Social Democrats, USA records, 1937-1994, bulk 1970-1994

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Social Democrats, U.S.A
101.9 Linear Feet
60,551 Items
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Scope and content:

This collection (20,700 items, 35.5 linear feet, 1937-1984, bulk 1970-1984) includes office files and correspondence, and records from various organizations, such as the Young Social Democrats and the Youth Institute for Peace in the Middle East. Of note are some materials on prominent socialists, including Eugene Debs, Norman Thomas, and Carl Gershman. There are also important periodicals and special publications from 1937-1968 documenting American labor history, the Jim Crow Era, and civil rights issues in the 1960s. (96-104)

Addition (39,851 items, 66.4 linear feet, 1950-1994, bulk 1980-1994) includes correspondence with local chapters; organizational files on Young Social Democrats clubs, benefits, national conventions, fund raising, the yearly Eugene V. Debs Award dinners, and membership (including membership cards); subject files on people (including Bayard Rustin), other leftist organizations (especially Socialist International), labor unions, and countries and regions (including South Africa, Poland, Spain, the Soviet Union, and Latin America); and publications and newspapers related to socialism. Material also includes 108 electronic computer files that have been migrated to the Special Collections server; 2 cloth banners and 3 plaques/awards; 351 black-and-white photographs; 8 color prints; 4 videocassettes; 243 audio cassette tapes; 2 digital audio tapes; and 4 phonograph records. (01-0079)

Biographical / historical:

Social Democrats, USA, is a descendant organization of the Socialist Pary of America.

Acquisition information:
The Social Democrats, USA Records was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 1996 and 2001.
Processing information:

Processed by Paula Jeannet

Completed July 27, 1996

Additions processed by Fiona Gillespie and ArĂ­stides Llaneza

Last updated November 19, 2001

Encoded by Stephen Miller; Fiona Gillespie; ArĂ­stides Llaneza; Ruth E. Bryan

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

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