Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Mattachine Society and the FBI
I stumbled upon an interesting collection of documents in the FBI's online archives that pertain to the Mattachine Society. It seems that the Society's concern about building a respectable front was justified, given the scrutiny that it was subjected to by the Bureau: the documents include descriptions of meeting attendees, the Communist backgrounds of at least one leader (name redacted), and investigations into the publication of ONE. I'm sure there's a whole treasure trove of information here. I've only just skimmed it and already found some cool things.
Here's the archive: http://vault.fbi.gov/mattachine-society