Writings and correspondence of the Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky, including
drafts of articles and books, correspondence with John G. Wright and other leaders of the
Socialist Workers Party of the United States, and typed copies of correspondence with V.
I. Lenin; correspondence and reports of secretaries of Trotsky and leaders of the
Socialist Workers Party, relating especially to efforts to safeguard Trotsky and to his
assassination; records of the American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky and of
the Commission of Inquiry into the Charges Made against Leon Trotsky in the Moscow
Trials; correspondence and writings of Nataliia Sedova Trotskaia and of Lev Sedov; and
published and unpublished material relating to Trotsky. Assembled from records of the
Socialist Workers Party and from papers of Wright and other party leaders. Also includes
detailed summaries of correspondence in the Trotsky Papers at Harvard University.
The Trotsky Collection of material by and about the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky
(1879-1940) was assembled by the Socialist Workers Party and its affiliate, the Library
of Social History. Originating as the Communist League of America in 1928, the Socialist
Workers Party adopted its present name and form of existence in 1938. As the American
section of the Fourth International movement led by Trotsky, it maintained close contact
with him, especially during the period of his exile in Mexico, from January 1937 until
his assassination in August 1940. The collection was housed in the Library of Social
History in New York City until it was acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in
45 manuscript boxes, 4 envelopes, 2 phonorecords (19.4 linear feet)
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Collection open for research.