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John Caughlan papers

Repository: University of Washington. Special Collections Division

Collection Description (CRHP): Box 25, Folder 1 includes clippings, writings, correspondence and transcripts. Transcripts are of interviews with Caughlan regarding Hazel Wolf, her activism and her immigration case, conducted by Susan Starbuck for a biography of Wolf. These transcripts also contain a fair amount of material about Caughlan's own activism.

Collection Description (Extant): John Caughlan was a Seattle attorney and civil rights leader . . . . Civil liberties and human rights were the two overarching concerns that informed Caughlan's professional activities. In the 1940s and 1950s he represented labor unions, union activists, the Communist Party, the Washington Pension Union, Henry Huff in the Smith Act case of United States v. Henry Huff et al., foreign-born residents facing deportation because of their political activities, and individuals accused of "subversive" or "un-American" activities in cases related to the Smith Act, the McCarran Act, and the McCarran-Walter Act. Hazel Wolf was one of these, threatened with deportation for Communist Party membership . . . . In the 1960s and 1970s Caughlan's focus moved to other issues such as segregation and racial discrimination, and human rights beyond the United States. He travelled to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 with other attorneys to assist in the defense of civil rights activists there; at home in Seattle he was involved in racially charged cases, working with members of the Black Panther Party and protesting inquest procedures (which were later changed) in the inquest into the killing of black activist Larry Ward by Seattle police. Caughlan handled many conscientious objector and Selective Service cases during the Vietnam War.

Date(s): 1933-1999

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: Manuscript Collection No.: 0704

Extent: 54.44 cubic feet (85 boxes, 3 oversize folders and two vertical files)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: John Caughlan

Rights (Extant): Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.


American Civil Liberties Union
Black Panther Party
Civil rights movements--Washington (State)
Civil rights--Cases
Mississippi Freedom Project
Washington (State)--Politics and government




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