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Betty Medsger Collection of the Burglary of the FBI Office, Media, Pennsylvania

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-277

Scope and Contents

The Medsger Collection contains research materials for the book. There are copies of the original documents taken from the Media FBI office, over 30,000 pages of FBI documents Medsger obtained through a FOIA request, as well as interview notes with the burglars and other supporting materials.

Dates

  • Event: Majority of material found within 1971-2014

Physical Access Note

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Contact Swarthmore College Peace Collection staff at peacecollection@swarthmore.edu at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

None.

Biographical / Historical

Betty Medsger is an author, teacher, and investigativereporter. She worked for the Washington Postin 1971, and break the story of the break in of the FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania. The burglars, calling themselves the Citizens Committee to investigate the FBI, stole over 1,000 files, eventually revealing the role of the FBI in donestic surveillance of Vietnam war era ant-war organizations, student groups, civil rights groups, black power groups, and individual American citizens. The burglars were never caught. In 2014 Medsger published a book, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI, detailing the history of the FBI break in. With the publication of the book, most of the burglars still alive came forward. One of them was William Davidon, whose papers are also in the Peace Collection.

Extent

30 linear ft.

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Betty Medsger is an author, teacher, and investigativereporter. She worked for the Washington Postin 1971, and break the story of the break in of the FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania. In 2014 Medsger published a book, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI, detailing the history of the FBI break in. With the publication of the book, most of the burglars still alive came forward. One of them was William Davidon, whose papers are also in the Peace Collection.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into two Series. Series A contains the FBI records that Medsger obtained via a Freedom of Information Act to aid in researching and writing her book. This series is further subdivided into sections and parts, using designations applied by the FBI. The investigation by the FBI into the Media burglary was known internally to the FBI as Medburg. Series B contains the other materials that Medsger collected and used to write the book, as well as copies of the FBI records originally stolen from the Media, PA FBI office in 1971.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Betty Medsger

Legal Status

Copyright to the Betty Medsger Collection created by Betty Medsger has been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Copyright to all other materials is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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