Freedom Archives




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Budget (2017):

Revenue: $146,027
Expenses: $117,494
Assets: $200,690




Claude Marks

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The Freedom Archives is a San Francisco-based repository of print, audio, and visual materials documenting the history of left-progressive movements in the United States and internationally. It operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Freedom Archives is led by Claude Marks, a former far-left extremist associated with the Weather Underground1 who was at one time one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives2 for plotting to break convicted Marxist-Leninist Puerto Rican nationalist terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera out of federal prison in 1985. 3


The Freedom Archives preserves historical video and printed materials about left-leaning movements from the 1960s through the 1990s. The group produces leftwing documentaries and houses 12,000 hours of audio and video recordings. 4

The group began in 1999 when a group of radio producers and community activists came together to catalog their historical tapes. 5 The group boasts that it takes no money from government or business interests. 6

The organization has been active in San Francisco politics, opposing a special taxing district in 2019 it claimed would lead to targeting people without a home and increase police harassment of youth. 7


Freedom Archives director Claude Marks is a co-founder of the group. He is involved in audio and video production and has been a far-left activist for people he deems “political prisoners” of the United States, including radical-left extremists. 8 He produced documentaries and reported for KPFA-FM in Berkeley during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He also worked for Pacifica Radio Archives. 9

Marks spent time in prison after pleading guilty along with others to conspiring to break from prison Oscar Lopez Rivera, a member of the Marxist-Leninist Puerto Rican nationalist extremist group Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional Puertorriquena (FALN) who was convicted of offenses related to a lethal FALN bombing campaign. While in prison, Marks said he re-connected with people that shared his radical thoughts and determined there was a need to preserve radical media. 10

Walter Turner is the president of the five-member board of directors of the Freedom Archives. Turner is a professor at the College of Marin. He is also the host and producer of “Africa Today” on Pacifica Radio. 11

Other co-founders included Andres Alegria, vice president of operations at Hoff Productions; Nancy Barrett, former co-producer and narrator of the weekly series, “Nothing Is More Precious Than…” from 1973 to 1976 along with Marks and Lincoln Bergman; Bergman, a former news director at KPFA-FM in Berkeley in the late 1960s and early 1970s; Heber Dreher, an anti-war activist also active in Black liberation and anti-apartheid movements; Emiliano Echeverria, a music scholar, radio DJ, and author; Barbara Lubinski, a radio personality first at Georgetown University and later in San Francisco; Kiilu Nyasha, a former member of the Black Panther Party and a radical-left journalist; and Nina Serrano, a poet, radio personality, novelist, and activist. 12


  1. T., William, and Samuel Poole. “Terrorism in America: The Developing Internal Security Crisis.” The Heritage Foundation, June 2, 1978.
  2. Fordahl, Matthew. “Two Members of ‘Most Wanted’ List Surrender After Years on the Lam.” AP NEWS. Associated Press, December 6, 1994.
  3. Altman, Breno. “Former Prisoners Organize Solidarity towards Current Political Detainees.” Opera Mundi, August 9, 2016.
  4. About. Accessed December 21, 2019.
  5. Founders. Accessed December 21, 2019.
  6. About. Accessed December 21, 2019.
  7. Waxmann, Laura. “Community Groups, Homeowners Not Sold on ‘Green’ Tax District Proposed for Mission Dolores.” San Francisco Examiner. October 13, 2019. Accessed December 21, 2019.
  8. Staff. Accessed December 21, 2019.
  9. Founders. Accessed December 21, 2019.
  10. Bennett, Hans. “The Freedom Archives: An Interview With Claude Marks.” Dissident Voice. July 19, 2008. Accessed December 21, 2019.
  11. Our Board. Accessed December 21, 2019.
  12. [1] Founders. Accessed December 21, 2019.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: November 1, 2005

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Dec Form 990EZ $146,027 $117,494 $200,690 $1,639 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990EZ $105,181 $87,874 $168,099 $682 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990EZ $110,179 $101,591 $150,550 $440 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990EZ $86,291 $86,127 $142,214 $692 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990EZ $93,434 $80,890 $142,018 $660 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990EZ $96,529 $89,215 $129,814 $1,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

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    Freedom Archives

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110-1798