A Register of the Charles Shipman papers

Finding aid prepared by Jessica Lemieux
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305-6010
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archives@hoover.stanford.edu
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Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Register of the Charles Shipman papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Jessica Lemieux
Date Completed:
2009
Encoded by:
ByteManagers using OAC finding aid conversion service specifications and Jessica Lemieux
© 2009 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Shipman papers
Dates: 1895-1986
Collection number: 2005C62
Creator: Shipman, Charles
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
General Physical Description note: 3 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.59 Linear feet)
Abstract: Contains correspondence, memoirs, meeting minutes, plays, clippings, notes, and photographs relating to the life of Charles Shipman. Shipman was active in anti-war, anti-imperialist, and communist groups in the United States. He was also a delegate to the second and sixth Communist International congresses, and was a communist leader in Mexico under the name Manuel Gomez.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of the materials: The collection is in English, with small amounts of material in Spanish, Italian, and Russian.

Administrative Information

Access

The collection is open for research
Access to sound recordings, video recordings, or motion picture material requires at least two weeks advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Shipman papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2005

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Biographical Note

1895 August 10 Born Charles Francis Phillips in New York City
1913-1914 Attends Columbia University Extension classes
1914-1917 Attends Columbia School of Journalism
1915 December Participates in Ford Peace Expedition as Observer
1917 Organizing Secretary of the Collegiate Anti-Militarism League
1918 March Travels to Mexico to begin work for Communist Party
1919 Travels to Spain with Communist agent Mikhail Markovich Borodin under the name Jesus Ramirez
1920 Delegate to the 2nd Communist International Congress
  Returns to Mexico, working under the name Manuel Gomez
1921 Returns to United States, settling in Chicago
1923-1928 Secretary, All-America Anti-Imperialist League
1927 Moves to New York City
1928 Delegate to the 6th Communist International Congress
1930-1934 Works as journalist and editor at several newspapers, including the Wall Street News, Wall Street Journal, and New York Post
1937-1948 Works at Standard and Poor's

Scope and Contents note

Contains correspondence, memoirs, meeting minutes, plays, clippings, notes, and photographs relating to the life of Charles Shipman. Shipman was active in anti-war, anti-imperialist, and communist groups in the United States. He was also a delegate to the second and sixth Communist International congresses, and was a communist leader in Mexico under the name Manuel Gomez. The Subject files document this activity. Shipman's life is chronicled in his memoirs, which are found in the Writings series along with plays Shipman translated and adapted from Spanish. The Photographs series is composed of portraits of Shipman and prints depicting meetings, family, and friends.

Arrangement Statement

The collection is arranged in three series: Subject files, 1895-1986; Writings, 1960-1971; and Photographs, 1915-1982.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
All-America Anti-Imperialist League.
Communist International.
Anti-imperialist movements.
Communism--Mexico.
Communism--United States.
Peace movements.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Subject file, 1895-1986

Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, clippings, and notes related to Shipman's life and work with anti-war, anti-imperialist, and communist groups in the United States and Mexico.

Arrangement

Arranged in alphabetical order by folder title.
Box/Folder: 1 : 1-2

All-America Anti-Imperialist League, 1920-1930, 1971

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

American Communist Party, 1923-1982

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Biographical file, 1928-1985

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Ford expedition, 1915-1966

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

New Masses, 1933-1934

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Passports, 1915-1975

Scope and Content Note

Includes passports for Charles Shipman and his wife Sylvia Feningston
Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Peace meeting, 1895

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Personalities and friends, 1965-1984

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Pic and Carlota, 1945-1983

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Pre-Mexico data (correspondence), 1917-1918, 1966

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters regarding Shipman's decision to be a conscientious objector during World War I.
Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Redding, Connecticut, 1941-1985

Scope and Content Note

Includes Ah Catalina! programs
Box/Folder: 1 : 13

Russia and the Comintern, 1967-1984

Box/Folder: 1 : 14

Work-related clippings, 1956-1986

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

Workers Monthly, 1923-1925

Box: 2-3

Writings, 1960-1971

Physical Description: 0.6 Linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains an autobiographical transcript, Shipman's memoirs, and plays adapted and translated from Spanish.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.
Box/Folder: 2 : 1-4

Biographical typescript (uncorrected), undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 5-9

Natural Enough: An Autobiography, undated

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

The Lady from Havana, 1960

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Papa by a Landslide, 1962

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

Gasoline for Mamma, 1962

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

Ah Catalina! 1964, 1971

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

"From Mexico to Moscow," Survey: A Journal of Soviet and Eastern Studies, v. 55, 1965 April

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

Encounter in a Doctor's Waiting Room, 1970

Box/Folder: 3-4

Photographs, 1915-1982

Physical Description: 1.55 Linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Composed of images of Shipman himself, family, friends, communist meetings, and play rehearsals.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order by group.
Box: 4

Portraits of Charles Shipman, undated

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

Meetings and groups, 1915-1972

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of communist meetings.
Box/Folder: 3 : 8

Shipman family and friends, 1919-1972

Box: 4

"Haitian Patriotic Union banquet for Mr. Manuel Gomez," 1928 September 30

Box/Folder: 3 : 9

Miscellaneous snapshots, 1947-1982

Box/Folder: 3 : 10

Ah Catalina! rehearsals, 1964

Box: 4

International Summer School, University of Cambridge, 1975