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Emery Wesley Donahoo papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2169

Scope and Contents

Papers reflect Donahoo's undercover work for the Long Beach (California) Police Department to monitor activities of unions that were believed to have communist ties. Mostly contains typed minutes to meetings of an organization variously named the Long Beach Unemployment Council, Public Works and Unemployed Union, Workers Alliance Unemployed Union, and Workers Alliance of California. Minutes are not in chronological sequence, and are interspersed with fliers, circular letters, and a small photograph of Jacinto Cervantes LaPore. Also includes a photocopy of a letter by G. A. Wishon, a retiree of the Long Beach Police Department, dated 29 September 1955, certifying that Donahoo attended the union meetings at his request. Also includes a transcript of a tape-recorded statement made by Donahoo's daughter, Elizabeth Sokoloff, when she gave the papers to Brigham Young University in 1975.


  • 1935-1937


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Sokoloff's 1975 statement was recorded by LeGrand Baker, a gifts librarian at BYU.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Elizabeth Sokoloff; 1975.


Western American business and labor history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.II, 2007).
Register of Emery Wesley Donahoo papers
Andrea Wyss
2011 April 20
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States