Guide to the New York Workers School Materials

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Guide to the New York Workers School Materials

Collection number: MS-M19

Special Collections and Archives

The UCI Libraries



University of California

Irvine, California

Contact Information

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • The UCI Libraries
  • P.O. Box 19557
  • University of California
  • Irvine, California 92623-9557
  • Phone: (949) 824-3947
  • Fax: (949) 824-2472
  • Email: spcoll@uci.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.uci.edu/rrsc/speccoll.html
Processed by:
Adrian Turner
Date Completed:
2001
Encoded by:
Adrian Turner
© 2001 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: New York Workers School materials,
Date (inclusive): 1926-1935
Collection number: MS-M019
Creator: Communist Party of the United States of America. New York Workers School
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (2 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection contains printed material relating to instructional courses offered by the Communist Party U.S.A. (C.P.U.S.A.) New York Workers School. This material includes outlines for courses on Marxism; supporting readings by Eugen Varga, Vladimir I. Sorin, and the Labor Research Association; memoranda; pamphlets; and position papers distributed by the C.P.U.S.A. The collection also contains files relating to the scope and function of the C.P.U.S.A., and material produced by affiliated national and international organizations including Communist International, Red International of Labor Unions, and Young Communist International.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research. Access to fragile originals is restricted when preservation photocopies are available.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

New York Workers School Materials. MS-M19. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Acquired, 1974.

Processing History

Processed by Adrian Turner, 2001.

Organizational History

The Communist Party, U.S.A. opened its New York Workers School at 48-50 East 13th St. in October 1923. Students were provided with an education aligned with the Party's goals, emphasizing an understanding of Marxism and an awareness of affiliated organizations involved in the American communist movement. By 1927, the School offered a wide array of courses such as "History of the American working class," "Fundamentals of communism," and "Labor journalism," taught by David Saposs, Floyd Dell, Arthur C. Calhoun, John Dos Passos, and others. In 1944 the School was incorporated into the Jefferson School of Social Science.
For further information about the School, see Marvin E. Gettleman, "The New York Workers School, 1923-1944: Communist Education in American Society," in New Studies in the Politics and Culture of U.S. Communism, Michael E. Brown et. al, eds. (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1993), 261-280.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains printed material relating to instructional courses offered by the Communist Party U.S.A. (C.P.U.S.A.) New York Workers School. This material includes outlines for courses on Marxism; supporting readings by Eugen Varga, Vladimir I. Sorin, and the Labor Research Association; memoranda; pamphlets; and position papers distributed by the C.P.U.S.A. The collection also contains files relating to the scope and function of the C.P.U.S.A., and material produced by affiliated national and international organizations including Communist International, Red International of Labor Unions, and Young Communist International.

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. New York Workers School-- Archival resources.
Communist International. Executive Committee--Archival resources.
Young Communist International--Archival resources.
Communism--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources.
Labor unions and communism--Archival resources.
Communist education--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources.
Working class--Education--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources.
Labor movement--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources.
Socialism and youth--Archival resources.
Marxian historiography--Archival resources.


Collection Contents

Box 1 : 1-4

Course lecture outlines

Box 1 : 1

Communist organizational principles, undated

Box 1 : 2

Marxism

Box 1 : 2

Session 1, 1933

Box 1 : 2

Session 2, The Marxian theory of the crisis, 1933

Box 1 : 2

Session 3, Material on Marxist-Leninist theory of the state, 1933

Box 1 : 2

Session 4, Marxism-Leninism: epoch of imperialism and proletarian revolution, 1933

Box 1 : 3

Political economy

Box 1 : 3

Session 1, Outline (partial), undated

Box 1 : 3

Session 7, Three post-war periods of capitalism, undated

Box 1 : 4

Problems of the youth movement

Box 1 : 4

Sessions 1-2, 1935

Box 1 : 4

Session 3, International youth movement during the war years: 1914-1918, 1935

Box 1 : 4

Session 4, Formation of the Young Communist International, 1935

Box 1 : 4

Session 5, Fifteen years of the Young Communist International, 1935

Box 1 : 5-13

National and international affiliates materials

Box 1 : 5

Communist International files

Box 1 : 5

Administrative documents

Box 1 : 5

Conditions of admission, undated

Box 1 : 5

The Fundamental tasks of the Communist International, undated

Box 1 : 5

Statutes, undated

Box FB-19 : 2

District Research Committee, information bulletin, 1934

Box 1 : 6-8

Executive Committee annual plenum files

Box 1 : 6

1926.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 1 : 7

1929

Box 1 : 8

Undated

Box 1 : 9

Communist Party, U.S.A. files

Box 1 : 9

Agrarian Department

Box 1 : 9

The Agrarian question, undated

Box 1 : 9

How to begin work among farmers, undated

Box 1 : 9

Memoranda, 1932.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1 : 10

The Organizational construction of the communist parties and the methods and scope of their activity, undated

Box 1 : 10

The Organization of a committee of action, undated

Box 1 : 10

Organizational structure of the Communist Party, U.S.A., undated

Box 1 : 10

The Role of the communist party in the proletarian revolution, undated

Box 1 : 11

National Training School, United States of Europe slogan, article (partial), undated

Box 1 : 12

Red International of Labor Unions (R.I.L.U.) files

Box 1 : 12

Objects of tasks, undated

Box 1 : 12

Outline of trade union work, 1931

Box 1 : 12

Programme of thematic circle to study findings of sixth session of R.I.L.U. Central Council, undated

Box 1 : 12

Statutes, undated

Box 1 : 12

The World crisis, economic struggles, and the tasks of the revolutionary trade union movement, undated

Box FB-19 : 2

Workers International Relief, Kentucky-Tennessee Striking Miners Relief Campaign march to Pineville, broadside, undated

Box 1 : 13

Young Communist International (Y.C.I.) files

Box 1 : 13

15 years of Y.C.I., 1934

Box 1 : 13

Fifteenth anniversary of Y.C.I., 1934

Box 1 : 13

Outline for discussion on Lenin, Liebknecht, and Luxembourg, memorial material, 1934

Box : 14-16

Publications and miscellaneous clippings on U.S.S.R.-foreign relations

Box 1 : 14

Clippings, 1933-1937

Box 1 : 14

Labor Research Association. The economic basis of the political situation, 1933

Box 1 : 15

Sorin, Vladimir I. Lenin's teachings about the party (excerpts), ca. 1940

Box 1 : 16

Varga, Eugen. Economics and economic policy in the first quarter of 1931, undated

Box 2 : 1-5

Restricted original material for which preservation photocopies have been inserted into the collection, 1926-1935