Correspondence, minutes, resolutions, theses, and internal bulletins, relating to
Trotskyist and other socialist activities in Latin America, Western Europe, Iran, and
elsewhere, and to interactions of the Socialist Workers Party with the Fourth
International; and trial transcripts, briefs, other legal documents, and background
materials, relating to the lawsuit brought by Alan Gelfand against the Socialist Workers
Party in 1979.
The Socialist Workers Party had its origins in the Communist League of America, formed in
1928 by former members of the Workers (Communist) Party of America who had been expelled
as followers of Leon Trotsky. The Communist League of America merged with the American
Workers Party in 1934 to create the Workers Party of the United States. This organization
dissolved in 1936 to allow its members to enter the Socialist Party, where they
constituted a left wing. Members of the left wing, after expulsion from the Socialist
Party, founded the Socialist Workers Party at the beginning of 1938.
111 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box
(47.2 linear feet)
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Collection is open for research.