the spring of 1983 the Oberlin College Library acquired a collection of
786 items which had been among the papers of a former investigator for
the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Mr. Michael A. Ondreyco.
The bulk of the collection consists of pamphlets published by the Communist
Party of the United States of America's New Century Publishers, Workers
Library Publishers, and International Publishers. A substantial number
of the U.S. government documents (mainly hearings and reports of the House
Committee on Un-American Activities) are also included along with numerous
pamphlets from the Communist Party of Great Britain and several other
sources. The collection sheds light on the information collecting activities
of one government official active during a dramatic period of recent U.S.
history and brings together a large amount of material useful to the study
of the communist movement in the United States.
A small number of additional pamphlets relating to the communist,
socialist, and labor movements in the U.S. have been added to the Special
Collections holdings over the years. These have not been mixed in with
Mr. Ondreyco's original collection. However, for the convenience of patrons,
entries for these items will appear in a search of the Ondreyco pamphlet
database with a call number in the place of an item number to aid in location.
Collections at other institutions: