The Center is actively engaged in gathering data and resources that can be used by scholars studying the Right. These include:
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This collection of rare audio and visual recordings used to recruit and mobilize individuals in the 1960s and early 1970s was donated to CRWS and is available for listening/viewing in the CRWS auido-video archive. The materials were transferred from their original format (3x3” audio tapes, 5x5” audio tapes, 7x7” audio tapes, 14x14” film) to CDs and DVDs, thanks to generous funding provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The collection includes recordings of workshops, lectures, films, spot ads, and other educational materials used by the John Birch Society (JBS) to recruit new members and promote right-wing causes following the Second Red Scare. The collection also includes audio recordings of right-wing figures such as Phyllis Schlafly, Lola Belle Holmes, G. Edward Griffin, W. Cleon Skousen, and Robert Welch, who describe the perceived communist threat to American democracy. Several recordings explain the logics behind JBS recruitment and organizing strategies (e.g., Operation Book Sales). Films in the collection include, among others, Katanga: The Untold Story, a case study that accuses the U.S. and U.N. of colluding with Soviet powers to form a new world government; The Grand Design, a filmed lecture in which G. Edward Griffin explains the communist-led threat of world government; and In One Generation, a banquet speech by Robert Welch in which he recites chosen excerpts from The Blue Book verbatim to show how the book he authored in 1959 predicted the communist-sympathizing actions of the U.S. government during the previous 15 years.
This collection is part of the CRWS audio-video archive, which is housed at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at the University of California at Berkeley. Scholars who are interested in obtaining access to these recordings may contact CRWS Program Director and ISSI Associate Director, Dr. Christine Trost (ctrost AT berkeley.edu). Scholars will need to bring their own laptop, CD-Rom reader, and headphones with them in order to listen to/view the collection.
In June of 2010, People for the American Way donated its vast and unique collection of materials on the American Right to our Center. This archive is permanently housed at UC Berkeley's prestigious Bancroft Library, one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States.
Comprised of approximately 1,220 organizations, 300 individual files, and 80 rare right-wing magazines and newspapers, the Collection charts the flourishing movements of American conservatism from the 1980s to the early twenty-first century. The materials in the collection, which include organizations' and individuals' pamphlets, direct mailings, publications, speeches, conference programs, internal financial records, membership lists, fundraising strategies, voter guides, manuals, and biographies document the ideological orientations, policy positions, talking points, and organizational structures and strategies of hundreds of right-wing organizations, individuals, and publications. A large portion of the collection focuses specifically on documents associated with the "religious right." Of particular interest (due to scope) are materials pertaining to the American Family Association, Christian Coalition, Coalition for Better TV, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, the Moral Majority, and the Pat Robertson Papers. Additionally, there are comprehensive collections of the following publications: Charisma & Christian Life, Chalcedon Report, Chronicle, Focus on the Family and New American.
Issues covered in the Collection include political strategy and tactics, taxation, race, guns, the judiciary, marriage, homosexuality, foreign policy, the military, and the role of religion in American politics. It is our hope that political scientists, sociologists, historians, legal scholars, policy makers, and other scholars will use the collection to illuminate our historical and social understanding of the American Right.
CRWS's video archive consists of approximately 2,200 DVDs with content transferred from the videotape collection of People For the American Way (PFAW). PFAW recorded network and cable broadcasting throughout the 1980s, 90s and 2000s, widely documenting year-to-year developments among major figures and organizations of the right. Televangelist broadcasts occupy a good portion of the archive, including such television programs as Pat Robertson's 700 Club, The Old Time Gospel Hour, and Falwell Live, among others. In many instances the archive directory indicates the guests or issues covered on a particular show. The archive also includes speeches by important figures on the right (e.g. Ronald Reagan, Pat Buchanan); coverage of important Congressional proceedings (e.g. the Bork nomination); coverage of important conservative events (e.g., The Conservative Political Action Convention); and one-off productions on particular subjects by right-wing groups (e.g., Falwell's film on the Clintons, Circle of Power).
The video archive is housed at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at the University of California at Berkeley, which is also the home of the Center. Scholars who are interested in obtaining access to the video archive may contact CRWS Program Director and ISSI Associate Director, Dr. Christine Trost (ctrost AT berkeley.edu). Scholars will need to bring their own laptop and CD-Rom reader with them in order to view the DVD collection in the archive.
CRWS is pleased to make available Ernie's Lazar's extensive bibliography of academic theses and PhD dissertations on the American Right. Mr. Lazar has spent three decades collecting archival material on the right wing and is committed to making his work available to a wide audience of researchers. The list is organized thematically and some of its citations go back more than 50 years. To our knowledge, this is the most exhaustive directory of its kind available on line or elsewhere.
The Bibliography is organized around the following subject areas:
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 by Ernie Lazar over the course of more than three decades. It contains 40,000 pages of 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 2017-2019 CRWS scanned over 40,000 pages of files contained in the collection and converted them to searchable PDF documents taht can now be accessed at CRWS.
Prepared by independent right-wing scholar, Ernie Lazar, this annotated bibliography includes descriptions of and links to: