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Howard Zinn - FBI File 1142983_000s1

Howard Zinn - FBI File 1142983_000s1

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Your flle It 100-908<)2 im-eau file ,)100-360217

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Reference is nade to the report of ~Jj I I dated . rare h

9, 1949 and to your fom letter FD-l22 of the eaae date recO:'J:Jlendine a ;:;ecurit:r

Index card for this subject. -

In view of the past activities reported concerning this subject a ;;ecurity Index card 10 being prepared and you will be adviccd of t.his by IJ(;parate letter. However, in view of the lMtcd infor.,Kltion obt~dned concarnine this subject's membership in tha Comunist 1 arty you are request.cd

to conduct further investigution in an effort to obtain additional infor.nation concerning this subject' a mer.loorship in the CO~1.':lUl1ist Party or eoncemtng

his activities in behalf of the ]plrty. I'articular eL:1phasis should be placed on obtaining a~~~siblo £vidence.

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Special Agent in Charge "1ew York

HE: SECURITY MATTER

Dear Sir:

Please be advised that a security index card has been prepared at the Bureau, captioned as follows:

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Reo: 926 I,afayet te .~..venue Brooklyn, T,! ~)~ York

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~erica~ Labor Party Headquarters 207 Han Street

Brooklyn, New York

The above caption should be checked immediately for aCcuracy against the information contained in your files, and the Bureau should be informed of any discrepancies. You will prepare without delay a 5" x 8" white card captioned as above and reflecting your investigative case file number for fiLing in your Confidential Security Index Card File. In the event the above caption is not correct, the card you prepare should be correctly captioned, and the Bureau should be informed of the correct caption.

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HonARD ZINN SECURITY MATTER - C

March 9;1 1949

IN REPLY, PLEASE REFER TO

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Dear Sir:

It is recommended that a Security Index card be prepared rela ti ve t o the individual named below:

Name: HOffARD ZI1~ Aliases:

Residence Address: 926 Lafayette Avenue ~ Brookl.yn , New York

Business Address: American Labor Party Headquarters 2CJ7 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NeY{ york

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Fascist (Italian)

Japanese

Date of Birth August 24, 1922 Place of Birth _ _:;N=e_;_;;'W_Y=o:r"k==--,C=i::.;t;;."Y,--_

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THISCASEORIGINATEOAT 1m-; YORK

NY FILE NO. 100-90892

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1~W YORK

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SYNOPSIS OF FACTS: • [Znm reported by I I of Washington Field Office

" . t..~~~'?tI'J..'~f~as confiding in him in IJarch; 1948, that he (Zn1N)

... ll z,()\, ~~ . ~ .. (') is a C01!'.r.1Unist Party De!:!ber :;trtd a-t'~errl.s Party meetings

/ C\ t" 1,.'5'1\0 five times a 'week in Brooklyn~~N' listed as Vice- (

I , Chairman of F.ings I County Co~.ittee of AF..erican

SEE REVERSE SIDE FOR Veterans Cor;;m..ittee in Novembez-, 1946 issue of

I" UVets t Voice". ZIl'l"U served in U.S. Amy from 6/9/43

ADD .. D{~EMmATlON. to ll/30/45. Army Serial if 0-7138515, reaujuatrent

. . . . . _ . _ ' 7J'7i (;-~~ S ) claim {,f7-405642. znm presently 6;,lployed at .ALP

I,' • .: 1·.'~,)l·fiJ.1. {j'-'~_-fd/ Headquarters, 2CJ7 Hart street, Brcok1:yn, Nen York.

I RCQ. :~r:.I~'D l-:)-t/. -"->«,)\ Reside's at 9~6 Lafa~tte k;eo, Brookl:yn. Description

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'~; ;~~( . / [" s: iniol'Wation furnished to ti;e Tlasbington Field Off'iceb2

I . ,,1.1 (.!?{t ..... 7 ;:Lon I~arch 27, 1943, by Conf~dential Informan~1 Ib7D

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! ::",. :1,' «. -~:-.- i ZINN' came to rrashin~ton, D. C. on I!arc..'l-} 25, and

'helped picket the V~I.i.:\;:.e Kousa on J":arch 26, 1948, in connection vrlth the

i picke:t;irrg·~spQp.~ored by the ll!!lericai. COIP1'd.ttee to Protect the J0".J:!.sh st!1t,C

; '~nd~1c,.~r1!;ite.~ N~j;~cins. ZINiI indica~ed tha~ 1:'43-. is F1 member ot the Cornr.unist

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He is l70rking nth an organization to assist the WALLACE T'nird Party r:ovenent. Cn the night of 1..:arch 27, 1948, he intended to attend a

rally in Brooklyn sponsoring the WAllACE 1!ovenent, at which tin:e he was "\

supposed to giv'e a report on :the picketing of the TIh:i.te House in (~'"

~;!ashington. ZINN exproaaed hl.s interest 'Tr.ith regard to the Third Party C1

fIovement, indicating that the Communist Party ... raa 100% behind this 110V€m.ent. t.1_

The records of the nureau of Special Services and Investigations, H~'l York City Police Department, reflect the follOwing informatic,n: L-{

HCNIAP.D ZTIm, 1023 I..afayette Avenue, Brooklyn, Uew York,

Vias a deJ.egate to the American Peace l~obiliz~tion in Chicago, Illinois, representing the Ridgewood Peace Council.

ROlIARD znm and 'liwenty-four members of the tlffG rican Veterans Committee assioted in picketing butcher shops on DeKalb Avenue frem Throop to Sumner Avenues,. and rarcy and Hart streets." Brooklyn,

on Jul.y Jl8, 1946.

HIT.fARD ZINNIS name appears on letteJ.'head of Brookl.yn Citizens' Cow~ttee for Right of Bam: tiorkers to Organize, formed in

connect:i.on ,lith strike of employees of the Brooldyn Trust Company, on L4.__

July 2.3, 1947.

UreA-lID znm" F--.cesident of' Williamsburg Veterans Comnri, ttee,

spoke at rcass meeting on Earch 10, 1946." and at City Council Hearing t...A.._

in 194.B.

HO,1ARD znm, of tte Kings County Committee, American

Veterans COmF~ttoe, advised an e~ployee o£ the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee COT"'Jllittee on i·'ebruc:ry 11, ~947." that the .American Vetera.'rls COll'.mittee was sending as delegates to the confereBce o:f the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee I ~ Comnittee on February 16, ~947, BO~$:G(lJ)!lER, 30 Ocean Parkway, and l./'H(T.'JARD ZIl:JlJ'_, 926 La:fayette Avenue, Brooklyn." New York.

ZTIVl'T:t1was listed as a delegate to the Ameri.can Veterans Cont."f.d.ttee l:atioJ:l_aJ_ Convention to be held June 19-22, 194.7" at 1"'d.lv:aukee,

. Wis cons in. This in:formation was contained in a letter iron the EilY!'aukee 1 A

O:ff~ce to the Atlanta Office dated June 14, 1947, regarding Co~~r.ist ~'-

Infiltration into the American Veterans Committee.

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On november 21, 1947, Confidential Informant I I

advised that the name of HCYfARD ZIm~, 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, appeared on a list of addz-esaograph st'3110ils at Go'llnunist

Farly Headquarters, 35 East 12t~ street, New York City .. _, t{

The rJovember, 1946 issue of th~' .~e:tl! Voi~eu, an .&terican Veterans Co:m.1rl.ttee ~bJ.ication~ set out that !i6:aRD ZIl'ti :i.J.a:i been e1ec';j8cl "GO JG.1.9 o.ffice of Vice~airman of the K:i.ni5s County Cor:uni ttee

of the American Veterans COZll."'llit"Gee.

T.b.e na:19 of HU7ARD ZIIm, County COmmander, k'l.erican VeteJ:'ans COmmittee, appeared on a list of panel spaaker-s "ho ~., ,993.k cr(j the Brooklyn: Conference of Progressives, Hotel Saint George, Erooldyn., NeVi York, on February 8, 1947.

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The January 12, 1948 issue of the ur:ew York Tir:esu reflects tl:at EG7J...F.D znm, Kings County COI:II'lj:htee, American Veteran~

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CoIl'Jnittee, was a signer in support of position taken by ',;tiLLLli'.I J.A~IEFFLIN

in hist"'(SCI:IIE:[.FLDrrS) ~etter to the Editor of the "New York Time~tt carried

in this issue. This letter requested that a Comm.unist, SII\~Olr 'rJ ...... --c.ERSOl"l,

be seated in place vacated by Councilman, PE1'ER V~, ,CACarrONE, Br6oJ:J.yn>

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The June 4, 1948 issue of the UDaily Workertf, reflects that RO;iA.lID ZINN' was a member of the Steering Com.."Dittee of the veterans

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CoIllllittee against the 11undt-Hi..~on Bill. ZINi.'~ was among the group of

"tile IlTat:i.onal Veterans Caravan to iias11ington, D. C. > on the anniversary ,/ of D-day, June 6, 1948.

'Ihe '.Daily Worker" of June 6, 1948, reflects that HOW'ARD ZINnI

as a member of the ste:.:>ring Committee of the National veterarls Cal'avan to Washington, r.as to remain in Washington to lobby against the !:undt-}IL"'ron Bill.t,...__

The records of the H9W" York 1-!avai Shipyard, Brooklyn, NeTt York, reflect that ZIN1~ ~s employed as a Shipfitter .from Septeober 18, 1940

to :Hay 6, 1946. These records also reflect that ZI!'ll:I was on m:i.1.i.tary lea"'.r€

during whiCh time he served in the United States Amy Air Corps :from V.__

11.ay':6, J.943 to november 30, 1945. .

The follv.ling residence addresses appear in the subject 's

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249 Vernon Street, Brooklyn 817 Park street, Brooklyn

549 Bushw.i.ck Averme, Brooklyn 1023 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

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An inquiry was made of the subject's sister, DORIS.z.rmI,

926 Lafayette Avenue, under suitable prextext, at -which time she adv:i§ed that the rubject presently resides at 926 Lafayatte Avenue, Brooklyn, and is er.1ployed at the American Labor Party Headquarters, Brooklyn, New YorkQ

The subje ct I s employment -vms verified through an inquiry, under suitable pretext, made of the receptionist at the American ::Labor Party, 207 Hart Street, Brooklyn, New York.

The subject1s Personnel File at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, set out that ZIN1.f served in the United states Army

Air Forces from June 9, 1943 to November 30, 1945, being discha'l'ged "With the rank of Second Lieutenant; his Ar.my Serial Number is 0-788515; and his readjustm9nt claim number is 07-405642.

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The subject's readjustment claim file at Veterans AdministraI 1;ion, Uew York City, reflects the follo"Wing infoDnation:

Name Date of

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HOJARD znm

August 24, 1922, Brooklyn, New York 612tl

170 Ibs. Dark Brown Dark Brown

Married on October 30, 1944 Wife - RO-SLY~HECHT~'7 • ..1"1

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UNITED STA1'IS GOVERNMENT

TO : Director, FBI FRo1SAC. l~v York

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SUBJECT: HOWARD znm, wa SECURITY 1utTTER - C Bufi1e #100-360217

DATE: August 2, 1950

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It is recommended that a Security Index Card be prepared on the ; 0 ~ a; 'to 1.)

above captioned individual. .

The Security Index Card on the captioned individual should be' Changed as follows: (Specify. change only)

RAC:E~ SEX~ __ NATIVE BORN NATURALIZED ALIEN _

COMMUNIST SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTX INDEPENDENT SOOIALIST LEAGUE. __

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DATE OF BIRTH~ PLACE OF BIR~~-~c:=----,,-~~;....-----

RESIDENCE ADDRESS Lillian WMd Housing Project, Ap~ 5G, ~ ~ ~

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890 East 6th Street, New York Ci~ New 19tk

BUSINESS ADDRESS (Show name of employing concern and address ).- --------;;.it, Student (Full-time), Wa.shington Squa.re College, New York University,

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NATURE OF INDUSTRY OR BUSINESS (Specify from Strategic and Vital Industry List)

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UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

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SUBJECT: H07lARD znm, wa,

SECURITY I1ATT3R - C Bufi1e 100-360217

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August 2.1, 1950

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It is recommended that a Security Index Card be prepared on the ~

above captioned.individual.

X The Security Index Card on the captioned individual should be changed as follows: (-Specify change only)

NAME, _____

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COMMUNIST, SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTX INDEPENDENT SOC~IST LEAGUE, __

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i~:tStudent 11Q..I.~illlt (Full time) NYU, \~asVSq., N.y._, N.Y.

~.' d LernGr Shops (part time) 354 4th Ave,~, NY (shippi"ng clerk)

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sTANDARD FORM NO. 64

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SUBJEC IDWARD .. ZINN, wa., Howie 'Zinn

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Reference is made to Bureau letter to New York dated March 30,

1949 and to the report of SA I dated August 21, 195} at New

York, captioned as above.

Please be advised that investigation was completed in the above\ case before it was ascertained that ZINNwas attending New York University, Washington Square, New York.

It is to be noted that no further investigation was conducted at the above University after it was ascertained through the. Registrar's office that the subject was in attendance at that institution, and it

is felt that no further investigation is necessary at New York University.

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THIS CASE ORIGINATED AT 1rn::'[ YORK

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TITl.E CHANGED HO:'JA_lID Znlli, wa., Howie Zinn

CHARACTER OF CASE

SYNOPSIS OF FACTS:

Subject born August 24, 1922, Brooklyn, New York. Resides 890 East 6th Street, Apt. 5-G, New York City. Currently attending 'i'fashin€,-ton Square College, New York University, under the G.I. Bill. Confidential Informant advised on July 14, 1948 ZINN believed to be selected as a delegate to the New York state Communist Party Convention, sn d reported to be a Communist Party member in 1949. Subject active in New York Council, American Veterans Committee, 1948. ZDm filed claim for

'property damage" against the state of New York, resulting from "Peekskill riots. If Subject's wife solicited Signatures to New York State C u1l1Ilunist Party NOminating Petitions, in 1946. znm and wif'e members of International 'Horkers Order, Brooklyn, New York, 1949. Background set forth.

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The title of this report is being changed so as to include the name of HOWIE ZINN, inasmuc.l as the subject is known by that name to Oonfidential Informant T-2.

Citizenship

The records of the ~eau of Vital statistics, Brooklyn, New York, reflect on certificate nu;u1:)er 34407 that HOWARD ZINN was born on August 24" l,92.2,at Broolclyn, New York. These records disclosed that the subject's fat~elt"'ElINIM~"N, was born in Austria and that his mother, JENNJ1:;Z;[NN,

nEl~R!J3BINQ\'f.I;~Z, was born in Russia. --~ > • _- -

Residence

The current 1950 telephone directory for Manhattan reflects that HOWARD ZINN, 890 East 6th street, Manhattan, New York, subscribes to telephone number ALgonquin 4-8325.

Confidential Informant T-l, o! known reliability, advised that the subject and his family, who formerly resided at 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, now reside in Apartment 5-G, 890 East 6th street, Manhattan, New York.

Mr. 1[. STUTMAN, Assistant Manager, Lillian Wald Housing Project, New York City HOusing Authority, 54 avenue D, Manhattan, New York, made available records reflecting that HOWARD ZINN has resided in Apartment 5-G at 890 East 6th street, Manhattan, New York, the Lill'ian Yfal,d Housing Project, New York City HOusing Authority, since August 22, 1949.

:IDnployment

Miss M. SMYTHE, Recording Department, Registrar's Office, New York University, \Vashington Square, Manhattan, New York, made available records whiCh disclosed that HDWARD ZINl~ of 890 East 6th street, New York City, is currently enrolled as a full-time student, under the G.I. Bill,

at the 1fashington Square College of Arts anq Sciences and is a first semester senior.

Mr. M. STUTMAN, Assistant Manager, Lillian Wald Housing Project, New York Oity !busing Authority, 54 Avenue D, Manhattan, New York, advised that records at this office revealed that the subject was employed part time at the Lerner Warehouse, 354 4th Avenue, New York City.

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1:1". "if _ L. BOE3E, Personnel rnnager, 1ern ... r Shops , 354 4-t,h Avenu ... , iJew York City, made available records wr.ich re-vealed that the subject is.l.Tesently er::lployed on a pert-time basis ,dth this company and has

been er.lp1oyed Vii th the L!;rner Shops since August 17, 1949, as a shipping clerk.

COITWl.unist Party AC'c,ivities

On July 14, 1948, Confidential Informant T-2, of known reliability, advised that H~~E ZItTN was believe1 to be one of a group of individuals selected from the 6th A.D., Kings County Communist Party as a. frat'~rnal delegate to the New York State Oonverrtd.on of the Communist Party.

On Uwer.icer 29, 1948, Confidential Informant T-3, of known reliability, advi.sed that HO:'i.'HID ZTI:jU of the New' York Council, American Veterans Co~ittee, 139 East 57th Street, New York City, had v~itten an article entitled, ItSelf-Supporting Public Housing -- Plan to Ease the Housd.ng Crisis in New York -- Now.1I

The above a.rticle discusses in detail the housing problem and what should be done to supply adequcbe, low-rent housing for veterans and non-v~terans in New York City.

It is to be noted that Confidential Informant T-4, of known reliability, stated on November 4, 1946 that the Steering Committee of the Metropolitan Area Council of the American Veterans Co~ttee, which is composed of all the chapbers in the }!ew York City area, has been dominated by Communists.

On December 19, 1949, Confidential Informant T-5, of known reliability, advised tha.t H07iA.TID ZINN, 890 East 6th Street, New York City, was one of a group of individuals who filed notice of intention to file a claim agai.nsb the State of New York as a r~sult of' the "riotsll on August 27, 1949 and on Septe!iiber 4, 1949 at Peekskill, New York, at the so-ca'l.Led PAUL ROBESON concerts.

It should be noted that Confidential Informant T-6, of known reliability, advised that the IIPeekskill disordersfl of August 27, 1949 and September 4, 1949 in the vicinity of Peekskill, New York, resulted as an outgrowth of concerts planned by PAUL ROBESON in that area. This Informant stated that· the acove concerts were held under the auepfcee of the HarleD Division of the Civil Rights Congress.

It is further to be noted that the Civil Rights Congress has been designated a Comn~~st organization by the Attorney General and comes ,dthin the purview of Executive Order 9d3.5 ..

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Confidential Informant 1-7, of knQvrrt reliability, advised that ROSLyr ~nm of 926 Lafayette Avenue, 'Srool<..lyn, New York, rras one of a grou:? of i .uividuals .. rho had solicited signatures to the New York state COlt..:lunist Party Nominating Petitions in 1946, in Levd.s, Oneida, and Otsegcl Counties.

On April 5, 1950, Confidential Informant T-3 stated tbat 11. s :, HOi'{~m, 890 East 6th street, New York City, 1'iC'.S on the 1947 - 1949 llaiIing List of the Workers Book Shop, 50 East 13th Street, lIanhattan, New York.

On March 29, 1947, Confidential Informant T-8, of known reliability, advised that the Workers Book Shop is an outlet for Communist Party literature. Accordine; to this Informant, it is a self-supporting establishment, operated by a Oommunist Party member, ID1d an intebTa1 part of the Communist Party.

On October 21, 1949, Confidential Informant T-9, of known reliability, stated that the subject and his wife, ROSLYN ZIl~J, are currently members of Lodge 450 of the International Workers Order and have been members s inee 'May 1946.

It is to be noted that the International Workers Order has been designated a Communist organization by the Attorney General and comes within the purview of Executive Order 9835.

Confidential Informant T-3 advised on :March 31, 1949 that HOWARD ZI11f, t~lephone number GLenmore 2-1924, was one of a group of individuals who was believed by this Informant to be a Communist Party member.

It is to be noted tha.t the 1949 Brooklyn telephone di rectOl'Y reflected that HGYARD ZINN of 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New' York,

at that time subscribed to telephone number GLerunore 2-1924.

1fr. 1-:.. STUTt:Wr, Assistant llanager, Lillian lJiald Housing Project, New York City Housing Authority, 54 Avenue D, Manhattan, New York, advised tha.t he had no knowledge of Communistic act:i.vi tieD or interest in Communism on the part of the subject.

The following Confidential 7nformants, of known reliability, had no inforrr:ation regarding the subjectl

T-6, T-IO, T-ll, T-12, T-13, T-14, T-15.

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:Ur. M. STUnL4N, Assistant Eanager, Lillian 7la1d Housing \,

Project, New York City Housing Authority, 54 Avenue D, ~anhattan, ~ew York, advised that records reflected that HOWARD ZINN, Apartment 5-G, 890 East

6th Street, New York City, has resided in the above a~artment since August

22, 1949. According to these records, tht subject and his wife. ,OSLYN

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It was further disclosed t.hat the subject ~;a.s formerly e£lployed as a clerk at a grocery store at 936 !',:adison street, [~ew Yor~ City.

Miss .S. S~~l"1'l-':E, liecordint, Depar bnent-, llegistrmts Office,

n~w Yorl: Univer8ity,.ia.shingtol1 Square College, Neri YOlt City, 8.dvised that records reflected that HmlARD ZniL~ has been attending Ne'¥'i York University since February 1949, that he was born on August 24, 1922, and that he formerly resided at 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, fiew York.

These records further disclosed that the subject attended Brooklyn College, Broo}:lyn, New York, from June 1939 to June 191.tJ. and that he formerly attended the 'rhomas Jefferson High School. TheGe records al.so disclosed that the Bubject was a Second Lieuten~nt in the United States L.rmy Air Corp::; in :'jorld. War I, 1:rr;y serial nunber' 078d515, a.nr:1. that he Far; issued United states Veterans .A.dIn.iilistration claim number G-7-405-642.

According to !'::iss S~}l'TBE, if the subject continued ~.t, the normal, r",te ·,r advancee.errb, he woul,c cOillplete t,te requircl'1ents of the Bachelor of Arts degree by June 1951.

l:r. -';ie I •• :dO:3GJ!., Personnel Eanager, Lerner Shops, 354 4th Avenue, New York Cit.y, advised that records reflect that ROVlAf;D ZIIm, who has been employed with this company since August 17, 1949, and on a parttime basis since January 16, 1950, resides at 890 6th Avenue, Manhattan, !kn Yom.

AccordinG to Dr. BOEGE, the Dubject.. Vias born on August 24, 1922, is married, formerly resided at 878 Lafd.yette Avenue, E:rooklyn, iiew York 8..'1(1, WaS a Second Lieutenc:n.t in tl:e 1jnitod. states l.ir Corps from 7:~aj'" 1943 to December 1$4~. :;lr. BOEJI:: advi.sed that ZIl;I1 has been issued Joci&l Security number 06G-16-S5c5.

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;[r .. '.~'. L. :t:O:SG~ advi.eed that the above records reflect tt:at the s·J.bject iY:;"S fOrLlerly em.ployed ty t.he following concerns:

1. Associated ':'ra.nsl)ort, 614 -:Jashington street, Net; ~{o:;.-.:.:

City, frohl July IJ43 to July 1949, in the position of a shipping clerk.

2. Ne • ..- Yo.ck City Housing Authority, 63 Park Row, Nev; York City, from August 1946 to July 1948.

3. stutz Te:{ti1e Company, Leonard Street, Manhattan, Ne'\i York, frow October 1940 to ~ay 1943, in the position of a shippinb clerk.

The records of the Board of Ele.ctionc, !.!anhattan, Nevr York reflect that HO:"iA.iID ZINN, 890 East 6th Street, Manhattan, new York, registered for the 1949 elections indicating a preference for the American Labor Party.

According to these records, the subject indicated that he ~as 27 years of age, married, that he resided 27 years in the state, 27 years

in the county, that he was employed at Lerner's ?larehouse, lrth Avenue and 26th street, Hanhattan, New York, and that he bad last registered in the 1~48 elections from 369 Vernon Avenue, Brook~, New York.

The subject's wife, ROSLYN ZTIJN, registered for the 1949 elections and, accordt.ng to the above records, also indicated a preference for the American Labor Party.

She stated on these records t~t she was 27 years of ?ee, married, that she resided 27 years in the state, 27 years in th~ county, and that she had las·jj registered in 1948 fraU! 369 Vernon Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. She stated that her occupation was Ithousewife.'f

No record of the subject could be located at the Credit Bureau of Greater New York.

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A pretext call made by the writer to Mrs. lDWARD ZINN, Apartment >-G, 890 East 6th Street, New York City, Telephone number ALgonquin 4-8325.

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1946 New York state COJIllliunist, Party NOJDinati,pr Petitions obtained by BAS_

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H0~'JAftD ZIm~ has be e n ~elected for lnte1'view under the Security Infor:'1ant Program. A review of' h-tz caE'e file reveals the following information concerning him:

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zrn» was bor~on 8/24/22 at Brooklyn" !few York.

Ee is mar-r-I ed to E02:r:Yl,j ZIm:. He is \V'hite and a U.~. citizen

by r-e a so n of his bir th i the U. E'. He graduated f'r-om Ne'd York Universi ty wi th a P-.A. degree in June, 1951. ZIr~; served in the u.e,. Arrey Air C:OL'OS from 6/9/43 to J.1/30/45, be.Lng discharged

in the rank of tecond I.ieutenant. He was formerly emoloyed by the I.erner shop s , 354 FOU1?th Avenue, New York 0i ty, until 2/24/53, when this emnloym.ent was terminated. fils

curL'ent emDloyment is un~nown. He resides at 890 East 6th street, New York City.

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ZINH in 1948 was believed to be one of' a group y. ~, )(::.\

selected f'r-om the Sixth Assembly District, Yings County v ;;f~~'/

Communist Party as a fraternal del~gate to the New York ~ i,

state Convention of the Com:m.unist paL'ty. In 1949 he was emnloyed

at the American Labor Party heaoauarters in Brooklyn, New York.

COMr.:mnr.T PAnTY ACTIVITY

In 1946 and 1947, ZINN was active in the American veterans Go~~ittee, and in Ma~ch 1948,he was reliably renorted to be a member of the Communist Party, attending party meetings aopr-oxama te Ly five nights a vleek.

Information was also received tha t EO~;AitD znn: teas on the 1947-1949 mailing' ist of the T-lorkers Book ~hop.

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On 12/19/49, ZINn was reported to be one of a group of individuals wi,_o had filed Notice of' Intention to file a

claim afainst the state of new York as a reeult of' the "riots" at Peekskiil, New York, in August and septem.ber, J94q.

In February, 1952 a neighbor of the subject advised the new York Office that S;18 believed the sub ject to be a Communist.

Information received on 6/12/53, indicated that the subject was nossibly in contact with pe~sons operating

in the Communist Party underground.

HO:1AhD ZINTT is a subject o£' the Securi t~r Index of the NEn'j York Office.

PI.AN OF A'PPhOAUH

It is contemnlated that the re.sidence of HO'::ARD

ZIUN at 890 East 6th street, Ne't-1 York City, will be nlaced

under discreet surveillance. vJhen the subject ie observed leavi.ng his residence alone, and when he is a discreet distance from his 9lace of residence, he will be contacted in a direct manner by two agents assifned to the tecurity Tnformpnt Program. The interview 't·]ith ZIN11 v1"lJ 1 be conducted ill accordance wi th existing Bureau instructions pertaining to contacts under

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Bureau aubhor-L ty is requested to contact HO":ARD ZINH under the E'ecurity Informant Program.

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l1ui;hori7;ll 'is gran~ed to recontact; capt'£oned individual under secure oondi7;~ons away from his residence and emp1o~ent. Advise Bureau resul~s.

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O,~ CP, He acknowledged that perhaps his activities in the past t.had opened him to charges that he was aaaoo Latied with the OF

......... as a member; however, he was not. He also denied that h6s

\ wife was or had been a OF member. He stated that he was a

..- 'liberal and perhaps s orne people would cons ider him to be a

"leftist." ZINN said that he had participated in the activities

of various organizations Which might be considenrlGommunist ~Ptl8f~that his participation was motivated by his belief

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On n/6/53, the r-e s Lde.nc e : the .lJ~:"t ras p~

under a:;c1eet surveillance by SAS I~ _~. and L___j

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discree y surveilled from the inL~ediate Vicinity. He was contacted between Fifth and Sixth Streets and Avenue D, NYC,

by the above-mentioned agents. The agents introduced themselves to ZINN and advised him that they had a confidential matter

to discuss with hiw. ZINN w~advised that the agents were contacting him in the above-described manner because they desired to avoid any possible embarrassment to him at his home or employment. The Bureau's responsibilities in the internal security field were noted to ZINN and he was advised that it was for this reason that he was being contacted. He was told that

he was not being contacted with the idea of intimidating or

having him incriminate himself but for the pur-peas of determining . his attitude towards aiding the United States Government. It

J. r_was noted that he was a citizen of this country, a parent and l~~veteran and had certain responsibilities to himself, his family

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that in this country people had the ri~~t to believe, think and act according to their own ideals. He stated, howev~r, that the individual right should not be extended to violate the ri~hts of others. -He continued that he did not believe

in the doctrir.e of force and v iolence and further that any individual or organization did not have the right to advocate or teach the overthrow of the Government of the United States by l' orce or violence. ZINi~ stated that if he had knowledge I of persons Who advocate this principle he would advise the FBI. He said th:lt no n'801' his associates to his knowledge advocate the use of force or violence. He also stated that ~e would advise the FBI if he observed persons committing acts , of sabotage or espionage azai.ns t the Government. He advised.~ that he would defend this country in the event of war against\ any enemy including the Soviet Union. l\ '

Acco~ding to ZINN, he was not ashamed of his past activities and did not believe that he or his activities constituted a threat to the security of this country or our Government. ZINN acknowledge that perhaps some of the members of the organizations with Which he had been associated might be CP members but he was also certain that not all of the members of these organizations were CP members. l{

During the interview, Z.INN ad.mitted that he was q_ssociated with the .American Veterans Committee in 1946 and I 1947 and had served in 1948 as Vice Chairman of the Kings County COITJIllittee of the ATTlerican Veterans Committee. He

also admitted that he was a member of the Steerin~ Committee of the "Veterans Committee Against the l-1undt-Nixon Bill in

1948." He stated that he was associated with this Cornn:ittee because he believed the bill wa's too restrictive and unusually harsh. He advised that it was possible that he had signed

a petition or paper in 1948 indicating support of Communist I SI¥0N W. GERSCN who was petitioning to be seated in the

Gounsel sea t vacated because of the deabh of PETER V. CACCHIONE. It was noted that ZINN did not attempt to justify this support of GERSON. ZI~T also admitted that he was employed by the American Labor Party in Brooklyn, New York, I during 1949. He defended this employment by stating that

he believed the .A>nerican Labor Party was "truly a political party." He also admitted that he was today associated with' the ALP. ZINN also advised that he had attended the "Peekskill

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Riots" and had filed suit against the State o£ New York as Ja result of the riots which occurred at Peekskill, New York, after a concert by PAUL ROBES.ON. ZIRN stated that he had attended the concert given by ROBESON at Peekskill, New

York, because he believed that in Kmerica a person should

have the right to perform regardless of his political beliefs. ZINN admitted also that he was a member of the IWO but" stated I that his interest in this organization was entirely r or the insurance benefits. G{

During the interview, ZINN a~ain denied that he or his wife were ever CP members. He also denied that he had ever attended a convention of the Ne.w York State CP as a /

delegate. LA

During the interview, ZINN rather reluctantly advised th:tt he was currently attending Columbia Univer'sity studying for. a PhD Degree in History. In addition, he

stated that he was self-employed as a free lance writer. CAl

In regard to the denials made by ZINN concerning his OP membership and his abtiendanc e as a delegate at a NeW Ygrk ~ convention, it will be noted that on

11/2),1'47 advised that ZINNIs name appeared on a

~ of a ressograph stencils at CP Headquarters, 35 East b2

:t;h Stre·et. NYC. In addition, on 7/15/48, Confidential b7D

o~mantt Imade available information that HARVIE

ZINN waslsted as a fraternal delegate of the ~~ngs County CF to the New York stte conventi~he CPo ;,It is also noted that Confidenti ',...-Informant advised'tnat while en route to New York 0 3/27/48 on a ennsylvania~Railroad

train from Washington sat next to a young man who identified

himself as HAWARD-ZINN of 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn,

New York. (Subject, HOWARD ZINN, formerly resided at 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York). According to this I informant, ZINN advised during the conversation that he was a I member of the CP and that he was a~ending CP meetings five I nights a week in Brooklyn, New Yor~j @ ) \ t..\)

ZINN, during the interview, was courteous, friendly and willing to discuss his activities with the agents except

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ror the denials noted previously. He was reluctant,.however, I to discuss other persons who were associated with hill" in the various Communist £ront or~aniz~tions. It is believed that ZINI; should be recpntacted under the Security Informant

Program. During the reinterview, ZINN will a~ain be questioIEi concerning his OP membership and concerning persons known

to hiw as associated with the CP. Gl.

Bureau authority is requested to reinterview ~ ZINN. This interview will be conducted in accordance with existing instructions pertaining to contacts under this Pro

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A report is not being prepared at this time but will be prepared and forwarded at the completion of the interview with ZINN.

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/ 'at 890 E~st"6th Street, New York: City, 'was ),laced'-under"discreet surveillanc!:?

Subject, was not observed o~ 1/27; 29, or 2/2 or' 5/54. On 2/8/54, ZINN was

.: observed LeavlngIu.s apartment' bu1lding,'"but ,was not, obsery~ .. d under 99ndl,tioris ,:

- permitting 'discreet contact. On ,2/9/54" ZINN: wei's 'again observed 'leaving ~s .

. apar.t!llElnt buildt'ng •. He-,was ,discreetly' sur.veilled··from the' immediate' nei~- 09- , and conta~ted on, Avenue liP". near East 5th Street, New York Ci ty, by.SASb7C

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agen-tsfromthe' previous interview., .He wa,5courteous' iIl'hJ:~: greeting arid.made. .' ._ 'no at~emPt .to .avot d -the interview~ The .agent s 'inqu~r~(f ,.of hiin if' he-had' 'gibve'n ' thought to. 'the'topics di scusseddurf.ng the:ini tial' int~rvi_.ew .• "ZniN advi eed " ·Ui.a:t.··he had considered -the ..» previous: intervi.e~" but- that. be.bad .nothl,.ng to .add .

',' cr su.btractfrom· his 'statements.: 'I;twas·againpoin.ted out, to the subject that:,

he :was' not being' corrtact.ed=for the, purpose.ofha.,dng him incriininat'~hill!self, . ':' " or'·tO intimiqate him" but tha.t·. the agents were giving him 'an oppor'tunl, tyto '

,further discuss his .rormer activity with: certain' ·sl,loversive.·orgaiUzations. He was.·ag~n asked c,oncernj,ng his CP niembership'~ .po~nting out that' ,durinfthe .

'initfal interview .he. 'had .. denied: that either' ~e or his wife w~'remember~~ of the" :,

CPo . ZINN hesitated·and replied that if· he 'had',b:een assecratec . with .a . snbverstve' :

. organ.izatio~-.,.tl:liLt he' wQ\1ld 'now .ha~e' terlninat'~a,thi<s,a:ss.ociation. ·'Concerning·. ,

the informatfo.Il that· he-was a:'del.egateto· the 'NewYork State .CP 'Conv~ntion 'Ln:- . . JUly, 1948, ~INN "again advised . that 'he" co\G.d not",recall h.aving atteilded the State .>.

Conventdon, ',' .H~ 'also .stated that he -coul.d not. recall having attended"the 1947 . 1

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. ZINN ~g~iq';tatedthat he did riot·.beli~ve:i~ th~·'P~i·~~iPl'~·.;~fforc~ :.~ . vi6leince and 'knew: of nocne who ,did advocate this principle. ·He ·.stated

't he did not constder himself or any of'his friends to be"a threat to the ·of'.1;hiscoulltry.He. stated that under-no ci.rcum~tances would, he '

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After approximately ten minutes, ZINN indicated that he had a previous appointment and co:rmnitment, and that he would be unable to continue the intlO'r'View. The interview was terminated With ZINN with nt.m shaking hands 'With both of the int~rviEi'lf.i.ng agents.

Additional pertinent statements made by Zllm have been set forth in

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It is the opinion 0r the interviewing agents that during tte second interview Z]}rN was courteous, but reluctant. He has admitted during tr.e two interviews assoc:l.ation with certain CP fronts, but has refused to furnish information concerning his OP membership, and has also refuEed to furnish information concerning other persons active in the CP or in CP front organizations. During both interviews, ZINN would not volunteer information, and the information obtained was the result of repeated pOinted questions. It

is believed that additional interviews with ZINN would not turn him from his current attitude; therefore, he will not be reinterviewed under the SI program, and this matter will be considered closed.

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ZINN is a student at Columbia University Graduate School obtaining a Ph.D. Degree in History. He resides at 890 E. 6th St., NYC. ZINN interviewed on ll/:,.6/53

and 2/9/54. He denied CP membership and stated that he did not belie"le in the principle of force and violence and would defend the U.S. in the event of a war

'Witll'the Soviet Union. He admitted past association nth the ALP, American Peace Mobilization, American Veterans Conmri.ttee, !WO, and ·Peekskill Disorders.1I De-

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On November :~6, 1953 and Febru~ 9, 1954, during interviews with the subject by the writer and SA I ~ ZINN advised that he. was currently a student at Columbia University Graduate 001 studying towards a Ph.D. Degree in HiStory. He also advised that he is self-employed doing some f!ee-lan~, _, ~

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on February 15" 1954, discIOSed tha HOWARDZINN has enrolled for the Spring Samester o~ 1954, ·doing research work working toward a Ph.D. Degrae in History. ~he.re~s;f:;rarrs. records .!urther indicated that ZINN has been Jr.rolled in the uraduate$chool at'Gol~bia University since July, 1951, an~ that he obtained

his Yaster's Degree J~e 5, 1952.

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Residence

On February 9, 1954, information obtained from Informant T-l, of known reliability, verified that HOWARD ZINN resides with his wife and two children at 890 East 6th street, New York City, Apartment 5G.

AFFILIATION WITH COWUNIST MOVEMENT

As~ociation with Communist Party Front

Information obtained on June 12, 1953" from T-2, of known reliability, indicated that HOWARD ZINN was associated with the ttConnnittee of One Thousand.lf

The l'Guide to Subversive OrganizatiollS and Publications, It prepared and released by the Committee on Un-American Activities, U. S. House of Representatives, ~ashington, D. C., yay 14, 1951" contains the follovdng concerning the Committee of One Thousand:

SA 'Communist created and controlled front organization' which was 'created to raise funds for the defense of the 19 unfriendly ~tnesses before the Congressional Committee on Un-American Activities' investigation of Communist activitY.in Hollywood, 10 of whom were indicted for contempt of Congress. (California Oommittee on Un-~rican Activities, Report, 1948,

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On February 22, 1952, Mrs. MATTI:1E\'{ GRE~ 890 East 6th street,

neighbor of the subject, adviS~ 1 that she considered

HOWARD ZINN and Mrs. JULIUs-5C , 01 690 Eas't th Street, to be either

CommUnists or Oommunist s.ympathizers. Mrs. GRELL stated that she had observed copies of the uDai1:y Worker" in Mrs. SCHEIMAN'S apartment and noted that

Mrs. SCHEDIAN was a good friend of HOV,{ARD ZINN. Mrs. GRELL was unable to furnish any addi tiona! information pertinent to either Yrs. SCHEIMAN or

HOWARD zrss,

The srnai1y Worker" is an East Coast Communist daily newspaper.

I1rrERVIEWS 'WITH HQ1NMU) ZINN

On November 6 and February 9, 1954, HOWARD ZINN was interviewed

by the writer and SA During the interv:i.ew on November 6, 1953,

ZINN announced that m.B ao 1. a.es the past had opened him to charges that b6

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and that perhaps some people would consider him to be a "leftist." ZINN stated that he had participated in the activities of various organizations which might be considered COIllmu..11ist fronts, but that his participation was motivated by his belief that in this country people had the right to believe, think and act according to their own ideals. He stated, however, that the individual's rights should not be extended to violate the rights of others. He further stated that he did not believe in the doctrine of force and violence and that individuals or organizations do not have the right to advocate or teach the overthrow of the government of the United States by force and v"iolence. ZINN stated that if he had knowledge of persons who advocated this principle he would advise the FBI. He said that none of his associates, to his knowledge, advocate the use of force and violence. ZINN also stated that he would advise the FBI if he observed persons committing acts of sabotage or espionage against the govornment. He advised that he would defend this country in the event of war against any enemy, including the Soviet Union •

.According to ZINN, he was not ashamed of his past activities and did not believe that he 00nstituted a threat to the security of this country or cur government. He acknowledged that perhaps some of the members of the associations with which he had been associated might be CP members, but he was also certain that not all of the members of these o~ganizations were CP members.

Z1N1J admitted that he was associated with the American veterans Comlnittee in 1946 and 1947, and that he had served in 1948 as Vice Chairman of the Kings Cibunty Committee of the .American Veterans Committee'. He also stated that he was a member of the steering Committee of the ·Veterans Committee Against the Mundt-Nixon Bill" in 1948~ He stated that he was associated ~th the latter committee because he believed the Mundt-Nixon Bill was too restrictive and unusually harsh~ He advised that it was possible that he had signed a petition or paper in 1948 indicating support of Cb:::ununist SIMON W. GERSON who was petitioning to be seated in the council seat vacated because of the death of PETER V. CACCHIONE. ZINN also advised that he was employed by the American Labor Party in Brooklyn, New York, during 1949. He defended this employment by stating he believed the ALP

was f1truly a political party." He also admitted that he was today associated with the ALP.

ZINN also advised that he had attended the "Peekskill Disordersf1 and had filed suit against the State of New York as a result of the riots which occurred at PeekSkill., New York, after a concert b.Y PAUL ROBESON. He stated that he had attended the concert given by ROBESON at PeekSkill, New York, because he believed that in America ·t<a) person had a right to perform regardless of his political beliefs. ZINN also admitted that he was a member

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of the International Yiorkers Order but stated that his interest in this organization was entirely for the insurance benefits.

On February 9, 1954, ZINN was reinterviewed by the above-mentioned agents. He again denied that he or his wife were members of the CP. He further stated that if he had been associat~d with a subversive organization he would now have terminated that association. He again stated that he could not recall having attended the 1948 New York state OP Convention as ~ delegate from the Sixth Assembly District, Kings Coum.ty. He also advised that he

could not recall having attended a meeting of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee as a representative of the American veterans Committee.

ZINN recalled that he made a trip to Chicago, Illinois, about 1947 or 1948, and advised that it was possible that he could have made this trip as a delegate- to the American Peace Mobilization. He stated, however, that he would not consider a person a threat to the security of the country as a result of association with this organization, stating that it is sometimes necessary for responsible persons to associate with organizations of this type~ave a good purpose.

During the second interview, ZINN again advised that he realized that his past aotivities had opened him to allegation ooncerning his loyalty_ However, he reiterated thatbe 'Was not a member of the OP and does not believe in the dootrine of force and violenoe. He again stated that he would advise the proper authority if he had knowledge of persons who were oommi tting or had the intention to commit an aot of sabotage or espionage against the

United states. He questioned whether the CP was actually a threat to the '''' security of the United States and whether the CP leaders were justly convioted.; noting the minori ty opinion of the Justioes of the Supreme Court. ZINN con- " oluded the interview by stating that he wo1.1ld not under any circumstances " testify or furn.ish information conoerning the poli tioal opinions of others.

It will be noted, as set forth above, that HOWA..1ID ZINN admitted association with several Communist Party front organizations. These organizations are dooumented below:

AMERICAN LABOR PARTY

The trGuide to SUbversive Organizations and publications," prepared 'ani released by the Committee on Un-American Aotivities, U. S. House of Representatives, Washington, D. C." May 14~ 19~1, contains the following concezrd.ng the American Labor party~

"1. For year.s, the Communists have put forth the greatest efforts to oapture the entire Amerioan Labor Party tp.l'oughout New York State. They

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"succeeded in capturing the Manhattan and Broo~ll sections of the American Labor Party but oubed.de of New York City they have been unable to win control. (SpeciaL Conmittee on Un-Amer:i.can Activities, Report, March 29, 1944, p. 78."

"2. Among t organizations that are victims of Communist domination.' (california Committee on Un-American Activities, Report, 1948, pp. 40 and 4l.tt

On october 18, 1950, T-3, of known reliability, advised that Without question) the dominant force in the American Labor Party is the Communist Party. The informant said that every CP member, with the exception of a few labor leaders, enrolled in the American Labor party. T-3 noted that it is regarded as a pOliti.cal obligation by each and every CP member that he enroll arid vote ALP.'

AMERICAN PEACE MOBILIZATION

The American Peace Mobilization has been designated by t~e Attorney General of the United States pursuant to Executive Order 10450.

AMERICAN VE.'TERANS COMMITTEE

Informant T-4, who has furnished reliable ilif,ormatton in the past, advised on November 4, 1946 that the Steering Committee of the Metropolitan Area Council of the American veterans Committee, which is composed of aJJ.

the chapters located in the New York area, had been captured by tl1e Communists.

The ttNew York Sun" for January 18, 1947, contained a stor" to the effect that the American veterans Committee does not consider its:. C.omrAunist problem nation-wide, but that it admitted that the New York area Chapter was "Red Ridden. H

INTERNATIONAL WORKERS ORDER (UfO)

The International Workers Order has been designated by the Attorney General of the United states pursuant to Executive Order 10450.

"Peekskill Disorders·

Informant T-" of known reliability, advised that the npeekskill Disorders" of August 27, and September 9, 1949, in the vicinity of Peekskill, New York, were the outgrowth of ~ •• concerts given by Singer pAUL ROBESON. The informant stated that the cencerts were held under the auspices of the Harlem Division of the Civil Rights Congress.

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It 'Will be noted that the Civil Rights Congress is an organization designa.ted by the Attorney General of the United States pursuant to Executive order 19450.

It will also be noted that znm denied OP membersbi.p and having attended the New York State Convention of the Communist party as a delegate of the Sixth Assembly District, Kings County, New York.

Informant T-6, of known, reliability, advised about May 3, 1948

that HOHARD ZINN of 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, had indicated that he was a member of the CP and that he attended party meetings five nights a week in Brooklyn, New York.

Informant T-7, of known reliahility, made available information on July 15, 1948, which indicated that HOWIE ZINN was a Fraternal Delegate from the Sixth Assembly District, Kings County OP, to the New York State Convention of the OP.

ZINN also advised that he could not recall having attended a conference of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee as a representative of the American Veteran~ Committee.

Records of the New York City Police Department, Bureau of Special Services and Investigation, reviewed about March, 1949, indicated that HCWIARD ZINN of the Kings County Committee, .American Veterans Committee, advised an emp10ye¢ of the JAFRC on Fepruary 11, 1947 that the American Veterans Committee was sending as one of the delegates to the conference of tne JAFRC to be held February 16, 1947, HOWARD ZINN, 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

It is noted that the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee has been deSignated by the Attorney General of the United States pursuant to Executive order 19450.

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Identity of Source

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HOWIE ZINN 7/15/48

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*\ Records of BSSI, NYCPD reflect HOWARD ZINN, 1023

.' Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, was a delegate to the

LJ~~'.'~ American Peace Mobilization in Chicago, Illinois, representing theRidgewood Peace Council. ~hey further reflect subject and twenty four member~ of the American Veterans Committee assisted

in picketing butcher shQ~s on DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyon, N. Y. on 7/18/46. Re@ords also reflect HOWAqD ZINN, President of Williamsburg Veterans Co~ttee, spoke at mass meeting on 3/10/46, and at city council hearing in 1948. (_...t)

IWho has furnished reliable inforna tion in the past,a ~d~v-i~s-e~d~on 11/21/47 that the name of HOWARD ZINlq, 926 Lafayette Avenue., Brooklyn, New York appeared on a list of addressograph stencils at Communist !'arty Headquarters, 35 East 12th Street, NYC.

SAC, New York (lOO-90892) HO'VllL.1dtzINN, wa. lfOwte(;Z1nn

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The 6/4/48 issue of' the "Daily Worker", reflect.s that

HOWARD ZINN W8'S a mem.ber of the st~ering committee of the "Veterans Commi ttee Against thei'lundt-Nixon Bill". ZINN was among the group of the National Veterans Caravan to Washington~ D. C. on the anniversary of D-Day, 6/6/48. LIA}

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to Washington, D. C. on 3/25/48 and helped picket the vfuite House

on 3/26/48 in connection with the picketing sponsored by the American Committee to protect the Jewish State and the United Nations. ZINN ' indicated that he 1-Ie.S a member of' the Communist Party and that he attended Party meetings five nights a week in Brooklyn. ,', ~(,~)

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subjec'tl s sister, contacted under pretext in early 1949, advised that subject was employed at that time at the American Labor Party Headquarters, Brooklyn, New York. I!!) I J' ~ 3,. I _ I

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past, advised on 7/14/48 that HOWIE ZINN was believed to be one of a group of individuals selected rrom the 6th A.D.,

Kings County Communist Party as a fraternal dalegat~ to the New York State Convention of the Communist Party. 'u}

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past, advbed on 4/5/50 that HOWARD ZINN, 890 East 6th St~eet,

NYC, was on the 1947-49 mailing list or the Workers Book

Shop, 50 East 13th Street, Manhattan, New York~

I IwhO has furnished r& iable info~matlon in

the' past, made available on 6/12/53 information from material contained in ABE GOLDSTEIN's apartment 10E, 226 East 12th Street, NYC, indicating the name HOWARD ZINN was on a list entitled "Comm. of 1000". GOLDSTEIN is regarded as a part ot the HENRY FARASH appara tUB of the OP underground. ~ til

On 11/6/53 and 2/9/54, HOWARD ZINN was interviewee by agents of the New York Office and sta~ed he was not a Communist Party member. He further stated that he did not believe in the doctrine of force and violence and that individuals or organizations do not have the right to advoaate or teach the overthrow of the government of the United States by force and violence. ZINN admitted that he was assocIated with the _rican Veterans Committee in 1946 and 1947, and

that he had served in 1948 as vice chairman o~ the Kings County Committee of the American Veterans Oommi tt.ee. He also stated that he was a member of the steering cmmmittee of the "Veterans Committee Against the Mundt-Nixon Bill" in 1948. He advised that it was possible that he had signed a petitlonor paper

in 1948 indicating support of Communist SIMON W. GERSON who was petitioning to be seated in the council seat vacated because

of the death of PET~R V. CACCHIONE. ZINN also advised that he was emp1o~ed by the American Labor Party in Brooklyn, N. Y. during 1949 and was associated with the ALP today. ZINN advised further that he had attended the "Peekskill Disorders" and filed suit against the State of New York as a result of the riots

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ZINN also admitted tbat he was a member of the International Worke~s Order but stated that his interest in this organization was entirely for the insurance benefit. ZINN recalled that he made a trip to Chicago~ Illinois, about 1947 or 1948.

and advised that it was possible that he could have made this trip as a delegate to the American Peace Mobilization. He questioned

whether the Communist Party Was actually a threat to the security

of the United States and whether the Communist Party leaders were justly convicted. ZINN concluded the interview by stating that

he would not under any circumstances testify or furnish informa-

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He does not qualify for retention under the critSria outlined in SAC letter 55-30. 4/12/5'5.

DETCOM TABBING

1. Subject not presently tabbed for Detcom.

2. Not applicable.

3. Subject not recommended for DetcoIll tabbi~ as he does not meet requirements of SAC letter 55-12 (A), 2/10155.

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DATB~ 5/13/55

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SUBJEcr:

SAC, New York (lOO-90892) o

HOWARD ZINN, wa

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It is recommended that a Security Index Card be prepared on the above-captioned individual. .

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changed as follows: (Specify change only)

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NATIVE BORN, _

NATURALIZED, _

~IEN. _

COMMUNIST, SOCIALIST WORKERS PARrY, INDEPENDENT SOCIllLIST LEA.GUE~ __

MISCELLANEOUS (Specify) ___

TAB FOR DE1'COM;___ __

TAB FOR COMSAB:...,__ __

RACE~ __

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DATE OF BIRl.'H PLACE OF BIRl'H _

BUSINESS ADDRESS (Show name of !emPlOYing concern and address) _

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Uriknoten _

KEY FACILITY DATA:

GEOGRAPHICAL REFERENCE NUMBER RFSPONSIBILITY _

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Director, FBI

(100- 3602lJ) DATE: 8/10/55

ATTENTION: IDENTIFICATION

(100-90892) DIVISION

SAC, I New York

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HOWARD ZINN, wa SM-C

7/29/55.

Re New York letter to Bureau dated

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By above relet, Bureau authorized cancelling the Security Index cards formerly maintained for this subject at New York.

It is therefore reques~ed that ~he Security Flash formerly plac~d for ~is subject in favor 9f the New Yor~ Office

under FBI No. 615 875 B , . now be ~ancelled. .

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DIRECTOR, FBI (lOO-360217) SAC, NELV: YORK (lOO-90892) HO\vARD VrNN, wa ,

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The captioned individual has been the subject o£ a security investi-

gation by this office. The Atlanta Division has verified the perma-

nent presence of the subject in its division as residing and working at the

addresses listed below. The Atlanta Divisi_on is being considered

the new office of origin. ~

Residence Address: 44 Fourth Avenue, S.E.

Atlanta, Ga.

Busine ss Address: _.::S;.:;p;..;;e..;;:l;;;;;m:.,.a..;;:n;;,,_;:C;_;;o..;;:l:;;;;l;_;;e;.,iiigO!.,;e;...;_ _

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This individual has been the subject. of a Communist Index Card.

This individual is the subject of a Security Index Card.

(The Bureau is requested to make the appropriate changes in the

Security Index at the Seat of Government. The _

Division should affix the addresses reflected above and the appropriate case file number.)

This subject was tabbed for Detcom.

This subject was tabbed for Comsab , .

This subject was carried as a Key Figure or Top Functionary. Handwriting specimens have been furnished to the Bureau.

A photograph has been £urnished to the Bureau.

k security flash notice has-been placed with the Identification Division.

The following pertinent items are being £orwarded to the new office of origin

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~lanta, Ga •.

Check the following applicable statements:

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REPORTING OFFICE

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DECLASSIFICATION" AUTHOIUTY DERIVED FP..OU:

DATE 06-16-2010

SYNOPSIS:

APPROVEJ:;l

HOWARD ZINN resides 44 Fourth Avenue S.E. and is a full time instructor at Spelman College, both in Atlanta, Georgia, Subject reported as a CP member about 1950-1951 and Relieved to be~a £Ug~~.~~. g_f Op:t0B§~~..2.2~ signed a CP Independent Nominating

Petition for the 1949 New York City Elections and subscribed to the "National Guardian" in 1953.

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I.BACKGROUND

Residence

A pretext telephone call conducted by a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January'15, 1957, made to an individual at Spelman Colleger. .. Atlanta, Georgia, revealed that HOWARD ZINN resides at 44 Fourth Avenue S.E., Atlanta, Georgia.

Former Residences

The Identification Record for HOWARD ZINN, FBI #615 875 B, revealed the follOwing addresses:

1935-1937 1937-1939 1939-1940 1940-

249 Vernon Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 817 Park Avenue, Brooklyn; New York

549 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 1023 LaFayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

Employment

A pretext telephone call donducted by a Speci~l Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 15, 1957, made to an individual at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia" revealed that HOWARD ZINN is a full time instructor at Spelman,College.

Former Employment

Mrs. SALLIE TOWNSEND, Secretary to Registrar, TIn.,,1. o;,:",e East Orange, New Jersey, adv:!.sed SA

I Ion May 19, 1955, that subject was a

Teacher- ec urer at Upsula College, 345 Prospect Street, East Orange, New Jersey, at that time.

Education

BEVERLY FORSTER, Registrar', 0::10: acos"o,;h1a

University, New York City, advised SA' _

on April 27, 1955, that their records~re~~~e~c~~,~~~~------~

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September 1954, that the subject resided at 890 East Sixth Street and was born on August 24, 1922, at New York City. The records reflected that he received his Bachelor of Arts degree at New York University in 1951 and as of April 1955 he was working for a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Columbia Graduate School in HistOry. He reee~ved his Master of Arts degree at Columbia University on 3une 5, 1952.

Identification Record

The followi~~ is the Identification Record fo!' HOWARD ZINN, FBI #615 875 B:

Contributo!' of Name and

Finge!,prints Number

Al!!'ested or

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Received Charge

Disposition

CS Comm Wash DC

Howard Zinn FP

Residence: 9/16/40

1023 LaFayette NY NY Ave (city &:

st not given)

Birth: 8-24-22

Howard Zinn 5-26-43

#32961183 NYC NY

Subject's army serial number is AO 788515

Position: apprentice shipfitter Navy Navy Yard NY

Army

Rank: Private

The fingerprint files for this individual does not include a photograph

The fingerprint classification: 20 L 16 U 000 I 8 t'l fv1MI

II.- AFFILIATION WITH THE COMMUNIST MOVEMENT

Communist Party Membership

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T-2, who has furnished reliable information in the past, advisedon August 19, 1953; that in August, 1953, HOWARD ZINN, 890 East Sixth Street, New York City 9, New York, subsaribed to the "National Guardian."

III. MISCELLANEOUS

Confidential informants, who are familiar with

the various phases of CP activities in the New York City area,were contacted in January, 1957, and after being e~ibited a photograph of the subject, they were unable to furnish

any information regarding him.

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T-l, who has admitted his Communist Party (CP) membership from about 1948 to 1951 in the r~nhattanBrooklyn, New York, area, advised on October 4, 1956,

that HOvlARD ZINN ... wc:!..,lLQI:..__1J1~mp~r_.R:P~t 1:~5_Q;-195_1_ and is believed to be C1. _ member currently._ .due _ to_ the_ past -lmpw.).edge the source-had-Or-n:t~~tormant advised he could not-'~ Si!D~~gCcurl:eti.t-:!!1e:m~ersht-12 on the part of ZINN. -T-l also made available a photograph of ZINN taken in about

195Lwhich showed libi~structing ,~cl?-s~~:a. -~,f!:L.9.., .. rvr,~r~~~ -a:cthe Twelfth Assemt51jT mS"ei'rC1;, CPtleadquarters,

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Evidence of CP Sympathies

The records of the New York City Police

Department. as ffijriewed by SA AUGUST J. MICEK and SE b6

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HotofARD ZINN.1 369 Vernon Avenue, Brooklyn, New York,

.Ki~s County, witnessed a CP Independent Nominating Petition, pages 1564 and 1555, foI' BENJAMIN J. DAVIS

for the office of City Councilman, Twenty-first Senatorial District, Borough of Manhattan, for the November, 1949 elections in the City of New York.

Mr. THOMAS E • WAGGAMAN, r.1arshal of the Supreme Court of the United States, made available around October 1950 cOrI'espondence addressed to the Supreme Court urging that the Court review the case of "The Trial of the Eleven.1t

One lof these pieces of correspondence

was a letter post marked August 18, 1950 and dated

August 15, 1950, which was addressed to the United

States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C. The letter stated,ltI respectfully urge you to fulfil the traditional rule of the Court as the wat~hdog of the Bill of Rights, by revoking the Court of Appeals decision of the 11 Communist Leaders.

"Free speech is the cornerstone of a

free America and it cannot be preserved unless the Smith Act is declared unconstitutional.

"Howard Zinn"

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1tNATIONAL GUARDIAN";

10JEEKLY GUARDI.AN ASSOCIATES, INCORPORATED

The 1949 report of the California Committee on Un-American Activities cited the llNational Guardian" as a publication" launched in New York in 1948 aiming at national circu1ation3 which it found to be from its inception notoriously Stalinist in ;its staff" writers" management anq content. (1949 report of the California Senate Fact Finding Con~ittee on Un-Araerican Activities3 page 394.)

The maatihead of the "National Guardian" 11 issue of May 14, 1956" reflects that it is published weelcly by Weekly Guardian Associates" Incorpo~ated, 197 East 4th Street, New York City.

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I IBulet dated 11/30/56).

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Careful consideration has been~ven to each source concealed and T symbols have been utilized in the report only in those instances where the identities of the sources must be concealed.

Informants contacted with negative results:

INFORMANT

DATE CONTACTED

AGENT

.- ~Th~e~P&r~et~ext calIon 1/l5/57, was conducted by SA

L...- ----li (credit inquiri).

The Atlanta Office is office of origin in the case

of subj,ectt s wife, ROSLYN ZINN, (Atlanta 100-5644, NY 100-102374).

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FD 128, dated 2/11/57.

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O'"ic;'"Memf.andum · UNITED S~S GOVERNMENT

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Director, FBI (100-360217)

3/29/57

DATE:

SAC, Atlanta (100-5643)

SUBJEcr:

HOWARD ZINN, Wa. 3M - C

Pursuant to instructions of Inspector A. T. HEALY as contained in Atlanta Inspection Report 3/18/-57, this case is being closed.

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REPORT MADE BY

HOWARD ZINN" wa

CHARACTER OF CASE

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SYNOPSIS:

T-l advised on 6/12/57 that subject was a member ot the cr from at least 1949 to about the ~ddle of 1953 in NYC and had attended CP Section meetings during that period. It was informant's impression that subject held a positiQn in the OP Section, but intor.mant was not able to be specific

as to subject's position. Intor.mant in 1956 furnished a photograph taken by informant showing subject instructing a class in basic Marxism in 1951. Subject Chairman of AVe Chapter 1946 and in 1948 marched in May Day Parade.

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DETAILS:

I. AFFILIATION WITH THE COMMUNIST MOVEMENT

On June l2~ 1957~ T-l, who has admitted Communist Party (or) membership trom about 1948 to about the middle 01' 1953 in the Manhattan-Brooklyn areal New York City~ furnished the following information regarding HOWARD-ZINN:

Intor.mant was transfe~red to the Williamsburgh Section 01' the CP in Brooklyn in about 1949. At that t1me~ HOWARD ZINN was already a member of that section. Informant stated it was his impression that ZINN was not a new member~ but had been in the CP for some time.

Intormant stated it was also his impression that ZINN had at one time been a member 01' the Labor Youth League (LYL). Infor.mant stated he had no proof 01' LY.L membership on the subject's part and this information was merely his

impression. .

The LYL has been deSignated by the Attorney General of the United states pursuant to Executive Order 10450.

Intor.mant stated he was a member of the OF until about the summer of 1953. During this time~ he was not a member of the same branch of the' CP as the subjectl but was a member of tbe same Gect~on. lntormant stated he attended numerous section meetings with the subject between about

1949 and about the summer of 195~. Informant stated these section meetings would be held approXimately once every two weeks. Informant stated he would not be able to be specific as to the dates ot any of these meetings~ but suoh meetings were held fairly regularly. They were held either at the section headquarters or at the home of one of the members.

Infor.mant reoalled that some meetings were held at the subjectls hame and at the home ot one GEORGE KIRSHNER on Lafayette Street in BrGoklyn~ but he was unable to recall the location of any other meetings.

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AS to subject's attendance at these section meetings during this period, informant stated subjeot may have missed some of these meetings, but as a general rule subject was present.

Informant stated he was brought up on charg~s of "white chauvinism" by the Of- in about the summer of 1952.

The meeting at which these charges were brought up was at the home of GEORGE KIRSHNER on Lafayette street in Brooklyn and subject was in attendance.

Informant stated his own attendance at OP Section meetings was curtailed atter this incident, but he continued to attend for about a year thereafter or until about the summer of 1953. Intor,mant stated subject was in attendance as before and he knew subject to be a CP member until the time informant ceased attending OP meetings.

Informant stated ~t was his recollection that during this period from 1949-1953, subject held a position in the section. Informant did not know what position subject might have held, but subject appeared to be a person with some authority within the section.

Informant stated he was unable to furnish details as to the.(".(:e of any of the above meetings.

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On June 12, 1957, informant adv~sed that this class was in connection with one of the aforementioned section meetings of the OP. InfQr.mant stated he was present at this meeting and took the photog~aph.

Informant stated he recalled the lecture given by subject was on basia Marxism. Informant was unable to recall the~Qi of subject's lecture except that subject took

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the position that the basi~ teaahings of MARX and LENIN were sound and should be adhered to by those present.

Other than that th1s class was during the la.tte~ part ot 1951., informant stated he was unable to be more specific as to date., nor was he able to recall subject as teaching any other class.

Concerning other aotivity on the subject's part

on behalf of the CP, informant stated subject woUld on occaSion be present at the section headquarters in ~ooklyn

on SUnday 1I.ornings in order to distribute liThe Worker" or to help organize attempts to obtain subscriptions to "The Worker" and/or the "Daily 'Worker." Informant stated this was not regular actiVity and he was unable to state how otten

subject Dd.ght have been present. In1b mant explained that this was rather informal ae ti Vi ty and frequently soae people would show up only briefly and leave.

The "Daily Worker" is an East Coast Co_un1st daily newspaper., iihe SUnday ed1 tion of which is

"The Worker.1I

Infor.mant stated he knew of no other CP activity on subject's part nor was he able to enlarge upon or add to any of the above information.

II. MISCELLANEOWS

Reoords 01' the :lUreau of Special servioes" New York City Police Department" as checked on June 7, 1957" by SA AWG"fST J. MICEK., reflect the following intorma.tion.:

HOWARD ZINN, 926 Lafayette Avenue" Brooklyn" New York" was a member ot the ~ Enlisted Peraonnel who marched in the May JDay Parade in 1948.

HOWARD ZINN, 926 La.t'ayette Avenue., :Brooklyn, was Chaiman of Number 24 - Gung 110 :lrooklyn Chapter of the AlI.er1cara. veterans GOJIlUittee (AVO) in 1946.

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~e~s~~ w:~gton S~ College, New Yo~k City. advised

SA in 1950 that prior to 1949 tne subject

ha res de a . 6 Lafayette Avenue, :Irooklyn, New York.

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Informants ot the New York Division~ who have furnished reliable information in tbe past and who are familiar with various phases of OP aativ1ty in the New York area~ were contaoted, but advised subject was unknown to them.

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MAY DAY PARADE

JOHN LAUTNER, former OP member for ore» twenty 1earsl who at the time ot ft1s expulsion was Chairman of the New York state CP Review Commission, advised on April 30, 1951, that the annual May Day Parade is a CP function and is sponsored by the United May Day Committee.

The United May Day Committee bas been designated by the Attorney General ot the United States pursuant to Exeautive Order 10450.

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AMERICAN VETEMNS COMMITTEE

A Confidential Souree~ who has furnished reliable information in the past~ advised on November 4, 1946~ that the Steering Committee or the Metropolitan Area Council of the American veterans Committee~ which is composed of all the chapters in the New York City area~ has been dominated by Communists.

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INFORMANTS Identity of scuz-ee

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Date of Activity or Description of Information

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Instant Report

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Careful ,consideration has been given to the source concealed and a T symbol was utilized in the report only in that instance where the identity of the source must be concealed.

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The confidential informants of the New York Divison who were oontacted with negative results are:

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ADMINISTRATIVE

The New York Oftice has no additional infor.mation regarding subject not previously furnished Atlanta.

Atlanta is office of origin in the case of subject's wife, ROSLYN ZINN {Butile 100-376498, Atlanta tile 100-5644, New York file 100-102374}.

REFERENCE Report of SA EDWARD P. GRIGALUS, 3/29/57, New York.

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SUBJECT:

• UNITED S_ES GOVERNMEN;

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DATE:

9/30/57

D1ttectQr$ FB:t . (100-316498) (1.00-36023..1)

SAO, Atlanta

(100 ... 5644) (10Q-5643)

Re Denver a1rtel. to Atlanta 9/3/57 J. and Denvev lette~ to Atlanta, 9/23/57.

Fot' the intormtj.on .of the :Bureau" the above captioned sUbJects have r$t~ned to the Atlanta~

Ga. area .. and ar>e currently residing on SpellUan CQUege OronpUS.1 Atla.nta. l'Jhel!e HOWARD ZINN :La empl.oyed as an 1nstl"uetor in the H1atory Departlnant..

Reports in the above ma.ttCl?S ,,1111 be promptly submitted.

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On 7/10/57 !-!iss Jr~AH .M:Ii ;~:L':1-11ING, Chal1\;C1.~Orfp GffiQc.t

n1vcralt;:l of Denve!',J Dcnvcr~ ':;clorado, advised J/.I_ .... J

bat HO"i~fu) l:tN;;·r 1a presently a.ttf:udl.ng a '.l:-6·~-""""';J'-'e~m=i=n.a..r~~~"

...._'"~t'~:..."TlI,n~op at the 1Jn1vera:tt~ ot: .0t:nvel"y -

~hp. stated /~l1'lN :ia l'esiding at A.pal?tmeut l~l;)., Llcmcer Hall. (an1Vel?8tt~r Qr Dcnvm,"l! llc:sldence Hall) ~140 t--'outh Haco 3t:rect" DlmVCl.", w1.th his \.,.i.fc f!S.lU tHo Qhil<irer~~ a$e~ .~ and 1Q. Ju~jeQt.t (in upplicatiot1 1'01- Ut11v(Jl"alt!i ilI,)UaJ..Al;&, J.dvl~;,-;u. he is £rom ,Jp0l1man Col10t~C't f'tJ.anta.or fhjQti-sln.

lvl.i.IlS Sr~r.1L.nlG adv-lsed the course in wbJ.t·h $u'!J;h!at is cjlroll~d w111 00 ccmploteu on July 2J, 1.S,571 h(h;C;Vel"t BUl),jCtlt Int11oatl'f..t. to the Univt!J."slt;l ,?.l' u..:;.-.vel'; hGugir~~ (;f;: Lee t~~at h~)

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(100-376498) (100-360217)

(100-5643) (100-5644)

DATE: 6/26/57

FROM

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SUBJECT: ROSLYN ZINN SM - Cb~r H01;lARD ~INN

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Re Bureau letter to Atlanta dated 5/14/57.

On 6/2L!/57 Mr. J. D. MIMS, 49 - 4th Avenue , S.E., Atlanta, advised HOIJJARD ZINN and his wife ROSLYN,

who formerly resided at 44 - 4th Avenu~ had moved from that address dur:l,ng the latter part of May 1957. MIMS stated they left Atlanta together and informed him Mrs. ZINN was II going back East but would return next fall. II MIf-1S .adv Laed they 'Would not return to the above address.

Mr. MIME stated the family consisted of one boy approximately age 7 and a girl approximately age 9, in addition to above subjects.

I [u. S. Post Office,

Eastwood station, 2011 Boulevard D~ive., S.E • ., advised on 6/24/57 that HOvJARD ZINN., L!.L~ - 4·th Avenue, S.E.., Atlanta, had left a forwarding addr-ess during bhe latter part of Ma-:,r 19::7', vJhich was recorded 6/21/57., of Spellman ColleGe; Atlanta.

During tile acho Laatri.c year' 1956-57, ZINN was employed as a full-time instructo~ at Spellman Cdlege., Which is a school predominately for Negro women.

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self. IUdiviaua ans'WerJ.ng s;a ed ZINN was attending summer school at the University of Denver., Denver, ' Colorado, and could be contacted by writing thq:t und.ver-s Lby c/o Pioneer Hall. The individual s.tiatied

ZINN was expected to return to Atlanta for the beginning of the school year 1957-58.

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<" ,The )~envel"'",Office is requested to veJjfy subject HbWARD ZINN's attendance at Denver University and ascertain if' eub ject ' s wife and family are presently

residing with subject in the Denver area. .,

It is noted subjects formerly resided in the New York City area prior to residing Atlanta 1956 and in the event ROSLYN ZINN is not residing in Denver with her husband, she may be residi113 vIi bh some member- of her family in NYC.

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Director, 1!!JI (100-376498) 1(100-36(lB17J

~urlet 4-~G-E7~ra~uc3ting authortt~ to interview _.,'ios1 In, .-;;nn.

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~: review 0;/ the report: 0;/ {pecial .tlfJant SdwariZ P.

Gri~alus date.:l 3-2f:-U7 at :."ew l"'orli City £1 ~'li: ::s~~nb7c

i/a11Xlr.:i .. in,,""l, retlt]cts tr~t al co on lC -1:-56 _ "" _ __ _ , b7~

, 'furnished inj'orllCtlon to the effect tna J. ow .. inn ,.

u.cs a or member fro It" 195tJ to 1951 and UXlS believed by ~

him to be a current neuber due to hi::: past 'kno'l!.'ledge of

-qowara Sinn. H~ ad~ttted he could not substantiate this

current liiClI.bersi1.ip on part of ';:inn cut naae ava.tlable

a plwtograp71, of Zlnn taken in al:.out 1951 which t:tts alleged to cnoi» '~:'inn i1'l.£tructi.ng a aiaee in Lae tc 1 arxt et. at th:: 12th ,,:::;cfJl'.L,lJ ;)istrict~ c.: ueaaouartoro, Eroo7;lyn., lk,}) York.

2'iJ,i,~~ it],for:;,atio,~ :f(lll",~ 1.;Jzt7';,'ir:. :;xictinfj criteria ;tor '/;lw tnct i tutn on oJ~ a ... zecurt t j i ct»: .. d"ifjatlon under section 8'7]) 0:/ tit!3 t.anua; o . .f lr:.ctructionc. You are ;{urtller reminded that prior to re(1Uesting authority,fro,,; th.£. LUTeuU to tntervt eo a 8ec'Urity .:,.;u'bject it tc neeeeearsj to uuir.t t: a currant Zn,ve:;ttBctive repor»,

Alt1:.ough ;;'y letter l)J-C ll-':C-:"~t.-: i;ha :.~~:,) ror;:; C/'''fi.ce

:r. iilst;:ted to {lake no ;/'Urtiz;;r eontactu: with b6

, ~ _ I.lor tl~~ purpose of develOPin~ b7C

'l.m as a nel source, New York should now recontact b7D

to obtain cOhw1ete details concerning his knowledge 0

(JP 1:;err..bersht ... 'D and activities of the subjects. ~l particulars aoncerninq the ianner tn unscn. the photofjra.ph

can identify l!Ot'XJrd Zinn as gIving a lecture of this nature i1together with the exact date, placel and ctrc~7~tanc~s

,'.' s'Urroun.din.g' this lecture shot.'ld be, o;;ta'lned.l/Ctl_~G()d.lr/b2

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!i:lze lICZJJ ¥or]; DIvision sIlOwd tlwn institute

add-it.ional fnvcztif)atiort . e~fort to substantiate 'Or ais- ~~c

prona tiZ3 allegatic710 0:/ ru.Z euordt tile relJ'Ults of

cuoi: iru;,gstt[lation -:/;i1;11, recpeo to each of t,l,e Ca.pti017S(i au7.Jject;:; in reports mdtai.Jle for dtstJeii~inati()n.

?!u: 'tlanta 1liviaion is authorized to conduct a occurity investi9ation of Jlowara wi~~ in accordance t:Jith in~tructio71.s set j~orth in section 87JJ 0:/ tlw i.anua: o;t lnatructtons pov_erning tndlvidua,lc l;,oluing aC(j;ieT.~ic J),osittonc in an. mc!~'&t1J,tton of learning.

:tr;-:ulianeously, a. current securt1;:!l investtgat'lon cf;ould 1:1: con:lucted ooncerntroj Roslyn Dinn.· .tIt the eonoiueton 0.:1 th.::se investigations, yOU should su,'ili.:.ii;

:Jour recorxendai tone r:;tth reepeob to 'interviewing Loth eubjacta ana a.ny reaors.endatston» you il.i(Jil.t naue aoneerninq tlze poe: .. ~ible inclusion 0.1 their flilmes in the j..·ecurity In:J.(Jx.

Phe flew York Division {jh~ClearlY unaereiana

t;~t this tr~truction to recontact with re~~ect to

cJ)(JC f/f. C info.Tzr.ati on ;tr.crni sized by Jm n the past does not in any l!Xty counter;::a:nd the instructions' in uureau. letter oj ll-30-56 t1uzt he should not be oonetderea ~ar develoj)11!ent as a panel aource or security i.nfor;llxnt.

NOTJJJ ON YELLOW: The 81 card on Howard Zinn was canceled 8-9-55. Zinn was reportedly a member of the OP from 1948 to 1951.and had past ~C~ivi~y in the Ame~ican Labor Party~ the Amerzcan Peace kobzlzzatzon, the Amerzcan Veterans Oommittee and the International Workers Order. Interviewed in 1953

and 1954; he denied OP membership but admitted front activitY.b6

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Sole source of her past OP membership is that of She

was rep~rted to be a member of American Women for eace in . 1950. Ozrculated and signed a OP nominating petition in New York in 1946 and member of IYO in New York in 1949.

Howard Zinn has recently joined the faculty of 8pelman Oollege, a Negro girls school in Atlanta •• He and wzfe are white •

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Letter to Atlanta Re: Roslyn Zinn Howard Zinn 100-376498 100-360217

NOTE ON Y1!}LLOY cont inued;

In ormation furnzs e im

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TITLE OF CASE;::::> ~EPORT MADE BY I TYPED BY

HOWARD ZINN, via. I MEL

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DETAILS: On January 15, 1957, a pretext telephone call was

made to Spelman College, 350 Leonard Street, S. W., Atlanta, Georgia. The individual answering the phone stated that HOWARD ZINN has been employed as a f'ull time instructor

by Spelman College since the beginning of' the' school year, On . ~,-~\

September 19~ 1956. This individual stated that ZINN is

currently residing with his wif'e and f'amily at 44 Fourth Avenue, S~ E., Georgia.

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The records of Southern Bell Telephone Company IIInformation", Atlanta, Georgia~ reflected on January 15, 1957, that HOWARD ZINN, 44 Fourth Avenue, S. E., Atlanta, is a subscriber with telephone number DRake 3-9079.

Mrs. JAMES D. MIMS, and Mrs. JOE F. MO~. bO:9 of 49 Fourth Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia, advised SAj

I _on February 20, 1957, that the subject, s wi e,

and two children resided at 44 Fourth Avenue, Atlanta. They stated Mr. ZINN is employed by a Negro college in Atlanta, name unknown.

On June 24, 1957, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. MIMS, 49 Fourth Avenue, were recontacted, and advised that the subject and his family had moved from their former residence at 44 Fourth Avenue during the latter part of May, 1957. Mr. MIMS stated that Mrs. ZINN advised him they were "going back East, but would return next fallll• MIMS stated that he does not believe they would return to their former address inasmuch as this is rental property. He stated the subject's family consists of one boy approximately age seven, and a girl age nine. MIMS stated the ZINN family were quiet living individuals, and he had no reason to question their loyalty to the United States. He advised during the period they resided at 44 Fourth Avenue, which was from the fall of 1956, until the latter part of

May, 1957, he observed no unusual activity around their

home, and stated they were quiet living people with few visitors.

Confidential Informant T-l advised on June 24, 1957, he had obtained information on June 21, 1957, that HOWARD ZINN.during the latter part of May, 1957, had left a forwarding address of Spelman College, Atlanta, when moving from 44, Fourth Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia.

On Jun~ 24, 1957, a telephone call was made to Spelman College, and the individual answering the phone stated the subject was attending summer school at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, and could be contacted by writing that university, care of Pioneer Hall. This individual stated ZINN was expected to return to Atlanta for the beginning of the school year 1957-1958, and was expected to be on the faculty of S~elman College.

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Miss JEAN ANN SEMLING, Chancellor's Office, Uni~ity of Denver. Denver, Colorado, on July 16, 1957, advised SAL__J

I I that HOWARD ZINN was attending a TV - Seminary

work Shop at the University of Denver. She stated ZINN is residing in Apartment 415, Pioneer Hall, 2140 South Race

street, with his wife and two children. ZINN on his application for uni versi ty housing advd.sed he was from Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia.

On August 27, 1957, DAN D. FEDER, Dean Of SbJdents IJniversl ty of Denver, Denver, Colorado, advised SA I I that the subject and his family had moved from Pioneer Hall, University of Denver, on August 26, 1957, J.eaving a forwarding address of Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia.

On September 23, 1957, a pretext telephone call was made to Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, and the individual answering the phone stated that subject, his Wife, and children, were residing on Spelman College Campus in the MacVickar Hospital, and ZINN was employed on the faculty of Spelman College.

The Spelman College Bulletin date~ April, 1957, reflects HOWARD ZINN is employed in the History Department

of Spelman College, and had received an AB, New York University, MA, Columbia University, and was affiliated with the Department of History, Spelman College, Since 1956.

Confidential Informant T-2, who is familiar with some phases of Communist Party activity in the State of Georgia, advised on September 25, 1957, that he is not acquainted with the subject.

Confidential Informant T-3, who is familiar with some of the activities of Spelman College, advised on September 27, 1957, that he is not acquainted with the subject ..

Confidential InformantsT-4, T-5, T-6, and T-7, who are familiar with Communist party activity, and related organizations in the state of Colorado, advised during September, 1957, they were not acquainted with the subject.

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The files of the Atlanta Credit Byre:U At~ta, e r ia as checked by Investigative Clerk,

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~xperience in Atlanta.

The records of the Retail ~;;;i: Men's ::SQctation,

Denver, Colorado, as checked by SE on

September 9~ 1957, contained no iden a Ie cred record for

the subject.

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by X:Vestig~rVe Clerk,l _ _ _ __j through Captain

failed to re -rec any i en iab1e arrest record

for he sub ect.

The records of the Denver Police Department, Bureau of Identification, and records and Traffic Bureau, as checked

;n s::temb:~ 1: and $eptember 11, 1957, respectively, by SE

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Pretext call madA 9/23/57 to Spelman College by SA

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subject's from out of Atlanta, Ga. area.~_ f'J_,t';'",/v~} /i--{'';'I '1~7

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\S', Confidential Informants.

. \~"\,,~ A review of the Atlanta file concerning the subject .A~ ~ fails to reflect any substantial derogatory information

ur ~ has been developed since subject was interviewed

Ol ~Jj 2/9/54: The interviey of subject was re_Eorted by report

~~ ~fm~~LAtlanta riles re~re~~Wt~~r~~w2~~~k56rfi~!n~; that b6

repor: of SA EDWARD P GRIGAqJS, 3/29/57, shows a contact b7C

of PS L J on 10/4/56, in which he b7D

states HOWARD ZINN was a CP member about 1950- 1 and

is believed to be currently due to past

knowledge of ZINN. was re-interviewe was

included i~ report 0

6/27/57, New York, at wh c me s a e

~"'1nember of the CF until about t e summer of

~~C~o~~~~ing\ this' tlme, he was not a member of the same /6

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DATE: 10/'1/57

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TrjnS;jtted herewith are rour copies of report of

SA_ _ Idated 10/2/57, at Atlanta, Ga.,

as we 1 as sufficient copies of blank l1lemorandum evaluating lnf'ormants used in this report.

The pr.e'text cal J made to Snelman College 1/15/57,

was made by SA_ Irepresenting hi·mael!,

to be conducting credit inquiry.

Tel~Qn; call made fO Spelman College 6/24/57 by SA__ __ _was made without identifying

se ,an merely making inquiry.

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branch of the We subject, but was a member of the

same section.1I stated he attended numerous section

meetings with t~su ect between about 1949 and about the summer of 1953. stated these section meetings would

be held approxima e y every two week:~. 9ut was lmable to I

dur!ng ~e summer of ~~~~~~~~t~t~e~n-d~a~n-c~e~w~a~s--c-u-r~t~a~i~led after this charge;

continued to attend meetings for about a year and a ha~-,-a~n~a stated subject was in attendance at meetings

at that time, and ~e knej the subject to be a Communist Party member untilLceased attending Communist Party meetings.

I I stated it was his recollection subject held a position,

but did not know what position it was. He stated subject had appeared to be a person with some authority within the section, but was unable to furnish details as to the substance of any Communist Party meetings.

The subject is presently residing on, and employed on the Spelman College Campus, which is a college for Negro women

in the City of Atlanta. It appears it would be extremely d1fficult to locate the subject away from the campus, and not in the company of his wife, who is also a subject of a SM-C investigation, for interview under present Bureau instructions regarding interview of Security Matter subjects.

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In addition to the above, it does not appear the derogatory information developed since interview in 1954 would warrant additional interview at this time; therefore, no interview of this subj~ct ~~~$i~E recommended. In addition, the subject is not being ~ for inclusion on the Security Index as

the great majority of his activity happened prior to 1953, ~~~ b6 falling within the five year rule in the crjl....:t..e.J:! for inclusion b7C on the Security Index. As mentioned above,l_____jputs subject b7D in the CP during 1953, but this information has not been corrcborated by other informants as contacted by the New York Office.

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ZINN in August, 1953, according to~1 ~I was a subscriber

to the "National Guardian".

An anonymous source on 6/12/53 furnished information tha~ one HOWARD ZINN was associated with the "Committee of One Thousand".

It is not believed that the subject warrants inclusion on the Security Index at this time.

Careful consideration has been given to each source that is concealed in this report, and T symbols were utilized only in those instances where the identity of the source must be conc4aled.

INFORMANTS

T-l is I lu. So. Post Office, Eastwood

Station, 2011 Boulevard Dr-Lve-, S. E., Atlanta, Ga., contacted

6/24/57. .'

The following were contacted with negative results:

Identity of Source

Date Of Contact

Name of Agent

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REFERENCE

Bureau Letter to Atlanta, 5/14/57 Denver airtel 9/3/57

Denver Letter 9/23/57

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In Repo/, Please Refer to File No.

Atlanta, Georgia October 1, 1957

HOWARD ZINN, with alias, Howie Zinn

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All informant, mentioned in the report of Special

Agent I _dated 0ctober 2, 1957, at Atlanta,

Georgia, have furnished reliable information in the past with the exception of Confidential Informant T-l, who has access to reliable information.

This is being furnished for your information, and should not be di~seminated to any unauthorized persons or agencies.

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-"\ The New York Post of 11-16-62 carried an article entitled "The

FBI and ... t1le Battle of the South" which related to a report issued by the Southern R~~onal$.ouncil (SRC), a body of white and Negro southern leaders, which reviewed th~)Albany, Georgia, racial situation. This report, which was critical of the FBI's ciiii~ights)ihvestigation in Albany, was prepared by Dr. Howard Zinn, Professor

at S:gaman'$ollege, 4_tlanta, Georgia. The Director noted on the clipping of this arttcle, ''Wlfat do we know orZ'iflli1"'-'

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Colleg_e, which is a Negro women's college. Zinn was born 8-2~~2,2 at I~teF5..£rlUt..z.._City and, resided in that city until he obtained employment with the Atlanta college / in 1956. He served in the U •. S. Army in World War II and thereafter attended

New York University, receiVing a B. A. degree in 1951. He thereafter received a

M. A. degree at Columbia University in 1952 and a Ph. D. at that school in about 1956.

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Zinn has been the subject of a security investigation by the Bureau

II and informants have reported that he was a member of the Communist Party in New York from 1949 to L953. He was also known to have been associated with communst front groups in New York including the International Workers .Order , the American Pffice Mobilization and the Committee of One, Thousand. Zinn was i~ er-

viewed by Agents in New York in 1953 and again in 1954. He denied membership/in the Communist Party but admitted association with communist front groups. He described himself during the interview as. a liberal interested in civil rights but claimed that he. would never be involved with any organization detrimental to the security of this country. It is to be noted that Zinn Is white.

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. the .Albany ra~i~1"~titUf\ti6n;;in·January, 1962. In this report; as in the, one just released by this organi~ati0n, Zinno sets out information which is slant~~ and bt ed in a ma~er

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which is to be expected from an individual of Zinn's background. He was also critical of the FBI in this report, stating that in November, 1961, Negroes had

been ordered from a white waiting room of an Albany bus station, that this matter had been reported to the FBI and "there was no apparent result. " Another incident related in this report dealt with lack of FBI action in December, 1961, when a number of persons were arrested by Albany authorities.

It is to be. noted that the 11-25-62 issue of "The Worker" makes

I reference to Zinn's recent. SRC report concerning the Albany racial situation. It reports that Zinn lashed out at the FBI because of its inaction tn relation to various violations of civil rights of Negroes in that City.

Files indicate that Zmn has been active in protesting policies of

this country concerning Cuba. It was reported that Ztnn was one of .3. group of about 20 racially mixed individuals who walked the picket line in Atlanta on

10-24-62 and held a meeting. protesting the President's decision concerning the quarantine of Cuba. Also tdentttied in this group were three Security Index subjects, Dorothy Miller, Atlanta, Harry C. Steinmetz, San Diego, and Herbert Shapiro,., Rochester, New York, all Communist Party members ,

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The Atlanta Office has advised that an article appeared in-the "Atlanta Constitution" on 11-15-62 based on a study called "Albany,

.A. Study oH,acial ResponsibilitYolt The study was written by

J Dr. ~Howar<l:Jz,;lpn, ... Jl/ho has been "ella subject of a security investigation by this Bureau (100-360217) .:;inn was reportedly a member of -the Communist Party from 1949 throu.-~h 1953 and attended Communist Party meetings during that pez-Lod , rEhe study by Zinn criticizes the FBI,

the Federal Government, and the adninistration of the City of Albany, Georgia.

Zinn is a history professor at Spelman College in Atlanta,

J Geo~gia, and the study was published by the Southern Regional Council, a group ,formed to advance equal opportunity for all the Southts people.

the full context of tha article is attached.

The article in one section states:

"Albany Negroes, said Zinn, who is white, t~nd to distrust local members of the FBI. The Spelman historian urges the creation of a special corps of Agents to investigate civil rights caseso

"'With all the clear violations by local police

of Constitutional rights,t said Zinn: 1 the FBI ,

has not made a single arrest on behalf of Negro '0

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The Atlanta Office completely covered the activities at Albany,f\ Georgia, and det.ailed memoranda Vlere submitted to the Department daily 9 \n The Department did not request the arrest of any persons in connection ~

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The report appears to be a slanted and biased document similar to a previous report v~itten by Zinn on Albanyo Again Zinn does not add anything to the c1ariiication of the racial

pr~blem in the South.

ACTION

Zinn should not be dignified by contact by this Bureau, and it is recommended that no action be taken in connection with him.

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circumstances concerning the ordering of Negroes from a white waiting room of a bus station in Albany on 11/1/61 were reported to the FBI and u;there was no apparent result <> Ir Bureau files indicate that the facts concerning this incident. were promptly f~rnished to the Department and ,no investigation was requestedo

In another place in the report it is indicated that TfFBI men were reported cruising the streets in carsu during the

arrests of various persons in Albany, Georgia, on l2/l6/6IQ ~

Several Agents of this Bureau were in fact in Albany, along with I

SAC Char~es E., Weeks 'to afford complete coverage of the situationo~ The Department was kept fully advised of,all information. . ~

I The Departmeut of Justice is criticized in the report

for not taking appropriate action in Alba~~, Georgiao . ~I

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1/ has published a Special Report, nAlbany, tot by. Howard Zinn dealing (. with the racial unrest in Albany, Georgia, during November and

, December, 1961. '

The Bureau has conducted no investigatio~ concerning the

SRCq.

Howard Zinn is a professor of History and Social Science at Spelman-COID3~e,-~lanta, Georgia, a Negro colleg~s . been the subject of a security investigation by this Bureau ~"'~ (100-360217) and was reportedly a member of the Communist Party ~ (CP) from 1948 to 19510

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INFORMANTS

Informants of the Denver Division who are familiar with CP activity and related organizations in the State of Colorado advised during September 1957 they are not acquainted with the subject.

Atlanta T-7 who is familiar with some phases of

CP activity in the State of Georgia~ advised on September 25~ 1957 and November 8, 1957~ he is not acquainted with the subject.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPT~ON

The following physical description was obtained from marriage records and observation:

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Race Sex Born Height Weight Build Hair

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ROSLYN ZINN, was. Mrs. Howard Zinn, nee Roslyn Shechter

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The following organizations mentioned in this report have been designated by the Attorney General of the United states as coming within the purview of Executive Order 10450:

American Peace Mobilization American Women for Peace Communist Party International Workers Order

The following organizations and/or publications mentioned in this report are shown in theflGuide to Subversive Organizations and Publicationsl1 prepared and released by

the Committee on Un-American Activities, U. S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., January 2, 1957:

AMERICAN LABOR PARTY

1. IIFor years, the Communists have put forth the greatest efforts to capture the entire American Labor Party throughout New York State. They succeeded in capturing the Manhattan and Brooklyn sections of ~he American Labor

Party but outside of New York City they have been unable

to win control. II

(Special Committee on Un-American Activj.ties, House Report 1311 on the CIO Political Action Committee3 March 29, 1944, p. 78.)

2. IICommunist dissimulatio.n extends into the field of political parties forming political front organizations such as the * * * American Labor Party. The Communists are thus enabled to present their candidates for elective office under other than a straight Communist labe1.ll

(Internal Security Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Handbook for Americans, S. Doc. 117, April 23, 1956, p. 91.)

DAILY WORKER

1. "The chief journalistic mouthpiece of' the Communist Party * * * founded in response to direct instructions from

the Communist International in Moscow. * * * The first issue of the Daily Worker appeared on January 13, 1924.

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* * * No other paper or publication of any kind in all American history has ever been loaded with such a volume of subversive3 seditious3 and treasonable utterance as has this ,organ of the American Communists.1I

(Special Committee on Un-American Activities: House Report 1311 on the CIO Political Action Committee, March 29) 1944) pp. 59 and 60; also cited in Annual Reports, H.R. 2, January 3, 19393 p. 30; H. R. 1476, January 3, 1940: p. 7; H. R. I, January 33 1941, p. 14; and H. R. 2277, June 25, 1942, p. 4.)

2. "Official Communist Party, U. S. A., organ.1I (Committee on Un-American Activities, House Report 1920 on the Communist Party of the United states as an Advocate of Overthrow of Government by 'Force and Violence, May 11, 1948, p. 44.)

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On 5/18/63, the captioned individual participated in a panel discussion on the occasion of the 20th anniversary meeting of the CapitQ1 Press Club, an organization of Negroes working in the communications industry. This discussion concerned the "future of the American Negro." Zinn, in his comments, was critical of the Administration, President, and Vice President concerning their position on civil rights. He also made the statement "Our Attorney General is callous and the FBI is incompetent to deal with civil rights prob1ems.1f He has, on other occasions, written articles critical of the FBI.

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submitted concerning Zinn was dated 10/7/57. Inasmuch as

has been active in numerous front groups and was a known Communist Party member from 1949 through 1953, you are instructed to review your files, contact logical sourc~s, and submit anup-to-date report suitable for dissemi~tion. This report should include all pertinent public 'source information concerning the subject~

NOTE:

Zinn is Chairman of the Department of History and Social Sciences at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia. He has been interviewed in the past and denied any Communist Party connections. He has, on numerous occasions, made public

~~:~~~t remarks and written articles critical of the Bureau. He

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~:~~:~an __ protesting the President's policy on ~ Cuba. } Or

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Party but admitted association with communtst front groups. He described himself during the interview as a liberal interested in civil rights tilt claimed that he vlOuld never be involved with any organization detrimental to the security of this country,

On NovBu.l.ber 16, 1962, the "Now York Post" carried an article, lJ The FBI and the Battle of the South," which related to a report issued by the Southern Regional Council (SRC), a body of white and Negro ~outhern leaders, which reviewed the Albany 7 Georgia, racial situation. 'Ihis report, which was critical of the FBI civll rights investigation in Albany, was prepared by Dr. Howard Zinn.

The SRC of Atlanta, Georgia, issued another report by Zinn con ... cemtng the Albany racial sttuanon in January, 1962. In this report, as in the November, 1962, report, Zinn sets out information in a slanted and biased manner which is to be expected from an individual of Zinnt s background. He was critical

of the FBI in this report; stating that in November, 1961, Negroes had been ordered from a white waiting room of an Albany bus station, that this matter had been ' reported to the FBI and "there was no apparent result. H Another incident related in this report dealt with the lack of FBI action in December, 1961, when a number of persons were arrested by Albany authorities.

It is to be noted that the 11 .. 25 .. 62 issue of "The Worker" made reference to Zinn' s SRC report concemlng the Albany racial situation which reports that !Ginn lashed out at the FBI because of its inaction in relation to various violations of civil rights of N~groes in that city. Zinn' 8 comments concerning the situation were again reported by "The V¥orker"on Sunday, 12-2 ... 62.

It is to be noted that as a result of the art1cles which appeared in the "New York Post" and uThe Worker, ft lVlr. DeLoach alerted friendly Georgia news ... papers concerning Zinn' B background.

Zinn has also been active in protesting policies of this country concerning Cuba. It was reported that Zinn walked in a picket line in Atlanta, on 10 ... 24 ... 62, and held a meeting protesting the President's decision concermng the quarantine of Cuba. Identified in this group were three Security Index subjects, Dorothy l\Uller of Atlanta, Harry C. Steinmetz of San Diego, and Robert Shapiro of Rochester, New York, all Communist Party members,

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"The Worker" of Sunday, 12/2/62, carries a two-page sprea captioned, "The Southern Mobsters and their Federal Friendso" Memor~~da have been written concerning the report written by,

I.Howar~Zinn, a professor of history and social science at Spelman College"', ·-.rcA Negro institution) in Atlanta, Georgia. "The Worker"

has taken various excerpts from the report which, in general, is. critical of the Bureau, the President," the Justice Department

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~~e article is a typically biased article which could be expec-ced '_ from "The Worker." The article sets forth that there is a conside"table" amount of distrust among Albany Negroes for local members of the FBI. According to Zinn, a young Negro told him, "They,' z-e; a bunch of racists." Zinn states, "Whether true or not, this"~s tee.feeling of many Negroes who have.had contact with the FBI'and,:even if distorted, it is a general reflection of the eff;icacy;6f the FBI's role in the area of civil rights." The full comments concerning the FBI mentioned in "The Wo~ker" are

attached "ii'ereto. ' . ,

Information has prev,iously been set forth that Zinn has been the subject of a security investigation by the Bureau and informants have reported that he was a member of the Communist Party in New York from 1949 to 1953. He was interviewed in

1953 and again in 1954 and denied mempership in the Communist Party but admitted association with communist front groups." He described himself during the interview as a liberal interested in civil rights but claimed that he'would never be involved with any organization detrimental to the security of his country.

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theme of the article and stated, among other things, "one of the great problems ~e face with the FBI in the South is that the Agents are white southerners who have been influenced by the mores 'of their communityo To maintain their status they have

to be fr~endly with the local police and people who are promoting segregation. Every time I saw FBI men in Albany, they were with the local police force." In this connection, it should be noted that of the five Agents.assigned to the Albany, Georgia, Resident Agency, four are from northern states and only one is a native of Georgia.

\ In this connection, it should be noted that Assistant

Directors S~llivan and DeLoach have made an attempt to contact Reverend Mro King to straighten him out concerning the work of this Bureau and they are following the matter closely until such an interview can be conducted 0

In all instances where allegations of civil rights violations were brought to the attention of this Bureau, appropriate investigation was conducted and the information was furnished to the Civil Rights Division of the Department

of Justice. "The Worker" mentions that one arrest was made and this resulted when an FBI man was attacked near the site of a burned churcho rtThe Worker" does not mention the arrests which followed the solving of the burning of two Negro churches in the Albany, Georgia, area.

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There is a considerable amount of distrust among Albany Negroes for local members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "They're a bunch of racists," a young Negro told me bitterly. Whether true or not, this is the feeling of many Negroes who

have had contact with the FBI, and, even if distorted, it is a general reflection of the efficacy of the FBI's role in the area of civil rightso FBI men appear to Albany Negroes as vaguelyinterested observers of injustice, who diffidently write down complaints and do no moreo With all the clear violations by local police of constitutional rig~s, with undisputed evidence of beatings by sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, the FBI has not made a single arrest on behalf of Negro citizenso The one'-arrest made by the FBI in connection with the Albany situation came in early September~ and this when an FBI man himself was attacked by a white man near the site of a burned church.

In its 1961 volume, Justice, the Commission on Civil Rights implied that the FBI may be fundamentally incapable of enforcing the civil rights of American citizenso .This ~s because of its natural attachments to local police of whom it is dependent for the solution of ordinary crimes, and because it is these same police who are the most frequent violators of the rights of Negroes in the Southo The Commission suggested the posibility of "a new administrative arrangement within the Department of Justice to ease the problem

of FBI agents having to investigate police officers with whom they work daily on other cases."

One solution might be the creation of a special corps of federal agents -- Similar to the T-men used by the Treasury Department -- for the sole purpose of enforcing federa~ly guaranteed constitutional rights in many parts of the country where they are consistently violatedo Such agents need not be "out-siders~" for there is a whole new generation of young Southerners -- Negro and white -- who are intelligent, courageous, capable, and genuinely concerned about civil rights, and from whom such agents could be selected. The FBI is most effective as an agency for the solution of ordinary crimes. and perhaps ~t should stick to that.

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Subject born 12/2/22 Brooklyn, N.Y. and married to,~OWARD

tlZINN 10/30/44 Brooklyn according to marriage records. Subject presently residing with husband and children on campus of

Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga. Subject presently employed on

a IIpart-time fill-in basislI as secretary to Dean of Women, Spelman, College. Subject's husband employed as professor of history, Spelman College. Subject registered ALP 1948 New

York City and subscribed to Daily Worker during 1948. Subject reported as a member of the IWO as of 10/49 and according to informant, had some connection with the Amer:Lc,a;n Women for Peace in 1950.

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October 30, 1944, in Brooklyn, New York. On the marriage application the following information was noted:

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Race Address Born Occupation Father Mother

HOWARD ZINN White

56 North Oxford Walk, Brooklyn, N.Y. 8/24/22 Brooklyn, N.Y.

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EDWARD, born Austria

JENNIE RABINOWITZ

ROSLYN SHECHTER

White

317 Vernon Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 12/2/22, Brooklyn, N.Y. Stenographer

JACOB, born Russia

ROSE PLATT; born Russia

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During 1950, exact date unknown, Mr. M. STUTMAN, Assistant Manager, Lillian vJald Housing Project, New York City Housing Authority, 54 Avenue D, New York, New York, advised the records of that office reflected HOWARD ZINN, Apt. 5G, 890 East Sixth Street, NYC, had resided in above apartment since August 22, 1949. According to these records,

; ZTNN and hi s wi fe BQSr.ran~j nee Sbecbter balle two Chirdren,~~c

On January 15, 1957, a pretext telephone call was made to Spelman College, 350 Leonard Street, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia. The individual answering the telephone stated HOWARD ZINN had been employed as a full-time instructor by Spelman Cdrrege since the beginning of the school· year September 19, 1956. This individual stated ZINN is currently residing with his wife and family at 44 Fourth Avenue, S.E., Atlanta.

Mrs. JAMES D. MIMS and Mrs. JOE: MO:::S both

49 Fourth Avenue, Atlanta, advised SAl;; 1 on February 20, 1957, that HOWARD ZINN, his w~ e, ~wo children reside at L~4 Fourth Avenue, Atlanta. They stated Mr. ZINN

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On June 24, 1957, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. MIMS, 49 Fourth Avenue, were contacted and advised HOWARD ZINN and his family had moved from 44 Fourth Avenue during the latter part of May 1957. Mr. MIMS e tabed Mrs. ZINN advt.sed him they were 11 going back Eastll but would return next fall. Mr. MIMS stated the family consists of two children, a boy age 7, and a girl

age 9. He stated the ZINN family were quiet living individuals and he had no reason to question their loyalty to the U. S.

Mr. and Mrs. MIMS advised during the period the ZINNS resided on Fourth Avenue, which was from the fall of 1956 to the

latter part of 1957, they observed no unusual activity around their home.

On June 24, 1957, a telephone call was made to Spelman College and the individual answering the phone stated IIHOWARD ZINN is attending summer school at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, and can be contacted by writing that university care of Pioneer Hall.lI

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On July 16, 1957, Miss JEAN ANN SEMLING, Chan~ors Office. UniversJty of Denver, Denver, Colo., advised SAL__J

I _that HOWARD ZINN was attending the University

of Denver and stated ZINN is residing in Apt. 415, Pioneer Hall, 2140 South Race Street, with his wife and two children.

On August 27, 1957, D~ER' Dean of Students, Untersity of Denver, advised SA that ZINN and his family had moved from Pioneer Ha , n~versity of Denver,

on August 26, 1957, leaving a forwarding address of Spelman

Cpllege, Atlanta, Ga. -

On September 23, 1957, a pretext phone call was

made to Spelman College, Atlanta, and the individual answering the phone stated ZINN and his family were residing on Spelman College campus in the Mac Vickar Hospital and ZINN was employed on the faculty of that college.

Mrs. HENRY SHORTER, 998 Westmore Drive, N.W., Atlanta, advised on November 15, 1957, she had formerly been employed in the President's Office of Spelman College from 1954 to 1957, and was acquainted with HOWARD and ROSLYN ZINN

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on a professional basis as well as a limited social acquaintanceship. She stated HOWARD ZINN was employed dur.ing the school

year of 1956 and is presently employed for the school year of 1957, as a professor of history. She advised they presently reside in an apartment in Mac Vickar Hospital or Hall. She stated that ROSLYN ZINN is presently employed on a IIpart-time fill-in basisll as the secretary to the Dean of Women at

Spelman College. This employment is only scheduled to last

a few weeks until the regular secretary returns.

Mrs. SHORTER stated the only other employment Mrs.

ZINN has held while in the City of Atlanta was for a few weeks

as a secretary for an unknown office in the City of Atlanta during 1956 or 1957. She stated the ZINNS have two young children residing with them on the campus and enjoy. a good reputation in the college community. She stated she had no reason to question the loyalty to the U. S. of either the subject or her husband.

The files of the Atlanta Credit Bureau, Atlanta, Georgia, as checked on April 19, 1957, failed to reflect the subject has had any credit experience in Atlanta.

The records of the Retail Creditmens Association, Denver, Colorado, as checked on September 9, 1957, contain no identifiable credit record for the subject.

The records of the Atlanta Police Department_, Atlanta, b6

Georgia, Bureau of Identification, as checked April 19, 1957 b7C

through captainr I failed to reflect any arrest

record identifia Ie with the subject.

The records of the Denver, Colorado, Police Department, as checked September 13, 1957, contain no arrest record identifiable with the subject~

AFFILIATION WITH COMMUNIST MOVEMENT

The records of the Board of Elections, Manhattan, New York, as reviewed during 1950, reflect that ROSLYN ZINN, 890 East Sixth Street, Manhattan, N.Y., registered for the 1949 elections indicating a preference for the American Labor Party. Subject stated on these records she was 27 years of age, married, had resided 27 years in the State, 27 years in the county and that she had last registered in 1948 from 369

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Vernon Avenue~ Brook1yn~ N.Y. She listed her occupation as that of a "housewife".

On an unknown date~ SAsl land R. C. COMPTON

reviewed copies of Communist Party Nom~nat~ng Petitions for the State of New York in 1946~ in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany) N.Y. These records reflect ROSLYN ZINN,

926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., solicited in Lewis County signatures to the 1946 New York State Communist Party Nominating Petitions.

It is noted that the 1949 Brooklyn telephone directory reflected that HOWARD ZINN of 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., at that time subscribed to phone No. GLenmore 2-1924.

Atlanta T-l on October 22, 1948 fUrnished information that ROSLYN ZINN, 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn 21, N.Y., subscribed to the Daily Worker for one year in 1948.

Atlanta T-2 on October 21, 1949 furnished information that ROSLYN and HOWARD ZINN both born in 1922 were members

of the International Workers Order, Lodge 450, as of October 1949.

On September 25~ 1950~ Atlanta T-3 furnished a 3 x 5 card obtained from the office of the American Women

for Peace, Room 125, 1186 Broadway~ New York, N.Y. This card contained the following:

II REGISTRATION

II NAME Roslyn Zinn AL 4-8325

ADDRESS 890 East 6th Street

ADMINISTRATIVE . Lillian Wa1d Peace Comma

"Do you favor the form~tion of a permanent national American Women for Peace?

Yes :X : No :

ilDo you wish to receive information of future activities of the American Women for Peace?

Yes :X : No :

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HOWARD ZINN

On June 12, 1957, Atlanta T-4, who has admitted Communist Party (CP) membership fro~ about 1948 to approximately the middle of 1953 in the Manhattan-Brooklyn area

of New York City, furnished the following information regarding HOWARD ZINN:

T-4 was transferred to the Williamsburg Section of the CP in Brooklyn in about 1949. At that time HOWARD ZINN was already a member of that section. T-4 stated it was his impression that ZINN was not a new member but had been in the CP for some time.

Atlanta T-5 advised in approximately May 1948 that HOWARD ZINN of 926 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., had indicated he was a member of the CP and he attended Party meetings five nights a week in Brooklyn.

Atlanta T-6 on July 15, 1948 made available information which indicated HOWIE ZINN was a fraternal delegate from the Sixth Assembly District, Kings County CP, to the New York

State Convention of the CPo

On November 6, 1913 and on Februa~ 9- 1954 H;-ARQ

ZINN was interviewed by SAs and I

During the interview on November 6, 1953, Z NN announce that his activities in the past had opened him to charges

that he was associated with the Communist Party as a member. However) he stated he was not a CP member. ZINN stated he

was a liberal and perhaps some people would consider him to

be a 1I1eftist". ZINN stated he had participated in the activities of various organizations which might be considered Communist fronts but his participation was motivated by his belief that in this country people have the right to believe, think and act according to their own ideas. He stated he did not believe in the doctrine of force and violence and that individuals or organizations do not have the right to advocate or teach the overthrow of the government of the United states by force and violence.

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ZINN advised he would defend this country in the event of a war against any enemy including the Soviet Union. According to ZINN he was not ashamed of his past actiYities and did not believe he constituted a threat to the security of this country or our government. He acknowledged that perhaps some of the members of the associations to which he belonged might be CP members but he was also certain that not all of the members of these organizations were CP members.

Among other activities, ZINN advised it was possible he had signed a petition or paper in 1948 indicating support of Communist SIMON W. GERSON, who was petitioning to be seated in the Council seat vacated because of the death of PETER V. CACCHIONE. ZINN stated he was employed by the American Labor Party (ALP), Brooklyn, N.Y., during 1949, stating he believed the ALP to be I'truly a political party". ZINN admitted he

was a member of the International Workers Order but stated

his interest in this organization was entirely for the insurance benefits.

On February 9, 1954, ZINN was re-interviewed by the above-mentioned Agents and again denied that he or his wife were members of the CPo He again stated he could not recall having attended the 1948 New York State CP convention as a delegate from the Sixth Assembly District, Kings County.

ZINN recalled he made a trip to Chicago, Illinois, about 1947 or 1948 and stated it was possible he could have made this trip as a delegate to the American Peace Mobilization. He stated, however, he would not consider a person a threat

to the security of the country as a result of association

with this organization, stating it was sometimes necessary

for responsible persons to associate with organizations of

this type which have a good purpose.

During the interview on February 9, 1954, ZINN questioned whether the CP was actually a threat to the security of the U. S. and whether the CP~aders were justly convicted, noting the minority opinion of the justices of the Supreme Court. ZINN concluded the interview by stating he would not under any circumstances testify or furnish information concerning the political opinions of others.

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On May 18, 1963, UPI, Wa~hington, reported that Beri\JI. ._Bernhard, Staff Director of the Commission on Civil Rights, predicted that

the racial disturbance at Birmingham w0'6ld be followed by a greater conflict in other cities. He was one of three paneldsts who addressed the 20th anntvers=rv meeting of the Capital Press Club, an frganization of Negroes working in the communications industry, on the futune of the American Negro ....• Other's included

Pulit~1.r Pt.~~.y CartoonisV Herbert tl: Block of "The WaShingt~ Post.u ; Leron. e \\ Benne'"&!{ Senip-r Editor of the" Ebon!" magazine; and ProfessorE?oward Zinnl I. Histoty~Department Chairman of St}~lman College, Atlanta. Zf!1p was crftt~e~:9f~ the Administration, the President ~nd the Vice President concerning their--poS1.tfott

I on civil r!ghts. He also stated, "pur Attorney General is callous, and the" FBI incompetent to deal with civil rtghts problems." Mr. Tolson noted, "What do our

files show-on Zinn ?" I 7:

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Doctor Howard ,re;inn is Chairman of the Department of History an I) i Social Science at Spelman .. College, Atlanta, Georgia. Zinn, who is white, was

born August 24, 1922, at Brqbklyn, New York, of Austrian and .Russian born parents. He served in the Unitea-Srates~1trmy'Irorrf"r"9~3-to 1945. He, graduated from

New York University with a/Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951, received a Master of Arts degree from Colnmbta University in 1952 and was awarded a Ph. D from that sch9:0~tin about 1956. Dr. Zinn was employed by Spe1mJW- C..QlJ:ege;-cT'Negro

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;--:r1-~~-W"'" .~ Zinn has been the subject of a security HI.vestigation by the Bur.eau,

I ~~- '~d mformants have reported that he was a member o~omm1.l11tSt'Party III New York from 1949 to 1953, He was known to be associated with communist front groups in New York, including the International Workers Order, the American Peace Mobilization and the Committee of One Thousand. Zinno was interviewed by

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Agents in New York in 1953~d.19 4._ ij'e ,dC?niE}~\.w~m.bership in the Communist

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