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Father Charles Coughlin FBI Files

 Collection
Identifier: UP001842

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photocopies, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, of communications produced by the FBI during these investigations.

Important Subjects: National Union of Social Justice Radio Sermons Roosevelt, Franklin D. United States, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Important Correspondents: Hoover, J. Edgar Ladd, D. M.

Dates

  • 1936 - 1974
  • Majority of material found within 1942 - 1944

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

History

Father Charles Coughlin was an outspoken Roman Catholic priest at the Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Royal Oak, MI. He founded a weekly publication entitled “Social Justice” and shared his political views during his weekly radio show, broadcast every Sunday. Father Coughlin created a political party, the National Union of Social Justice, in opposition to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and in the late 1930s even called for his impeachment, due to what he viewed as socialist or communist leanings. Sympathy for the fascist politics of Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini resulted in security investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 MB)

Abstract

Father Charles Coughlin was an outspoken Roman Catholic priest at the Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Royal Oak, MI. He founded a weekly publication entitled “Social Justice” and shared his political views during his weekly radio show, broadcast every Sunday. Father Coughlin created a political party, the National Union of Social Justice, in opposition to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and in the late 1930s even called for his impeachment, due to what he viewed as socialist or communist leanings. Sympathy for the fascist politics of Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini resulted in security investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). His papers consist of photocopies, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, of communications produced by the FBI during these investigations.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

The FBI files on Father Coughlin were donated to the Reuther Library by Gary Mitchell in March 2004.

Processing History

Finding aid written by Maureen Simari on April 13, 2010.
Title
Guide to the Father Charles Coughlin FBI Files
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Maureen Simari.
Date
2010-04-13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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