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Series 8
Amerasia: the magazine and the case
Boxes 42-45b, OBV1

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of correspondence, articles, court documents, clippings, subscription cards, and other materials relating to the journal Amerasia and the court case involving Jaffe and the journal (1945). The correspondence filed here dates from 1936 to 1949 and includes letters, telegrams, and a small number of inter-office memoranda (Boxes 42-44). All memoranda date from 1940; reasons for the complete lack of memoranda for other years are unknown. All but a very few items are either typed originals or typed carbons of outgoing letters. A few scattered letters included manuscripts or clippings as enclosures.

The volume of correspondence varies considerably from year to year. There is a small amount of material from the magazine's first and last years and little correspondence for 1940. Only a very few letters in late 1941 and early 1942 mention America's entry into the war, and none mention Pearl Harbor. The gaps in the correspondence may indicate that certain portions were destroyed. It is impossible to determine whether the correspondence in this file accurately reflects the full range of activities in the Amerasia office.

Most of the correspondence is filed in chronological order. Some letters, however, are arranged as Jaffe had grouped and filed them: Brainard (1946), Kenneth Colgrove (1937, 1940-1943), Dorothy and Randall Gould (1945), Joseph Grew (1944-1945), Benjamin Kizer (1941-1946), Earl Leaf (1940-1944), William Lockwood (1938-1943), Harold Vinacke (1941-1943), and James Young (1941). These groups of correspondence follow the chronologically arranged correspondence. It is likely that Jaffe or Ulmen made these arbitrary groupings of letters by correspondent name when Jaffe was writing The Rise and Fall of American Communism (1975) and/or his unpublished autobiography (1978). Ulmen's handwriting appeared on blue cards which were attached to and identified some of this correspondence.

Also included in this series are subscription record cards for Amerasia (File Card Boxes 1 and 2). These records give basic subscriber and subscription information including names, addresses, order and renewal dates, and payment dates. A large general alphabetical file of domestic subscribers is followed by such special files as those for quantity and special orders, for cancellations and for each foreign country in which subscribers lived. The series is completed by printed material and notes (1945-1946; Box 44) and by a chronologically arranged group of clippings (1946-1959); Box 45) concerning the Amerasia case. Most of the clippings were supplied to Jaffe through a clipping service to which he subscribed. The bulk of these clippings dates from 1950 when the Amerasia case was revived by Senator Joseph McCarthy. Related printed materials may be found in Series 13, References and Sources.

Correspondence, 1936-1942
Box Folder Content
42 1 1936 December - 1937 April
42 2 1937 May - December
42 3 1938 January - March
42 4 1938 April - July
42 5 1938 August - December
42 6 1939 January - April
42 7 1939 May - December
42 8 1940 January - August
42 9 1940 September - December
42 10 1941
42 11 1942 January - May
42 12 1942 June - August
42 13 1942 September - October
42 14 1942 November - December
43 1 1943 March - April
43 2 1943 May - September
43 3 1943 October - December
43 4 1944 February - May
43 5 1944 June - December
43 6 1945
43 7 1946
43 8 1947-1949
43 9 Undated
43 10 Harry Brainard, 1946
43 11 Kenneth Colgrove, 1937 and 1940-1942
43 12 Kenneth Colgrove, 1943
43 13 Kenneth Colgrove, (duplicates of 1942-1943)
44 1 Dorothy and Randall Gould, 1945
44 2 Joseph Grew, 1944-1945
44 3 Benjamin Kizer, 1941-1946
44 4 Earl Leaf, 1940-1944
44 5 William Lockwood, 1938-1943
44 6 Harold Vinacke, 1941-1943
44 7 James Young, 1941
Materials about Amerasia Case
44 8 " Amerasia Case": articles, 1945
44 9 " Amerasia Case": handwritten notes on break-in, office records and reconstructed diary
44 10 " Amerasia Case": Jaffe ms., "Notes on the Amerasia Case (1945)" and "McCarthy and the Amerasia Case" Amerasia Case (1945)" and "McCarthy and the Amerasia Case"
44 11 " Amerasia Case": radio reports on break-in and arrests, 1945 June 7 and 8
44 12 " Amerasia Case": radio reports on break-in and arrests, 1945 June 10 and August 24
44 13 " Amerasia Case": court documents, supplemental materials, and correspondence with attorneys
44 14 " Amerasia Case": clippings from U.S. press, 1945
44 15 " Amerasia Case": copy of The Chicago Sun, 1945 July 8 Chicago Sun, 1945 July 8
44 16 " Amerasia Case": typed excerpts from clippings in Chinese-language press, 1945-1946
44 17 " Amerasia Case": miscellaneous collected materials
Clippings on " Amerasia Case" after 1945 [most supplied by clipping service]
45 1 1946-1948
OBV1 1950 January - June
45 2 1950 February - April
45 3 1950 April: Browder testimony
45 4-5 1950 May
45 6 1950 June 10-12: picture of Jaffe and others in Yenan in 1937
45 7-8 1950 June
45 9 1950 July - November
45 10 1951-1959
45 11 Miscellaneous collected materials
Subscription records (card files)
161 Domestic, Expired, Cancelled, and Others
162 Quantity, Foreign, and Others
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