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 investigation” of 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 research suggestions as an adjunct to my original intro and notes 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…
- Contact your local library to learn if they subscribe to the DDRS (the Declassified Documents Reference Service) or in microfiche, the Declassified Documents, Retrospective Collection (documents created from 1945 to 1975)
- Contact your local library to learn if they subscribe to The Sixties database, which I reviewed for the October 2009 issue of The Charleston Advisor
- Search presidential libraries, many of which have declassified documents relating to surveillance of activists that can be requested or accessed online
Thanks to Nixon’s Ghosts to liberating Military Surveillance of Civilian Politics.