
  • Liberty Party (Wash. : 1932-1933)
  • Pelley Publishers
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Politics and government--20th century
  • Washington (State)--Politics and government--1889-1950
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Newsletters
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Pelley, William Dudley, 1890-1965 (creator)
    • Roundtree, Orville W (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Silver Legion of America. Washington State Division (creator)
    • Silver Shirts of America (Organization). Washington State Division (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)