FBI Files on Highlander Folk School on Microfilm

Collection Number: 5898 mf

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
FBI Files on Highlander Folk School on Microfilm, 1940-1972
Collection Number:
5898 mf
Creator:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Quantity:
1 microfilm reel
Forms of Material:
Articles, reports, pamphlets, correspondence, news clippings, records, publications, microfilm.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Highlander Folk School (HFS) in Monteagle, Tennessee, was established in 1932 by Myles Horton, a native Tennessean, who wanted to "provide an educational center in the South for the training of rural and industrial leaders, and for the conservation and enrichment of the indigenous cultural values of the mountain." The school accepted workers whom their unions considered potential leaders, and the unions paid most of their way through the school. These workers were trained in such endeavors as collective bargaining, contract negotiation, and strike organization, as well as less weighty, but presumably no less important, skills like poster-making and song-singing. Rosa Parks was trained by Highlander prior to her historic role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, other activists who participated in training include members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Septima Clark, Anne Braden, Martin Luther King, Jr., James Bevel, Hollis Watkins, Bernard Lafayette, Ralph Abernathy and John Lewis in the mid - and - late 1950s. The state of Tennessee closed the school in 1961 because of backlash against the school's involvement with the Civil Rights Movement.
Highlander reorganized and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where it reopened as the Highlander Research and Education Center.
SUBJECTS

Names:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Highland Folk School (HFS)
Highlander Research and Education Center (HREC)
Sea Island Progressive Club Center
Tennessee House of Representatives
Bagelon, David L.
Belmont, A. H.
Buttrick, Jr., William T.
Clegg, Hugh M.
DeLoach, C. D.
Dombrowski, James
Ford, Peyton
Green, William
Griffin, Marvin
Hoover, J. Edgar
Horton, Myles
Jones, M. A.
Jones, Robert F.
Ladd, D. M.
Laughlin, L. L.
Levy, Herbert M.
Masonk, Lucy R.
McGrath, J. Howard
Murphy, W. A.
Nichols, L. B.
Roosevelt, Eleanor
Smith, R. W.
Sullivan, W. C.
Swift, W. A.
Tolson, Clyde

Form and Genre Terms:
Articles
Reports
Pamphlets
Correspondence
News clippings
Publications.
Reocrds.
Microfilm.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
FBI Files on Highlander Folk School on Microfilm #5898 mf. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5717: Highlander Folk School Publications

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Reel 1
Reel 1
Reel 1 Item 1 1940
1/29/40 on speech by James Dombrowski, chairman of the Highlander Folk School (HFS), on the philosophy and program of the school, including a list of HFS Advisory Committee members
Reel 1 Item 2 1940
spring 1940
Reel 1 Item 3 1940
alleging Communist influence within the HFS
Reel 1 Item 4 1940
12/6/40 to Bureau Director J. Edgar Hoover regarding request from Congressman Robert F. Jones to review the HFS file
Reel 1 Item 5 1941
4/9/41 from the special agent-in-charge (SAC), Knoxville, to Hoover requesting the bureau to develop photographs of HFS documents
Reel 1 Item 6 1941
4/14/41 from SAC Knoxville regarding report on the HFS furnished to William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor
Reel 1 Item 7 1941
5/13/41 on the enrollment of William T. Buttrick, Jr., at the University of Florida
Reel 1 Item 8 1941
6/1/41 regarding past activities of HFS faculty members
Reel 1 Item 9
Reel 1 Item 10 1941
6/4/41 on Edwin B. Schutlz
Reel 1 Item 11 1941
6/6/41 from R.C. Hendon to Clyde Tolson regarding the HFS
Reel 1 Item 12 1941
6/41 concerning background checks of HFS personnel
Reel 1 1941
Reel 1 Item 13 1941
7/29/41 concerning background checks
Reel 1 Item 14 1941
7/17/41 including the HFS Charter of Incorporation
Reel 1 Item 15 1941
9/29/41 concerning the Institute for Labor Studies
Reel 1 Item 16 1941
10/4/41 from W.A. Murphy (SAC Knoxville) to Hoover concerning Myles Horton
Reel 1 Item 17 1941
10/12/41 from Murphy to Hoover regarding status of the HFS investigation
Reel 1 Item 18 1941
10/21/41 concerning HFS contributors
Reel 1 Item 19 1941
11/29/41 on HFS personnel
Reel 1 Item 20 1941
12/30/41 on all aspects of the HFS to date
Reel 1
Reel 1 Item 21 1942
1/8/42 regarding Joseph Kelley Stockton
Reel 1 Item 22 1942
1/19/42 from Murphy to Hoover stating that HFS-produced publications, including The Highlander Fling, will be provided in future reports
Reel 1 Item 23 1942
1/28/42 from Murphy to Hoover regarding a synopsis of the HFS 1941 annual report
Reel 1 Item 24 1942
2/16/42 from Murphy to Hoover, including copies of The Highlander Fling
Reel 1 Item 25 1942
2/26/42 on James Dombrowski
Reel 1 Item 26 1942
2/28/42 from Murphy to Hoover regarding a $100 donation to the HFS from Eleanor Roosevelt
Reel 1 Item 27 1941
Reel 1 Item 28 1940
HFS publication, spring 1940
Reel 1 Item 29 1942
3/18/42 from Murphy to Hoover, including HFS promotional literature and additional copies of The Highlander Fling
Reel 1 Item 30 1942
4/1/42 on interview of Horton concerning his activities in the school area
Reel 1 Item 31 1942
6/17/42 concerning interview of a former HFS employee
Reel 1 Item 32 1942
7/9/42 regarding the HFS benefit concert in Washington by Paul Robeson and other HFS activities
Reel 1 Item 33
Reel 1 Item 34 1942
9/12/42 regarding founding of the HFS and other background information
Reel 1 Item 35 1942
10/23/42 from Hoover to SAC Knoxville ordering a halt to the active investigation of the HFS
Reel 1 Item 36 1942
10/22/42 on summer session of the HFS
Reel 1
Reel 1 Item 37 1942
10/27/42 from K.R. McIntire to Mr. Mumford, including HFS promotional materials
Reel 1 Item 38 1942
12/3/42 on tenth anniversary activities at the HFS
Reel 1 Item 39 1942
12/14/42 regarding closing of file, including one HFS publication
Reel 1 Item 40 1947
2/14/47 from Assistant Attorney General David L. Bagelon to Hoover regrading the HFS
Reel 1 Item 41
Reel 1 Item 42 1948
3/18/48 from Hoover to SAC Knoxville regarding possible Communist "front" status of the HFS
Reel 1 Item 43 1950
12/10/50 from Myles Horton to Hugh H. Clegg, assistant director of the bureau
Reel 1 Item 44 1951
1/4/51 from D.M. Ladd to Hoover regarding response to Horton
Reel 1 Item 45 1951
1/22/51 from Mr. Belmont to Mr. Ladd regarding response to Horton
Reel 1 Item 46 1951
2/14/51 from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to Hoover inquiring into the investigation of the HFS
Reel 1 Item 47 1951
1/31/51 from Horton to US Attorney General J. Howard McGrath regarding bureau investigation of black students enrolled at the HFS
Reel 1 Item 48 1951
2/26/51 from Hoover to Peyton Ford, deputy attorney general, concerning correspondence with Myles Horton
Reel 1 Item 49 1951
2/21/51 from D.M. Ladd to the director regarding Baldwin's allegation of bureau activity at the HFS
Reel 1 Item 50 1951
2/21/51 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover regarding interviews of Myles Horton
Reel 1 Item 51 1951
3/5/51 from Peyton Ford to Hoover regarding correspondence with Myles Horton
Reel 1 Item 52 1951
3/12/51 from L.L. Laughlin to A.H. Belmont regarding an HFS letter alleging bureau investigation of interracial enrollment
Reel 1 Item 53
Reel 1 Item 54 1951
2/27/51 from D.M. Ladd to Hoover regarding complaints surrounding the HFS investigation
Reel 1 Item 55 1951
3/14/51 from Lucy R. Mason of the Congress of Industrial Organizations regarding bureau agents
Reel 1 Item 56 1951
2/23/51 from D.M. Ladd to Hoover regarding the investigation of the HFS
Reel 1 Item 57 1951
4/18/51 from Herbert M. Levy of the ACLU regarding correspondence from Hoover
Reel 1 Item 58 1953
8/25/53 from A.H. Belmont to D.M. Ladd regarding Jenner Committee request for information on Myles Horton
Reel 1 Item 59 1953
8/27/53 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover regarding interview of Rev. W.A. Swift, Monteagle, TN
Reel 1
Reel 1 Item 60 1956
4/27/56 regarding Myles Horton and his wife
Reel 1 Item 61
Reel 1 Item 62
Reel 1 Item 63
Reel 1 Item 64 1953
Reel 1 Item 65 1956
9/20/56 from SAC Mobile to Hoover regarding the HFS
Reel 1 Item 66 1957
8/30/57 from L.B. Nichols to Clyde Tolson regarding increased activity at the HFS and the plan of events for its 25th anniversary
Reel 1 Item 67 1957
9/4/57 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover regarding information that the HFS is becoming a center for teaching civil disobedience
Reel 1 Item 68
Reel 1 Item 69
Reel 1 Item 70 1957
11/1/57 from Hoover to SAC Knoxville inquiring into civil disobedience activities at the HFS
Reel 1 Item 71 1957
11/21/57 from Septima Clark of the HFS soliciting funds
Reel 1 Item 72 1956-1957
Reel 1 Item 73
Reel 1 Item 74
Reel 1 Item 75
Reel 1 Item 76 1959
1/59 from Myles Horton soliciting funds
Reel 1 Item 77
Reel 1 Item 78 1959
2/2/59 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover regarding action by Tennessee legislature to investigate "subversive" activities at the HFS
Reel 1
Reel 1 Item 79 1959
2/24/59 from SAC Memphis to Hoover regarding support of Tennessee legislature by the Tennessee Federation for Constitutional Government
Reel 1 Item 80 1959
6/8/59 to C.D. DeLoach regarding John's Island Branch of the HFS
Reel 1 Item 81
Reel 1 Item 82 1959
9/11/59 from Hoover to SAC Knoxville regarding open protest letter from Myles Horton
Reel 1 Item 83 1959
9/15/59 on the HFS
Reel 1 Item 84
Reel 1 Item 85 1960
2/29/60 from SAC Louisville to Hoover regarding the "Friends of Highlander"
Reel 1 Item 86
Reel 1 Item 87 1961
5/22/61 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover pertaining to latest legal actions and decision
Reel 1 Item 88 1961
6/29/61 from Hoover to legal attache, Bonn (Federal Republic of Germany), regarding furnishing information about the HFS outisde the bureau
Reel 1
Reel 1 Item 89 1961
10/17/61 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover regarding contingency plans for the HFS to move to Knoxville
Reel 1 Item 90 1961
10/25/61 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover regarding prointegration activities at the HFS
Reel 1 Item 91 1963
6/20/63 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover regarding information about racial matters
Reel 1 Item 92 1963
7/18/63 from R.W. Smith to W.C. Sullivan regarding requests from Senator Warren G. Magnuson and Congressman Jeffery Cohilan concerning racial agitation
Reel 1 Item 93
Reel 1 Item 94 1963
7/26/63 from F.J. Baumgardner to W.C. Sullivan regarding Highlander Research and Education Center (HREC), Knoxville, and request for list of officers, teachers, and students
Reel 1 Item 95 1964
8/13/64 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover regarding update on situation
Reel 1 Item 96 1964
7/7/64 from SAC Knoxville regarding the Washington Committee for the HFS
Reel 1 Item 97 1964
8/28/64 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover regarding voter registration drive at the Sea Island Progressive Club Center, St. John's Island, SC
Reel 1 Item 98 1964
9/10/64 from SAC Savannah to Hoover regarding the HREC
Reel 1 Item 99 1964
7/27/64 from M.A. Jones to C.D. DeLoach regarding request by Congressman Roman C. Purinski for information about the HFS
Reel 1 Item 100 1965
4/6/65 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover concerning information on student march on Washington, co-sponsored by the HREC
Reel 1 Item 101
Reel 1 Item 102 1965
10/19/65 from SAC Louisville to Hoover regarding vandalism against the HREC
Reel 1 Item 103 1965
10/19/65 from Hoover to chief, US Secret Service, regarding the HREC
Reel 1 Item 104 1967
4/13/67 from SAC Louisville to Hoover regarding vote by the Tennessee House of Representatives to start a second legislative investigation of the HREC
Reel 1 Item 105
authorizing a committee to investigate the activites of the HREC of Knoxville County and its affiliated organizations
Reel 1 Item 106 1967
6/9/67 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover regarding the HREC
Reel 1
Reel 1 Item 107 1968-1972
Reel 1 Item 108
Reel 1 1940-1967
Reel 1 Item 109
Reel 1 Item 110 1958
1/20/1958 from SAC Knoxville to director regarding attempt to blow up the HFS
Reel 1
Reel 1 Item 111 1959
3/16/59 from SAC Memphis to Hoover regarding bomb threat received at the HFS
Reel 1 Item 112 1963
9/6/63 from SAC Knoxville to Hoover regarding bomb threat received at the HREC