Communist Party of the United States of America collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 357 large
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kassy Fineout, updated by Leslie M. Behm.
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Dates

  • 1913-1960 (Creation)

Extents

  • 10.8 Linear Feet (Whole)
    12 boxes

Subjects

Notes

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Communist Party of the United States of America collection, MSS 357, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Date of acquisition is 1961. No information on the origin of the collection.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Kassy Fineout in September/October, 2008 and updated in 2016 by Leslie M. Behm.

  • Biographical / Historical

    “Over one year ago the Library acquired a fine collection of over 4000 titles on the Communist Party of the United States of America (C.P.U.S.A). This acquisition had not been announced because the material was completely disorganized and some of it was brittle and needed repair. The collection consists of works published by and about the Communist Party and its front organizations, books, pamphlets, newspapers and mimeographed reports. One lot of material is the archive of an important party functionary, containing internal party materials dating from the late 1920’s to the early 1930’s. This person was a director of various workers and training schools and his file includes items used in the Lenin Training School in Moscow, where English-speaking leaders of the Communist Parties were given instruction. There are quite a few materials relating to activity in unions and the unemployment crisis, consisting in part of shop papers and regional party publications. A rare item is a Questionnaire for Party Leaders and a colorful Foster item issued in a limited edition only for friends of the late William Z. Foster. Included among the serials and The Call Magazine of 1917-18, issued on the eve of the formation of the CPUSA; Class Struggle, 1917-1919, a rare theoretical Marxian periodical edited by Fraina and Lore; Coastwise Unity, 1935-46, issued by the Communist Party Dock Unit; International Press Correspondence, 1929-1938, one of the most important single sources for the study of the documentary history of the Communist International and its parties in various countries; The Hearst Worker, 1936, published by the ‘Communist Party Nucleus in the Hearst Plant.’” (The University Library. Michigan State University. Number 15, September, 1961.)

  • Scope and Contents

    The CPUSA was the most important American radical organization from its factionalized 1919 origins well into the 1950s. This collection consists of works published by and about the Communist Party and its front organizations, books, pamphlets, newspapers and mimeographed reports dating from 1913-1960. Since this collection was acquired in 1960 many items have been separated to receive item level cataloging. These are located in the American Radicalism Collection.

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