Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century is a compilation of rare and unique archival collections covering a wide range of fringe political movements. It has been sourced from distinguished libraries and archives across the world but also premiers some previously hidden treasure troves.
Searches dissertations from foreign universities held at the Center for Research Libraries (in Chicago). No online full-text, but available through Interlibrary Loan.
Be sure to read the introductory information on the site, because there are special search features and because their cataloging is ongoing. Thus all their holdings are not accessible here, though you can use other means to locate uncatalogued material.
Photocopies of case files, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, largely concerning the agency's investigations of political dissent. Notable files include those on Albert Einstein, the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Joseph McCarthy, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Watergate, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. The collection also contains the J. Edgar Hoover Official and Confidential File
A Chicago-based peace activist who cofounded Voices in the Wilderness/Voices for Creative Nonviolence in 1996, anchoring its leadership team from the beginning. She has been arrested on several occasions for acts of nonviolent resistance to US military policy, including planting corn on missile silo sites in Missouri in 1988, for which she was sentenced to one year in federal prison. Her peacemaking efforts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Haiti, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, and Lebanon have led to numerous honors and her continuing nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize
Records of a peace organization (originally part of a national network) formed in opposition to the United States government's support of the "Contras" in Nicaragua. Included are correspondence, minutes, publications, reports, press releases and other records documenting the group's nonviolent resistance to US military intervention in Latin America, the Middle East, and elsewhere. James M. Barrett, formerly professor of Biology at Marquette University, served for many years as coordinator and editor of its newsletter
Records of a Chicago based campaign, initiated by a small number of peace activists, including Kathy Kelly, who remained a coordinator until the end. It utilized the means of nonviolent direct action, such as civil disobedience and fasting, to oppose economic sanctions and war against Iraq. The group organized over seventy delegations to Iraq which brought donations of medicine and toys to children in hospitals in open violation of the US/UN sanctions and US law. The Treasury Department responded by imposing a $20,000 fine. Refusing to pay the penalty as a matter of principle, Voices in the Wilderness closed its doors in the summer of 2005, reorganizing under the name Voices for Creative Nonviolence