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Cheryl D. James defense committee records

 Collection — Folder: 1-3
Identifier: A 307

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a defense committee records, clippings, printed matter, and newsletters from the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

The collection contains a notebook of materials collected by committee secretary Arthur C. Spencer, III. Materials include historical and biographical note on the James family, the event that led to Cheryl James' arrest, news releases, letters to the editor, correspondence, and newspaper clippings regarding the case.

Also included in the collection are newsletters of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (1967-1975), and the case is discussed in the newsletters post 1971. There is also a folder of flyers and other documents of the League.

Dates

  • 1967-1975

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Cheryl Dawn James was an eighteen-year-old African American woman from Portland, Oregon. James graduated from Jefferson High School. In 1971, she was convicted of assaulting an FBI agent who came to the James' residence on January 4, 1971, to arrest her brother, Charles T. James, Jr., who was absent without leave from the Navy.

A defense committee was formed by interested people and groups in Portland who agitated for an appeal, and who argued that racism within the court and the FBI had factored into the case. Arthur C. Spencer, III was the secretary of the defense committee.

Extent

0.075 linear feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Cheryl Dawn James was an eighteen-year-old African American woman from Portland, Oregon, who was convicted of assaulting an FBI agent; a group of interested parties formed a defense committee on her behalf and argued that racism within the court and the FBI had factored into the case. The collection (1967-1975) contains defense committee records, clippings, printed matter, and also newsletters from the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Related Materials

The Oregon Historical Society also contains a Cheryl D. James collection: Cheryl James Defense Committee Records, Mss 2015, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Physical Description

3 folders.
Title
Guide to the Cheryl D. James Defense Committee Records
Status
Complete Description
Author
Tanya Parlet.
Date
2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Sponsor
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA