From the archive of struggle, no.36: radical America

Last week, I featured the Holt Labor Library. Today, I feature a few different American radical history archives with smaller on-line exhibitions. Other stuff below the fold. Browse the whole series here.

The George Meany Memorial Archives

“The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) established the George Meany Memorial Archives in 1980 to honor the memory of George Meany, its first president, and to provide a program to preserve its historical records and make them available for research. In 1987 the archives moved from the AFL-CIO headquarters to the forty-seven acre campus of the George Meany Center for Labor Studies (now the National Labor College) in Silver Spring, Maryland, an educational institution for labor officers, representatives, and staff of AFL-CIO affiliates.”

On-line exhibit: A. Philip Randolph, 1889-1979.

Illinois Labor History Society

“The Illinois Labor History Society (ILHS) was formed on August 5, 1969 in the office of the late Joseph M. Jacobs, attorney for the Chicago Teachers Union, Meatcutters, and other labor organizations. The mission of the ILHS was set forth: It shall be the Purpose of the Illinois Labor History Society to encourage the preservation and study of labor history materials of the Illinois Region, and to arouse public interest in the profound significance of the past to the present.”

On-line exhibit: Labor Union Hall of Fame.

Indiana State University Debs Collection

The Debs Collection has an absolutely enormous amount of Eugene Debs material. The photos and videos are of particular interest. This is apparently the only known video of Debs.

Inkworks Press Archive

Inkworks is a leftie print co-op in the Bay area. Their poster archive includes many treasures dating from 1974 onwards. Earlier material includes cool posters for UFW salsa benefits, Chilean folk music gigs, Cinco de Mayo fiestas, Pablo Neruda woodcuts, and lots more. A little bit on a Stalinist/Second Campist/Third Worldist tip, but beautiful.


The Labor Archives and Research Center in San Francisco: “Few regions can rival the rich, lively labor history of the San Francisco Bay Area. This history is preserved in primary source and vintage history materials at the Labor Archives and Research Center (LARC). Founded in 1985 by trade union leaders, historians, labor activists and university administrators, the Labor Archives is a unit of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.”

Two on-line exhibitions: Look for the Union Label: A Celebration of Union Logos and Emblems and Cultivating Creativity: The Arts and the Farm Workers’ Movement During the 1960s and 1970s. The first is just lots of labels, badges and such like. The second is awesome, with sections on the Farm Workers Logo, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Theater, Songs and Poems, El Malcriado (the UFW paper), Posters, Drawings and Murals, Photography and Cesar Chavez as Icon.

Brandeis Special Collections

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections house the gems of Brandeis University’s library. They have a blog with monthly spotlights on the collection. July featured the Radical Pamphlets collection, but unfortunately it seems totally dominated by the CPUSA and its fronts. June was the Léon Lipschutz collection of Dreyfusiana and French Judaica. The Hall-Hoag Collection of Extremist Literature in the United States includes far right material and also the likes of the Weather Underground. The Sacco and Venzetti collections are a highlight.

Other stuff, via Ent.:

* Rosa Luxemburg: The crisis in the German Social-Democracy (The „Junius“ pamphlet) (1916, New York, Socialist Publication Society)

* Bertram Wolfe: Revolution in Latin America (1928, der Autor wurde wenig später aus der CPUSA ausgeschlossen und gehörte in den 1930ern zu den leitenden Mitgliedern der „brandlerianischen“ Independent Communist Labor League/Independent Labor League of America um Jay Lovestone, in der Zeit des kalten Krieges entwickelte er sich zum Antikommunisten [i.e. from a key member of Lovestone’s “Brandlerite”/Right Opposition grouplet, written before he left the Communist Party])

* Heinrich Ströbel: Socialisation in theory and practice (1922, weitere Informationen zum Autor hier)
* Max Shachtman: Socialism: the hope of humanity (1945)
* William Morris/Balfort Bax: Socialism, its growth and outcome (1893)

* Ferdinand Lassalle: Di arbeyṭer un di gezelshafṭlikhe ḳlasen iberzetsṭ fun Dayṭsh (1906, Yiddish, published Warsaw: Di ṿelṭ [The World] – not to be confused with the anarchist press of the same name inVilna at the same time. Or maybe it should, as the Kate Sharpley Library lists this: Maximov, M; Katsenstayn, Z. Vegen der theorye un praktik fun dem anarkhizm (Maximov: Tsu der teorye fun dem anarkhizm; Katsenshtayn: Di taktik fun dem anarkhizm).[On The Theory And Practice Of Anarchism. (Maximov: On Anarchist Theory And Practice, Katsenshtayn: Anarchist Tactics)] Varshe: Di Velt, 1903. 46pp. [Y7/5221; Y7/9557]. Note, Lasalle was hugely and unjustifiably popular in Jewish social democratic circles in this period, probably only because he was Jewish.)

* Karl Kautsky: Terrorism and communism: a contribution to the natural history of revolution (1920, National Labour Press [Independent Labour Party])
* Ramsay MacDonald: Socialism and society (1907)
* Selected articles on modern industrial movements (1920, includes Wobbly and other syndicalist texts, Samuel Gompers on the need for a socialist party, and Lenin’s letter to the Ameican worker)
* Louis Fraina: Revolutionary socialism, a study in socialist reconstruction (1918, New York: The Communist Press for The Socialist Propoganda League)
* Albert Rhys Williams: Through the Russian revolution (1921)
* Michael Harrington/James Cone: The Black church and Marxism: what do they have to say to each other (1980)

La Bataille Socialiste:

* Les Communistes Révolutionnaires (pour la nouvelle Internationale Communiste): Pétain à mort ! (1945, ein Text der Schwesterorganisation der Revolutionären Kommunisten Deutschlands (RKD))
* Carta de rupturacon la ICE de Fersen, Munis y otros (1935)
* Pierre Monatte: Réflexions sur l’avenir syndical (1917)
* Rosa Luxemburg: Intervention au congrès international de Stuttgart (1907)
* Paul Mattick: Le développement de la politique étrangère de la Russie soviétique (1936)
* L’Unité: Le procès de Paris (1980)
* Laín Díez: Préface à Pannekoek (1948)

Marxists Internet Archive (MIA):

* Leo Trotzki [Leon Trotsky]: The Tragedy of Spain (1939)
* Leo Trotzki: Spain, Stalin and Yezhov (1939)


* Situationist International: The Explosion Point of Ideology in China (1967)
* Heinrich Laufenberg: The Hamburg revolution (1919)

* Gilles Dauvé/Denis Authier: The Communist Left in Germany: 1918-1921 (1976)
** Translator’s note
** Introduction
** Chapter 1 – Germany in 1914
** Chapter 2 – Origins of the German workers’ movement
** Chapter 3 – The German Left before 1914
** Chapter 4 – War and radicalisation
** Chapter 5 – The 1918 ‘November Revolution’
** Chapter 6 – Before the confrontation: the relation of forces
** Chapter 7 – The confrontations: November 1918 to May 1919
** Chapter 8 – The international and domestic situations, May 1919 to March 1920
** Chapter 9 – Revolutionary syndicalism and unionism
** Chapter 10 – The KPD: January 1919 to March 1920
** Chapter 11 – Between the first and the second congresses of the Communist International
** Chapter 12 – The Kapp Putsch and the Ruhr insurrection
** Chapter 13 – The VKPD
** Chapter 14 – The KAPD and the AAUD-E
** Chapter 15 – The March Action (1921)
** Chapter 16 – The German left and the Third International
** Chapter 17 – The ‘International Communist Left’
** Conclusion

* A. Lehmann: The Economic, Political and Social Origins of Fascism (1933) [Article first published in November 1933 in issue number II of Masses, an eclectic monthly publication connected to the left of French Social Democracy. It was written by A. Lehmann, a member of the ‘communist workers’ groups’ in Germany, which had their origin in the KAPD [Communist Workers’ Party of Germany].

* What is Council Communism? (2000)
* International Communist Current: The Communist Left in Russia after 1920 (?)
* Herman Gorter: The Origins of Nationalism in the Proletariat (1915)

Workers’ Liberty:

* Workers’ Liberty supplements

Espace contre ciment:

* Erich Mühsam: Der Revoluzzer (1907)
* Karl Kraus: Antwort an Rosa Luxemburg von einer Unsentimentalen (1920)
* Wilhelm Reich: Massenpsychologie des Faschismus (1933, Auszug)
* B. Traven: Das Totenschiff (1926, Auszug)
* Alphonse Barbé: A van der Lubbe assassiné (1934)
* André Prudhommeaux: L‘ordre règne en Allemagne – Le bilan de douze ans de « bolchévisation » du prolétariat allemand (1933)
* Tim Mason: Travailleurs sans syndicats Résistance de masse dans l’Italie fasciste et dans l’Allemagne nazie (1984)
* Tim Mason: Class Conflict and Scientific Management in American Industry: Guides to the Literature (1977)
* Henri Chazé: A propos de Lénine (1971)
* André Prudhommeaux: Lénine et la relativité (1949)

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