Scope and Content of Collection
TheGiles-Johnson Defense Committee records span the years 1962-1971. The bulk of the materials covers 1962 to 1968. The files include correspondence, reports, legal documents, articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, an audio tape, working papers, book manuscripts, publications, and research materials relating to the defense of the Giles brothers and Joseph Johnson.
Topics covered in the records include racism, poverty, Maryland law, rape, capital punishment, social justice, and the character of judges, jurors, prosecutors, and police officials. People who played a prominent role in this case include Dr. Harold A. Knapp, a physicist at the Department of Defense who was very active on the committee; Mrs. Howard Ross, the chair of the committee; the defendants and their attorneys, and the plaintiffs and their legal counsel.