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Military Surveillance of Civilian Politics & Research

Nixon’s Ghosts scanned from microfiche (SuDoc: Y 4.J 89/2:M 59/7) the Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate report, Military Surveillance of Civilian Politics: A Report (93d Congress, 1st session, Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1973).

Students of 1960-70s surveillance history and politics will recognize the Subcommittee as the Ervin Committee, the same congressional body that produced Army Surveillance of Civilians: A Documentary Analysis, which represents”a painstaking analysis of documents obtained in its investigationof U.S. Army surveillance of peace, anti-war, civil rights, and other activist groups  (Military Surveillance, p.3).

As an aside, I’ve meant to list a few suggestions as an adjunct to my original intro at The Memory Hole on researching this historically significant period :

  • NARA has various findings aids available for the declassified records of the Army Staff (RG 319), including the finding aid for the CIC (Counterintelligence Corps) and Army Intelligence and Security Command (Records of the Investigative Records Repository, or IRR)
  • Researchers may also search ARC (Archival Research Catalog) for materials in other records groups

And if you’re a diehard period researcher…

Thanks to Nixon’s Ghosts to liberating Military Surveillance of Civilian Politics.

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Written by S.

October 4, 2009 at 8:23 pm

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  1. Thanks for the shout out. For what it’s worth, I didn’t digitize the report from microfiche, but from the original paper. Not that it matters too much…

    Trevor Griffey

    October 23, 2009 at 7:07 am

    • Hi Trevor, Right RE fiche. I neglected to add in my post the doc is available in paper via the U.S. Serial Set or sent through as a depository item. I had only seen in fiche at my local library and spaced as to format. Thanks again for posting online!


      October 25, 2009 at 8:23 pm

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