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George Carlson papers

Identifier: urn:taro:utexas.cah.03737

Scope and Contents

The George Carlson Papers, 1967-1973, include notes, memos, reports, board meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, subject files, photographs, motion picture film, and printed material. The papers pertain to organizations on the UT campus, particularly those leaning towards the left politically, including the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO), Students for a Democratic Society, Women's Liberation Front, and the Young Socialist Alliance. The papers document events and protests on and around campus not limited to the Chuck Wagon incident, the SDS Navy protest, the Community United Front breakfast program, anti-war demonstrations, parades, and African-American protests. Persons referenced in the papers include UT Government Professor David Edwards and UT students Howard Hertz and Barbara Foote Sher.


  • Creation: 1967 - 1973


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Biographical Note

George W. Carlson was Director of Police, University of Texas System, Special Services Security Division, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was also an FBI agent and, with Burt Gerding, a former lieutenant in the Austin Police Department, worked with the FBI’s secret Counterintelligence Program, known as COINTELPRO. The program was established in 1956 to "expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize" American political groups that were considered threatening or subversive. COINTELPRO most frequently targeted leftist groups, including communist and socialist organizations, Black Power groups, and anti-Vietnam-war groups.


Brief History of The University of Texas System Police

The Alcalde, March 1972


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George W. Carlson was Director of Police, UT System, Special Services Security Division, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The papers include clippings, reports, photos, notes, and motion picture film pertaining to UT students, professors, and protests.

Accession Number(s)

1994-140; 1994-252

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Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sara Clark, August 1994.

Subsequent revisions were made by Jessi Fishman, March 2016.

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