March on Washington Pamphlet

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This pamphlet was distributed in advance of the 1963 March on Washington and provided logistical and ideological information to marchers. This copy of the pamphlet ended up in the records of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), which monitored the actions of and participants in the civil rights movement. Throughout its existence, HUAC kept extensive reference files on individuals and organizations suspected of what it considered subversive activity.

The Files and Reference Section of the Committee collected, filed, and indexed material, often received from the press or other public sources, such as periodicals or leaflets published by organizations considered subversive. The names were likely circled to be added to the Committee’s 3 x 5 index card system used to cross reference names and organizations. The circled names include future Representative John Lewis. Each index card had the name of the individual and the event or item with which the person was associated—for example, the organization he or she belonged to; an article authored; speech made; or dinner, meeting, or lecture attended. The massive amount of cards created using this system required the Committee to have two large Diebold rotary files to facilitate their use.

The name card index created by the Files and Reference Section between 1945 and 1975 is preserved at the Center for Legislative Archives and totals 682 linear feet.

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