John Stuart Allen Papers, USF Archives Box 3 Folder 34

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John Stuart Allen Papers, USF Archives Box 3 Folder 34

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John Stuart Allen Papers, USF Archives Box 3 Folder 34
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f/ ADDRESS TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE April 24, 1963 By John S. Allen ,/' / /' 1) Mr. Pres1dent, er, ladies and Gentlemen of the at the request of the Hillsborough County delegation, and with the knowledge of the Board of Control, I am making this response to a series of charges as reported by the press to have been made before an executive session of the two houses of the legislature on Thursday, April 18, 1963. The statements were reported to have been made by Mark Hawes, counse I to the legislotive Investigating Committee. A$ Mr. Bayo Harrison, Chairman of the Board of Control, said on TV Friday, April 19, the report made by Mr. liqwes is essentially the same report that was made public by the legislative Committee last August. The Board of Control, in subsequent months, worked with the administrations of the universities and representatives of the faculties to improve and clarify internal operation procedures. As a part of the execu-tive branch of government, the Board of Control is the duly constituted body for the supervision of the state university system. A review of the press reports indicates that Mr. Hawes' indictment was such a skillful blend of truths, half-truths, and omissions, that those who are unfamllfar wlth the background and the facts of this investigation may wonder about the seriousness of --these charges. In order that you may have this matter in sharper focus and perspective, I would like to re-examine with you some of the statements of the committee counsel. -1-

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At the very outset of his presentation, Mr. Hawes said the committee came to investigate complaints that the University was soft on Communism and that it harbored homosexuals. He said further that they had received complaints from people in the area about anti-Christian teaching nd about the use of teaching materia Is filled with filth, profanity, and vulgarity. 1) In the matter of Communists, the fact is that at the University of South Florida, the Committee found not a single member of the faculty, staff, or student body who is or ever has been a Communist or a Communist sympathizer. 2) Mr. Hawes said Dr. Jerome Davis, a person known for membership in Communist front organizations, was invited to teach at the University, and that I cancelled -his appearance under pressure from legislators and members of the Committee. He said further that a University of South Florida press release stated "falsely" that Jerome Davis was a Professor of Divinity at Yale University. The fact is; Dr. Davis was not invlled to join the faculty, but rather 10 give one lecture, to be repeated to a second section of the same course, at which his background and point of view would be identified when he was introduced to the students, and after which the students would be given time to question him critically. Dr. Davis is not now a Professor of Divinity at Yale, but he was correctly listed in the press re--lease as a former member of the faculty of the Yale University Divinity School. When I learned of these plans, I looked into the background of Dr. Davis and decided that his appearance before a formal cl would be inappropriate. The decision was solely my own. I sought advice from no one. It is now well established and known to the faculty that we do not expect to have people with Communist front affiliations speak to classes, and there has been no recurrence of such incidents. The record of testimony taken by the Legislative Committee when it was on -2-

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our campus shows that I told the Committee that I had received telephone calls concerning Davis from three legislators. All of these calls came after I personally had cancelled the appearance of Davis. This was in February, three months before we were aware of the Committee or its agents being in Tampa. 3) Mr. 1-bwes referred to Dr. Fleming af Vanderbilt University, whose recent two-volume work on the "Cold War" has been characterized by some critics as an apology for the Communist position. He said the Committee prevented the University of South Florida from hiring Fleming. The fact is: Dr. Fleming was being considered for a half-time teaching -position for one year at the University of South Florida. Before the legislative Committee came to campus, or raised a question about Fleming, I became aware of crit-icisms of his books and directed an inquiry to Congressman Francis E. Walter, Chairman of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Under date of April 26, 1962, Congressman Walter wrote me that "the records and publications of the Committee on Un-American Activities failed to reveal any record concerning Dr. Denno Frank Fleming." And I have that letter with me. Later, I received a copy of a letter signed by Dr. 1-brvie Branscomb, Chancellor of Vanderbilt University, saying that Fleming was no longer on the faculty at Vanderbilt. A further check by telephone with Chancellor Branscomb revealed that Vanderbilt had been unwilling a year prior to continue his contract a fourth year beyond the normal retirement age. At this point, I decided on my own, not to offer a contract ta Dr. Fleming. The legislative Committee had nothing to do with this decision. .. A fter the Committee left the campus, Mr. 1-bwes wrote to Chairman Baya Harrison, of the Board of Control, under date of July 27, 1962, that the Committee's source of information was in error in attributing "Communist front affiliations to Dr. Fleming of -3-

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. copy of telegram_ rve sent t1o indicated I .,: 'j Representative c. Welborn Daniel House of Representatives Tallahassee, Fla. June 13, 1963 Have learned Mark Hawes is attorney in current litigation far Tyler Gatewood Kent, now of Palatka, code clerk who in world war two stole u.s. unbreakable code from London embassy and spent six years in British prison after conviction of espionage. For last two years Kent has published anti-Jewish, anti-Negro sheet calling for return of Klan to Florida. In view of new provisions in Johns Committee statutep this seems unconscionable conflict of for Johns Committee counsel. Please phone me if more details needed, Leesburg 787-4300 or 787-4025. There is time yet. Letes do something. also sent to: Senator J. A. Boyd State Senate, Tallahassee Rep. Ralph Turlington House of Representatives, Tallahassee Rep. Frederick Karl House of Representativesp Tallahassee Senator Verle Pope State Senate, Tallahassee Sen. Wilson Carraway State Senate, Tallahassee Emmett Peter Jr.

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U N I V E R S I T Y 0 F S 0 U T H F L 0 R I D A July 22, 1963 TO: President John S. Allen FROM: John W. Egerton Brief skimming of Johns Committee records in Comptroller's Office. Mr. Van Hoose Purchases and services received: 1. Sony CR-4 wireless mike, (air mike, no card, picks up pretty well) $250, from Grice Electronics, Pensacola 2. Large quantities of Everready 412 batteries v., $1.05 ea., photo flash battery) 3. Simmons Moving & Storage Co., Tallahassee, van and five men for 3-3/4 hours; $65.63, Feb. 21, 1963 4. Edenfield Lock Service, Tallahassee, "service call and opened locked office door $5" 8/17/62. Also other bills from this same company 5. Center Building Corp., Tallahassee, rent for rooms 208 and 211 March, April, May, June 1963 $400 6. Jan. 28, 1963 transfer of $2,700 from Committee to St. Beverage Dept., following Jan. 21 letter from Johns to Harry Smith: authorizin ransfer from committee to "State Beverage Department Informant Account to be used by this committee." May and June 1962 numerous calls to Hawaiian Village, also called 223-3613 (Hillsborough County court reporter), 988-1959 (Carlos E. Bullock, 11923 River Hills Drive, T.T.) in Tampa; SU 24224, SU 24225, SU 24235, SU 23024 in Zephyrhills. All of these in 1962. March 13, 1963 14 credit card calls from Tampa to Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Miami and Lakeland, billed to 2229321 in Tallahassee. April 22, 1963 -3 credit card calls at night, Tampa to Tallahassee. April 24, 1963 -2 credit card calls, Tallahassee to Tampa. Vouchers show Barker in South Miami April 20 and 22, Leverette in Gainesville April 17-23, in Tampa April 23-May 2. Didn't find any vouchers for committee personnel in Tampa April 20-22, but could have overlooked them. May 17, 1963 -call to 872-9642 Tampa (Castaways Lounge & Package Store, 4613 Grand Central).

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Vanderbilt Uniwrsity. It appears there Is a Dr. 0 .J. Fleming, 11 the letter states, "to whom the affiliations are rightly attributable. The clear result is that the Com mittee has no Information that Dr. Fleming of Vanderbilt University has any record of Communist-front affiliations, 11 the letter says. I have my copy of that letter here, but Wtr. Hawes foiled to mention it to you. 4) In the area of homosexual behavior, psychologists, sociologists, and med ical people state that sbc to ten percent of the papulation are actiw In this category. The Investigating Committee established o cose ogalnst one man out ol neorly 500 persons on our payroll. This is one-fifth of one percent. We accepted his resignation the next day ond duly reported the facts to the Board of Control. The Committee made charges against two others which could not be supported. For other reasons these two have since been separated from the University. Since then, through our own counselling procedures, we have found two students with homosexual tendencies. They are now under psychiatric care, and are no longer in school. These results are on inc:Ucation of our careful screening. 5) One of the charges made by f.k. 1-bwes was the carefully constructed im plication that the lklfversity faculty Is onti-relfgfous{l would not attempt to vouch for the religious beliefs of every member of our faculty, but I can assure you that we are not anti-religious. We have at least half a dozen faculty who are ordained min,_ isters, and many, many others who ore active in churches of the community, as teach-ers, eldell, stewards, committee leaders, and as parishioners. In the early planning of the University of South Florida, I persuaded the Board of Control and the State Board of Education to allow me to Invite state-wide religious organizations to consider putting student religious centers on our campus. One of the centers has already been built, another Is under construction, and others

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will get underway soon. These accomplishments and these activities of the Uniwnity and Its Individual faculty members are living refutations of the charge that we are anti-religious. I might mention also the statement of owrwhelming support given the UnIversity by many, many churchmen, as further illwtratlon of this point. Mr. Hawes claimed that the faculty attacks orthodox religious beliefs of students and that my only comment was that; "It happens on every campus. 11 I The Committee record of my testimony shows that I gaw a lengthy reply to -Committee questions, based on my 39 )'ears of experience as a college student, teacher, and administrator. I Indicated to the Committee that college is a place where Ideas are examined and discussed on a rational basis. Students raise questions about relation--ships behften science and religion, philosophy and religion, literature and religion. The professor In Ale class where such questions are raised s neglecting his ntsponsfbilfty If he fails to help the students 18cognize the implications of facts as viewed from all sides of the question. The professor may choose not to reveal his own position, or he may make a clear statement of his own position in order to allow the student to discount or make allowance for the teacher's bias, if any exists. The student must come to his own conclusions. The professor is the one who helps the student to think logically. It Is this kind of discussion that happens on ewry campus. Mr. Hawes refers to my article in the Fall 1962 issue of the University of South Florida Educational Review as saying that if a professor's personal view is atheistic, that Is alright If he does not try to force it on the student / in the do I make any reference to an atheistic view. I As for myself, / both my mother's family and my father's family were Quakers who came to William Penn's Colony in the 17th century. My father's ancestors followed a migration to North Carolina In 1750. My grandparents moved to Indiana '!' -5-

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about a century ago. When I think of how my ancestors worked along with their neighbon and friends to clear the wildemessfand help develop three states of this I nation, my low of country swells in my I will toke second plaCIO to na one in my religious sincerity. 6) Mr. Hawes read quotes from writings by two authors, Salinger and Kerouac, and implied that this kind of material is "typical of the trashy, vulgar, and morally offensive literature found In (our) total reading program." The facts are these: The material obiected to by the Committee represents a fraction of one percent of the total reading material used in our classes. In this fraction of one percent there are undoubtedly passages which, when taken out of the total context in which they are used, can be offensive to the seMes. Calm and rational study in a classroom is a far cry from a street corner conversation about a paragraph or two that otherwise seems salacious. Actually, young people are reading many books by beatnik author{that are available on the downtown news stands, and someone has to find a way to show them the shallowness and poor quality of this so-called literature. One passage which was quoted to you by Mr. Hawes was from a review of -beatnik writing. The part that you heard was a passage from a beatnik novel, but he did not the review itself, ( which is a criticism of the shallowness and emptiness of such literature. That review first appeared in a national literary iournal, and because it was useful to show students the lack of quality in beatnik writing, it was later reprinted in a college casebook used by more than 75 colleges and universities across the nation. Among these are Duke University, Park College, Peabody College, N.C. State, University of North Carolina, St. Louis University, Louisiana State, University of Virginia, Stetson University, Rollins, University of Miami, Oberlin, -o-

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University of Tenneaee, Washington ondlae, Marshall University, and Westminster College. The review was used at the Uniwrslty of South Florida In an advanced writing class, where the average age of the 31 students enrolled was 24 years. It Is no longer being used at the University of South Florida. --Mr. Hawes would have you believe that the faculty and I condone porno-g-aphic literature. The fact Is directly opposite from this. When this review was discussed In class, the excellent writing of the reviewer was analyzed, and the poor writing of the 11beat11 author was analyzed. The two were compared, contrasted, and ldentlreed for what they are. This intensive study of writing style in a classroom can -and develop the perception of students to help them identify for themselws the differences between good and bad writing. To me it is inconceivable that there can exist a true community of scholars without a diversity of views. It is, therefore, essential that we as individuals be wtlllng to extend to our colleagues, to our students, and to members of the community the privilege of presenting opinions and points of view which may not necessarily correspond to our own. Criticism of any viewpoint, be it that of a colleague or of a student, must be reasoned and logical, not dogmatic and emotional. It is lnevit-able, therefore, that not every sentence In every book we use will be acceptable to any single standard of taste. Yet the fact remains that our selection of textbooks, despite the Committee 1s charges, reflects a sound balance of accumulated knowledge and opinion not unlike that of other fine universities in this state and around the country. 7) In answering charges that the Committee 1s report was biased and preiudiced against the University, Nr. Hawes said the opposite was true, and he blamed the newspapers for harming the Untwrsity. -7-

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The fact is that the news media of the state and nation have generoHy given full and accurate coverage to the investigation, and strong editorial support to the University. As a result, what would otherwise have been a secret investigation has been conducted in the open, and the iniustices which have been committed against the University have been laid open for all to see. 8) Finally, Mr. Hawes criticized the University of South Florida Educational Review as a "declaration of defiance of the people and the legislature." I submit that these essays are in no way a defiance of anyone, but rather a thoughtful examination of the ideas of which universities are made. If you will read these essays, I am confident you will agree that they reflect the principles upon which the legislature created the University of South ---... ---------1 have dealt at length with the charges presented by Mr. Hawes. However, I am more interested in having you come to know the real University of South Florida --and its strengths. We had 3,500 students of high ability enrolled in this our third year. They come from 46 counties in Florida. Most of them would not be in any college if you had not provided this new state university. The stature of the University of Sauth Florida is indicated by the reports of three accrediting groups after visitations to our campus and intensive study of faculty, program, library, students, and facilities. Their reports stated that our faculty is equal if not superior in training to that of any university in the south. Sixty-eight percent of our faculty hold doctor's degrees. This is twice the average for colleges and universities over the nation. Our College of Business Administration meets now all the applicable standards of the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business. The State Education Department has officially approved our teacher preparation program. -8-

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Our students are already being accepted in the best graduate and professtonal schools in the country, such as the law schools at Harvard and the U\lversity of Florida, the medical school at Tulane, and graduate schools at Johns Hopkins and Yale. In every national test administered at the University of South Florida our students have consistently scored well above national averages. In our Cooperative Work-Study Program, NASA is the largest single employer wtth 42 of our students working at Cape Canaveral, the Redstone Arsenal at Huntsville, Alabama, and at the Mamed Spacecraft Center at Houston, Texas. Despite handicaps of being in a new institution, our students have risen to the challenge and have organized from the ground up ctivity programs of which we are proud. All of this and more has been accomplished in iust three short years. / American colleges have two purposes. One is to give an education for earn-ing a living. That is, preparing mathematicians, economists, scientists, accountants, teachers, and The other purpose is education for citizenship, if you will give a broad definition to that term. I believe this education for citizenship is too important to leave to chance. If we are preparing a student to earn a living as a scientist, he should be a good scientist, but he should not be Illiterate about government, international relations, human relations, economies, or nne arts. If we are preparing a student to earn a living as an economist, he should be well trained, but not be Ignorant about science, the humanities, or foreign cultures. Every student should know and undentand our American institutions in order to know v!hY he Is patriotic. All of us at the Uniyersity of South Florida are patriotic. Emotional loyalty and patriotism are fine, but this is not enough. We must understand -9-

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why. We must have such a thorough understanding of the reasons and background of our American way of life that our patriotism can be based on sound logic and reason, in addition to any emotional pride we may have. In this setting, a college will have its students study, among other things, about Communism, in order to understand it and to combat it. The l.egts.lature has --already recognized the importance of this need in our public schools. We do not like Communism and we do not like cancer. But to understand and to control cancer we take the cells into a laboratory to study them and to learn all we can about them. Just as we are careful that no one contracts cancer by care less exposure to it in the .. laboratory, so we expect that those who really understand Communism from our careful study of it, wilt know how to defend themselves against it. The minister who talks about sin is not trying to sell it. He is making his parishioners aware of it in order that they may understand it and avoid it. 11A college is not engaged in making ideas safe for students. It is engaged in making students safe for ideas. 11 The teacher in the classroom can exercise his responsibility by seeing that both sides of an issue are discussed with reason and logic. The one-night stand of a visiting lecturer presents a different problem. He is before his audience for an hour of so. He is then on his way, and may never be seen again. The University of South Florida attempts Ia provide the balanc:s / and the responsibility we need in several ways, Therefore, we give our speakers long enough time to develop their themes. Then we insist that they stand for questions from the audience. We will have a speaker who will not be questioned, to clarify points for understanding, or to defend a position he has taken which someone in the audience wishes to challenge. This year we had as speakers, William Buckley, Editor of the conservative -10-

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National Review, and Norman Cousins, Editor of the liberal Saturday Review. In that same month we had Dr. Willard Libby, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, and former member of the Atomic Energy Commission, to speak. These are competent people. They speak with authority on subiects in which they are informed. They do not agree with each other. Each stood for questions from the audience, and explained and position f further. And we in the University community have our minds stretched, our horizons expanded, and a better basis for iuclgment because of these experiences. j/ You have before you in this session the greatest spending request in the history of Florida, a signiffcont part of it for the strengthening and expansion of higher education. This creates difficult and tremendously important problems which you must face. I am confident that the democratic processes through which this country has prospered will lead you to the right decisions. In closing, let me leave this thought with you. The Florida of the future is a dream of unlimited promise and potential which all of us share and work for. More than any other thing, outstanding universities will make that dream come true. This is the key to our economic advancement, our scientific advancement, our cultural advance-ment, and to the development of sound ond intelligent leadership which will be de-manded of us. But our university system cannot prosper, it cannot fulfill its responsi bilities for leadership and service, in a climate of fear and distrust. In our system of operation, the Governor appoints the Board of Control; these men in turn, with the approval of the State Board of Education, select the men and women who will lead our universities, and vest in them the responsibility and the trust to bring excellence into the educational process. This must be done by competent and responsible people, sensitive to their professions, and dedicated to educating the youth of Florida which is our future. Only with this quality of responsible teamwork con the state reach its goals of greatness.

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Chief Administrative T eam from Univ. of South Fla. Dr. Sidney French Dean of Aca d emic Affairs Dr Her bert funderlic h Dean of Student Affairs Mr. R obert Dennard -Univ. Business Manager Dr. J.A.Battle, Dean Colleg e of Education Dr. C N Millican, Dean, Coll e ge of Business Admin Dr. E d win a r tin, Dean Colleg e o f Basic Studies. This is bet ween tri-mesters and Dean Rus sell Cooper is in L uuisiana inspecting a colle g e for accredit ation by the Southern Assoc. o f Coll e ge s

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' I ditor1al Daily Commercial, Leesburg1 scheduled Tuesday, April 23, 196J JOfH OOMig MR SAD The paeaioute speech of rk Hawes on the floor of the State Senate, 1D 4eten of the Johna 00111Dlittee, tinge ot sa4n to thoae who nt oricla to o head with e. gr t university system !he pu.dQ 1 vq from 'st. Peteraburg huffed -. nd puff d and a id nothin& r all I new Hie haratJSe amounted to rming up the now-stale haSh of Leg1sl tiv e Inv stigat1ons Oommitt findings at the Un1versit1 ot South Floridt:u "Wlgar" or theistic" booka ooliiJJIUa1et lectur ra. nd esorted 1mmoral1 titt. s At time a th oratlon b came hy eu.Cb as u.ae of the old p rlor tt'iok of in inttating that th Committee tound even J9E!e iniquitie but left them out of the report to shi -ld the sChool from hurt. t a carefUl observ-er could de1:ect the r al f ra of librari and dictate teaChing policy to professors. fhQee peoJ?l __ Jlespegtel;x tfraid g( 1;4ps. fear J D Sa .linger because he. dares writ books that ar outeict th pal ot Hawes s nd Senator ,Johns s coz,world of

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can n!Mh, teat, and naluat idea, and ncl up w1 th the voOJa'balarieaa tt lett-wing" ideaa are a'W&l.lon4 bJ there 1e tar aor or the I'Otic 1n Sha 'keepearea pla7a tban ent.iM 8helt' Of lals.Dg.r?' 1Jia he not read the nng Jam 014 1!astaaa1i r.o.-ntlt e110Ugh to ""ll the hun4re 4e of .aalaoioua paaag .. ? Would ht ban Babllei e U4 Boocacio an4 rk t.1D. an4 Jrank11n? Would h throw out wd,l &4nlfta. We aa:t4 tht Bawea rt oi'aanoe was sad, '"" Tt 18 eaa btoauee there ian' t &117. war to r e aoh the lll1n4 of Mr.

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Jecusco 4901 San Jose Tampa, Florida Dear t+k. Jecusco: 2 1963 Thanks ever so much for your kind letter of April 27th I have been encouraged by the many letters I haver celved When I was speaking In Tallahassee I felt that I was speaking for many peopl I I note that you a11 a graduate of Bates College,. class of 1927. Dr. Charles Phillips who. I the Preslde"t of Bates College was for many years a colleague of mine and a next door ne lghbor wheri we wer e on the fa cult)' together at Col gat In the 1930's. Dr. Phllllpa, his wife and his two' chlldren were the finest relghbon we how ever had. We regret that wear so far apart geographically thofwe do not get to aee each oth.r often Idose Presld nt Phllllpaev ry year or so. 'Bates Is a fine college and Dr. Phillips Is a fine P resident. You should be proud of both of them Sincerely John S A lien P resldent

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NORTH CAROLINA STATE COLLEGE O F A GRICULTUR E A N D E N G INEERI NG O F THE UNIVER S ITY O F N O R T H C A R OLIN A RALEIGH JoHN T CALDWELL CHANCELLOR President John Allen University of South Florida Tallahassee, Florida Dear John: 3 May 1963 My inlaws in Saint Petersburg sent me Martin Waldron's account from Tallahassee of your appearance before the Johns Committee. I am terribly impressed. It is obvious that you did a wonderful, statesmanlike job that will be everlastingly to your credit and to the credit of higher education in Florida. So congratulations and all the best wishes in the world for more peace and for continued progress at the University of South Florida. JTC: nsj !I' Most sincerely, CELEBRATING NORTH CAROLINA S T ATE COLLEGE' S DIAMOND JUBILEE AND THE LANOGRANT COLLEGE CENTENNIA L

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Mr. George P Shingler 624 South Hernando Street lake Ctty, Florlcla Dear Mr Shingler: I I May 14, 1 ,963 It was kind and thoughtful of you to write me cis you did on Aprfl 26th The problems which we face at the University of South Florida are not local .Your daughter's experience In Edgewater High Schoallndlcates that It Is broader than Just onespc)t In florida, and the repom which 'come In from all over the nation Indicate that this klrd of thing Is happening l'n scattered spots all country When 1 gave my speech before the legislature, I felt that I was ipeaklng for many people.. Yesterday' Tampa .Tribune had a column of tats from teadlng newspapers over the entire state, and I am encl01lrig a copy for )'OUr Information I have been heartened by the strong edltorla l support over the sta... Sincerely, John S.. A lien President

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HOME OFFICE 700 TENTH ST. NW WASHINGTON I, D. c. Dear ir Allena HOSPITAL VISITATION SERVICE V. A. HOSPITAL p, o. BOX 3006 LAKE CITY. FLORIDA April 26,1963 G. P. SHINGLER FIELD AGENT 824 S. HERNANDO ST. LAKE CITY, FLORIDA Doubtless you will be surprised to reoeive this letter from me a man whom you met as Head of the Naval Stores Station Olutee Fla when you were Vice P.residenj of the University Of FloBida.Once in my life time I held a professorship of chemistry and geology at Emory College Oxford Ga. and got into trouble with the trustees in the teaching of Evolution. I therefore read with interest your talk before the legislature in response to accusations m a de by the notorious John's Comrndttee.MY daughter as has her con temporary scienae teachers at Edgewood High in Orlando have been before the Com mittee but only answered such questions as their lawyer advised them to answer. The teachers stood together to have a lawyer with them. when t hey appeared before the Committee.MY daughter teaches Biology and Physics.Dr Allen as a citizen and one interested in Higher Education and in Academic Freedom I stand lOQ% behind you. Have you read the Emory Alumnus for the current month?It is devoted entirely to Academic Freedom and freedom of S peech in the dissemination of truth.E mory has come a lon g ways. It is with pleas)ll"e that I recall by-gone days when I was e m ployed by the Govt as a che mist and in charge of the Naval Stores Station. Highest presona.l regards and best wishes from Your frien d

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t-Ar. Donald A Jr Hall lkllvenlty of South Florida Campus Dear D onald: May 1.4, 1963 It was thoughtful of you to write me as you_ dtd on April 26th. As you con Imagine, my before the l.egls lature r equi r ed many man hours In preparation, In order for me to be sur -It was precise and would .. do thet fob. I felt when I was ipeaklng that I Yt'aS speaking for many people, and I hove had this feeling confirmed by many wonderful letters such as youn which have come to me since then The U.nlwrslty of South Florida has o strong faculty, a very able student body, and we haw a program that Is maklng o mark, not only In Florida, but In educational clrc;le$. throughout the nation W ith many thanks for your contribution to this effort. \ Sincerely, John S A llen Presiden t

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Dr. John Allen -President University of South Florida T ampa, Florida Dear Dr. Allen: 106 Beta Hall uc 1 9 27 April 26, 1 963 A s a student of the Univers ity o f South Florid a allow me to offe r my personal congratulations to y o u on your rebuttal of t h e report of t h e Johns Commit tee a s stated b y Mr. Hawes. I have never lost f aith in the integrity of the Universi t y and its f aculty, and I am sure that y our presentation will greatly help to rebuild t h e f aith of t hose persons less personally involved in our u niversity a n d i t s affairs. A g ain may I offer not only my con g r atulation s but m y thanks. It is an honor to b e attendin g the University of So uth Florida. Sincerely Donald A M cCrimmon, Jr.

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LUDLOW 1CC sunset I presbyterian church 3550 DAVIE BOULEVARD F"ORT LAUDERDALE, F"LORIDA REV. THOMAS NAPOLITAN REV. PAUL FORCE MINISTER ASSOCIATE MINISTER 510 LONG ISLAND AVENUE 1629 N.W. 11TH COURT LUDLOW 3 JACKSON 2 Hr. John s. Allen, President University of South Florida Sarasota, Fla. Dear Mr. Allen: May 8, 1963 I have read the report of the investigation of the University of South Florida. H ay I say, that I preached. about this matter in my sennon Sunday and our people were shocked to know that such conditions exist in your university. It just so happens that I know soraethinq about Jerome Davis anQ his long standing record as a communist or pro-communist. And., are not the professors in your university acquainted with the writings of Georqe Dimitrov where he says one university professor, who without being a party member lends himself to the interests of the Soviet Union, is worth more than a hundred. men with party W e have also been told that South America may fall t the communists in the very near future. W e are deeply disappointed that there seems to be little sense of patriotism in our tax supported State University. I have the unfortunate experience te have a member of my church tell me that her scm went to a State Unit.ll:'sity and became the victim ef a homosexual in that university. After such a report, what should be the attitude of a minister who has been preaching morality to his people and then read about these conditions? I shall be very happy to hear your side of the story. Sincerely yeurs, TN:mb

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' Rev. Thomas Napolitan Presbyterian Ct.J rch Davie BoUiewrd Fort La rdafe Florida Dear v. Napolitan: May 15, 196.3 I hen your letter of May th, and In reapo,. I om Mndlng to you a man usc:rlpt of the s ech I d b.fore both houses of the leglaloture on April 24th Thla speech was given In raponM to a resolution passed In both houses, asking !hat I be given time to respond to the. eh:arges ma by the attorney for the t..glslative In atlgatlng Committee As stated in my speech, the attorney for the Committee made many sto ments that were nly half-tru ths, and omitted many atotements that should hove been made, and thus gave a completely erroneou s / Impression of the University of South Florida ,. I am enclosing also a repuctlon from the ndoy, Mcy 13th, luue of the To pa Trl ne, which summarizes editorials from se ral of the leodlng news-In the s A lao en closed Is o co'py of the c:Urrent iuu of the USF Foundation Newsle tter, which g IV.t s Inter esting lnformati.on about the University o f South F lorida. D uring this third trimester of this academic: oureN"ollment Ia 6 of what it was lng trimester 11. The o t her universities in the syste m have en-. roll ments ranging from 49 to 5 of wfiot they hod In II. 1 Indicated In my speech, we have a strong and a IO)IQI faculty loyof not only to the University of South Florida but to the United S tates and the Committee found no Communists here. I am sorry that you .-em to haw been misled by the OM'11ded report of tht Commlt ... 'a'attorney, which was written like the bllef of a protecutlng attorney I notice that you are a mlnlsm of a Presbytwrlan C hurch. y I aug st that you contoet ev. John 8. Dickson, of the flnt Pr.sbyrlan Church of Tampa, fN Rev. James Jadcaon, of the Temple Terrace Preab,t.rlon Tempi Terrace. Both oft m inis .. ,. kF\OW me, Gf'd they know many of our faculty. They are familiar with our program and eon answ.r ony .,.atlona you may have the kfnd of program w. haw at the University of South Fllda.

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May 1.5, 1963 Rev. Thomoa deem rt on honor to haw you vlalt the Unlwnr.Y, cmd let,... show you what w. are doing here, and haw you mMt and talk to 101M of our foculty and students be. Rev. John B D ickson Rev. James R Jackson SlnCIII'ely, John S A Ilea e1lcfent

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I I I Rev. Thomas Napolitan Sunset Presbyterian Church 3550 Davie Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, Florida Dear Rev. Napolitan: May 17, 1963 In further reply to your recent letter, I om sending you two Items which how lust come ta hand. One Is on article written by Mr. Emmett Peter, Jr. editorial page editor of The Dally Commercial at leesburg, and president of the Florida Society of Edlton This was published In the Ap-11 27th Issue of The New Republic. This article Indicates the kind of reputation which the Johns Committee Is giving Florida over the nation On the other hand, the enclosed mimeographed news release from the Unlvenlty of South Florida, will give you an Idea of the quality of the students at the Unlve"lty of South Florida, and the quality of the program In which they are enrolled, by the relottwly htgh scores they hove made on national examinations With best wishes Sincerely, JohnS. Allen President

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' LUOLCW 1CC sunset I presbyterian church 3550 DAVIE BOULEVARD F'CRT LAUDERDALE, F'LCRIDA REV. THOMAS NAPOLITAN REV. PAUL FORCE MINISTER ASSOCIATE MINISTER 510 LONG ISLAND AVENUE 1629 N.W. 11TH COURT LUDLOW 3 JACKSON 2 Dr. Jehn S. Allen, Pres. University ef Seuth Fleri._ Tampa, Fleridi. Dear Dr. Allen: May 22, 1963 I want te thank yeu fer the answer te my letter. I appreciate yeur sense ef henesty in dealinq with this subject. First ef all, I am happy te knew that yeu did net appreve f Jereme Davis and Dr. Fleminq in the first place and that y aur university is geing t e have a sterner pelicy teward pre-cemmunists. I further appreciate the fact that reviews ef trashy, beatnik literature will be eut in the future. I am alse interested t e see that these three hemesexuals were dealt with immediately .. I alse feel that investigating cemmittees are a necessity, but I further feel that they euqht te the president ef a c llege the eppertunity te clean up a situatien himself before anything is mentiened te the newspapers. My interest as a minister and a father, whe will seen h a ve twe beys in celleqe is that eur sheuld he kept abselutely free frem hemesexuals because at the present time, in my I have a hey whe went te Flrida State University and there fell inte the hands e f a h e m esexual en the faculty. If yeu were te put yeurself in place, I am sure that y e u weuld feel as I de. I feel, hewever, after cerrespending with y eu, tha t y e u are a man whe is net afraid te step in a nd clean up a situatie n tha t is n e t right. Thank yeu fer yeur kind letter. Sincerely yeurs, TN:mb

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. WESTERN TELEGRAM SF-1201 (4-60) l T-lnternational -letter Telegram w P MARSHALL. PRUIOENT :. '"' '----The filing time shown in the date line on domestic telegrams is LOCAL TIME at point of origin Time of receipt is LOCAL TIME at point of destination 1144:\ EST APR 24 AA 197 J .-A TPB094;LONG PO TAMPA'FLO 24 1113A EST 1 ..,. "1.-., l.l,,;,flf',; OR JOHN. ALLEN I .. CARE OFFICE OF OR BlEE FlORIDA II!ISTITtfTE FOR GONTINUir.fG UNIVERSITY STUDY TATLARASSEE FLO ,. DEAR PRESIDENT ALLEN: WE, THE tJNOERSIGNEil, CITIZENS OF T ,AMPA VISH TO. YOU IN YOOR EFFORT TO EXPLAIN THE FACTS CONCERNING THE.HALF TRUTH CHARGES MADE BY THE INVESTIQATING COMMITTEE ABOUT u.s.F. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT FALSE AtlEGATIONS/PRODUCED BY wiTCHHUNT" INVESTIGATIONS DESIST AE OF THE SYSTEM IS AT STAKE., ; ."'. '. : DR AND MRS CARRON, CAWRENCE PE.RRY 1 LEO BATELL MD, R A LIGGETT 1 REV R Att.EN DAVIS, LUCY O'BRIEN; BYRNE, LITSCHGI, MORTtMER aGLBMAN1 DR L HIRSCH, DR. J HIRSOH,-DR J NEWMAN, JOSEPH tJARSHAW1 MR ANO MRS JOSEPH DI BONA, REV EDWIN DAVIS, REV J FREP DICKMAN,, OR. _. AND MRS BYRON JESSE, OR PHILIP ADLER, MARTIN MARRICK, BEN ROVETCH1 ) ROBERT FRANiBLAU,. MORTON GOULD, QAVIO COWEN,, I ERDMAN,_ SAMUEL FRAIBERG, LEON STONE, DR MARSHALL SMITH1.WitliAM G AMICK, sTEWART GOLDING, JAMES J BERTRAND1.JOHN/ T HILBURN, FRANK PARLIER, OR GARTa DREWRY, W JACKSON JONES, 0 R MILLER, RICHARO. l DEPROSPER01 I PECKETT, J LEON ROBT L WESTBEINER1 ROSE GORDON, JACK FRANKLIN, Al JAMES OLIVER, BR DONAtO SCHMIDT, HARRIET GROSSMAN, MRS B S WILTSHIRE, OR D KONICOFF, WM WINGFIELD, JOSEPH MANDESE, FRED PERLMAN1.MR MRS BRUCE ATKINS, VEL.AIATE THOMAS; ltR AND MRS WOHL1.JJARTINSACKS1 DR FRED VAL.KER1 MR. AND MRS.HENRY RICHARDSON, MR AND MRS.BEN ZACK1 ALBRITTON, R a WALKER, Jt9E BR0WN1 PETtR DRUBAN, KEM MARKISON1 K JAMES KINGCQME, WILLlAM EISARY1 WILLIAM T SAMS1 WM A KOESTER {25). )

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.. ... ) Persons who signed telegram addressed to Dr. John Allelfl;prior to his address to the State Legislature -April 24, 1963. and Mrs. Jonas Carron, Physician, DI.' 659 R1v1era Dr1ve, J ; /nee Perry Dr. Leo Batell, Physician, 215 Bannockburn Avenue, TT R. A. Liggett, Chairman of the Board, First National Bank, Thonotasassa 304 Midlothian Avenue, Temple Terrace ( Rev. R. Allen Davis, Pastor, Congregational Church, Fowler & River Hills Mrs. Lucy c. O 'Brien, 5406 Seminole Avenue, Tampa ..,_---'---t!r Byrne .. Lit s c]l g i, _Attorney, Nat'! Bank Bldg., Tampa / ,; v' Mr. Mortimer Goldman, &ec. -Tres., 'House of Design, .Inc J 489 Bosphorus Mr. Lester Kidder & 4549 Swann Avenue, Tampa Dr. Joseph Hirsch, {Qptom. )811 Fi:orida Avenue / Jay Newman, 0ptom. 8933 Florida Avenue vf Mr. Joseph Warshaw, 458 Marmora Avenue Ave. / & Mrs. Joseph DiBona, (Agt., A DiBona & SonJ568 Leezon Avenue, DI Rev. Edwin Davis, Temple Terrace Methodist Church, 806 Belle Meade TT fpt::.C::Op.J :1 .. /lo ()2.J-a..-...e_ & Mrs. Byron Besse, 4619 Lowell Ave. i/"-;;;Philip Adler, 208 East 7th Ave. Coatt br. mgr. Food Fair,)493 s uwanee Circle DI (Mr. /Mr. Ben Rovetch, 108 Huron Ave. Robert V Franzblau, 495 S. Gould, &res. Suwanee Circle DI G & E Const. coJ594 Mr. David Cowen, 577 west Davis Blvd. Riviera Dr., DI Erdman, Southern Alloy Steel Corp. 570 Riviera Dr. DI c/ Mr. Samuel Fraiberg, (Fraiberg Insurance Agcy ),1502 South Howard Ave. V Leon Stone SecTres. Florida Cleaning Service Co J 2805 Terrace Dr.

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4 .. Marshall Smith, (Physician,) 4609 Bayshore Blvd. Dist. Repr., Dallas Ceramic Co., 2122 s. West Shore Blvd. vi Mr. Stewart Golding, Bay State Mortage Corp.:J467 Marmora Dr. DI James J. Bertrand, ( Agt. State Mutual Life Assurance Co. of Am 0 3402 Kensington Ave. Mr. Hilburn,(Mqr. Tampa Division Steel Corp.,)2604 Allen Place /Mr. Frank H. Parlier, (supv .-. lwyer Nat'l Labor Relations 615 South Dakota /Dr. Garth Drewry, CPhysician 1 Davis Blvd. w. Jackson Jones,(lwy. Nat11 Labor Relations Bd. 14 Adalia Ave. ,j Mr. /Mr. IV::. I Mr. Odediah R. Miller,lAttorney, Nat'l Labor Relations Bd 4205 Manhattan Richard L. DeProspero, (_Lwy. National Labor Rel. Bd. 4205 South Irvin Peckett,(:res. Fla. Cleaning Service 27 Ladoga Ave. DI J. Leon Adair, (atty, Nat'l Labor Relations Bd J3703 Lelia Ave. Mr. Robert L. Westbeiner' Nathan Gordon wife of Supv., Mutual Life Ins. of N. Y.J 42 Bering DI Mr. Jack Franklin,(?res. Franklin Packaging Service)476 Bosphorus Ave DI / Mr. Alton A. Wicker, Jr.,(Tiffany Terrazzo) 3216 w. Louisiana 11Ave. James Oliver, (
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Mrs. Joseph Wohl,(.;rice Pres., Louis Wohl & Sons,) 2109 Bayshore Blv vf Mr. Martin Atty., Nat'l Labor Fred Walker, \0Ptometrist,)5011 Homer Relations Bd ) 561 Lucerne Ave. DI and Mrs. Henry Richardson, Internal Revenue) 489 Itasca Ave.DI and Mrs. Ben Zack, \Gen. mgr. Zack Sup.) 3310 Knights Ave. A. Dallas Albritton, Jr.,(v-Pres. Preferred Securities Inc.) 569 Luaon Ave. DI vfMr. R. H. Walker, 2814 Lorraine Ave. Mr. Joe Brown PE.ter Druban,(whol 40 Bering DI I / Br. Kenneth L. Markison, (oPtician) 2902 98th Avenue I Mr. William J. william F. J Mr. William T. Kingcome, Peter Druban 1911 Meridel Ebsary, (agt. State Mut Life Assurance Co. of Am,) 806 South Orleans Sam s, ( agt. Fidelity Union Life Insurance) 1908 E. Idlewild 1 ) Mr. William A. Koester, '500 Bosphtrus Ave. DI

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... April 29, 1963 Dr. and Mrs. Jonas Carron 65 Riviera Driv e Ta mpa, Florida Dear Dr. and M r s C a rron: I appreciate the telegram which you, along with 64 others, sent to me in Tallahaseee last we.ek. It gave me real encouragement,/ and I felt that I was speaking for many people. Many thanks for your support. Since rely, John s. Allen President .I

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AIR MAIL Honorable Parr1a BrJant, Governor ot Plorida, Tallahaaaee Dear Governorc April 19, 1963 Newapaper ator1ea indicate aome cr1t1c1am baa been leveled at Doctor John S Allen, on account ot hia adm1n1etration ot our Univera1tJ ot South Florida. I 'have aome peraonal knowledg ot Dootor Allen' running or the University whidh I consider enable me to ta1rly appaiae, to my own aat1ataction at leaat, h1a au1tab111t7 tor the poaition. Aa a reault:or this, I wish to berebJ record my diaapproval and rejection or euch oritiolam. I do thia aa a c1t1zen and tax payer or Florida for more than 3S yeara. At the eame time, and on the aame baaia, I ooma8nd Doctor Allen to the Board of Control aa an ideal educator to operate the University, knowing that in due tS.. he it into one or our great univerait1ea ot higher learning., I congratulate the oard on ita w1ada. in aeourtng Doctor'Allen for the taak.

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'. I I Raymond C. Smith ,J830 CherokH Trail LaiCeland, Florida Dear Mri. Smiths. May 2, 1963 The Honorable Lawton has told me of your recent letter him, and I want to thank you for yow In the University of South and yOur of our efforts here Sincerely, JohnS. Allen President I I, #

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I .. Honorable Lawton M. Chiles, Jr. Florida Ho.we of TallahaiiH, Florida Dear Lawton: liiGy 2, 1963 I appNclate ever 10 much your Mndlng me the letter from Mn. Rayinond C. Smith, and copy of your reply to ._r. loth of the are ... ry encouraging to Ul. W ith every good wish. I \ Sincerely, JohnS. Allen Prldent \ /.

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MALLORY E HORNE Speaker BOBBY RUSS Speaker Pro Tempore LAMAR BLEDSOE Chief Clerk W. A. BALLENTINE Sergeant at Arms FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LAWTON M. CHILES, JR. REPRitBENTATIVE, POLK COUNTY P. o Box t 142 LAKELAND, FLORIDA Dr. John Allen, President, TAlLAHASSEE May 1st, 1963 University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Dear Dr. Allen: COMMITri:E81 JUDICIARY A, CHAIRMAN EDUCATION-PUBLIC SCHOOLS GAME a FRitSH WATER FISH INSURANCit CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMitNTS RULES a CALitNDAR BANKS a LOANS I thought you might be pleased with this letter which I received from a lady in Lakeland. LMC/sf Enclosures. Lawton M. Chiles Jr.

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MALLORY E. HORNE Sptahr BOBBY RUSS Spta., Pro Ttlllf'MI LAMAR BLEDSOE Chltf Cltrlt W. A BALLENTINE S,..ntatAr FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TALLAHASSEE LAWTON M. CHILD, JR. RaPRI:SIENTATIVI:, POLK COUNTY P.o. aox 1142 LAKI:LAND, FLORIDA Ma7 let, 1 63 COMMITTI:I:S1 JUDICIARY A, CHAIRMAN EDUCATION-PUBLIC SCHOOLS GAMI: FRESH WATI:R FISH INSURANCE CONSTITUTIONAL AMI:NDMI:NTB RULES CALENDAR 8ANKS. LOANS Mrl. ,.... c. Sld.th. 1830 CbftokM Trail Lakeld, Florida. Mrl. lld.th: Thank ,ou for ,our letter of April 25th. I appwec:iate vJ:J aucb JOUI' eeodin& ,our vorde of pra1 for the Ua1vere1ty of South Florida. 1 aar with JOU tbat 1t i.e a P' t ueet t our part of tbe tate ad 1 ver7 bappJ to leam that they are offeriDI euch e.cellent cour for ur adult c CJ.al .. 11. lt 11 VftJ refrbi.G& to hear fr a t paJer who lt aatlafi .. with eenlce beiDa r dered bJ ooe of. 1 OUI' fiDe ecate I.Detitutiooe. 'fbaok u for ,our kllul word of ooura....-at, I t a1Dcere1J, Lawtoo M. Chi lee, Jr. LJC/af I (

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The Rt. Rev. William L. Hararaw S uffragan Bishop DloQete of South Florida Box 4022 St. Petersburg, Florida .I Dear 8111: MI:Jy 2, 1963 Thonk you for your letter of April 29th. I would haw been honored to haw had you I n the audience when I gave my speech to the legislature last As you pr. Qbably know, the Clergymen of the Tampa Deanery sent a wonde rful re.Oiutlon in support of the Unlvenlty of South Florida and what we are doin g here, and I have shared this with memben of the Board of Control. I appreclat. ewr so much yOw. strong support, and also your reminder that you are ready to olst us further. ewry good wish to you and Mn. Sincerely, John .s. Allen President

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DIOCESE OF SOUTH FLORIDA THE RT. REV. HENRY I. LOUTTIT, D. D. BISHOP THE RT. Rt:V. WILLIAM L. HARGRAVE, D. 0. SUFFRAGAN BISHOP Box 4022 ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. Dr. John Allen University-of South Florida Tampa, Florida Dear Dr. Allen: April 29, 1963 I was in Tallahassee on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week but could not remain for the Wednesday afternoon session .at which you .appeared before the Legislature. I did pick up the five o'clock news reporton it Wednesday afternoon. and was exceedingly-pleased to know that you received a standing ovation .as you left the Legislative Hall. As you knpw I stand ready at any time to assist you in defending and prosecuting the principles for which you have stood. With personal regards to you and Mrs. Allen, I am Faithfully yours, William L. Hargrave Suffragan Bishop ,. WLH-:mr

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Dr. John s. Allen, 4202 Fowler Avenue, Tampa, Florida. Dear Dr. Allen, P. 0. 1\u April 23, 1963. The following men of the Tamp a estant Episcopal April 22, 1963. statement was adopted as a declaration of the clergy Deanery of the Diocese of South Florida of the ProtChurch in the u. s. A., meeting in Valrico, Florida, .. The Episcopal Church has been in close touch with the University of South Florida since the latter's inception. It was the first religious body to accept an offer of the President to build a chapel and student center on university property, and that chapel and student center were the first to be completed. Since the first students entered the university, the Episcopal Church has had a chaplain serving them. The Episcopal clergy of this Deanery hereby state publicly their utmost confidence in Dr. Allen, President of the University of South Florida. We have come to know him and to respect him as a scholar and a Christian gentleman. We do not believe that he has w:>rked to destroy Christianity, but rather has sho -wn himself eager to foster religious development and maturity in the lives of the young people in his charge. We have also come to know and admire members of the faculty of the University. MOre than thirty of the teaching and other presonnel of the University embrace the Gospel as we know and teach it in the Episcopal Church, and many others have been sympathetic with our Church endeavors on the campus. We are ashamed that members of the community have impugned these people with innuendoes and unsupported accusations, and have rebuffed them. We regret that many have left and others plan to leave the staff apparently because of allegations made during the investigation of the University by the so-called "John's Committee" of the State Legislature. It is of deep convern to us that general unrest has been caused by the report of the committee. As teachers and proclaimers of the Christian religion we declare that the afore mentioned committee has stepped outside it's proper province in making judgements regarding "orthodoxy" since the civil government is specifically debarred from establishing anT. That obviously denom&national conflicts over "liberalism' and conservatism" should color the "findings" of the committee investigation Should be enough to disqualify the committee in this matter. If laws are being broken, let the committee refer the matter to the proper police departments; if laws need amendment, let the committe recommend such amendment to the Legislature. We, the clergymen of this Deanery, believing that the work of the aforesaid committee has produced harm rather than good, are convinced that the committee should be discharged. The above stat' ement was adopted unanimously by the eighteen clergymen present and voting at the regular April meeting of tlie Tampa Clericus held Monday, April 22, at Valrico, Florida. Willis R Doyle, Secretary.

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' \ :-__, -.....J APR 2 5 1963 To The Honorable State Legislators of Florida: Since Universities depend on their faculties and academic policies to draw and hold scholars, they must be free from political interference. There fore we, the majo r i t y o f the meniDers of the Florida Divis ion of the American Association of University Women a s k the Florida Legislature to curtail its investigative committee which threatens Academic Freedom and use all available money to further Higher Education. /._/ ,_ ( Committee on Academic Freedom American Association of University Women Mrs. William C. Scott, C hairman Florida Divis i o n Legislative Chairman Mrs. R. George S wift, Florida Division Hig he r Edu cation Chairman Mrs. Thomas J L y or., Melbo urne Eau Galli e Branch Presiden t Dr. Lucile c Foutz, Membe r at Lar ge. r '--0

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.. \VESTERN UNION TELEGRAM f'J -1201 (4-;ll) W. P MARSHALL. P AI:IIOtN1' T h e filing time shown in rho dare I m e on d omomc relegr.m' TIME ar poJOt of or igm. Time of rcc""'' s LOCAL Pcont of den"'"""' 1205P EST APR 24 63 AA216 A TPB104 DL F'D TAIIPA FLO 24 1121A EST PRESIDENT JOHN S ALLEN UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA CARE SEN TOM WHITAKER FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TALLA SEE FLO MAY I JOI WITH T MANY T OUSANDS OF IVERSITY OF SOUTH rLORIPA IOOSTERSU WHO ARE INTERESTED I N THE ACADEMIC FREEDOM OF THIS .IUDDlNG UNIVERSITY AND EXTEND ENCOURAGEMENT AND MPRAL SUPPORT TO YOU IN YOUR APPEARANCE BEFORE THE JOINT lEGISLATlVE COMMITTEE ERNEST BRENNER SOUHERN COMFORT BLVD TAMPA FLA (37)

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I April 25, 1963 Rev. R Allen Davia University Te"ac:e.Unlted Church of Christ Fowler Avenue Tampa, Florida Dear Rev. Davits Thank you fOr me the United Church Herald, with articles by Dr. ROM and Dr. Robertson. I haw been able to put them to good use. Thanks also for your wonderful support of our efforts here. Sincerely, JohnS; AIAen President

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Dr. John S. Allen, President the University of South Florida Tampa 4, Florida April 2.3, 196.3 ccs Dr. Roger Hazelton, Dean, Oberlin Graduate School of Theology Dr. Roger Shinn, William E. Dodge Professor of Applied Christianity, Union Theological Seminary Dear President Allena Res Church and University From the founding of Harvard College to the framing of New College (Sar asota) the United Church of Christ, which together with the Anglican and the Roman Catholic communions represent the original triad of religious communities in our nation, has considered the ca use of campus and the concern of the church ne. The climate of concern evident on the campus of the University of South Florida from its founding has proved wholely congenial to the United Church. The work of the local Un ted Church represents an effort to make plain the theological outlook characteristic of spokesmen for the United Church: Reinhold Niebuhr, Roger Shinn, Roger Hazelton, Nels Ferre, Walter Marshall Horton, and Paul Tillich. Its efforts have not escaped notice (the accompanying copies of the UNITED CHURCH HERALD focus attention of members of the nation' s seventh largest religious fellowship on Tampa). Outreach to the community through the university bespeaks our nation's conc ern for the uniqueness of the person which is, after all, our most certaJn defense against communism. The University of South Florida's presentation of SCIENCE AND THE MODERN a conference involving Dean Ediwn Mart n, Dr. Donald Rose, Dr. Henry Robertson, Dr. Frank 'Friedl and Dr. Jesse Binford, its cooperation with the United Campus Christian Fellowship, and its involvement by voluntary acts of individual members of the campus family in ERASE, won commendation from delegates to the United Church's conference at Rollins College last week. In confronting challenges to your judgment and the loyalty of members of your faculty to the American idea posed by the legislative committee feel sure that our sympathies are arraigned on your side. ly yours, () ...... Q_,t.L_1\j r}7"'GUV Vc)R. A len Davis

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INSTITUTIONS Or HIGHER l!EARNING UNIVERSITY OF" FLORIDA INCLUDING AGRICULTURAl EXPERIMENT ST.A.TION AND AGRICULTURAL SERVICE GAINESVILLE FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY TALLAHASSEE UNIVERSITY OF" SOUTH FLORIDA TAMPA FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL UNIVERSITY TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND SAINT AUGUSTINE BOARD OF CONTROL OF FLORIDA ..J. B. CULPEPPER, E XECUTIVE DIRECTOR TALLAHASSEE, F"LORIDA April 24, 1963 Dr. John s. Allen, President University of South Florida Tampa, Florida Dear John: This brief note is to say I was proud of the tastefulness and effectiveness of your talk to the Senate today. Very sincerely yours, HFS:uc

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. I lh. Martin Sacks 561 Lucerne Awnue Tampa, Florida Dear t-k Sacks: April 25, 1963 It was good of you to send me a copy of your let .. r of April 19th to the Editor of the Tribune. I 'NOS particularly pleaMd that the Editor published It. It >NOs a very good statement.and very helpful to our efforts. It Is good to have support from such persons as you Sincerely, JohnS. Allen Pr .. ldent ...

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, ) 561 ...... llillll t ., ''-fA -ril 19 1963 ,._ Uitor t ... Tl"t_. .... ll.ftida at S.O.l:Ol' -r .IDillllll Uai'Vftitr of tooth riot' tu 11 flat tate .. .. lli111nl f n ta -... u t .._.uout plot. f10ri.. tta abaft t .,_ buneu tt. us.u an rlac:ial "-"Nil of 11 f 11 f CIOIIU prilllrf.ly 1 Callfo : !ua Flort.cla. t.ply bee f taok of q attoa 11." )

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I Mr. Ston Witwer Managing Editor Evening Independent P.O. Box 1121 St. Petersburg, Florida Dear Ston: I 29, 1963 Your note of April 25th was "elegant. 11 Thanks ever to much for the kind words. / With e wry. good wIsh. Sincerely, John S A lien President

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." Evening Independent St. PeteJ,"Sburg, Fla. P.O. Box 1121 Phone 5-llll April 1963 Dear John: It was delightful to read this morning of your very expert and thorough rebuttal to the charges and insinuations o f the Johns Committee .. ) ... I would like to as I am sure you that this will clear the air and bring the whole unnecessary mess into proper perspective. I am certain that the manner in which you declared the. objectives and methods of higher education will be food for sober thought by those who may have accepted the commi ttee' s J>!.h report at face value. Sincerely Stan Witwer Managing Edit

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/ April 29, 1963 fk. Thomas H. Lewis 2702 -49th S treet Se>Uth St Petersburg 7, Florida Dear "h. Lewis: It was kind and thoughtful of you, to write me as you did on April 25th. I appreciate your good letter and hope that our efforts have encouraged you to continue In a strong academic program. W ith every good wish. Sincerely, J .ohn s. A llen President

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L .. DEAR Ilt. ALIJ!'B, DOCTOR JOHN ALLEN PRP.SIDENT u.s.r. FLORIDA THURSDAY 4 I 2s I 65 1057 HRS. I SEE YOU ARE HAVING YOUR TROUBLES WITH "JOSEPH McCARTRY JR." AGAIN. PLEASE REST ASSURED THAT SENATOR JOHNS WILL TIRE 011' HARASSING OFFICIALS 011' GREATER RESP
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t-Ar. C.M. Hampson 325 s. w. 12th StrMt Gainesville, Florida Dear t-Ar. Hampson: .Th:Jnk you for your letter of Apri l 27th. April 29 1963 I The figures I used came from penonal conversations with plychologlsts, sociologists, and medical people. I believe If you will talk with people In professions In Gainesville, you would be able to corroborate In re gard to your c:Omment about my establish in g a "wholesome attitude, may I remind you that right after my statement th:Jt the lnwstlgatln; Commltt.e had P'oved Its ca on one hOmosexual, I sa ld "we accepted his resIgnation the next day aftd duly facts to the Board of Control." I aumed that this reporting of prompt action on our part establishe d our att Itude for public Information. Sincerely, John S A lien President

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Dr. John s. Allen, President University of South Florida Tampa, Florida Dear Allen: April 27, 1963 We were quite interested in your report to the State Legislature, especially the statement, as reported by the that scientists have found that six to ten percent of the population are active in the cateeory of homosexuality. Would you please send us references that contain such data. We were pleased t h e investigating committee established a case against only one man among your faculty;: but regtet that you didn't establish your wholesome attitude by adding that even one was one too many. Truly yours, 325 S.W. 12th St. Gainesville, Fla. l r:. ;

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/ Dr. J. Wallace Hamilton C ommunity Church 112 -70th Street South St Petersburg 7, Florida Dear Dr. Hamilton: April 29, 1963 Your footnote said not to answer your letter, but I am 10 pleased to have It that I want you to know of my pleasure. When I apake I felt that I waa speaking far many people. I I I Thanks agaIn Si ncerely, John. S. Alle n President I

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J, WALLACE HAMILTON, D.O. LTI!:I' 8. RUTLAND 112 SEVENTIETH STREET SOUTH ST. PETERSBURG 7, FLORIDA Memberahlp Mlnlater DI:NVIEI' C PICKI:NI, D,D, Church Via.itor MRI. D, T. IIMI Dr. John Allen, President University of South Florida Tampa, Florida Dear Dr. Allen: April 25, 1963 It is a great pleasure to read the morning "Times." Your answer was magnificently done. I have followed your struggle with this group with a good deal of interest and admiration for you in your patience and restraint. I hope your troubles are over now, but maybe it's too much to count on. Anyway, I just wanted you to know I've been thinking about you, and with you, and again to express appreciation for the fine way which you handled it. JWH:mo Sincerely, !!a Jt af'
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/ Mr. t-brry P CaIn VIce President / Flnt Federal Savl1'9. and Loan Auoclatlon 100 N.E. Flnt Avenue Miami 32, Florida Dear Harry: April 29, 1963 I Tl-wlnka ever aa much for your kind words about my presentation to the houses of the legislature. I am sure that I do not know a II of the history of Dr. Jerome Davis. I have undentood that he was once called a Communist by a national publication and he sued and won damages. However, I also understand trot he is listed by the House Un-Amerlc:an A ctivities Committee as having belonged to many Communist-front or Communlst1ympathlzer organizations. Your comment may be COII'ect -that his heart may sometimes be larger than his Judgment. With every good wish. e Sincerely, John S A lien President

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FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION OF MIAMI AM ERICA'S OLDEST FEDERA L U S C H A R TER NO. I LARG E S T MUTUAL SAVINGS INSTITU TION IN THE S O U T H W H WALKE:R, CHAIR M A N HARRY P CAIN V ICE PRESI D ENT Dr. JohnS. Allen President University of South Florida 349 Plant Avenue Tampa. Florida Dear Dr. Allen: 100 N E FIRST AVENUE MIAMI 32, FLORIDA April 25, 1963 Yesterday was very good to me because I was in the gallery when you addressed both Houses of the Legislature. My earnest hope had been that you would be able to factually demolish the accusations leveled at the University by the so-called Johns Committee. I thought you did. In addition, I was moved by the eloquent in which you described the of a University. That I wish you and your University well in the years of our future is an understatement. I was quietly disturbed by the implications in what I understood you to say about Dr. Jerome Davis. The gist of your comment seemed to be that your University would not employ or extend invitations to those who were known to belong to Communist-front organizations. The implication was that Dr. Davis was a joiner of these groups. Perhaps you know more than I do. It is quite likely that Dr. Davis has been a member of one or more of organizations that are found on the Attorney General's list of subversive organizations but this does not necessarily mean that a listed organization is subversive or that a member is or has been a security risk. The Attorney General's list is the most un certain, misunderstood and cloudy standard for judging loyalty and reliability that has ever existed. It is probably a fair thing to say that I know more about this list than does the Attorney General and this is not saying very much. Some day. I would like to talk with you about this area of human activity.

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.t' FEDERAL SAVINGS ASSOCIATION OF MIAMI Dr. JohnS. Allen -2 -April 25, 19 63 admiration for the clarity But the foundation for this letter 1: mJay I trust that the Governor and reason in your ;oice a vote of confidencte and a large majority of the egl s I am trying to do at this momen in your judgment and competence a Your .. Cain HPC:jsm A.wdr..,../ / .. t.v-7 .. 7/.v 4-./ ZG...., -d u:.__.. -

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JSA Sup plemental Notes made 4-20-63 from Hawes Tape l. Press release fHfsely announced that J Davis was Prof. of Divinity at Yale. Allen asked for advice from his deans. Allen condoned JD. 2. Fleming to teach full time. Allen pleased with acquisition of F. Habberton retired from Indiana or Minn. (actually Illinois) Hawes would h ave everyone believe JSA condones communists teaching, coming of Davms & Fleming, and pornographic literature. 3. Hawes quotes actions of AAUP (about 40 members) as if t his were sentiment of entire faculty of 200. 4 All faculty attack orthodox religious views, ie. literal interpretations of the Bible as unsophisticated, unreasonable, not consistent with scientific facts. A prof. ridiculed a boy who did not go along with this. Dau ghter (17)ye ars old) of friend of H awes (Paine Kelly) came hom e and announced there is no &od and she did not want to g o to church again. (Actually K elly is so wedded to Sunday golf that he has seldom gone to church with his daug hter. Daughter is problem child at USF as member of beatnik blue room gang) 5. Ha wes says these actions violate Constitutional separation of Church and State. 6. Faculty believes in ehhical relativity. Right or wrong is relative. ie. if connnunity approves of mur d e r or ho mosexuality, they are OK. 7. Reading include& coarse, vulgar, profane language. Not legally obscene. Pocket books -paperbound -from newsstands are main college texts. Include filthy language, illicit sex, alcoholism;-profanity. Allen condones. 7. Davis Kahn exchanee about size of bosom is measure of capacity for love. "Grading on a curve 11 Boy walke d out with girl, looked her over, and asked for a date. 17 yr.old) She told her father, who came at once to see Dr. A to complain, but got no promise of any action. (This is the man who went to Tribune, then to s. Gibbons weeks apart. When Gibbons told JSA, h e complained a bout "faceless accusers" who would not co m e to him with their a ccusations. Gibbons told the man to come. That is the only t im e an accuser came to 8 Fall 1962 issue of Educ. Review witharticles by Battle, Cooper, Al len and Hirshberg constitutes USF declaration of defiance of Le gislature and of the people who pay the bills and who s houl d control. Battle says purpose of univ. is to misunderstood. purpose cannot be e x plained t o non-univ. educ. addience. purpose is to make child unlike his father purpose is to search for truth without outside except responsibility of people t o give liberal f i nancial Hirshberg __ sup port. good. Teach all r eligions. Expose students t o evil as well as/ Univ. must not be allowed to take into account the whims of p rovincial people. Allen says any atheistic view is OK if Prof. does n o t try to force it thestudent. 9. Did not set tra p for news m an who had been critical. A To answe r criticism of press and AAP. that committee: 1 exceeded its authority and d i d not conduct properly 2.Irresponsibilty hurt reputation of USF 3 Written report is biased 7 prejudiced against U SF 4. Invaded 7 violated academic freedom of USF professors & admin.

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8 Notes on Hawes ttmedicine show" before legislature. Startx at bottom of othe r sid e of t his sheet. Continues he're : ........ Legis. Act authorizes investieation of subversion & 1J ent to USF to investigate charges they were soft on com munism and had homosexuals. Complaints from people in the area came to them about anti-6hristian teaching and literature that was filthy, profane and vulgar. Allen got on TV andtold of Johns Com and urged the Com to com e on campus and investigate anything on which complaints. Ha wes stated they moved in last two item s aoove only on express invitation of JSA Report by c. Johns at end of ses scbon. Found gang of homos meeting at cottag e on Lake Talpin (sp?) Judg e John Rudd had b een hard on homos. Strickland uncovered plot of homos to kidnap Judge's son in r etaliation. Bongo Club in West Fla. 18 teen age girls in acts o f homosexuality. 71 school teache r s licenses r evoked. 63 new c ases pending (homos) Info on 105 teachers as h o mos, but not enough evi dence yet. 39 deans and profs. removed from universities. Under. Red. Land's chairmanship -uncovered John Kas per a treble maker who had danced with negDo girls up north. Work of the Committee is larger than any of us. Strickland helped a federal dept. get rid of so m e homos.

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> _,aJApr. 19' 19::tes on Conversations via telephone with B Harrison Told of report by Hawes. JSA m ay be offered "equal time". Am preparing a possible st$ement. ''ill keep B H informed. BH recognizes if asked, that last August. already ironed basis for m y ire. to mak e statement, this report is "old h at". It was made public Bd. of Control and Admin mf University have out any irregularities that may have existed, Sat 4/20 11;45 Ahi Conference hook-up with H a rrison and Schmidt. House m ember from Duval said Hawes fell flat. It was a side show. Most people have ridiculed it. grave Schmidt thinks we would make a/mistake to keep it o pen. 11 11 imag e of Bd. of C. high, and of Johns Com, is low Conversations reported from McCaul and Buchanan: No attention paid in Jax, Central Fla, or Miami W e should be cautious about keeping it open. TLH Democrat stated it was "old stuff" that had alrea dy been corrected. Schmidt reported a late r conversation with Sen. Jack Mathews. Mathews urged c aution. Committee would love to get controversy started over whole univ. system At moment it is localized at USF. It was a medicine man show It was a disgusting show. It was a jury trial speech. It swayed n o votes. Bd. of C. should remain aloof. Hillsboro Delegation may wan t "equal t im e 11 If so, should keep it localized. Do.not get into dog fight. It may pass over. Schmidt urged attack for Distinguished achievements Grants Honor students, etc. USF 1 thru announcements of: All Bd. of C. m e mbers urged caution for the moment. But be ready in case the situation gets worse than it now is. :J_ "" ) t Will call him Monday at 8 AM. t JSA will keep B. Harrison advised. Note: Harrison has recently checked Legis Act for Committee. Le gally they have no authority to check books. Harrison reported Com has turn-ed som e FSU info. to Bd. of c. '& Bd. has turned it over to Pres. Baackwell to investigate. This is first indication Com mittee is willing to work !in channels" )1)-.lftf, 4/UIJ,.#'-'-f.A ...... t, R. 1' A,A.tM A .1&9. I co A ....... ... ..Al A-:._ t.o nJ., "2; Nf" -----t.o\4'P" w..u.u1-.J ;.j;. 9 if, L.; 0

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