The Communist Party of the U.S.A.
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Communists have been most vociferous in condemnation
of what they term government prying in connection with
loyalty investigations. Below we present a questionnaire
which party functionaries were required to fill out in 1946.
If any government agency in this country would dare to
infringe on the privacy of its citizens to such a degree, it
would be denounced from coast to coast by the left wing
press as violative of civil liberties. But so far as we know no
Communist, nor any civil liberties advocate, has ever protested against this Communist questionnaire as an invasion of the privacy of an American citizen. Through such
methods as this compulsory questionnaire the party is in a
position to know every possible use to which each party
member can be put by the Communist conspiracy.
New York State Review Commission
Communist Party, U. S. A.
Members of County Committees and County Functionaries,
not members of County Committees
Members of Section Committees and Section Functionaries,
not members of Section Committees
Dear Comrade: Below you will find a questionnaire to be
used as a guide in writing your biography. Please be advised
that the Commission wants a detailed and frank statement
from you, one that will enable it to know you as well as
you know yourself. Please use as much paper as necessary
(on one side only) and he assured that this document will
be treated in strict confidence and properly safeguarded.
1. Personal Background —
Your name and all pseudonyms and nicknames ever used
in the Party or otherwise;
Date of birth; place of birth (city, county and State);
Names and dates of birthplace and occupation and political affiliation of your parents; same for your brothers and
Your own trade or occupation; place of employment, all
occupations and places of employment for the past ten years.
Your wife's maiden name (or your husband's first name),
the date and place of his or her birth, occupation and place
Name your children and give information as to their ages
and date and place of present employment.
Are you a veteran of any wars, such as World War I, II,
Spain and foreign wars.
2. Education —
Describe your formal education; public school, high school
Name the schools and indicate the years of attendance
and degrees received;
Describe your Party education; what schools attended
and courses studied;
Give a summary of your self-study, naming the Marxist
books you have covered.
3. Communist Party —
Give the date and place (city, county, section, club) of
your joining the Party;
By whom recruited; his present whereabouts and political
and social background;
Describe your Party activities, stating all functions held
in branches, sections, counties, etc., giving dates and locating
the organizations by county, city, and state.
Name all conventions and conferences you have attended
as delegate or observer (state which) and all subcommittees
you have served on.
Name al! your recruits into the Party, giving their present whereabouts and functions, as well as their social and
occupational background. State whether they are at present
in the Party and if they dropped out, why?
WIDE WORLD PHOT"
Louis Budenz, former editor of the Daily Worker, during 1953 hearing*
before the Senate Investigating Committee in which he said, "A concealed
Communist must have had a hand in placing the works of American Corf
munist writers on the shelves of libraries the State Department operate
overseas . . ."
Name your relatives and close friends who are or were
members of the Tarty: give their whereabouts and present
organizational functions ami activities.
Describe your present function or post in the Party, how
long held: discuss any other assignments that you may feel
better fitted tor: what would you want to do in the Party.
Have you ever had any personal or political difficulties
in the Party? Were you ever invoked in disciplinary action -
where, when and give the disposition of the case,
f. Mass ORGANIZATION AND STRUGGLES —
Name all the mass organizations you are or have ever
been a member of ' hade unions, other political parties, education, economic and social mass organizations);
Give dates, posts anil activities in each;
Describe the struggles you have participated in (strikes,
lockouts, mass and Party demonstrations, etc.)
Wen- \(iu evei arrested; where, when, on what charges,
give the disposition of the case or eases.
If you are at present a full time functionary in a mass
organization, describe your post am! functions.
UOPWA/1 Hec'd. Nov. 16, 1946-
1. Book No. 2. Age 3. Occupation
1. What kind of company or organization do you work for?
5, What kind of work do you want to do?.
6. What kinds of work have you done in the past?
7. Do you work nights? 8. If so, what nigh(s'J
9. Are there any peculiarities in connection with your work,
such as long traveling time or lots of overtime? -
10. Marital status 11. If unemployed housewit''-
what free time have you during the day?
12. Number of children 13. Ages I 1. What
schools do they attend? --
15. Do you belong to a parents' or a parent-teachers' organization? -
16. Name ot organization
17. If not a member, has your children's school such afl
18. If a member, are you active? 19. Have you a">'
special function? .._
20. Have you any personal problems which restrict activity*
Such as ill health, invalids in the family, etc?
21. What an' your skills, hobbies, Interests, etc?
22. Can you type? 23, Have you a typewriter 8*
24. Can you drive a car?
25. Have you a driver*
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