This archive is an extensive collection of materials released in redacted form by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in accordance with requests made under the Freedom of Information Act. It contains printed material the Bureau collected on radical right-wing groups and individuals, as well as newspaper articles dealing with groups and individuals being monitored by the FBI. In addition, the FBI files often contain detailed background information about individuals, as well as private correspondence.
From 2017-19, CRWS scanned over 40,000 pages of files contained in this collection and converted them to searchable PDF documents that can now be accessed at CRWS.
The archive is stored on an external drive at the Center's offices at the University of California at Berkeley. We encourage you to peruse the finding aid (which includes an alphabetical list of all files in the collection) before contacting the Center with your request to visit the archive.
The Center will gladly accommodate researchers who wish to access the on-site archive. Please contact us with proposals to make use of these files: firstname.lastname@example.org; 510.642.0813
The archive was collected by Ernie Lazar, who filed a large amount of requests under the Freedom of Information Act over the course of more than three decades. We at the Center are immensely grateful to Mr. Lazar for making this extraordinary resource available to CRWS and scholars of the Right and for assisting with our scanning project. (You may access Mr. Lazar's entire collection of scanned FOIA files on both right and left-wing individuals and organizations here.) We are also grateful for generous funding given by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which made scanning and processing this collection possible, and for the support of the Internet Archive, where the paper documents are still housed.