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Collection Inventory

Series I. Oral History 2000-2004

Scope and Content Notes:

The John P. Hoerr Oral History Collection includes a significant oral history series. Throughout his research, Hoerr conducted interviews with various union members, religious leaders, family members, or others who may have been involved with Harry Davenport, Tom Quinn, or Monsigner Rice. These interviews were conducted between 2000 and 2004 and provided Hoerr with imperative information on the Cold War Era. Some of the most important interviews were conducted with Tom Quinn and Monsignor Rice. These interviews are helpful to portray the true emotion of the time and how sincere the House Un-American Activity Committee acted toward possible Communist infiltration of labor unions. The interviews with Tom Quinn and Monsignor Rice also show where the paths of Davenport, Quinn, and Rice crossed.

This series includes microcassettes of some interviews. In addition, all interviews have been transcribed by Hoerr, including those that are not available on microcassette. This series is arranged alphabetically. The exception to this alphabetical arrangement is a tape that contains an interview with both James Connolly and Tom Quinn.


Box 1
Tape 1 Interview with Bob McCoy (1 and 2), 2002
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 2 Interview with Bob McCoy (3), 2002
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 3 Interview with John Connelly (1 and 2), 2000
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 4 Interview with John Connelly (3), 2004, Interview with Tom Quinn (part 1), 2000
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 5 Interview with Tom Quinn (2 and 3), 2000
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 6 Interview with Tom Quinn (4 and 5), 2000
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 7 Interview with Tom Quinn (6 and 7), 2000
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 8 Interview with Tom Quinn (8 and 9), 2000
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 9 Interview with Tom Quinn (10 and 11), 2000
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 10 Interview with Tom Quinn (12 and 13), 2000
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 11 Interview with Tom Quinn (14 and 15), 2000
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 12 Interview with Tom Quinn (16 and 17), 2000
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 13 Interview with Tom Quinn (20 and 21), 2002
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 14 Interview with Monsignor Charles Owen Rice (1 and 2), 2000
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 15 Interview with Alex Steber (1), 2002
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 16 Interview with Alex Steber (2), 2002
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 17 Interview with John Vento (1 and 2), 2002
  • Digitization in progress.
Tape 18 Interview with John Vento (3); Interview with Tom Quinn (18), 2002
  • Digitization in progress.

Box 2
Folder 1 Release Forms
Folder 2 Transcription of Interview with John E. Connelly, 2000
Folder 3 Transcription of Interview with Tom Foley, 2004
Folder 4 Transcription of Interview with Tom Kerr, 2004
Folder 5 Transcription of Interview with Jim Knox, 2000
Folder 6 Transcription of Interview with Sam Lemon, 2002
Folder 7 Transcription of Interview Excerpts with Quinn’s Family, undated
Folder 8 Transcription of Interview with Charles and Rochelle Quinn, 2001, 2004
Folder 9 Transcription of Interview with Ron Quinn, 2001, 2002
Folder 10 Transcription of Interview with Steve Quinn, 2000, 2002, 2004
Folder 11 Transcription of Interview with Tom Quinn, 2000
Folder 12 Transcription of Interview with Tom Quinn (phone), 2000
Folder 13 Transcription of Interview with Tom Quinn regarding the House Un-American Activities Committee, 1949, 2000
Folder 14 Transcription of Interview with Tom Quinn regarding UE Shop Representation and Politics, undated
Folder 15 Transcription of Interview with Monsignor Charles Owen Rice, 2000
Folder 16 Transcription of Interview with Hyman Richman, 2004
Folder 17 Transcription of Interview with Jill Leeds Rivera, 2003
Folder 18 Transcription of Interview with James Rush, 2000
Folder 19 Transcription of Interview with Henry Salczka (Slonska), 2000
Folder 20 Transcription of Interview with John Vento, 2002, 2004
Folder 21 Transcription of Interview with Robert C. Whisner, 2000
Folder 22 Transcription of Interview with Edwin Wintermeyer, 2000

Series II. Newspaper Clippings 1940-1960

Scope and Content Notes:

Hoerr collected a large number of newspaper clippings relating to Harry J. Davenport's Congressional career as a representative for a Pittsburgh district (1949-1950). These clippings begin with Davenport campaigning in 1946, but mainly refer to his 1948 campaign and 1949 term. Shortly after Davenport won his Congressional seat, his term abruptly ended when he was accused of being a Communist. The other news clippings mainly deal with Tom Quinn and his own issues with Communist accusations and the coinciding legal proceedings. In addition, Father Rice’s involvement with the UE probe is well documented. The newspaper clippings demonstrate a great understanding of the fear of communism at the time and the way it affected the lives of the three men. This series is arranged chronologically.

Folder 23 Harry Davenport and United Electric, the Worker, 1940-1950
Folder 24 The Gazette, 1946
Folder 25 Campaign, 1946
Folder 26 McDowell-Davenport Campaign, noted, 1946
Folder 27 The Gazette, 1948
Folder 28 Campaign, 1948
Folder 29 The Jewish Criterion, 1948
Folder 30 The Gazette, 1949
Folder 31 Local 601 UE Election Involving Father Rice, 1949
Folder 32 UE Probe, 1949
Folder 33 James Matles as leader of United Electric, 1949-1975
Folder 34 McDowell Victory, 1950
Folder 35 November Election, 1950
Folder 36 UE versus IUE, 1950
Folder 37 Campaign, 1950
Folder 38 Tom Quinn, 1950-1981
Folder 39 House Un-American Activity Committee Hearing, 1959
Folder 40 Harry Davenport and Elections, 1959-1960
Folder 41 Monsignor Rice, undated
Folder 42 Tom Quinn Legal Proceedings, undated

Series III. Research Notes 1914-2004

Scope and Content Notes:

Hoerr collected various other articles and materials referring to Harry Davenport, Tom Quinn and Father Rice. These research notes refer mainly to the Red Scare/Cold War period. A large portion of Hoerr’s research notes reflect the transcriptions of the House Un-American Activity Committee hearings in reference to the three main people involved. His research notes touch on other hearings which were also connected to the Communist man hunt, including motives against the UE. In addition, Hoerr documents Tom Quinn’s legal proceedings from his own Communist trial. Hoerr’s research notes demonstrate the strength the government developed behind the House Un-American Activity Committee. This series is arranged chronologically.

Folder 43 Westinghouse Bridge over Turtle Creek Valley, 1914-1916
Folder 44 Discharges of M. Darino, Fitzpatrick, Panzino, E. Darino, 1942-1967
Folder 45 Harry Davenport FBI File, 1945
Folder 46 Allegheny County District 29 Official Election Results, 1946, 1948, 1950
Folder 47 Rodef Shalom Archives, 1946-1960
Folder 48 Davenport Publicity, 1946-1948
Folder 49 Davenport-McDowell Campaign, 1947-1948
Folder 50 Congressional Record, 1949
Folder 51 House Un-American Activity Committee Hearing, 1949
Folder 52 James Matles as Leader of UE, 1949-1975
Folder 53 UE versus IUE, 1950
Folder 54 National Archives Files on the Un-American Activity Committee, 1950
Folder 55 House Un-American Activity Committee Exposes Communist Party Western Pennsylvania, 1950
Folder 56 Harry Davenport Divorce, 1951
Folder 57 Quinn Legal Proceedings, 1951-1955
Folder 58 William Peeler 601 Activist and Leader, 1952, 1998
Folder 59 United States Senate Judiciary Committee “Subversive Influence in United Electric Radio,” 1953
Folder 60 House Un-American Activity Committee, Quinn involved and Staber Testifies, 1959
Folder 61 House Un-American Activity Committee Hearing, 1959
Folder 62 House Un-American Activity Committee “Butler Hearing,” 1963

Box 3
Folder 63 Monsignor Rice Interview Transcription with Notes, 1967-1968
Folder 64 James Matles Interview Transcription, 1968
Folder 65 Tom Quinn Oral History by Ron Shatz, 1977
Folder 66 Miscellaneous Tom Quinn, 1983-2003
Folder 67 Transcription of Interview with David Lawrence, 1981
Folder 68 Quinn-Hoerr Correspondence, 1999-2000
Folder 69 Computer Printer Notes Created by Hoerr while Researching at the UE/Lab Collection, 2000-2004
Folder 70 Notes on Research in Communist Party United States Internal Files, 2002-2003
Folder 71 Book Journal of “Harry, Tom, and Father Rice,” 2004
Folder 72 Miscellaneous Davenport, undated
Folder 73 Photographs of Harry Davenport used in “Harry, Tom, and Father Rice,” undated
Folder 74 Miscellaneous Dorothy Day, undated
Folder 75 Miscellaneous Father Rice, undated