A. Belden Fields (1937- ) is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1965-2000) and his research focused on French and US politics, especially left political groups and unions. Professor Fields has been active on campus and in the community, supporting student movements and co-founding such organizations as the Faculty Committee Against the War in Vietnam, the Citizens for Racial Justice promoting minority rights on campus, or the People's Alliance on Central America. He has also been critical of CIA recruiting on campus, university hiring practices and Champaign police's Use of Force Policy for instance. He worked with the Citizens for Peace and Justice on criminal justice issues and was an advocate of abolishing the University Illini Chief as a university mascot. He is recognized for his work in undergraduate teaching and his lifetime service to civil liberties and Human rights.
Papers include correspondence, CIA and FBI files compiled on Fields, his research field notes and interviews, committee papers, files by the various organizations he was involved in, his publications, unpublished manuscripts, speeches, and articles. Also included is grey literature by French and US political parties, student movements, and unions, with a particular focus on Communism, Maoism, Socialism, and Trotskyism.
Organized into 4 series: Series 1, Professional and activism related files, 1968-2010, arranged alphabetically; Series 2, Gray literature- France and US Left-wing publications, 1960s- 1980s, arranged alphabetically under different sections provided by Fields, there are 18 folders of oversized materials throughout series 2 moved to oversized box 8, the oversized materials are cross-reference back to original folder; Series 3, Research notes and interviews, 1961-1981, arranged chronologically; and Series 4, Publications by A. Belden Fields, 1970-1988, arranged chronologically by date of publication.