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Guide to the Steve Nelson Papers ALBA.008

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nelson, Steve, 1903-1993
Title: Steve Nelson Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1937-1991, (Bulk 1950-1985)
Dates [bulk]: bulk
Abstract: Steve Nelson (1903-1993) was a labor activist and organizer, former Communist Party official, Political Commissar in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, and National Commander of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB). In the 1950s Nelson was convicted and imprisoned under the Pennsylvania Sedition Act and the Federal Smith Act. In 1957 he left the Communist Party following Khrushchev’s revelations of the atrocities that occurred under Stalin’s regime. Nelson authored two memoirs and an autobiography. Nelson’s papers reflect his political and personal activities including his participation in the Spanish Civil War, his six years of sedition trials and appeals, his writings, and his activities with VALB. His papers also include correspondence with friends and colleagues, which reflect the close interconnection between Nelson’s political and personal lives.
Quantity: 12 Linear Feet in 11 record cartons and 1 oversize flat box
Call Phrase: ALBA.008