Emery Wesley Donahoo papers

Emery Wesley Donahoo papers

Dates: 1935-1937

Papers reflect Donahoo's undercover work for the Long Beach (California) Police Department to monitor activities of unions that were believed to have communist ties. Mostly contains typed minutes to meetings of an organization variously named the Long Beach Unemployment Council, Public Works and Unemployed Union, Workers Alliance Unemployed Union, and Workers Alliance of California. Minutes are not in chronological sequence, and are interspersed with fliers, circular letters, and a small photograph of Jacinto Cervantes LaPore. Also includes a photocopy of a letter by G. A. Wishon, a retiree of the Long Beach Police Department, dated 29 September 1955, certifying that Donahoo attended the union meetings at his request. Also includes a transcript of a tape-recorded statement made by Donahoo's daughter, Elizabeth Sokoloff, when she gave the papers to Brigham Young University in 1975.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Donahoo, Emery Wesley, 1898-1949. -- Sokoloff, Elizabeth Donahoo. -- Wishon, G. A.
  • Call Number: MSS 2169
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 2169; Papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2169, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Sokoloff's 1975 statement was recorded by LeGrand Baker, a gifts librarian at BYU.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Elizabeth Sokoloff; 1975.
Subject Terms
LaPore, Jacinto Cervantes; Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce; Labor History; Labor unions and communism; Long Beach (Calif.); Unemployment
Genre / Form
Advertising fliers; Corporate minutes; Letters
Appraisal Information
Western American business and labor history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.II, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Donahoo (Emery Wesley) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Andrea Wyss
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-05-09T13:25-0600
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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts