HIST 7B : California Loyalty Oath

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Guide to support J. Morton's History 7B section.

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California Loyalty Oath: Digital Collection

The California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection is comprised of digitized primary source material drawn from several locations in the UC system:

The digital collection had its genesis in a symposium that took place on campus to commemorate the controversy's 50th anniversary.  The idea was hatched to digitize a selection of the archives' documents and make them more broadly available.  The California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection was the result.  This collection consists primarily of several thousand pages of digitized text (a few images and audio clips).  It documents the controversy that embroiled the university from 1949-1951, during the McCarthy Era.

Access to the digital collection is through the Bancroft Library website (collections link).  For ease, specific parts of the collection may be directly accessed below:

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Loyalty Oath website (not your collection)

The California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection was first envisaged by individuals involved in a symposium held on the Berekeley campus in 1999 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the controversy.  A website was created around that symposium (separate from and pre-dating the creation of the digital collection you are using).  This website is still active. It is part of the University of Califoronia History Digital Archives (similar name to your source, so don't get confused) and contains additional content on the controvery that may be helpful in obtaining historical context. 

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If you need general information about the time period in which the loyalty oath occured, encyclopedias might be a good place to get that context.

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