Archives of the NYPD "Red Squad"

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Event to be held at the following time, date, and location: 

Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

New York City Municipal Archives 1st Floor Gallery
31 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007

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Opening Reception: Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by NYPD surveillance teams, 1960-1975

For more than a century, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) conducted surveillance of individuals and infiltrated organizations challenging the status quo. At different periods, the focus has been socialists, the German American Bund, anarchists, labor unions, and communists. During the 1960s and 1970s, they investigated organizations including the Communist Party, Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, The American Renaissance Party, Women Strike for Peace and Youth Against War and Fascism among others. The records created by the surveillance teams and the materials they collected during the course of surveillance activities now provide unique documentation of one of the most turbulent eras in the City’s and nation’s history. Photographs and objects displayed in the new Municipal Archives exhibit address subjects such as the Vietnam War, the nascent environmental movement, racial and gender discrimination, fair housing, workers’ rights, as well as global issues such as independence and sovereignty, the spread of communism, and poverty.Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by NYPD surveillance teams, 1960-1975.  New York City Municipal Archives 1st Floor Gallery, 31 Chambers Street, Manhattan.  Open for viewing through February 28  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We hope you can make it!Cheers,The New York City Department of Records and Information Services

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Yes! Local police Red Squad files are a goldmine of info on radical history as well as the overwhelming official efforts to suppress the reds--including plenty of agent provocateurs. My own Portland Red Guide (2nd ed) 2011 uses them extensively and critically and they were available --except for today's Red Squad files--in the Portland City Archives.

Michael Munk

During research on IWW organizing among timber workers in Minnesota in 1916-18 I ran across high qualify informant reports by agents of the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety who had infiltrated IWW lumber jack organizations in Northern Minnesota.

John Haynes

Another Police Department organization which deserves scrutiny is the Los Angeles Fire and Police Research Association (aka FI-PO). Some issues of Its publication "FI-PO News" are available on microfilm in the University if Iowa's Right-Wing Collection (details below). Reportedly, the John Birch Society had a major presence within FI-PO..

FI-PO News
Los Angeles, Fire and Police Research Association of Los Angeles
v 3 no 1, 10-11, 1964; v 4 no 1-8, 1965; v 5 no
4, 6-9, 1966; v 6 no 2-6, 1967; v 7 no 2-4,
1968; v 8 no 1, 3, 5-6, 1969; v 9 no 2-6, 1970;
v 10 no 1-10, 1971; v 11 no 1-7/8, 1972; v 12
no 1-5/6, 1973; v 13 no 1-6/8, 1974;
ephemera, 1968
Type: Anti-Communist, Conservative
Description: FI-PO News investigates the liberal, Socialist and Communist activities of such organizations as the American Friends Service, Committee, the Ford Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Someone named David has ordered a ticket to the opening reception of the NYPD files but, somehow, the ticket was sent to me.

If David would contact me off-line ( I would be happy to pass on his ticket.