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Samuel Kellman Papers

Identifier: UP000890

Scope and Content

The printed material in Mr. Kellman's collection reflects his personal interest in fascism, racism and anti-Semitism. Many of the documents represent evidence accumulated by Mr. Kellman to assist the attorneys of the Detroit Free Press when the latter was sued for libel by Father Charles E. Coughlin of Royal Oak, Michigan in 1939.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1938-1939 Correspondence pertaining to Mr. Kellman's acquisition of evidence on behalf of the defense attorneys of the Detroit Free Press.

Series 2: Evidence: Documents and Files, 1917-1939 Documents purport to show that Father Charles E. Coughlin distorted and falsified documentation during radio broadcasts in order to make his conclusions. Included are transcripts of court arguments by plaintiff and defendant. The files contain further evidence of misrepresentation and falsification by the anti-Semitic far right.

Series 3: Coughliniana, 1918-1944 Printed material and manuscripts of Mr. Kellman documenting his projects and ideas, the right-wing, and anti-Semitism in the United States.

Series 4: Clippings, 1935-1945 General clippings on the Catholic Church, fascism, and anti-Semitism in Europe and in the United States. There are also clippings specifically related to Father Coughlin.

Series 5: Printed and Oversize Material, 1930-1954 Books, pamphlets and articles on religion, economics, labor, communism and fascism. Included are the radio broadcasts of Father Coughlin and issues of Social Justice.


  • 1918 - 1954



Collection is open for research.


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Samuel Kellman was born in Russia on November 21, 1905. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Master's in Social Work from Wayne State University. Mr. Kellman collaborated with Thomas Harris in an article in The World in June of 1939, "Father Coughlin's Palm Trees," and with Wayne State University professor Gartha Williams in an article in The World in July of 1939, "Heil Coughlin." He also contributed to Bruno Klopher, ed., Developments in the Rorschach Technique. Mr. Kellman was married in July of 1940 and had two daughters. He was working on a dissertation in clinical psychology when he died on February 2, 1959 in Detroit.


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Samuel Kellman collaborated with Thomas Harris and Gartha Williams in articles published in The World concerning Father Charles E. Coughlin, and assisted in the Detroit Free Press’ defense against Father Coughlin’s libel suit. Mr. Kellman’s papers reflect his interest in the nature of fascism, racism, and the affairs of the Catholic Church; and relate to Father Coughlin and the activities of fascist and anti-Semitic groups in Europe and the United States.


Arranged in 5 series - Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 1), Series 3 (Box 2), Series 4 (Boxes 2-3), and Series 5 (Boxes 4-9). Folders in series 1 and 4 are arranged in chonological order, and folders in series 2 and 3 are arranged in original order as received from Mr. Kellman. Series 5 contains books and pamphlets arranged alphabetically by author or publication and clippings from the publication Social Justice that are arranged by topic.


The papers of Samuel Kellman were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in June of 1978 by Mrs. Samuel Kellman and were opened for research in April of 1981.
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Detroit MI 48202 USA