John E. Pokorny Papers (1926-1951, bulk 1931-1940)
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Title: John E. Pokorny Papers
Inclusive dates: 1926-1951
Bulk dates: 1931-1940
Extent: 4 Linear Feet (Two record center boxes and one flat folio)
During the 1930s, and possibly longer, John E. Pokorny was employed by Ford Motor Company as an assistant to Harry Bennett in personnel and security matters. Whether as part of his job or on his own time, Pokorny collected information on supposed subversive organizations in the Detroit, Michigan, area and, for Ford, investigated Communist infiltration oflabor unions. John Pokorny collected most of the materials in this collection to document supposed subversive activities in the Detroit area and in the United States in general. This collection largely reflects Pokorny's collecting practices and not his personal papers; hence, the collection is arranged similar to a subject file. The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or name with most of the material dating from the 1930s. Most of the original folder titles have been maintained from Pokorny's original arrangement. News clippings comprise a majority of the contents of the collection and most of these are photocopies of the originals. The collection also contains printed materials (leaflets, brochures, flyers), some manuscript material, and a few photographs.
Call number: ams035
Language: The material is in English.
Repository: University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center), Joseph A. Labadie Collection