William C. Sullivan Pamphlet Collection

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US TxSaT SC.014

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William C. Sullivan Pamphlet Collection


  • 1917-1963 (bulk 1931-1959) (Creation)


2 boxes (1 linear foot)

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Biographical history

William Cornelius Sullivan joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent in 1941. Following the war, he served in a series of administrative posts. He was appointed the head of intelligence operations in 1961. Sullivan was forced into retirement due to a dispute with J. Edgar Hoover in 1971. Both during and following his time at the Bureau, Sullivan was an outspoken critic of Hoover's policies and abuse of power within the FBI. Sullivan was viewed as an intellectual and an expert on the Communist Party in the United States. Sullivan died in 1977 of an accidental gunshot wound while hunting. He was married with three children.

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Scope and content

Collection of pamphlets on the topic of communism assembled by William C. Sullivan, former head of intelligence operations at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Many of the pamphlets are from Catholic publishers or authors. Many pamphlets have been inscribed by Sullivan, and some contain underlining or notations which may have been made by Sullivan. The collection also includes a few reproductions of articles.

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Pamphlets are arranged by publication date.

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Conditions governing access

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

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Conditions governing reproduction

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

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  • English

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Custodial history

Believed to have been purchased by Coates Library in 1985, as part of the acquisition of a larger collection of books belonging to Sullivan.

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Select items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in our Historic Pamphlets collection: https://cdm16264.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/pamphlets.

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  • Citation: William C. Sullivan Pamphlet Collection. Coates Library Special Collections & Archives, Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas).

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Archivist's note

Finding aid created by Colleen Hoelscher, July 16, 2019.

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  • Box: SC.014 Box 1
  • Box: SC.014 Box 2