The collection is comprised of the personal correspondence among Isador and Bessie Brooks; their three daughters: Miriam,
Eleanor and Dorothy; Isador's father Joseph; and Miriam's daughter, during the first half of the 20th century. Isador and
Miriam were Communist Party members. There are additional papers which include: Isador's 1929 reports to the Los Angeles Communist
Party; Miriam's notebook of a 1932 trip to the USSR as a youth delegate from the International Labor Defense to the World
Congress of the International Red Aid; a memo dealing with the "Los Angeles Ten" case, in which Miriam was a defendant for
refusing to answer questions before a grand jury regarding her connections to the Communist Party; and clippings about Miriam's
firing from a pianist position at UCLA's Physical Education Department in 1950 during the University of California's loyalty
Isador Brooks (September 1, 1892 - January 6, 1934) came to the United States from Poland in 1906. He first lived in New York
City and worked as a pants maker. Soon after his arrival he met Bessie Shapiro, his private English tutor, whom he married
in 1912. The couple relocated to Albany, New York, where their three daughters, Miriam, Eleanor and Dorothy were born. In
1927 the family moved to Los Angeles where Isador managed a cooperative restaurant in Boyle Heights. Most of his working life
Isador had a dental supply business.
1/6th Linear foot,
1/2 legal box
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