O’Brien, Susan.  Research Files on Camilla Hall, 1967-1976.

CAMC Collection 30



O’Brien, Susan.  Research Files on Camilla Hall, 1967-1976.  CAMC Collection 30.  13 Folders.


ABSTRACT:

The Susan O’Brien collection contains materials collected during her research of Camilla Hall and the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA).  This includes correspondence from both O’Brien and Camilla Hall.  There are also copies of the news wire during the Patricia Hearst trial, claims for damages from the estate of William Wolf, statements and press releases pertaining to the shootout in Los Angeles on 17 May 1974, a few photographs, and some brief writings by O’Brien.


HISTORICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Susan O’Brien decided to write a book about her high school friend Camilla Hall after learning that Hall was killed during a shootout between Los Angeles police and the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) on 17 May 1974. 

Camilla Hall was born in St. Peter, Minnesota during March 1945.  She graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis in 1963 and attended Gustavus Adolphus College for her first year subsequently transferring to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  She graduated with a degree in humanities during 1967 and went on to work as a social worker in Duluth and Minneapolis, Minnesota prior to moving to California.  On the west coast, Hall immersed herself in a variety of social movements and developed relationships with some individuals who eventually became active in the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA).  Hall’s life ended on 17 May 1974 when she and several members of the SLA died during a gun battle with officers from the Los Angeles Police Department.


RESTRICTIONS:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of the College Archives, the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, and Gustavus Adolphus College.


COLLECTION CITATION:

O’Brien, Susan.  Research Files on Camilla Hall, 1967-1976.  CAMC Collection 30.  Gustavus Adolphus College Archives, St. Peter, Minnesota.


ACQUISITION:

The University of Minnesota, Duluth, Northeast Minnesota Historical Center donated this collection during July 2009.


PROCESSED BY:

Adrianna Darden processed this collection and developed the finding aid during March 2010.


RELATED COLLECTIONS IN THE ARCHIVES:

Hall Family.  Papers Concerning Camilla Hall and George F. and Lorena Hall, 1938-1995. CAMC Collection 13.

Hanel, Rachael.  "Camilla Hall's Place in the Symbionese Liberation Army" (Master’s Thesis), December 2004.


SUBJECT HEADINGS:

O’Brien, Susan.
Hall, Camilla Christine, 1945-1974.
Symbionese Liberation Army.
Left-wing extremists--California.
Radicals--California.



CAMC Collection 30

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Folder

“A Statement by Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference,” undated; 

“Questions Raised by Events of May 17, 1974,” undated; 

“Remarks of Samuel L. Williams, President, Board of Police Commissioners, City of Los Angeles,” 19 July 1974

1

1

Art Show Posters, undated

1

2

Articles, 1976 and undated

1

3

Claims for Damages, Estate of William Wolf, 1970s

1

4

Copies of News Wire, 1976

1

5

Correspondence, 1974-1977

1

6

Excerpts from “The SLA Grand Jury Witch Hunt” Interview with Paul and Joyce Halvorson, 12-18 July 1974

1

7

Letters from Camilla Hall to George and Lorena Hall, 1967-1973

1

8

Photographs, undated

1

9

Poetry, 1974 and undated

1

10

Research Notebook, undated

1

11

“The Symbionese Liberation Army in Los Angeles: A Report Prepared by the Los Angeles Police Department,” 19 July 1974

1

12

Writings, undated

1

13