Guide to the Granville F. Knight papers
1920-1981

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Creator: Knight, Granville F.
Title: Granville F. Knight papers
Dates: 1920-1981 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5.1 linear feet (11 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 082
Summary: Granville Frank Knight (1904-1982) was a physician and anti-communist activist. As a physician he specialized in nutrition and allergies; as president of the Pure Water Association of America he advocated against fluoridation of public water. Knight was an active member of the John Birch Society, serving as president of the California branch. The collection includes correspondence, speeches and writings that reflect Knight's career.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Granville Frank Knight, the son of Frank Henry and Belle (Brown) Knight, was born October 12, 1904 in New York City. On June 4, 1929, he married Dorothy Van De Water whom he later divorced. He married his second wife, Eileen Hillyer Bonner on November 1, 1947.

Knight received an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College in 1926 and an M.D. degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 1930. From 1930 to 1932, Knight interned at Bellevue Hospital and the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. After his internship, he practiced medicine in White Plains, New York specializing in allergies and in ear, nose, and throat disorders. In 1948, Knight moved to Santa Barbara, California and set up a practice specializing in nutrition and allergies. From 1963 to 1979, he practiced medicine in Santa Monica, California. Knight moved again in 1979 to Poway, California where he lived and worked until his death in April 1982.

Knight served as a member of the Los Angeles County Medical Commission, 1968-1979; as president of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation; and as president of the Pure Water Association of America. He was also a founding member of the California branch of the John Birch Society. Granville Knight resigned from the Council of the John Birch Society in 1961 but remained actively concerned about communist influences in America.

Content Description

The Papers of Granville Frank Knight consist largely of correspondence, speeches and writings. Most of this material concerns fluoridation of public water, mental health, the John Birch Society, and anti-communism as well as Knight's theories about nutrition and allergies.

The correspondence, consisting of about 2,000 letters, memorandums, and postcards is arranged chronologically. It spans from 1920 to 1981 but, for the most part, dates between 1960 and 1975. Numerous members of the John Birch Society and the conservative movement are represented in the correspondence, including: Robert Welch, Margaret P. Wuichet, R.E. Combs, Pedro A. del Valle, and C.O. Garshwiler. Of special note are about 250 letters from West Wuichets, a member of the John Birch Society. Many of Wuichet's letters, addressed to third parties, discuss members and the activities of the John Birch Society. Letters also are included from congressmen and public figures such as Charles M. Teague, John R. Rarick, Sam I. Hayakawa, and Barry Goldwater.

The speeches and writings of Granville Knight include testimonials, speeches, articles, editorials, and reports, which were written mainly between 1950 and 1965. Knight's speeches and writings, arranged alphabetically by title, concern fluoridation of public water, anti-communism, nutrition, and other political issues and medical theories. The speeches and writings by other authors and unknown authors are similar in nature to Knight's. Those by other authors are arranged alphabetically by the authors' names, and those by unknown authors are arranged alphabetically by title. Researchers also should note that Bats in the Belfry: The Case Against Mental Health by Ellen McClay (Vol. 1) includes a "Foreword" by Granville Frank Knight.

Photographs include two pictures of Granville Frank Knight taken in 1926 while he played in Europe with a jazz band called "The Jolly Friars." Other photographs include a picture of an anti-Kissinger banner and two illustrations for an article.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Granville K. Knight papers, Coll 082, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Biographical Materials
  • Correspondence
  • Speeches and Writings by Granville Knight
  • Speeches and Writings by Others
  • Speeches and Writings by Unknown Authors
  • Photographs

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Granville F. Knight in 1978.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Cynthia Crouch. Photographs processed by Megan Dazey.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical Material
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1-6 Biographical materials

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Correspondence, 1920-1981
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 7 Correspondence 1920-February 1959
1 8 Correspondence March 1959-April 12, 1961
1 9 Correspondence May 1961-December 1963
1 10 Correspondence January 1964-June 1971
1 11 Correspondence July 1971-December 1974
1 12 Correspondence January 1974-December 1976
1 13 Correspondence January 1977-1981 and undated

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Speeches and Writings (alphabetically arranged by title)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
A - E
Box
Folder
8 1 Affidavit of Doctor Granville F. Knight, M.D. before Superior Court, State of California. August 30, 1974
8 1 The Albrecht Papers (Foreword) October 1975
8 1 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Committee of Medical Economics, Annual Report October 1968
8 1 "Beware of Summer Sting," Health's-a-Poppin' vol.3, no.2, p.l.
8 1 "Brainwashing" 1959
8 1 "Californian Enters Fluoride Controversy" (editorial) April 1958
8 1 Deposition for R.E. Combs, Counsel, California Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities - Re: The John Birch Society
8 1 "The Engineering of Consent."
E - N
Box
Folder
8 2 "Essence of Fluoridation Controversy Is Simple" (editorial) April 28, 1968
8 2 Fluoridation - A Grievous Error
8 2 "Fluoridation Dangers" (editorial) May 27, 1975
8 2 "Fluoridation: Extension of Remarks of Hon. James J. Delaney of New York" July 26, 1956
8 2 "How to Slow Down the Aging Processing" March 1975
8 2 "Idioblaptic Tobacco Sensitivity" May-June 1950
8 2 In Defense of the John Birch Society December 23, 1960
8 2 "In the Name of Humanity - Updated" November 1964
8 2 "Just as Deadly"
8 2 "Kremlin Peace? -- a World Slave State" (editorial) April 6, 1960
8 2 "Nonreaginic Allergy in Theory and Practice" December 1954
N
Box
Folder
8 3 Non-Reaginic Tobacco and Food Sensitivity May 29, 1950
N - T
Box
Folder
8 4 "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration," the Heritage Edition (Foreword) June 1970
8 4 "The Nutritional Approach to Allergy and Infection" 1957
8 4 "Pesticide Progress Notes" ca.1952
8 4 "Political matter" (editorial) December 13, 1973
8 4 "Possible Cancer Hazard Presented by Feeding Diethylstilbestrol to Cattle" 1956
8 4 Rebuttal to KNXT May 11 and 12, 1966
8 4 A Statement on Certified Raw Milk February 25, 1969
8 4 "A Statement on Fluoridation - A Guest Editorial"
8 4 "Such Studies Hoist by Our Own Petard" May 1962
8 4 "Summit Meetings -- A Communist Trap" (editorial)
8 4 "'Ten Truths' Stir Controversial Letters, for and against" (editorial)
T - W
Box
Folder
8 5 Testimony in Opposition to Artificial Fluoridation 1966-1975
8 5 "Vitamin B Complex Deficiency in Private Practice."
8 5 "War or Surrender -- An Alternative" 1960
E - N
Box
Folder
8 6 "What Are Pesticides Doing to Human Beings?" 1952
8 6 What Is Behind the Drive for Socialized Medicine?
8 6 What's Wrong with Short-Doyle and the Mental Health Movement? November 10, 1965
8 6 World Peace through World Government (A Satirical Sketch)
Box
Folder
8 7 Untitled
8 8 Press releases
8 9 Notes and rough drafts

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Speeches and Writings by Others
Arranged alphabetically by author name
Container(s)
Description
Dates
A - B
Box
Folder
8 10 Anderson, Ernest R. The Necessary Liaison of Scientist and Lay Citizen in Dealing with the Total Toxic Situation 1967
8 10 Andrews, T. Coleman. Our Dilemma and Its Resolution November 9, 1960
8 10 Aslander, Alfred. The Theory of Complete Tooth Nutrition 1962
8 10 Bailey, Harold C. Dr. Wagner's Unequivocal Anti-Communism
8 10 Bailey, Harold C. This Also Is Subversive! July 4, 1960
B - C
Box
Folder
8 11 Baker, Jud. Supreme Court: The Real Rulers? July 21, 1964
8 11 Bass, Charles C. Statement presented, by invitation, before the Committee on Fluoridation, New Orleans October 26, 1965
8 11 Baum, William C. The World of the Radical Right: Implications for Political Behavior September 1962
8 11 Betts, Charles T. Can Aluminum Affect the Brain, Nervous System or the Reproductive Organs?
8 11 Caldwell, Millard F. Political Jurisprudence October 22, 1962
8 11 Campos, Jorge Maria and Miren Aranguren. Lazaro Cardenas: A Revaluation of a 'Political Fox'
8 11 Christopher, George. Statement made in San Francisco concerning the rioting at city hall. Statement before Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul, Minnesota. May 1960
8 11 Church League of America. Special Report to All Church League Supporters
C - F
Box
Folder
8 12 Citizens Legal Defense Alliance. Press release August 14, 1981
8 12 Conrad, Charles J. Another Smear at the Committee on UnAmerican Activities February 17, 1965
8 12 Conrad, Charles J. Opposes at Large Election of Senators January 22, 1965
8 12 DeTar, John H. Statement before the Judicial Council of American Medical Association November 27, 1962
8 12 Edmondson, Robert Edward. Benjamin Franklin's Jewish Prophecy September 25, 1936
8 12 Eisenhower, Dwight David. Text of the Report to the American People by President Eisenhower Broadcast and Televised from His White House Office Thursday Evening September 11, 1958
8 12 Ewing III, James. They Want Your Children October 8, 1954
8 12 Exner, F. B. Economic Motives behind Fluoridation 1961
8 12 Exner, F. B. The Pros and Cons of Fluoridation September 21, 1965
8 12 Falkenberg, Charles V. The United States and the United Nations March 30, 1956
8 12 Ferry, W.H. Brief Summary - W.H. Ferry Speech December 2, 1961
F - H
Box
Folder
8 13 Ford, Arthur C. Department's Position with Regard to Fluoridation of the New York City Water Supply System April 1956
8 13 Gaddis, Arden H., The Trial
8 13 Glenn, Bruce Shawyer. An Inside View of the War on Poverty October 19, 1965
8 13 Haldeman, Ellen. Only the Truth Will Defeat Communism!
8 13 Hiestand, Edgar W. Untitled Statement August 30, 1961
8 13 Hillendahl, Wesley H. Let's Turn the Tide of Expanding Government June 16, 1975
8 13 Holman, Janet. "The Fallbrook Horror Stalks California Home" March 22, 1981
H - K
Box
Folder
9 1 Holman, R,A, On the Fundamental Importance of the Catalase-Peroxide Mechanism in Living Cells with Particular Reference to the Problem of Cancer September, 1957
9 1 Hunt, R.L. ed. Pledge to the United Nations
9 1 The John Birch Society. John Birch Society Dedicated to Exposing Communism
9 1 Kalpaschnikoff, A. Untitled address
9 1 Karault, Charles and Albert Burgstahler. T
9 1 Kelley, R.H. Untitled article 1958
K - L
Box
Folder
9 2 Koch, Leo Francis. On the Challenge of the Sputniks November 1958
9 2 Labin, Suzanne. The United Nations February 1963
9 2 Lamar, Carlos P. Anti-Atherogenic Diet
9 2 Lamb, Maila E. Lamb. "On Rat Control by the Government and 'Rat' Programs, supported with Public Money July 10, 1967
9 2 Lamb, Maila E. Lamb. Petition S.532 (Public Health) January 19, 1965
9 2 Lamb, Maila E. Lamb. Untitled complication of abstracts 1964
9 2 Lanterman, Frank. Untitled item
9 2 Leatherby, John R. National Council of Churches of Christ April 23, 1961
9 2 Long, Hamilton Abert. Impeach Nixon-Kissinger-Schlesinger for their Fake War-alert in October 1973 May 10, 1974
9 2 Long, Hamilton Abert. Your Anti-Semitism-in-reverse is Insufferable May 6, 1974
L - M
Box
Folder
9 3 Lowman, M.G. Sputnik February 4, 1958
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. Conquest by Immigration February, 1954
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. Education 1954
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. Faith 1954
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. Follow up on the "Wishing Well" October 1953
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. How "Progressive Education" Began--No. 2 September 1953
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. Let's Be Sensible about Investigations (Subversive) July 1953
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. A New Social Order Being Taught--"Progressive Education" No. 1 September 1953
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. "Progressive Education" The Pasadena Case September 1953
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. The Rugg Social Science Series--"Progressive Education" No. 3 October 1953
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. The Rugg Social Science Series--"Progressive Education" No. 3 October 1953
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. Thinking it Over 1954
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. UNESCO General Information
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. The Wishing Well
9 3 Lucas, Francis B. Untitled statement May 28, 1953
9 3 MacArthur, Henry C. New Efforts to Hold Taxes by Unifying Counties, Cities Seen October 13, 1958
9 3 MacKay, Mary Ellen. To Strengthen the U.N. December 4, 1952
9 3 MacMillan, Robert. An Open Letter to Attorney General Stanley Mosk
9 3 The Medical-Dental ad hoc Committee on Evaluation of Fluoridation. A Critique on the Recent Opinion of the American Medical Association of Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies
9 3 Miller, John J. Address before Committee of Department of Health, Education and Welfare April 4, 1966
9 3 Miller, John J. Testimony presented at Hearing on March 11, 1966 at San Jose, California March 11, 1966
9 3 Miller, John J. The Food and Drug Administration Problem
M
Box
Folder
9 4-5 Moloney, James Clark. Russia Brainwashes the Free World
M - W
Box
Folder
9 6 Morales, Betty Lee and John T. Clark, Curing of Disease Seen as Major Disaster June 14, 1960
9 6 Nichols, Joe D. L-Day
9 6 Norris, Bettine. A Criticism of the Good-Will Movement
9 6 Norris, Bettine. A Difference in Training and Viewpoint
9 6 Norris, Bettine. Untitled article
9 6 The Office of Security Policy, OSD. Collected Speeches on Security November 1, 1958
9 6 Patman, Congressman Wright. Congress Has Been Asleep
9 6 Pauling, Linus. Summary - Linus Pauling Speech February 14, 1961
9 6 Pearcy, Harry L. What about Our Program?
9 6 Reagan, Bruce V. Assembly Bill No. 441
9 6 Reynolds, Terry Ray. Residential Ideology and Practice among the Sheep Springs Navajo June 1979
9 6 Tenney, Jack B. The Anti-Defamation League
9 6 Torgerson, Paumer J. Are You Ready to Die? How Much Freedom Do We Have? Under Communism, How Much Freedom Would You Have?
9 6 Walker, Caroline. Talking It Over: New Type of Problem Faces Modern Parents March 3, 1962
9 6 Welch, Robert. A Statement for the Press.
W
Box
Folder
9 7 Westgate, Murray. Danger Within, broadcast on June 14, 1961 June 14, 1961
9 7 White, Walter Jr. Plans for World War III
9 7 Widener, Alice. L'Affaire Stevenson
9 7 Wuichet, West. Another Railroad Job? February, 1965
9 7 Wuichet, West. Hold Onto Your Hats!
9 7 Wuichet, West. Our Foreign Policy--What Is It? October 25, 1960
9 7 Wuichet, West. Untitled articles (2)
9 7 Wuichet, West. Untitled speech (1)
W
Box
Folder
9 8 Press releases and transcripts

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Speeches and Writings by Unknown Authors
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
9 9 American Civil Liberties Union
9 9 Annual Report of Vascular Research Foundation 1963-1964
9 9 Art, the Pattern Maker of Society
9 9 Behind the Scenes with the Fluorine Conspirators June 6-8, 1951
9 9 Bishop Gerald Kenney's Public Record
9 9 Can Anything Stop World Government?
9 9 Censure of Council on Medical Service
9 9 "Community Action for Delinquency Prevention: Myth vs. Reality"
9 10 Compassionate, Humanitarian Aspects of the Immigration and Naturalization System of the United States
9 10 Cooperative-Competitive Medicine
9 10 Defenders of Faith Speak Out February 15, 1961
9 10 Destroy the Accuser
9 10 Discussion of Dr. A.J. Lehman's Paper on Pesticides
9 10 Enrique Castro Delgado
9 10 First Presbyterian Church Pastor Rips National Council of Churches
9 10 From the Hearings before Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives February 24, 1959
9 10 History of California Medical Association Support of Fluoridation of Public Drinking Water Supplies
9 10 Is Freedom Already Dead in Los Angeles? July 4, 1960
9 10 The John Birch Society Is a Threat. To Whom?
10 1 Notes on the Technique of the Smear Campaign against the John Birch Society
10 1 "Off the Record:" Comments and Observations re: Testimony
10 1 The Political Qualifications of Robert Stevens
10 1 A Positive Program
10 1 Prince of Appeasement June 23, 1955
10 1 Report on United World Federalists meeting September 30, 1958
10 1 Ron Gostick, Ottawa, Canada ca.1953
10 1 Self-Executing Treaties
10 1 Should All Local Officials Be Ready to Indict Rt. Rev. James A. Pike, Episcopal Bishop of California?
10 1 Sister Mary Margaret Patricia March 1960
10 2 Summary of Objections to the Installation of a "Mental Health" Clinic under Government Control, at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California
10 2 The Supreme Court (of Ireland) 1962. No.915 P. Gladys Ryan, Plaintiff and the Attorney General, Defendant. Book 3 - Part 18 May 14, 1963
10 2 TV Talk --- Four Minutes --- Pomona
10 2 To the Congress of the United States, Citizens' Complaint and Petition for Hearing
10 2 23rd "Psalm:" Hymn to the Welfare State
10 3 Untitled
10 4-7 Miscellaneous

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Photographs (PH064), 1926-1979
0.01 linear feet
Knight, Granville Frank, 1904-1982
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 PH064_01: [Wanted poster showing US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, "wanted by the Cypriots"]
1.0 photographic print
4.5 x 3.5 inches
1970s
PH064_02: Vienna 1926 with 7 piece Orchestra The Jolly Friars organized by G.K [Man sitting at table with beer ]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 3.5 inches
1926
PH064_03: The Jolly Friars" orchestra 1926 "SS Carmenia" [musicians playing on deck of ship: banjo, sax, drums, trumpet]
1.0 photographic print
3.5 x 5 inches
1926
PH064_04: Fig. 4 Symptoms due to pulse accelerating foods [Chart from "Non-Reaginic Tobacco and Food Sensitivity"]
1.0 negative
2.5 x 3.5 inches
1950
PH064_05: Fig. 9 Pulse Chart Mrs. E.P. [Chart from "Non-Reaginic Tobacco and Food Sensitivity"]
1.0 negative
3 x 3 inches
1943 Nov 26
PH064_06: Fig. 10 Pulse Chart Mrs. E.P. [Chart from "Non-Reaginic Tobacco and Food Sensitivity"]
1.0 negative
3 x 3 inches
1946 May 26
PH064_07: Fig. 2 H.B. age 45 [Chart from "Non-Reaginic Tobacco and Food Sensitivity"]
1.0 photographic print
3.5 x 4.5 inches
1950
PH064_08: Fig. 1 Smoking tests [Chart from "Non-Reaginic Tobacco and Food Sensitivity"]
1.0 photographic print
3.5 x 4.5 inches
1950 c
PH064_09: Fig. 3 Case N.B. [Chart from "Non-Reaginic Tobacco and Food Sensitivity"]
1.0 negative
2 x 3 inches
1950

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Combs, R. E.--Correspondence
  • Del Valle, Pedro A. (Pedro Augusto), 1893-1978--Correspondence
  • Garshwiler, C. O.--Correspondence
  • Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909---Correspondence
  • Hayakawa, S. I. (Samuel Ichiye), 1906-1992--Correspondence
  • Rarick, John R., 1924---Correspondence
  • Teague, Charles M. (Charles McKevett), 1909-1974--Correspondence
  • Welch, Robert Henry, 1899-1995--Correspondence
  • Wuichert, Margaret P. Correpondence
  • Wuichert, West--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Allergy
  • Anti-communist movements--United States
  • California Politics and government--1951-
  • Conservatism Societies, etc.
  • Conservatism--United States
  • Conservatives--United States--Correspondence
  • Mental health--United States
  • Municipal water supply
  • Nutrition
  • Physicians--California
  • Political activists--California
  • Water Fluoridation
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Negatives
    • Photographic prints.
    • Silver gelatin prints

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