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Finding Aid for the Thomas J. Mooney legal documents and papers, 1889-1947 (bulk 1916-1935)
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Description
Collection of materials relating to the prosecution and eventual gubernatorial pardon of Thomas J. Mooney, a labor activist who was convicted of murder in relation to a bombing at the San Francisco Preparedness Day Parade on July 22, 1916. Along with his bombing co-defendant, Warren K. Billings, Mooney served 22 years in prison at San Quentin, California, despite subsequent allegations of perjury and false testimony by key prosecutorial witnesses and even a letter of support from Mooney's original trial judge. The collection contains correspondence and ephemera, publicity posters, and bound volumes of legal documents relating to legal proceedings against Thomas J. Mooney, Warren K. Billings, and Frank C. Oxman.
Background
Thomas J. Mooney (1882-1942) was a labor activist convicted of murder for a bombing that occurred at the San Francisco Preparedness Day Parade on July 22, 1916. The bombing killed ten and injured forty parade bystanders and Mooney swore that he had not committed the crime. The parade was intended as a planned demonstration of the country's war-readiness during World War I, however, there was a strong undercurrent of isolationism and anti-militarism, particularly by certain elements of labor and from pacifist groups. Pamphlets circulated in the city threatening violence and counter-demonstrations in the days leading up to the parade.
Extent
10 boxes (5 linear feet) 1 oversized box. 1 map folder.
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.