Finding Aid for the Robert Duggan Communist Party Collection, 1952-1971

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Duggan Communist Party Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1952-1971
Collection number: 1120
Creator: Duggan, Robert D.
Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Abstract: The Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA) was organized in 1919 by the left wing of the Socialist Party and other groups. Under the new communist international strategy of the united front, American Communists began to work through labor and other groups to spread the Party's influence. By the late 1930s, the party reached 65,000 members, providing leadership in many organizations and serving as the radical wedge of the New Deal. The Hitler-Stalin pact forced the party into an anti-war stance, and the Cold War after 1945 further weakened its influence, as did McCarthyism, the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian Revolution, and the revelation of Stalin's crimes in 1956. As the Cold War eased and third world liberation struggles began, a new radical movement took shape in the 1960s, but the New Left groups rather than the Communist Party were the dominant forces. The continued inflexibility of the Party as well as the repression of Czechoslovakia in 1968 led to the resignation of West Coast leader Dorothy Healey in 1973 and the diffusion of many Party activists into other left groups. The collection consists of notes, documents, publications, and ephemera of the Communist Party of the United States and its Southern California district, the Southern California and national W.E.B. Du Bois clubs, and the new politics movement of the late 1960s.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Robert Duggan, purchase, 1972.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Duggan Communist Party Collection (Collection 1120). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

The Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA) was organized in 1919 by the left wing of the Socialist Party and other groups; internecine struggles persisted, with the Workers Party of America predominant by 1922, which changed its name to the Communist Party, USA in 1929; under the new communist international strategy of the united front, American Communists began to work through labor and other groups to spread the Party's influence; by the late 1930s, the party reached 65,000 members, providing leadership in many organizations and serving as the radical wedge of the New Deal; the Hitler-Stalin pact forced the party into an anti-war stance, and the Cold War after 1945 further weakened its influence, as did McCarthyism, the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian Revolution, and the revelation of Stalin's crimes in 1956; as the Cold War eased and third world liberation struggles began, a new radical movement took shape in the 1960s, but the New Left groups rather than the Communist Party were the dominant forces; the continued inflexibility of the Party as well as the repression of Czechoslovakia in 1968 led to the resignation of West Coast leader Dorothy Healey in 1973 and the diffusion of many Party activists into other left groups.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of notes, documents, publications, and ephemera of the Communist Party of the United States and its Southern California district, the Southern California and national W.E.B. Du Bois clubs, and the new politics movement of the late 1960s. Also includes materials from the Communist Party of Mexico, 2nd Congress (1967), the new politics convention in Chicago (1967), and 6 posters and 4 drawings.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Internal discussion documents of the Communist Party's 1966 national convention (Box 1).
  2. Political literature, Du Bois clubs, new politics movement, CPUSA youth conference, Communist Party of Mexico (Box 2).
  3. New politics 1968 convention, CPUSA documents (1967-68) national education in Marxism, ephemera and clippings (Boxes 3-4).
  4. Miscellaneous publications, 1952-71 (Box 4).
  5. Posters and drawings (Box 5).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Communist Party of the United States of America--Archival resources.
W.E.B. Du Bois Clubs of America.
Partido Comunista Mexicano.


Container List

Box 1, Folders 1-5

Internal discussion documents of the Communist Party's national convention. June 1966

Box 2, Folder 1

Political literature, ephemera, etc. ca. 1965-1966

Box 2, Folder 2

W.E.B. DuBois club, Los Angeles. ca. 1965-1967

Box 2, Folder 3

W.E.B. DuBois clubs, Los Angeles and national.

Box 2, Folder 4

W.E.B. DuBois clubs - publications.

Box 2, Folder 5

“New politics” movement material 1966

Box 2, Folder 6

CPUSA national youth conference. February 1967

Box 2, Folder 7

Communist Party of Mexico, 2nd Congress. February 1967

Box 3, Folders 1-2

“New plitics” convention, Chicago August 1967

Box 3, Folder 3

New Politics. 1968

Box 3, Folders 4-5

CPUSA documents. 1967-1968

Box 4, Folders 1-2

Materials for Communist Party's national education classes in Marxism.

Box 4, Folder 3

Miscellaneous ephemera, clippings, etc.

 

Miscellaneous Publications 1952-1966

Box 4, Folder 4

“A fateful moment in our history”, dissenting opinion of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Hugo L. Black in the McCarren Art decision. ca. 1961

Box 4, Folder 4

The Blue Unicorn Association. n.d.

Box 4, Folder 4

The Campus Forum, El Camino College. 1964

Scope and Content Note

  • Issue no.3, May 11, 1964.
  • Vol.II, no. 1, September 28, 1964.
  • Vol.II, issue 2, October 28, 1964.
Box 4, Folder 4

The Coordinator. n.d.

Box 4, Folder 4

Hell No We Won't Go! W.E.B. DuBois clubs. n.d.

Box 4, Folder 4

Insurgent W.E.B. DuBois clubs. January - February 1966

Box 4, Folder 4

El Camino College Republic, young Republican publication “In memory of General Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964”. April 9, 1964

Box 4, Folder 4

The Spectre, no.2. Spring 1962

Box 4, Folder 4

“Vote Socialist”, Sandy Herbert for NSA representative.

Box 4, Folder 4

Los Angeles Youth Bulletin issued by: youth committee Communist Party of Southern California. May-July, September and December 1964; April 1965

Scope and Content Note

Also, vol.1, no.1 (June 1966).
 

Miscellaneous Publications 1966-1971

Box 4, Folder 5

Los Agachados De Ruis, no.14. 1969

Box 4, Folder 5

Con Safos, vol.1, no.3. 1969

Box 4, Folder 5

“Defence of Socialism: Supreme Internationalist Duty”, Pravda. August 22, 1968

Box 4, Folder 5

Leviathan, vol.1, no.2. April 1969

Box 4, Folder 5

The Minority of One, vol.9, no.9. September 1967

Box 4, Folder 5

Movement, vol.5, no.3. April 1969

Box 4, Folder 5

New Politics, vol.9, no.1. May 1971

Box 4, Folder 5

New Program of the Communist Party U.S.A. second draft (Revised). January 1969

Box 4, Folder 5

Party Affairs, vol.3, no.4. March 21, 1968

Box 4, Folder 5

People's Tribune, vol.1, no.2. March 1969

Box 4, Folder 5

Por Que, no.17. September 25, 1968

Box 4, Folder 5

PL (Progressive Labor), vol.5, no.6. February-March 1966

Box 4, Folder 5

Ramparts. July 1968

Box 4, Folder 5

Regional Newsletter, Southern California students for a democratic society, vol.1, no.3-4.

Box 5

6 posters and 4 drawings.