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Guide to the Oral History of the American Left Collection OH.002

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Collection processed by Paul Buhle, Jonathan Bloom, Michael Nash, unattributed Tamiment staff, and David A. Olson

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 19, 2019
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tamiment Library
Title: Oral History of the American Left Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1940-2011
Abstract: The Tamiment Library at New York University established the Oral History of the American Left in 1976 in order to collect and preserve the memories of veteran activists. These interviews describe seven decades of Left politics from the 1910s through the 1970s. They document the full spectrum of left politics in the twentieth century, including socialism, Communism, anarchism, Trotskyism, and the New Left. There are interviews with both leaders and rank-and-file activists.
Quantity: 30 Linear Feet in 11 record cartons and 19 compact disk boxes.
Location: Access compact disks and transcripts are stored at Bobst. Master cassettes for Series 1 are stored offsite. Materials from Series 2-9 are stored at Bobst or offsite. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for more information.
Language: Materials are in English, unless otherwise noted at the interview level.
Call Phrase: OH.002

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Historical/Biographical Note

New York University's Tamiment Library established the Oral History of the American Left (OHAL) in 1976. The purpose of this project was to expand the archive's documentation of radicalism and labor by recording the memories of veteran activists before they were lost. The founders of OHAL were working within the milieu of "new social history" and were intent on using the Oral History of the American Left to collect stories from groups often underrepresented in traditional historical narratives including rank and file activists, women, and ethnic minorities. The project founders, by their own admission, were a part of a revival of interest in folkloric community histories and captivated by the ability of the recorded interview to bring these stories to life. They also were cognizant of the interviewer's role in shaping an oral history, and the interviewers' own activism is also frequently on display. As such, decades later, the early interviews of the collection not only give insight into the experiences of activists from the 1910s-1960s, but illuminate the psychology of the Left during the Reagan era.

Paul Buhle was the director of the project from its founding, and was its most prolific interviewer. Other staff included Roger Keeran who was co-director in the early years and Jon Bloom who joined the project in 1977 to work as an interviewer, coordinator, and fundraiser. Additional OHAL staff in the 1980s included interviewer and project coordinator Ruth F. Prago, interviewer Bea Lemisch, and indexer Ameila Green.

Interviewing began with a series of small grants provided by the Rabinowitz and Bronson Cutting Foundations. The New Jersey Historical Commission provided funding in 1978 to support interviews on radicalism in New Jersey between 1930 and 1960. Later, Ruth F. Prago developed the idea to start a radio series based on interviews held for the OHAL collection. Together with Pacifica Radio the project received a one-year grant from the New York State Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with twenty-five women about radicalism during the 1930s. Radio producers used these interviews to create the radio series "Grandma was an Activist," first broadcast in 1983. OHAL received major funding in 1982–1983 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This support enabled Paul Buhle to build a comprehensive collection of oral histories regarding ethnic-immigrant radicalism, its press, and fraternal organizations. The NEH grant also enabled OHAL to collect hundreds of hours of interviews made by filmmakers on American anarchism, the Hollywood blacklist, the Communist Party, the Columbia University student strike of 1968, and other subjects.

From its founding, OHAL was intended to be a comprehensive document of the experiences of the members of the Left in the United States, and it was assumed that the collection would continue to grow over time. Tamiment Library continued to conduct interviews and collect interviews from third parties through the 1990s and into the early 2010s.

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Scope and Content Note

The Oral History of the American Left documents the broad range of experiences on the left, with a focus on underrepresented voices, particularly between 1910 and 1980. The Main Series (Series 1) is particularly sweeping in the topics that it documents, but a set of prominent topics emerge representing the interests of OHAL staff members in the early years of the collection. These include immigrant/ethnic radicalism, labor, women's history, radical newspapers, fraternal organizations, and student radicalism. The earliest interviews were done to collect the memories of men and women who could recall the 1910s-1920s. Later interviews document the effects of the Russian Revolution on the Left in the United States, the formation of social and cultural institutions by the "New Immigrant" groups, the history of socialism and anarchism, the relationship between the "Old Left" and "New Left," and Communist activism in the United States. There is also an analysis of the regional development of Left movements in the United States. OHAL interviewed representative figures from the Jewish, Finnish, Slovenian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Italian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, African American, Japanese, Scandinavian, and Spanish Left. For many of these interviews, there is a focus on how ethnic identity and political identity interacted and how non-English-language presses and fraternal organizations preserved this identity in the United States. The cultural experiences of Yiddish-speaking Jews are particularly represented in this regard. Paul Buhle took a sizable amount of interviews related to the relationship between Yiddish-language literature and culture and Communist and socialist political organizations and newspapers.

The collection also documents the factionalism of the Left in the mid-20th century United States. Rank and file members and leaders alike comment on the conflicts between the Communist Party of the USA and different socialist and Trotskyist organizations, analyzing matters of theory and the personalities that drove the splits. The Johnson-Forest Tendency and CLR James receive particular attention. Other political parties/factions addressed include the the Socialist Party, Workers Party, Socialist Workers Party, and the American Labor Party. The CP's role in the period is examined in depth, both by members and opponents, especially during the 1930s. The interviews taken to support "Grandma Was an Activist" provide insight into the experiences of women activists during the period.

The collection includes several interviews with participants of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the US component of the International Brigades which fought in the Spanish Civil War. There are other interviews documenting the long tenure of Jasper McLevy, Socialist Party Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut from 1933-1957. Organizations discussed in other interviews include the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Workmens' Circle, International Labor Defense, National Lawyers Guild, the Southern Negro Youth Congress, and the Yidisher Kultur Farband (YKUF), among many others. The labor movement and the operations of different political parties and factions within labor unions are also frequently addressed. The International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and the needle trades are particularly well represented in this regard.

OHAL also received interviews from filmmakers and graduate students that were added to the collection as distinct units. These materials, found in Series 2-9, are further described at the series level.

Arrangement

Collection is arranged into nine series: 1. Oral History of the American Left Main Series, 2. Fred Zimring Interviews, 3. Reynold Hills Project Interviews, 4. Filmmakers' Tapes and Transcripts, 5. Tamiment Institute Tapes, 6. Aleine Austin Tapes regarding Monthly Review and Highlander Folk School, 7. Restricted Interviews, 8. Higley Hill, 9. Rose Leopold

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Boggs, Grace Lee
  • Moore, Audley, 1898-
  • Baxandall, Rosalyn Fraad, 1939- -- |v Interviews
  • Sale, Kirkpatrick
  • Draper, Hal -- |v Interviews
  • Deak, Zoltan
  • Dunayevskaya, Raya -- |v Interviews
  • Darcy, Samuel, 1905-
  • Ferlinghetti, Lawrence--Interviews.
  • Goldberg, Itshe--Interviews.
  • Glaberman, Martin--Interviews.
  • Gitlin, Todd--Interviews.
  • Berrigan, Daniel--Interviews.
  • James, C. L. R. (Cyril Lionel Robert), 1901-1989. -- |v Interviews
  • Berry, Abner--Interviews.
  • Buhle, Paul, 1944-
  • Boggs, James--Interviews.
  • Epstein, Melech--Interviews.
  • Bloom, Jonathan
  • Prago, Ruth.
  • Lemisch, Bea.
  • Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014
  • De Leon, Solon, 1883-
  • Patterson, Louise Thompson, 1901-1999
  • Rawick, George P., 1929-
  • Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989
  • Chernin, Rose--Interviews.
  • Kolehmainen, Mary--Interviews.
  • Johnson, Howard, 1915- --Interviews.
  • Breitman, George -- |v Interviews
  • Glotzer, Albert, 1908-1999. -- |v Interviews
  • Noṿiḳ, P., 1891-
  • Harrington, Michael, 1928-1989 -- |v Interviews
  • Harap, Louis -- |v Interviews
  • Gellert, Hugo, 1892-1985 -- |v Interviews
  • Foner, Moe, 1915- -- |v Interviews
  • Foner, Henry -- |v Interviews
  • Weir, Stan -- |v Interviews
  • Weiss, Myra Tanner -- |v Interviews
  • Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968 -- |v Interviews
  • Rubinstein, Annette Teta, 1910-2007. -- |v Interviews
  • Le Sueur, Meridel -- |v Interviews
  • Rodney, Lester, 1911- -- |v Interviews
  • O'Connor, Harvey, 1897-1987. -- |v Interviews
  • Nelson, Steve, 1903-1993 -- |v Interviews
  • McLevy, Jasper, 1878-1962 -- |v Interviews
  • McKinney, Ernest Rice, 1886-1984. -- |v Interviews
  • McGrath, Thomas, 1916-1990. -- |v Interviews
  • Magil, A. B. (Abraham Bernard), 1905- -- |v Interviews

Document Type

  • Oral histories (document genres)

Subject Organizations

  • Communist Party of the United States of America -- |v Interviews
  • Morgn-frayhayṭ
  • American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born
  • Young Communist League of the U.S.
  • Trade Union Unity League (U.S.)
  • Johnson-Forest Tendency
  • Matteotti Club
  • International Labor Defense -- |v Interviews
  • Industrial Workers of the World -- |v Interviews
  • Workers Party (1940-1949) -- |v Interviews
  • Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring -- |v Interviews
  • Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.). -- |v Interviews
  • Socialist Workers Party -- |v Interviews
  • Southern Negro Youth Congress -- |v Interviews
  • Socialist Party (U.S.) -- |v Interviews

Subject Topics

  • Hungarian American radicals |v Interviews.
  • Italian American radicals |v Interviews.
  • Finnish American radicals |v Interviews.
  • Communism -- United States.
  • Anarchists -- United States -v Interviews.
  • Right and left (Political science)
  • Communists -- United States -- Interviews.
  • Yiddish newspapers -- New York (State) -- New York -x History
  • Yiddish literature.
  • Labor unions -- United States.
  • Labor union members -- United States -v Interviews.
  • Jewish radicals -- United States -v Interviews.
  • Trotskyists |z United States |v Interviews.
  • Women employees -- United States -v Interviews.
  • Women radicals -- United States -v Interviews.
  • Labor -- United States.
  • African American radicals |v Interviews.
  • Anarchism -- United States.
  • Slavic American radicals |v Interviews.
  • Socialism -- Connecticut -- Bridgeport (Conn.).
  • Socialism -- United States.
  • Socialists -- United States -v Interviews.
  • Student movements -- United States -v Interviews.

Subject Places

  • Spain |x History |y Civil War, 1936-1939 |x Participation, American |v Interviews.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Unless otherwise noted, materials are open without restrictions. Any limitations on access, as stipulated in an interviewee's release form, are noted at the interview or series level.

Use Restrictions

Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items in the collection; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. Repository is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.

New York University holds any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) for the majority of the interviews in Series 1 of this collection. Unless otherwise noted, permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from the Tamiment Library. Interviews in Series 1 for which New York University does not hold rights are noted at the interview level. Any restrictions on use that the interviewer and interviewee agreed to in the interview's release form are also noted at the interview level.

Copyright ownership and use restrictions vary across Series 2-9. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Oral History of the American Left; OH 002; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Archival Materials

Guide to the Oral History of the American Left, edited by Paul Buhle and Jonathan Bloom, is cataloged with Tamiment Library's bibliographic collections and provides insight into the goals and considerations at OHAL's founding and a history of the collection up to 1984. The project's newsletter, filed with Tamiment Library's serials, similarly gives context for the creation and collection of OHAL's earliest materials.

Paul Buhle Papers (TAM 171)

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Access to audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized access copies. Researchers may view an item's original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From its inception, the Oral History of the American Left was an assembled collection with a diverse provenance. The majority of the interviews, particularly in Series I, were collected by the Oral History of American Left for deposit at the Tamiment Library. At the same time, OHAL solicited and accepted recordings from scholars, filmmakers, activists, and other likeminded individuals who were not affiliated with the project. OHAL staff actively took interviews between 1976-1985. The collection of interviews by OHAL and Tamiment Library continued through the late 2000s at a diminished pace. The collection also contains materials that were created or collected by the Tamiment Institute before the establishment of OHAL. The accession numbers associated with this collection are 1976.001, 2004.026, 2010.002, 2018.050, and 2018.072.

Processing Information

The Oral History of the American Left has seen many waves of processing since its founding in 1976. The two primary access tools resulting from the first wave of processing were indexes and Jonathan Bloom and Paul Buhle's Guide to the Oral History of the American Left, published in 1984. Discovery tools were updated as new tapes were added to the collection. A wide range of appraisal guidelines, arrangement strategies, and numbering schemes were deployed by the archivists working on the collection over the decades. At times, this created inconsistencies in collection management and description.

Digitization began in the late 2000s, employing outside vendors and NewYork University's Preservation Department. Transcription had occurred since the 1980s, and another batch of interviews was transcribed and edited in the early 2010s.

In 2012, efforts to complete the digitization were resumed in earnest, and digitization of Series I was completed in 2015. This push was supported by three grants from the Korein Foundation, and sustained use of New York University's in-house transfer capabilities for the transfer of OHAL materials.

In conjunction with the digitization, a serious effort was undertaken to consolidate physical control over Series I. Different generations of cassettes were stored in different locations throughout the library, and a major effort was undertaken to reconcile these materials and confirm that the library was digitizing the most complete versions of interviews. At the same time, a new online finding aid was written, consolidating legacy description from multiple sources, updating it to conform to modern archival standards, and creating new content. This was completed in 2015.

Less visibly, a major effort was undertaken to standardize the diverse naming conventions for digital surrogates from in the first wave of digitization projects. Files in the library's digital preservation repository we mapped and batch renamed for better control over digital assets. This too was completed in 2015

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Container List

Oral History of the American Left Main Series, 1940-2011

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Cd : Alesh 1 (Access cd [31142062726362]) Minka Alesh

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of the SNPJ (Slovenska Narodna Podporna Jednota), a Slovenian mutual aid society. Alesh discusses the organisation's membership, the politics of Slovenian immigrants, and the activities of the women's lodge, of which she was president. Alesh also discusses her involvement in the millinery workers' union in Chicago, her role on the union's executive board, union organizing, and strikes. The interview also includes discussion of life in Slovenia and immigration, the Slovenian community in Chicago, the Socialist Party, Eugene Debs, and financial support for Tito and Yugoslavian relief during World War II. Interview focuses most heavily on the period between the 1900s-1920s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 26, 1982
Box: 1 Cassette : 1 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 7 Folder : 1 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Jose Alvarez

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of origins of Spanish-language Communist movement in Ybor City, Florida during the 1920s-1930s; community support of Communists and relation to surrounding communities during the 1930s-1940s; immigration from Spain, work in tobacco factories, and activities of unions during the 1920s-1940s; and Red Scare decimation of Ybor City Left during the 1950s. Also discussed is a meeting with Fidel Castro in the 1950s, before Cuban Revolution. Joseph Norrick was present for interview with Alvarez, and second cassette of interview also contains a segment of a different interview with Joseph and Ruth Norrick.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Mar 15, 1983
Box: 11 Cd : Alvarez 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726362])
Box: 1 Cassette : 2 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 11 Cd : Ameringer 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726362]) Freda Hogan Ameringer

Scope and Content Note

Phone interview taken to support review essay of Ameringer's book that Green intended to submit to The Nation. Interview includes discussion of Ameringer's background and left-wing newspapers including the  Oklahoma Leader and  American Guardian.

Interview by James Green.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

undated
Box: 6 Cassette : 362 A (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 6 Cassette : 362 B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Freda Hogan Ameringer

Scope and Content Note

Tapes begin with a narrative about Ameringer's life, the Oklahoma Leader and other newspapers, activism among miners, her socialist family, and the early socialist movement, followed by an interview.

Interview by James Green.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Dec 11, 1977
Box: 11 Cd : Ameringer 3-4 (Access cd [31142062726362])
Box: 11 Cd : Ameringer 5-7 (Access cd [31142062726362]) Freda Hogan Ameringer

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Jim Green.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Jul 24, 1981
Box: 6 Cassette : 362 C-D (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 1 Cassette : 3 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Vicky Amter

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of the Communist Party on the Lower East Side of New York City during the 1940s-1960s, conflicts with her Socialist father, experiences as Local 65 shop steward, the Jefferson School, harassment and isolation of CP in the 1950s, and reactions to emergence of the New Left.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Feb 19, 1978
Box: 11 Cd : Amter 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726362])
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Herbert Aptheker

Scope and Content Note

Conversation includes discussion of college radicalism in 1930s, his MA thesis on Nat Turner, joining the Communist Party, academic life, and the Jefferson School.

Interview by Debby Cohen.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

1976
Box: 11 Cd : Aronek 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726362]) Harry Aronek

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the topics of immigration and the political and cultural activities of the New York Jewish community during the 1930s-1950s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 25, 1978
Box: 1 Cassette : 4 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 11 Cd : Ashare 1 (Access cd [31142062726362]) Sam Ashare

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Dan Georgakas.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Mar 30, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : 5 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 11 Cd : Aspitz 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726362]) Jacob Aspiz

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of the Los Angeles Jewish Left since the 1930s, the rise of anti-Nazi "front" across Jewish community and Communists' participation in it, the isolation of Jewish Left during Cold War, Aspiz's literary interests, and his involvement in the Yiddishe Kultur Farband as a senior citizen.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 7, 1980
Box: 1 Cassette : 6 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 11 Cd : CD Axelrod 1 (Access cd [31142062726362]) Ben Axelrod

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Oct 4, 1979
Box: 10 Cassette : 391 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 1 Cassette : 7 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Stanley Banach

Scope and Content Note

Conversation includes discussion of neighborhood background in Providence during the 1950s, army life in Vietnam and Germany, radical influences, and his political philosophy and aspirations. The interview also covers union activity at Electric Boat/Quonset Point, Rhode Island, organizing drives, and union activity at Brown & Sharpe before and during the 1982 strike.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 10, 1984
Box: 11 Cd : Banach 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726362])
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Eugene Barnett

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the topics of the Industrial Workers of the World in the Northwest of the United States during the 1910s, West Virginia coal miners at turn of century, becoming a unionist, lumber work in Northwest, and repression in Centralia, Washington.

Transcription of a radio broadcast from circa 1940.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

1940 - 1946
Box: 11 Cd : Barry 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726362]) Walter Barry

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Barry's boyhood and first labor experience in Endicott, New York, the Trade Union Unity League and United Electrical Workers District 4, and the Westinghouse elevator plant in Jersey City, New Jersey during the 1930s-1950s.

Interview by Ruth F. Prago.

Oct 21, 1980 - Dec 4, 1980
Box: 1 Cassette : 9 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 6 Cassette : 334 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Irving Barshop

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Oct 12, 1973
Box: 11 Cd : Barshop 1 (Access cd [31142062726362])
Box: 11 Cd : Baxandall 1 (Access cd [31142062726362]) Rosalyn Baxandall

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes a discussion of the differences between Baxandall's expectations and the realities of left wing culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1958 through the 1960s, after coming from New York Old Left background and having a brief stint at Smith College. Also discussed are gender relations in the left and academy; the relationship between music, poetry, theatre, and beat culture and politics in Madison; and the importance of the Rathskeller bar in academic and radical life. Baxandall also discusses her studies in French and history, academic role models, challenging cultural norms, the beginnings of the women's movement in Madison, and the impact of her time at Madison on the rest of her life.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The release form that Tamiment Library has for this interview does not include transfer of copyright. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from the narrator, Rosalyn Baxandall. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting this individual.

Nov 8, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : 10 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 11 Cd : Bazell 1 (Access cd [31142062726362]) Bertha Bazell

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Bazell's immigrant Jewish background, the Workmen's Circle, involvement in the Communist Party during the 1930s-1950s in Coney Island, New York and later in Fall River, Massachusetts. It also addresses harassment of left wingers by the FBI during the the 1950s.

Interview by Bill Schecter.

Mar 10, 1981
Box: 1 Cassette : 11 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 11 Cd : Beinin 1 (Access cd [31142062726362]) Irving Beinin

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Jul 2, 1988
Box: 6 Cassette : 292 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 7 Folder : 4 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Ray and Rose Bell

Scope and Content Note

Topics discussed include working class life and union organizing in textile mills.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Aug 2, 1985
Box: 11 Cd : Bell 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726362])
Box: 10 Cassette : 415 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 1 Cassette : 12 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Fay Bennett

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the college anti-war movement during the 1930s, the American Student Union, Keep America Out of War Congress during the late 1930s, the experience of conscientious objectors during World War II, and postwar work with National Sharecroppers' Fund.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

May 26, 1983
Box: 11 Cd : Bennett 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726362])
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Jack Bergen

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Bridgeport, Connecticut during the 1910s, life during the Great Depression, Bridgeport mayor Jasper McLevy, and the Socialist Party in Connecticut state politics during the 1930s.

Interview by Bruce Stave.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

1967
Box: 11 Cd : Bernard 1-5 (Access cd [31142062726362]) John T. Bernard

Scope and Content Note

Recording of a Mesaba Park Cooperative Association tribute to John Bernard, a Farmer-Labor Party representative from Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, who served from 1936-1938. It includes speeches by former Minnesota Governor Elmer Benson and others about Bernard's record in Congress, a response from Bernard, and music.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the creator of the materials. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Jun 25, 1977
Box: 1 Cassette : 14 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cassette : 15 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Daniel Berrigan

Scope and Content Note

This recording was Berrigan's last interview before he went underground and then to prison. It includes reflections on his activities during the 1960s, including the Catonsville incident.

Interview by Marc Weiss.

Use Restrictions

The release form that Tamiment Library has for this interview does not include transfer of copyright. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from the narrator, Daniel Berrigan. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting this individual.

Apr 1, 1970
Box: 11 Cd : Berrigan 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726362])
Box: 12 Cd : Berry 1-6 (Access cd [31142062726370]) Abner Berry

Scope and Content Note

Interview describes the Communist Party in Harlem during the 1930s, including his involvement in Communist Party apparatus, personalities in the CP, relationships with other activist groups, and the CP's intellectual climate during the Great Depression.

Berry analyzes at length the relationship between Party policies on race and African American identity. This includes the initial appeal of the Communist Party for African Americans and the organizational implications of the CP policy of black and white unity. He also looks at how this policy fit into larger questions of African American national identity at time, including the CP's relationship with Garvey movement. He also speaks about the study of American history by African American CP leadership and the prevalent desire for assimilation. He also looks at the CP's broader policy towards a mass movement with an American identity, and he analyzes how Franklin Delano Roosevelt's policies and CP policies worked together during the Depression.

Berry also shares his memories of Party administrators and figures in Harlem. These include Richard Moore, James Ford, Cyril Briggs, Arnold Johnson, Merrill Work, Charles White, and Manning Johnson, who later testified before HUAC. He also shares his recollections of the 1935 Harlem riot and subsequent hearings and Robert Minor's involvement in hearings.

Also included is an analysis of Richard Wright's work and commentary on the Party, including discussion of Native Son and  The Outsider. Berry describes of meetings with Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Theodore Ward, in which they discussed literature, especially the use of symbols. He also describes the CP's attempts to control cultural criticism, and comments on Socialist realism and its divorce from reality. Berry also discusses the Party's acceptance of jazz and folk music, and speaks of the theoretical implications of improvisation in jazz music.

Berry also discusses the activities of the CP and its interactions with other organizations. This includes his activities and politics in Politburo in the late 1930s; analysis of the trade union caucuses, including Mike Quill and the TWU; the reactions to the Nazi-Soviet Pact; the foundation of the National Negro Congress; experiences working with Garvey movement; and the work of the Ethiopian Defense Committee in Harlem. Berry also describes the Party's working relationships with ministers, including Adam Clayton Powell (Baptist), Johnny Johnson (Episcopalian), Father Phillips (Episcopalian), William Lloyd Imes (Presbyterian), and Father Divine.

Other topics addressed include the CP education programs for members in Harlem, the high turnover among CP members, differences in debate of African-American self-determination in North and South of United States, the activities of the Workers' Alliance at the Home Relief Bureaus, Unemployed Councils, and interracial marriage in the Party.

Interview by Mark Naison.

1974-1977
Box: 1 Cassette : 16 A-F (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 12 Cd : Beumer 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726370]) Steve Beumer

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Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Beumer's family background in Indiana, his political activities there and in Detroit during the late 1960s-1970s, the Socialist Workers Party, and his experiences as bus driver and union activist in Detroit.

Interview by Claudia Hommel.

Mar 11, 1975
Box: 1 Cassette : 17 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 12 Cd : Birnbaum 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726370]) Martin Birnbaum

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the life and activities of a Yiddish "proletarian poet" including his childhood, immigration and literary work for New Yorker Volkszeitung during the 1920s, his friendship with writer Moshe Nadir, the role of the Left in the Yiddish literary community, the Proletpen circle of writers, Birnbaum's disillusionment with Communism and poetic realism, and his return to unrestrained lyricism.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

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Nov 6, 1977
Box: 1 Cassette : 18 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cd : Birnbaum 1-2 (Master cd [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cassette : 18 C (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Martin Birnbaum

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

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Feb 5, 1978
Box: 12 Cd : Birnbaum 3 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 1 Cd : Birnbaum 3 (Master cd [31142054611408])
Box: 12 Cd : Birnbaum 4 (Access cd [31142062726370]) Martin Birnbaum

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the meaning of the "sense of humor" in Yiddish literary work and Birnbaum's own sense of humor contrasted with that of writer Moshe Nadir and Jewish popular culture.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Feb 16, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : 19 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cd : Birnbaum 4 (Master cd [31142054611408])
Box: 12 Cd : Bjong 1 (Access cd [31142062726370]) Violet Wainio Bjong

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of Wainio Bjong's father and mother, Finnish-American radical leaders during the 1920s-1930s, her activities in Fitchburg, Massachusetts during the 1930s, work on a Left-oriented daily in Fitchburg, life in Brooklyn cooperative housing, and reflections.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 7, 1984
Box: 5 Cassette : 265 (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 1 Cassette : 20 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Fred Blair

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the role of ethnicity in Communist Party of Wisconsin during the 1930s-1940s; support of the Left from the Polish sector dating back to 1880 and support of other Slav groups from 1910s; role of Meta Berger in Wisconsin Party and Blair's ascendency to state leadership; unemployment demonstration in Milwaukee and influence on students in University of Wisconsin-Madison; increase of District membership with addition of northern Wisconsin; character of northern Wisconsin rural Communists; exodus of rural Communists from state during the 1940s-1950s, and the impact of McCarthyism on the decline of Communist Party support.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 26, 1983
Box: 12 Cd : Blair 1 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 7 Folder : 6 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 12 Cd : Bloomfield 1 (Access cd [31142062726370]) Norman Bloomfield

Scope and Content Note

Interview topics include the Young People's Socialist League during the 1930s; Trotskyism; the University of California, Berkeley campus; and work in shipyards.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

May 7, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : 21 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cassette : 22-22 A (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Grace Lee Boggs

Scope and Content Note

The interview includes a discussion of Boggs' Asian-American family background in Providence, Rhode Island; her education and involvement in radical politics in New York during the late 1930s; the Workers Party and Johnson-Forest tendency during the 1940s; Correspondence in Detroit during the 1950s; involvement in the black movement with her husband, James Boggs; and comments on C.L.R. James.

Interview by Dan Georgakas.

Mar 28, 1983
Box: 12 Cd : G. Boggs 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 10 Cassette : 420 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Grace Lee Boggs

Scope and Content Note

Topics discussed include entry into radical politics, the Johnson-Forest Tendency, and the relationship of culture and the Left.

Interview by Ellen Kellman.

Aug 6, 1986
Box: 12 Cd : G. Boggs 3-4 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 1 Cassette : 22 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) James Boggs

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Boggs' youth in the South, factory life in Detroit during the 1930s-1940s, the Johnson-Forest Tendency, and activities in 1960s-1970s.

Interview by Dan Georgakas.

Mar 29, 1983
Box: 12 Cd : J. Boggs 1 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 1 Cassette : 177 C (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 10 Cassette : 421 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611465]) James Boggs

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding Boggs' involvement in the Johnson-Forest Tendency.

Interview by Ellen Kellman.

Aug 6, 1986
Box: 12 Cd : J. Boggs 2-3 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 10 Cassette : 422 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Paul Booth

Scope and Content Note

Interview discusses Students for a Democratic Society, its internal politics, relationships with other student groups, and demonstrations.

Interview by Kirkpatrick Sale.

Oct 1969
Box: 12 Cd : Booth 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 12 Cd : Bohn 1 (Access cd [31142062726370]) Frank Bohn

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes Bohn's memories of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Thomas Hagerty, the Catholic church, and the Socialist Labor Party.

Use Restrictions

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Mar 1, 1958
Box: 1 Cassette : 24 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cassette : 25 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Fannie Borun

Scope and Content Note

Political struggles within the International Ladies Garment Workers Union during the 1920s, experiences on trips in the Soviet Union during the 1930s, and women's role in the Communist Party.

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Jan 6, 1981
Box: 12 Cd : Borun 1 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 7 Folder : 7 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Judy Boudon

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of Boudon's immigration from Panama, the Spanish-language immigrant community in New York during the 1930s, her work in offices and factories, the America Labor Party, the Communist Party, and women's role in the CP.

Interview by Ruth F. Prago.

Feb 9, 1982
Box: 12 Cd : Boudon 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 1 Cassette : 26 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cassette : 27 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Thomas Brandon

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the Workers' Newsreel and Film and Photo League during the early 1930s.

Interview by Russell Campbell.

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Nov 4, 1976
Box: 10 Cassette : 27 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 12 Cd : Brandon 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 6 Cassette : 364 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Miriam Braverman

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 8, 1984
Box: 12 Cd : Braverman 1 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 12 Cd : Brecker 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726370]) Jeremy Brecher

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Scope and Content Note

Brecher discusses the activities of the Students for a Democratic Society between 1962 and 1965.

Interview by Kirkpatrick Sale.

Mar 31, 1970
Box: 1 Cassette : 28 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 12 Cd : Breitman 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726370]) George Breitman

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of unemployed organizations in New Jersey and the Socialist Workers Party between 1938 and 1954.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Jan 4, 1979
Box: 1 Cassette : 29 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cassette : 30 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Harry Brier

Scope and Content Note

Brier discusses life in the East End of London during the 1920s-1930s, the Jewish character of Communism, anti-fascist activities in London during the 1920-1930s, his immigration to Los Angeles, and union activities, from the 1940s to the time of the interview.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Aug 26, 1983
Box: 12 Cd : Brier 1 (Access cd [31142062726370])
Box: 13 Cd : Brise 1 (Access cd [31142062726404]) Theodore Brise

Scope and Content Note

Interview contains discussion of anarchism and Arbeter Ring in Los Angeles, Yiddish anarchist activists, and the Rudolf Rocker Circle.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 16, 1980
Box: 1 Cassette : 31 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 13 Cd : Brookwood 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726404]) Brookwood Labor College

Scope and Content Note

Recording of a slide show on the history of Brookwood Labor College and Workers' Education Local 189, with comments by former Brookwood staff and students.

Narrated by Jon Bloom.

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Oct 10, 1982
Box: 1 Cassette : 32 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cassette : 33 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Niki Brorsen

Scope and Content Note

Interview contains discussion of Brorsen's family background and growing up in San Francisco and Chicago during the 1950s-1960s, the anti-war work, and Brorsen's decision to join the Young Socialist Alliance during the late 1960s. It also addresses her work as a waitress and activities in restaurant union during the 1970s.

Interview by Claudia Hommel.

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May 20, 1975
Box: 13 Cd : Brorsen 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726404])
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Peter Buch

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Buch's immigration from Turkey and youth in Los Angeles, brief involvement in Socialist Zionism during the early 1950s, the Socialist Workers Party and Young Socialist Alliance in Los Angeles and nationally during the 1950s-1960s, the Robert Williams case, responses to Cuban Revolution, and the Vietnam War.

Interview by Douglas Cooper.

Aug 24, 1976
Box: 13 Cd : Buergers 1 (Access cd [31142062726404]) Heinz Buergers

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Beth Haskell.

Apr 26, 1980
Box: 1 Cassette : 39 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cassette : 35 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) David Burbank

Scope and Content Note

Interview contains discussion of Saint Louis radicalism during the 1930s, the Socialist Party, the American Workers Party, the Trotskyist movement, and the Workers Party. Also discussed is CLR James in Missouri and unionization of gas workers.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 6, 1984
Box: 13 Cd : Burbank 1 (Access cd [31142062726404])
Box: 13 Cassette : Burlak-Timpson 1-5 (Access cd [31142062726404]) Ann Burlak Timpson

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Burlak Timpson's labor activities in Rhode Island and Communist activities during the 1930s-1940s.

Interview by Bill Schecter.

Dec 18, 1980
Box: 1 Cassette : 35.1 A-E (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 13 Cd : Burlak-Timpson 6 (Access cd [31142062726404]) Ann Burlak Timpson

Scope and Content Note

This talk covers labor activities in Rhode Island during the early 1930s and her role as a Communist speaker, and organizer in Providence and Pawtucket.

Public address, Rhode Island Labor History Forum.

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1977
Box: 1 Cassette : 36 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 13, C. 1-2 C., Pete

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This interview with a Detroit-based socialist, includes a description of his background, the appeal of socialism, and his involvement with the Teamsters.

Interview by Sam Friedman.

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 9 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 10 Cassette : 427 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 13 Cd : Cannon 1 (Access cd [31142062726404]) James P. Cannon

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Recording of speech titled "What Socialist America Will Look Like."

undated
Box: 10 Cassette : 413 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 7 Folder : 10 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 13 Cd : Cantor 1 (Access cd [31142062726404]) Fanny and Herman Cantor

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers immigration to US from Russia and development of social consciousness, growing up in Hell's Kitchen in New York, radicalism and cooperativism during the 1920s-1930s, and reflections on younger radicals and current events at the time of the interview.

Interview by Milton Cantor.

Jan 11, 1979
Box: 1 Cassette : 37 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 13 Cassette : Caplowitz 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726404]) Philip Caplowitz

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Caplowitz's immigration, the activities of Jewish Communists in unions during the 1920s-1930s, and Yiddish culture and the Yiddishe Kultur Farband during the 1930s-1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 15, 1980
Box: 1 Cassette : 38 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cassette : 39 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Wendell Carroll

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of American Youth for Democracy during the late 1940s, the Independent Socialist League during the early 1950s, ISL positions on the Korean War, the Rosenberg case, the Communist Party and McCarthyism, and race and civil rights.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Nov 30, 1983
Box: 7 Folder : 11 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 13 Cd : Carroll 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726404])
Box: 7 Folder : 12 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Pincus Caruso

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the origins of Labor (Paole) Zionism in Eastern Europe and Caruso's role in the early 20th century; the formation and publication Yiddishe Kempfer in New York; the growth of Poale Zionism during the World War I era and brief publication of daily Zionist newspaper; growth of Zionism in the 1930s-1940s and support of Israel; and reflections on the failure of Zionists regarding Arabs in Israel and the conservative Israeli leadership.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Mar 16, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : 40 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 13 Cd : Caruso 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726404])
Box: 13 Cd : Catholic Worker Conference 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726404]) Catholic Worker Conference

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Program held at Trinity College in Worcester, Massachusetts to honor Dorothy Day and founding of the Catholic Worker. Includes panel comments by John Cort and others regarding Day and the  Catholic Worker.

May 2, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : 41 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 13 Cd : Chase 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726404]) Reverend Don Chase

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents activities against the United States' intervention in Nicaragua in 1928, Christian Socialism in a San Francisco parish during the 1930s-50s, and Chase's interpretation of the Liberation Theology of the 1970s-80s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 6, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : 44 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 13 Cd : Chazanow 1 (Access cd [31142062726404]) Bernard Chazanow

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Chazanow's role as a political activist in Russia from 1898-1909 and the activities of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) from 1909-1928.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

April 26, 1977
Box: 1 Cassette : 42 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 7 Folder : 13 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Bernard Chazanow

Scope and Content Note

This recording contains an interview to supplement Chazanow's 1956 Yiddish autobiography, Days and Years.

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May 31, 1978
Box: 13 Cassette : Chazanow 2-4 (Access cd [31142062726404])
Box: 1 Cassette : 43 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 7 Folder : 14 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Rose Chernin

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the origins and activities of the Los Angeles branch of the Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born during the 1940s-1950s, Chernin's family life, and her relationship with her daughter.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 25, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : 45 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cd : Chernin 1 (Access cd [31142054611408])
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Harold Christoffel

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the early union background of former president of United Auto Workers Local 248 Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the 1930s.

Interview by Roger Keeran.

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Jun 27, 1974
Box: 1 Cassette : 47 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Helen Ciminelli, Joe Richter, and Ann David

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of SNPJ (Slovenska Narodna Podporna Jednota), a Slovenian mutual aid society, in Fontana, California, during the 1930s-1980s and the SNPJ role in Henry Wallace presidential campaign.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 26, 1982
Box: 13 Cd : Ciminelli, Richter, David 1 (Access cd [31142062726404])
Box: 1 Cassette : 48 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Alice Citron

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Citron's career as a teacher in Harlem during the 1930s-1940s, her involvement in the Teachers' Union, her dismissal during the McCarthy era, and struggle for reinstatement.

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Jan 6, 1981
Box: 13 Cd : Citron 1 (Access cd [31142062726404])
Box: 1 Cassette : 46 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408]) City College of New York Memorial

Scope and Content Note

Recording of a dedication of a memorial for thirteen CCNY alumni members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade killed in action in the Spanish Civil War. Includes speeches from ALB vets and historians, a recording of a speech by Ernest Hemingway, and musical performances. Speakers include Robert Colodny, Philip Foner, Joseph P. Lash,

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Apr 13, 1980
Box: 13 Cd : City College 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726404])
Box: 1 Cassette : 50 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Egidio Clemente

Scope and Content Note

Clemente discusses his role as editor of La Parola and secretary of Italian Socialist Federation in the 1930s, Italian left factions in Chicago and other cities, and the left wing Italian presses.

Interview by Eugene Miller.

May 11, 1981
Box: 13 Cd : Clemente 1 (Access cd [31142062726404])
Box: 7 Folder : 16 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Lucy Ann Cloud

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the Industrial Workers of the World and Centralia, Washington case of 1919, with particular reference to IWW attorney Elmer Smith.

Interview by Tom Copeland.

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Release form releases rights regarding use to the Minnesota Historical Society. Please contact Tamiment Library or the Minnesota Historical Society for more information.

Aug 25, 1972
Box: 14 Cd : Coe 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726479]) Charles Coe

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Emily Raphael.

Dec 5, 1991 - Jan 9, 1992
Box: 6 Cassette : 315 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 10 Cassette : 392 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Nat Cohen

Scope and Content Note

Discussion of disconnect between Communist Party leadership and working class society. Analysis includes discussion of relationship between leadership and rank and file members; the Party's inability to speak to the broader society's cultural interests; sports; the missed opportunity to engage with Communist movements in communities outside of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles; and the relationship between art and the Party line.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

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Nov 5, 1977
Box: 14 Cd : N. Cohen 1 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Rose Cohen

Scope and Content Note

Recollections of studies at the Jefferson School of Social Science.

Interview by Debby Cohen.

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Apr 12, 1976
Box: 1 Cassette : 51 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Joseph Cohen, Ruth Cohen, and Frieda Koren

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding "Carlo" (Jesse Cohen), a cartoonist of the Workers Party during the 1940s.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

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Jun 9, 1983
Box: 14 Cd : Cohen and Koren 1 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 1 Cassette : 53 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Julia Conroy

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Theresa Diamond.

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May 14, 1980
Box: 14 Cd : Conroy 1 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 1 Cassette : 54 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Olga Corey

Scope and Content Note

Olga Corey, the daughter of Louis Fraina (Lewis Corey), discusses her reaction to the movie Reds, reminiscences of father at Antioch College during the 1940s, and her own union activities.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jan 18, 1983
Box: 14 Cd : Corey 1 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 7 Folder : 19 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Carlos Cortez

Scope and Content Note

Cortez discusses being the son of a Mexican-American activist who joined Industrial Workers of the World after San Diego Free Speech Fight, his father's life in Milwaukee during the 1920s, and his mother, a German-American Socialist and poet. Cortez also discusses his imprisonment during World War II as conscientious objector, the role of the IWW in Chicago Mexican-American community during the 1940s, his role as artist and speaker for IWW in the 1940s-1980s, and anarchism and the IWW.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 25, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : 55 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 14 Cd : Cortez 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 14 Cd : Cowl 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726479]) Carl Cowl

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Mar 13, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : 57 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 14 Cd : Cowley 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726479]) Malcolm Cowley

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Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the Left during the Great Depression, the League of Professional Groups, "Culture and the Crisis" in 1932, the proletarian novel, John Reed Clubs, the Communist Party's Popular Front strategy, the Spanish Civil War, and reflections.

Interview by Richard Wormser.

Jan 19, 1981
Box: 1 Cassette : 56 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 7 Folder : 20 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 6 Cassette : 308A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Roy Curtis

Scope and Content Note

Interview with Roy Curtis of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 4.

Interview by Paul Richiuso.

Nov 4, 1984
Box: 14 Cd : Curtis 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 14 Cd : Cvetas 1 (Access cd [31142062726479]) Joseph Cvetas

Scope and Content Note

Cvetas discusses his family's background with the Slovenian fraternal society SNPJ (Slovenska Narodna Podporna Jednota), participating in the fraternal society's activities as child, and fraternalism in 1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 22, 1982
Box: 1 Cassette : 58 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cassette : 59 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Sam Darcy

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes a discussion of Darcy's immigrant background, Communist activities during the 1920s, factionalism, Browderism, his departure from the CP, subsequent activities, and reflections.

Interview by Richard Wormser.

1981
Box: 14 Cd : Darcy 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 6 Cassette : 342 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Sam Darcy

Scope and Content Note

Recording of presentation by Sam Darcy at State University of New York at Albany for the course History 3162.

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Existence and Location of Originals

The original copies of these recordings are held by the University at Albany (SUNY).

Nov 3, 1994
Box: 14 Cd : Darcy 4-5 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 6 Cassette : 343 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Sam Darcy

Existence and Location of Originals

The original copies of these recordings are held by the University at Albany (SUNY).

Scope and Content Note

Recording of presentation by Sam Darcy at the Campus Center Assembly Hall at State University of New York at Albany.

Use Restrictions

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Nov 4, 1994
Box: 14 Cd : Darcy 6-8 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 14 Cd : Davidson 1 (Access cd [31142062726479]) Saul Davidson

Scope and Content Note

Davidson discusses a "United Front" of organizations for preservation of Yiddish language in Miami Beach, his activism in left causes and the preservation of Yiddish, and reflections on survival of the Yiddish language.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

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Mar 16, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : 60 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 14 Cd : Davis 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726479]) Sam Davis

Scope and Content Note

Topics discussed include the role of Jewish Left in New Haven, Connecticut since the 1920s, the nature of the Jewish community, the split of Socialists and Communists in the 1920s, the Yiddishe Kultur Farband choir, separation of Morgen Freiheit from the Communist Party, and cultural activities in the YKUF/  Jewish Currents circle.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 15, 1980
Box: 1 Cassette : 61 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 7 Folder : 21 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Zoltan Deak

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of the aesthetics of Hungarian-American radical press, including the publications Uj Elore and  Hungarian Word from the 1920s-1980s. Interview also includes story of Deak's immigration and his interest in progressive press. Other topics include the circulation and internal structure of  Uj Elore, and the shrinking of a distinct Hungarian-American milieu.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Feb 17, 1983
Box: 14 Cd : Deak 1 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 1 Cassette : 62 (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 1 Cassette : 63 (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Jeannette Dean

Scope and Content Note

Dean discusses her family background, union activities, radicalism in unions, and the UE in Newark.

Interview by Ruth F. Prago.

Apr 14, 1979
Box: 14 Cd : Dean 1 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 1 Cassette : 65 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Solon De Leon

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of the Socialist Party and reformism between 1900-1920, Solon's break with Daniel DeLeon, the International Workers of the World (IWW), the Industrial Union League, and the Socialist Labor Party since the 1930s.

Interview by Malcolm Kaufman & Jeff Sklar.

Dec 16, 1972
Box: 14 Cd : De Leon 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 14 Cd : Delfino 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726479]) Albina Delfino

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Italian-American women and the Communist Party, the Needle Trades Industrial Union, the National Textile Workers Union, and her experiences as a CP organizer in Lawrence, Providence, Boston, and Corona, New York during the 1930s-1940s.

Interview with Ruth Prago.

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Jan 8, 1981
Box: 7 Folder : 22 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 1 Cassette : 66 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408])
Box: 14 Cd : Dennis 1 (Access cd [31142062726479]) Eugene Dennis Sentence Statement

Scope and Content Note

Statement includes introduction by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.

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undated
Box: 6 Cassette : 329 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 1 Cassette : 67 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611408]) Esther Dolgoff

Scope and Content Note

Dolgoff discusses anarchist women of the 1930s and the character of anarchism. Transcription is incomplete.

Interview by Bea Limisch.

Jan 27, 1982
Box: 7 Folder : 23/24 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 14 Cd : Dolgoff 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726479])
Box: 1 Cassette : 64 A-E (Master cassette [31142054611408]) James Dolson

Scope and Content Note

A series of lectures by Dolson on life and involvement with Communist Party. First two disks are a lecture including Dolson's gravitation to Communism, the Red Scare of the 1920s, Dolson's trial for political beliefs in California, and a question and answer session about Dolson's life and political situation at the time of lecture. Remainder of disks are an interview with Paul Buhle in Providence, Rhode Island. Interview includes Dolson's joining of the Socialist Party in 1907, socialist journals, socialism in Chicago, the trial in California, formation of Communist Labor Party, activism in Pittsburgh in 1930s, the Dies Committee, the state of Israel and the left, and other topics.

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1979
Box: 15 Cd : Dolson 1-5 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 2 Cassette : 68 (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Bill Dongas

Scope and Content Note

Dongas describes his experience as a Greek partisan in World War II, immigration struggles during the 1950s, Greek publications, and Radio-Chicago.

Interview by Dan Georgakas.

Apr 3, 1983
Box: 15 Cd : Dongas 1 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 2 Cassette : 69 (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Dora

Scope and Content Note

The interviewee, going only by her first name, discusses student radicalism during the 1930s, activities of the Communist Party, the United Electrical Workers, and social life and friends.

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Mar 25, 1982
Box: 15 Cd : Dora 1 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 15 Cd : Dougherty 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726388]) Pauline Dougherty

Scope and Content Note

Dougherty discusses her background in a shoe-producing town, college politics during the Depression, white collar union activity, the McCarthy Era, and reflections.

Interview by Sy Singer.

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Jan, 1982
Box: 2 Cassette : 70 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 15 Cd : Drake-Raphals 1 (Access cd [31142062726388]) Susan Drake-Raphals

Scope and Content Note

Drake-Raphals discusses her role in the Workers Party and C.L.R. James in the 1940s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

May 7, 1983
Box: 2 Cassette : 71 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 7 Folder : 25 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Hal Draper

Use Restrictions

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Harold Draper and Paul Buhle for this interview were transferred to New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce this interview must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

This interview is not to be transcribed without the permission of Harold Draper or his heirs.

Scope and Content Note

Draper characterizes the interview as "a rundown on the birth of neo-Shactmanism," and it includes an analysis of Shactman's personality and the trajectory of the Shactman group's activities. As a part of this, Draper discusses the New International, discusses the paper's of board and editorship, his role as editor of  Labor Action between 1949-1958, and the tabloid-like nature of that publication. He also discusses the merger of Independent Socialist League and Socialist Party and debates within the Workers Party about Zionism from 1948-1949. Draper also discusses the political disintegration of the Shactmanite group and his move to Berkeley.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 5, 1983
Box: 15 Cassette : Draper 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 2 Cassette : 72 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 2 Cassette : 73 (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Walter Duda

Scope and Content Note

Duda discusses the Lithuanian-American Left's activities around Connecticut's Brass Valley during the 1920s-1950s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Mar 15, 1983
Box: 15 Cd : Duda 1 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 7 Folder : 26 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Jane Dudley

Scope and Content Note

Dudley discusses the relationship between dance and left politics, the New Dance group, Martha Graham, and civil rights.

Interview by Richard Wormser.

1981
Box: 2 Cd : 74 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 15 Cd : Dudley 1 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 2 Cassette : 75 (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Raya Dunayevskaya

Scope and Content Note

Dunayevskaya discusses Leon Trotsky and Trotskyism during the 1930s, the Johnson-Forest group during the 1940s, the coal strikes of 1949-1950, and the origins of the Marxist-Humanist organization News and Letters.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Use Restrictions

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Mar 24, 1983
Box: 15 Cd : Dunayevskaya 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 2 Cassette : 76 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611416]) George Edwards

Scope and Content Note

Edwards discusses his political origins as Garveyite during the 1920s, his social life in the 1920s-1930s, his experience as semiprofessional football player, his work as a prohibition-era gangster and factory worker, his activities as a Communist organizer in the Kansas-Nebraska district during the 1930s-1940s, and his disillusionment with the Communist movement in Oakland, California during the 1940s-1950s. Edwards also discusses life in Ghana during the 1950s-1960s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 4, 1983
Box: 7 Folder : 27 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 15 Cd : G. Edwards 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 7 Folder : 28 Herb Edwards

Scope and Content Note

Edwards discusses life in Wisconsin lumber during the early 1900s, the Industrial Workers of the World, Elmer Smith, the repression of the IWW, Edwards' time at San Quentin, and the ebb of the IWW.

Interview by Tom Copeland & Tracy Dalton.

Use Restrictions

Release form releases rights regarding use to the Minnesota Historical Society. Please contact Tamiment Library or the Minnesota Historical Society for more information.

Feb 12, 1972
Box: 15 Cd : H. Edwards 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726388]) Hodee Edwards

Scope and Content Note

Edwards discusses her background in Boston Jewish community during the 1920s-30s, her experience as a Communist activist in California during the 1940s, her activities crusading for women's rights, the publication People's World in 1949, her life in Ghana during the 1950s-60s, and life events from the 1960s-1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 12, 1983
Box: 2 Cassette : 78 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 15 Cd : Elish 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726388]) Peter Elish

Scope and Content Note

Interview addresses the activities of the Slovenian-American mutual aid society SNPJ (Slovenska Narodna Podporna Jednota) and the relationship between Slavic ethnic identities and the left.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

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Jun 27, 1983
Box: 2 Cassette : 77 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 15 Cd : M. Epstein 1 (Access cd [31142062726388]) Melech Epstein

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes recollections of Epstein's experiences since his immigration from Warsaw in 1913, including editorship of Morgen Freiheit. He also provides comments on Yiddish publications and Jewish life in America, the Cold War, Israel, and 1970s American politics.

Interview by Milton Cantor.

Jan 9, 1974
Box: 2 Cassette : 79 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 2 Cassette : 80 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Virginia Epstein

Scope and Content Note

The interview covers Epstein's background in Dallas, Texas (born 1885) as child of mixed Episcopalian-Jewish marriage. It also covers her time in New York from 1908, Socialist Party activities during the 1910s, Communist Party involvement from the 1920s, the American Council on US-Soviet Friendship, the Committee of American Women, and local political activities in Queens, New York.

Interview by Ruth F. Prago.

Mar 30, 1981
Box: 7 Folder : 29 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 15 Cd : V. Epstein 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 6 Cassette : 365 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Ernest Erber

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Use Restrictions

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Apr 23, 1984
Box: 15 Cd : Erber 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 15 Cd : Faber 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726388]) Seymour Faber

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of radical Zionism, the Johnson-Forest Tendency, and activities in Detroit during the 1930s-1960s.

Interview by Dan Georgakas.

Mar 30, 1983
Box: 2 Cassette : 82 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 7 Folder : 30 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 15 Cd : Felhaber 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726388]) Elmer Felhaber

General note

Index available

Scope and Content Note

Felhaber discusses Minnesota newspaper unionism during the 1930s, the CIO and the Communist Party, the Ohio Left after World War II, and his travels abroad.

Interview by Bill Schecter.

Feb 5, 1981
Box: 2 Cassette : 83 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 2 Cassette : 84 (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Duncan Ferguson (Memorial Meeting)

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Scope and Content Note

Eulogy by Harry Ring for Duncan Ferguson, a sculptor and activist in Socialist Workers Party during the 1940s-1970s.

1975
Box: 15 Cd : Ferguson 1 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 2 Cassette : 85 (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes an analysis of the Beat Generation in retrospect and the relationship between the San Francisco avant-garde arts scene and anarchism during the 1940s through the early 1950s. Ferlinghetti also discusses the formation of the City Lights book store and publishing company, and artists in 1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Dec 1981
Box: 9 Folder : 10 (Transcript [31142062672376])
Box: 15 Cd : Ferlinghetti 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 15 Cd : Figuerdo 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726388]) Joseph Figueredo

Scope and Content Note

Figueredo discusses the Portuguese-American Left in New Bedford and Fall River, Massachusetts during the 1930s-1940s. He speaks the beginning of his introduction to politics during the strikes of the 1920s and Communist role. He addresses the lack of formal fraternal and cultural structure and absence of regular Portuguese-language Communist press. Additionally, the interview covers the use of local radio, Cold War pressures during the 1940s, his departure to San Francisco, and activities in International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) from the 1950s-1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 3, 1983
Box: 2 Cassette : 86 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 7 Folder : 31 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 6 Cassette : 308 C (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Bruno Fischer

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Nov 1982
Box: 15 Cd : Fischer 1 (Access cd [31142062726388])
Box: 16 Cd : Fisher 1 (Access cd [31142062726412]) Morris Fisher

Scope and Content Note

Fisher discusses left politics and Jewish culture from the 1930s-1970s. Topics include labor Zionism and the Workmen's Circle, the Jewish Socialist Farband, and the Miami Beach Yiddishkayt.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Mar 16, 1983
Box: 2 Cassette : 87 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 10 Cassette : 393 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Jacob Fisherman

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Nov 3, 1979
Box: 16 Cd : Fisherman 1 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 7 Folder : 32 Henry Foner

Scope and Content Note

Foner discusses being driven out of teaching during the late 1940s, industrial and union activities during the 1948-1970s, the Communist Party, and Ben Gold.

Interview by Russell Karr.

Use Restrictions

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Mar 29, 1976
Box: 10 Cassette : 419 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Edith Fox

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Nora Wainer.

Historical/Biographical Note

Edith Fox was born in the Soviet Union, and her family immigrated to Philadelphia when she was a child. She became a socialist through her involvement in Hashomer as a child. As an adult, she joined the Worker's Party, then became followers of C.L.R. James (Johnson-Forest Tendency), and joined the Socialist Workers Party. Fox and her husband Art moved to Detroit and became active in the with the democratization faction of the United Auto Workers Union. The Foxes worked on a Ford assembly line for twenty years. They stayed in the SWP until the 1960s.

The interview was taken by Nora Wainer in Los Angeles in 1981 for an oral history project on radical women with a focus on Trotskyist Women.

July 1981
Box: 16 Cd : Fox 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 6 Cassette : 310 A-E (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Emmanuel Fried

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Scope and Content Note

Several recordings of readings and interviews of Emmanuel Fried. The first disk contains a May 1983 discussion for Buffalo radio station WBNY with topics including education, acting, union organizing, writing, impact of blacklist on career. The second and third disks are the recording of a Niagara-Erie writing conference held at St. John's Grace Episcopal Church in Buffalo, New York on Oct 30, 1980. Fried gives a reading from his plays and there is also a reading by author Peter Mathiessen. The fourth disk contains a radio interview of Fried by John Nash for WADU in Buffalo, taken in Mar 1980. The fifth disk contains a readings from the Labor Writers Workshop on Jun 8, 1977, introduced by Emmanuel Fried and broadcast on WBFO of Buffalo. The sixth disk contains the recording of a New Letters on the Air (Kansas City, Missouri) broadcast of readings and an interview of Fried from Jun 1978.

1977-1983
Box: 16 Cd : Fried 1-6 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 2 Cassette : 89 (Master cassette [31142054611416]) William (Bill) Friedland

Scope and Content Note

Friedland discusses the cultural perspective of the Workers Party, role of music in Friedland's life and creation of the record Songs for Sectarians, college teaching, and sympathy for antiwar students during the 1960s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

May 6, 1983
Box: 16 Cd : Friedland 1 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 16 Cd : Friedland & Fishgold 1 (Access cd [31142062726412]) Isadore Friedman & Max Fishgold

Scope and Content Note

Interview addresses union activities and the Left from the 1930s-1950s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Mar 15, 1983
Box: 2 Cassette : 90 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 2 Cassette : 91 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Mary Gale

Scope and Content Note

Gale discusses growing up in East New York and Queens in the 1910s-1920s, International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) during the 1920s-1930s, the Scottsboro case, and the American Labor Party. She also discusses family and home life in relation to her work and political activism.

Interview by Ruth F. Prago.

Jan 29, 1982
Box: 16 Cd : Gale 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 10 Cassette : 395 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Sam Garber

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Nov 5, 1979
Box: 16 Cd : Garber 1 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 2 Cassette : 93 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Alex and Faye Gardner, Abe Kantor, and Hyman Hodes

Scope and Content Note

Topics covered in the interview include Jewish and Italian radicalism during the 1930s-1950s, the Unemployed Councils, the Workers' Club, Works Progress Administration, the Garibaldi Clubs, work as Vito Marcantonio's campaign manager, and union activities.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Mar 15, 1983
Box: 16 Cd : Gardners, Kantor & Hodes 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 16 Cd : Garlin 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726412]) Sender Garlin

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of Garlin's background in the Socialist Party in the 1910s and his time at the Daily Worker in the 1920s-1930s, including the paper's atmosphere and humor.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

Approval for direct quotations must be obtained from interviewee or his heirs.

Oct 14, 1976
Box: 2 Cassette : 92 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 2 Cassette : 94 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Hugo Gellert

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of immigration from Hungary to the United States and return to Hungary during World War I. It also covers Gellert's work as an artist and cartoonist for commercial publications The New Yorker and  New York, the Hungarian-American Left newspaper  Uj Elore, and radical arts and literary journal   The Masses. Interview includes Gellert's recollections of fellow  Masses contributor John Reed.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 4, 1984
Box: 16 Cd : Gellert 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 7 Folder : 33 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 7 Folder : 34 Sophie Melvin-Gerson

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes description of background and youth in Ukraine, Massachusetts, and New York. It also includes discussion of Gerson's involvement in the Young Communist League and the events of the Passaic and Gastonia textile strikes.

Interview by Alan Safron.

Mar 13, 1976
Box: 7 Folder : 35 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Joseph Giganti

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Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of the Italian-American Communist newspaper II Lavoratore and its editorial staff and theatrical commentary. Giganti also discusses the nature of Italian-American Left in Chicago during the 1920s through 1940s, "anti-Red" police squad in Chicago, Giganti's expulsion from Communist movement, early Trotskyism, leftist activities of different ethnic groups in Chicago during the 1930s. Other subjects commented upon are the barber's union and Giganti's thoughts on the activities of various factions including those following Oehler, Lovestone, Cannon, and Muste.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 26, 1983
Box: 16 Cd : Giganti 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 2 Cassette : 96 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 16 Cd : Gilden 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726412]) Katya Gilden

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The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Nov 21, 1976
Cassette: 309A
Box: 2 Cassette : 95 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 16 Cd : Gitlin 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726412]) Todd Gitlin

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of Students for a Democratic Society during the 1960s.

Interview by Kirkpatrick Sale.

Mar 1, 1970
Box: 2 Cassette : 97 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 2 Cassette : 98 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Barbara Gittings

Scope and Content Note

Interview discusses the gay liberation movement during the 1950s-1970s.

Interview by Howard August.

Jul 26, 1983
Box: 16 Cd : Gittings 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 7 Folder : 36/37 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Jessie Glaberman

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the Socialist Workers Party and Workers Party in New York, Philadelphia and Detroit during the 1930s-1950s.

Interviews by Lyn Goldfarb and Ruth Meyerowitz.

Use Restrictions

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Aug 17, 1977 - Sep 3, 1977
Box: 16 Cd : J. Glaberman 1-10 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 2 Cassette : 99 A-G (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 2 Cassette : 100 (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Martin Glaberman

Scope and Content Note

Glaberman discusses the Johnson-Forest Tendency in New York and Detroit during the 1940s-1950s.

Interview by Dan Georgakas.

Mar 29, 1983
Box: 16 Cd : M. Glaberman 1 (Access cd [31142062726412])
Box: 16 Cd : Glassman 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726412]) Ruth Glassman

Scope and Content Note

Glassman discusses the American Youth Congress during the 1930s, World War II and shop agitation, women in factories, and the United Electrical Workers.

Interview by Ruth F. Prago.

Feb 1, 1979
Box: 2 Cassette : 101 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 17 Cd : Glotzer 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726438]) Albert Glotzer
Oct 24, 1973
Box: 6 Cassette : 335 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 17 Cd : Glotzer 4-7 (Access cd [31142062726438]) Albert Glotzer

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Glotzer's family background in Russia and Chicago, the Communist Party during the 1920s, American Trotskyism during the late 1920s-30s, and the Workers Party during the 1940s. The last cassette contains a narration by Glotzer in response to written questions by Jon Bloom.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Dec 13, 1983, Dec 21, 1983, and Mar 31, 1984
Box: 7 Folder : 38 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 2 Cassette : 102 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 2 Cassette : 103 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Lillian Gold

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Gold's youth in New York City, her recollections of World War I, seeking employment, her involvement in the Socialist Party in 1933, her activities with the War Resisters' League, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the trade union movement, and union work with teachers in 1950.

Interview by Sy Singer.

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Apr 4, 1982
Box: 7 Folder : 39 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 17 Cd : Gold 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726438])
Box: 7 Folder : 40 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Itche Goldberg

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Goldberg's role as editor of Yiddishe Kultur, his early literary influences, an analysis of the development of Yiddish literature, political and introspective approaches to literature, and literary criticism. Goldberg also discusses the future of the Yiddish language and literature.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

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Jun 5, 1982
Box: 17 Cd : Goldberg 1 (Access cd [31142062726438])
Box: 2 Cassette : 104 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 17 Cd : Goldberg 2 (Access cd [31142062726438]) Itche Goldberg

Scope and Content Note

Interview contains Goldberg's reflections on secular and religious aspects of Jewish cultural identity and an examination of unique characteristics of Jewish humor.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Feb 16, 1983
Box: 2 Cassette : 105 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 17 Goldens Bridge Colony

Scope and Content Note

This recording documents life and political outlooks of the residents in this Westchester County cooperative community from its founding in 1927 through the 1950s.

1984
Box: 10 Cassette : 425 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 7 Folder : 41 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Mollie Goldstein

Scope and Content Note

Interview topics include the Communist Party, women's organizations, price and rent protests in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and activism during the 1930s.

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Nov 7, 1981
Box: 17 Cd : M. Goldstein 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726438])
Box: 2 Cassette : 106 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 7 Folder : 42 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Nina Goldstein

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Goldstein's early life in Russia and Canada, her work and political life in Brownsville and East Flatbush, Brooklyn during the 1920s-1930s, and the activities of the Communist Party. The interview also covers theMorgen Freiheit, the International Workers Order, Russian War Relief and aid to Israel during the 1940s, and the Jewish cultural movement in Miami Beach.

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Mar 19, 1980
Box: 2 Cassette : 107 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 17 Cd : N. Goldstein 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726438])
Box: 17 Cd : Goldwater 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726438]) Walter Goldwater

Scope and Content Note

Goldwater discusses C.L.R. James during the 1920s-1960s, the Workers Party during the 1940s, Trotskyism, anti-Stalinism, neo-conservatism, Pan-Africanism, and Eric Williams.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Feb 15, 1983
Box: 2 Cassette : 108 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 2 Cassette : 108A (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Helen Goodman

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of childhood in Brooklyn and early jobs, the Great Depression, and work in defense plants during World War II. Activity in the UE Local 1707, American Labor Party, and Jewish Association Services for the Aged are discussed, as are May Day parades and her father's socialist activities. The interview also includes comments on the Paul Robeson concert at Peekskill and Rosenberg executions. Goodman also talks about members of her family and working with the Jewish Association Services for the Aged.

Interview by Laura Helton.

Oct 20, 2002
Box: 7 Folder : 43 (Index [31142062672301])
Box: 17 Cd : Goodman 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726438])
Box: 2 Cassette : 109 (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Michael Gordon

Scope and Content Note

Gordon describes his association with Frontier Films, and coming to film through a background with the Film and Photo League and Group Theatre during the 1930s. Gordon discusses and contrasts the politics of Frontier Films and Group Theatre. Interview also includes discussion of Gordon's work on various projects and associates in Hollywood and New York City.

Interview by Russell Campbell.

Mar 25, 1977
Box: 17 Cd : Gordon 1 (Access cd [31142062726438])
Box: 2 Cassette : 110 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Grandma was an Activist

Historical/Biographical Note

Ruth F. Prago, a member of the Oral History of the American Left staff, developed the idea for a radio series based on interviews to be conducted for the OHAL collection. Together with Pacifica Radio, OHAL received a one-year grant from the New York Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with twenty-five women about radicalism during the 1930s. Radio producers Beth Friend and Charles Potter used these interviews to make a six-part radio series titled "Grandma Was an Activist," first broadcast in 1983. One of the series interviewers, Bea Lemisch, and three of the women interviewed for the series, participated in a panel discussion at the 1984 Berkshire Conference on Women's History.

Scope and Content Note

The six half-hour segements of "Grandma was an Activist" include excerpts from OHAL interviews with Louise Thompson, Jane Dudley, Alice Dodge Wolfson, Meridel LeSueur, among others.

1) The Black and the Red 2) How Do You Spell Relief? 3) On the Line 4) They Shall Not Pass 5) Readin' and Ritin' on the Road to Power 6) Militant Muse

1983
Box: 17 Cd : Grandma was an Activist 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726438])
Box: 17 Cd : Grant 1 (Access cd [31142062726438]) Leah Dillon Grant

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Yiddish literary milieu in 1920s and role of interviewee's uncle, A.M. Dillon. Also covered are the Johnson-Forest Tendency, its leaders and activities during the 1940s, and cultural perspectives.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

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Jul 24, 1983
Box: 2 Cassette : 111 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 17 Cd : Green 1 (Access cd [31142062726438]) Janet Green

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding Green's experiences growing up in the Bronx and working in New York City.

Interview by Jeff Eichler.

May 29, 2009
Box: 10 Cd : Green 1 (Master cd [31142054611465])
Box: 17 Cd : Greenberg 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726438]) Samuel Greenberg

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the Yiddish Left in Los Angeles and nationally from the 1930s-1980s. This includes Greenberg's analysis of various personalities in Yiddish literature including Leivick, Avrom Reyzen, Moshe Nadir, and others. He comments on the relative literary merits of the Morgen Freiheit,   Forward, and  Freie Arbeiter Stimme, and describes the break between the  Freiheit and many writers on the Yiddish literary scene.

Greenberg expresses pessimism regarding Yiddish culture and working class political movements in the 1980s, and details his own loss of faith in the Soviet Union during the preceding decades. Facets of this discussion include the diminished state of Yiddish culture in the Soviet Union, contrasts between his travels there during 1930s and 1980s, and Greenberg's analyses of the reasons for the decline of Jewish progressive movement.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 27, 1982
Box: 2 Cassette : 112 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 2 Cassette : 113 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Guardian Forum

Scope and Content Note

"What Road to Building a New Communist Party?"; criticism of 1960s politics; history of class struggle.

Topics included: women's role in class struggle, role of race and nationality in class struggle, discussion of how new Communist Party would be organized, the tension between unity and sects, the activities of the October League

Hosted by the Guardian newspaper

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May 26, 1973
Box: 17 Cd : Guardian Forum 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726438])
Box: 17 Cd : Gudelman 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726438]) Sarah Gudelman

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of Sarah Gudelman's youth in Russia and Germany, her family history, immigration to Lower East Side in New York City and work in the garment trade. Other topics include life with her husband, the sculptor Gudelman, and the death of their first child. Also discussed are Sarah Gudelman's work as administrator for 18 progressive shuls in Bronx, her assessments of artists and Yiddish literary figures including Moshe Nadir and Itche Goldberg, and her involvement in the Communist Party.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

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Nov 3, 1979
Box: 10 Box : 396 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 17 Cd : Halonen 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726438]) Oive Halonen

Scope and Content Note

Halonen discusses Finnish-American radicalism in Minnesota and Oregon during the 1910s-1930s, participation in Spanish Civil War as member of Abraham Lincoln Brigade, and experiences as Seattle machinist during the 1940s-1960s.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Feb 27, 1978
Box: 7 Folder : 44 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 2 Cassette : 114 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 17 Cd : Hanusiak 1 (Access cd [31142062726438]) Michael Hanusiak

Scope and Content Note

Topics covered by this interview include the Ukrainian-American Left, the International Workers Order during the 1930s-1940s, the effects of McCarthyism, problems of organization, publications, and the generational continuity in the ethnic progressive movement through the 1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

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Mar 30, 1983
Box: 2 Cassette : 115 (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 17 Cd : Harap 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726438]) Louis Harap

Scope and Content Note

Harap discusses Harvard University during the 1930s, Jewish Survey during the 1940s,  Jewish Life during the 1940s-1950s, the Rosenberg case, and  Jewish Currents during the 1950s-1970s.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Mar 19, 1978
Box: 7 Folder : 45 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 2 Cassette : 116 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 6 Reel : 386 (Master reel [31142054611457]) Harlem Riots Inquiry

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Scope and Content Note

Interview with Sanford Katz, the attorney representing defendants from the Progressive Labor Movement who were charged with involvement in the Harlem Riots of 1964. Subjects include criticism of actions of grand jury, selection of the grand jury, and the implications of holding Eleanor Goldstein in contempt multiple times over the same questions.

Apr 14, 1965
Box: 17 Cd : Harlem Riots Inquiry 1 (Access cd [31142062726438])
Box: 2 Cassette : 117 (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Michael Harrington

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the "prehistory" of Students for a Democratic Society during the late 1950s and the activities of SDS during the 1960s.

Interview by Kirkpatrick Sale.

Oct 6, 1969
Box: 17 Cd : Harrington 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726438])
Box: 2 Cassette : 117.5 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Michael Harrington

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May 2, 1988
Box: 17 Cd : Harrington 3-5 (Access cd [31142062726438])
Box: 7 Folder : 46 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Daniel Heartquist

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the Socialist movement in Sweden, Swedish-American Socialism, the Left in New England during the 1930s-1940s, and reflections on American Communism.

Interview by Bill Schecter.

Feb 5, 1981
Box: 2 Cassette : 118 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 18 Cd : Heartquist 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 7 Folder : 47 James B. Henry

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the legal prosecution of the International Workers Order in New York State during the 1950s and Henry's role as ex-Special Assistant Attorney General.

Interview by Howard Brown.

May 11, 1976
Box: 2 Cassette : 119 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Michael Henry

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Scope and Content Note

Interview by Theresa Diamond.

Jun 4, 1980
Box: 18 Cd : M. Henry 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 10 Cassette : 424 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Philip Hochstein

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of immigration from Russian Empire, youth in Bayonne, New Jersey, and the press and the Left.

Interview by Diana Maull.

Oct 28, 1986
Box: 18 Cd : Hochstein 1 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 2 Cassette : 120 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Otis Hood

General note

Index available

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of Hood's union-family background, the New England Left in the 1930s, the Communist Party in Vermont during the 1930s, the Communist Party in Boston during the 1930s-1940s, Hood's experience in prison, and other reflections.

Interview by Bill Schecter.

Mar 24, 1981
Box: 18 Cd : Hood 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 2 Cassette : 121 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Walter Hoops

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the Saint Louis Free Thought movement from the nineteenth century to 1940s, Hoops' background in Germany, his immigration to the United States, the Rand School of Social Science, the Socialist Party in Saint Louis during the 1930s, and Free Thought and atheism in Saint Louis from the 1940s-1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 6, 1984
Box: 7 Folder : 48 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 18 Cd : Hoops 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 2 Folder : 122 (Master cassette [31142054611416]) Frank Horzen

Scope and Content Note

Interview consists of an analysis of politics in Fontana, California by member of the religious (anti-socialist) South Slav benefit association and steel worker, who later became mayor of Fontana. Also covers are attitudes toward Henry Kaiser and later (Third World) immigrants.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 26, 1982
Box: 7 Folder : 49 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 18 Cd : Horzen 1 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 18 Cd : ILD 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726446]) International Labor Defense

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Scope and Content Note

Interview with David Freedman, Sam Neuberger, and Fay Pasternak on International Labor Defense, National Lawyers Guild, and radical legal work in the 1930s-1940s. Interview includes recollections of Joe Brodsky, Carol King, Vito Marcantonio, and others.

Interview by Ann Ginger and Debra Bernhardt.

Jun 21, 1982
Box: 3 Cassette : 124 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 A (Master cassette [31142054611416]) International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, Anonymous Woman 1

Scope and Content Note

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Oct 22, 1974
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 6 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 B (Master cassette [31142054611416]) International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, Anonymous Man 1

Scope and Content Note

Interview is on track 1 of CD ILGWU 1.

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Oct 22, 1974
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 1 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 A (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 6 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 C (Master cassette [31142054611416]) International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, Anonymous Woman 2

Scope and Content Note

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Feb 10, 1975
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 7 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 D (Master cassette [31142054611416]) International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, Anonymous Man 2

Scope and Content Note

Interview is on track 2 of CD ILGWU 2.

The narrator discusses work in the garment industry and figures in the ILGWU during the 1910s-1940s.

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Dec 16, 1974
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 8 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 2 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 E (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 3 (Access cd [31142062726446]) International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, Anonymous Man 3

Scope and Content Note

Interview is on track 2 of CD ILGWU 3.

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Oct 24, 1974
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 G (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 1 Cd : ILGWU 9 (Access cd [31142054611408])
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 F (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 F (Master cassette [31142054611416]) International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, Anonymous Woman 3

Scope and Content Note

Interview is on track 1 of CD ILGWU 3.

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Oct 23, 1974
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 3 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 E (Master cassette [31142054611416]) International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, Anonymous Woman 4

Scope and Content Note

Interview is on track 1 of CD ILGWU 2.

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Nov 19, 1974
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 2 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 H (Master cassette [31142054611416]) International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, Anonymous Woman 5

Scope and Content Note

Interview is on track 1 of CD ILGWU 4.

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Dec 27, 1974
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 4 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 1 (Access cd [31142062726446]) International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, Anonymous Woman 6

Scope and Content Note

Interview is on track 2 of CD ILGWU 1.

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Oct 22, 1974
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 B (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 10 (Access cd [31142062726446]) International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, Anonymous Woman 7

Scope and Content Note

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Mar 12, 1975
Box: 3 Cassette : 123 J (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 123 I (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 5 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 8 (Access cd [31142062726446]) International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, Anonymous Woman 8

Scope and Content Note

Interview is on track 2 of CD ILGWU 4.

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Jan 2, 1975
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 D (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 18 Cd : ILGWU 4 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 2 Cassette : 123 H (Master cassette [31142054611416])
Box: 18 Cd : Irsay 1 (Access cd [31142062726446]) Evelyn Irsay

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

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Jun 1982
Box: 10 Cassette : 383 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 6 Cassette : 369 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) CLR James

Scope and Content Note

Recording of a speech titled "Africa and World Politics" at the University of Rhode Island.

Recorded by Paul Buhle.

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Feb 25, 1974
Box: 18 Cd : James 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 6 Cassette : 369 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) CLR James

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

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Oct 15, 1981
Box: 18 Cd : James 3 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 18 Cd : Jabara 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726446]) Abdeen Jabara

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Mar 28, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 125 B-C (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 126 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Jewish People's Chorus

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Scope and Content Note

Excerpt from performance at Yablon Center in Los Angeles, California.

Apr 14, 1980
Box: 18 Cd : Jewish People's Chorus 1 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 18 Cd : Jokubka 1 (Access cd [31142062726446]) S.J. Jokubka

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Jokubka's background in Lithuania and activities in Argentina during the 1930s. He also speaks of his editorship of Vilnis, a Chicago-based Lithuanian-language newspaper, since 1942. Jokubka also discusses the problems of publishing ethnic newspaper and the role of cultural activities in the Lituanian-American movement.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 28, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 125 A (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 1 Folder : data_value_missing_cdf477656c5e54755650898b7f0ec3cb (Transcript [31142054611408]) Howard Johnson

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Johnson's involvement in show business in Harlem during the 1930s and dancing at the Cotton Club. He also describes his politicization, his entry into the Communist party, community involvement during the 1940s, and figures such as Jackie Robinson and Paul Robeson. Johnson also analyzes the relations of blacks and whites in the Communist Party. The recording also includes a sound reel from his night class.

Interview by Richard Wormser.

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Oct 17, 1979
Box: 3 Cassette : 127 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 18 Cd : Johnson 1 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 18 Cd : Johnson 2-8 (Access cd [31142062726446]) Howard "Stretch" Johnson

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Dan Cohen.

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Jun 26, 1984 - Aug 23, 1984
Box: 6 Cassette : 333A-E (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 7 Folder : 50 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 7 Folder : 51 Howard Johnson

Scope and Content Note

This interview is a part of the series "Oral Histories of African Americans" by the Center for Oral History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The interview covers his activities as a performer at the Cotton Club, as a Communist Party organizer, and as an educator.

Interview by Kathryn Takara.

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Dec 1990
Box: 18 Cd : Kaartinen 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726446]) Onni Kaartinen

Scope and Content Note

Kaartinen discusses his Finnish-American radical background during the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War, and fraternal and political activities from the 1940s-1970s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 7, 1984
Box: 3 Cassette : 128 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 129 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Morris (Moshe) Kaplan

Scope and Content Note

Kaplan discusses the Yiddishe Kultur Farband (YKUF) and the Jewish cultural movement in Los Angeles.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 15, 1984
Box: 18 Cd : Kaplan 1 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 3 Cassette : 130 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Maude White Katz

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Katz's early days in the Communist Party, the fight against white chauvinism, and the Needle Trades Industrial Union's activities during the 1920s.

Interview by Ruth F. Prago.

Oct 18, 1981
Box: 18 Cd : Katz 1 (Access cd [31142062726446])
Box: 19 Cd : Kempf 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726461]) Ed Kempf

Scope and Content Note

Kempf discusses his role as New Jersey Regional Director of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee-Harrison-Hoboken-Jersey City, Crucible Steel, Otis Elevator, the Socialist Party, and the Socialist Workers Party during the 1930s.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Oct 29, 1978
Box: 7 Folder : 52 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 3 Cassette : 131 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 132 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Aaron Kertman

Scope and Content Note

Kertman discusses the Yiddishe Kultur Farband (YKUF) and the Jewish cultural movement in Los Angeles.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 7, 1980
Box: 19 Cd : Kertman 1 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 19 Cd : Kerzic 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726461]) Anton Kerzic

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the origins of Slovenian-American fraternal movement in Waukegan and North Chicago, Illinois. Kerzic also covers his work in a cooperative grocery store during the 1930s-1940s and work with Finnish-American fraternal group in milk coop during the 1930s-1950s. Kerzic also discusses conflict between the midwestern and eastern factions of the SNPJ (Slovenska Narodna Podporna Jednota) and his role as founder of a savings and loan bank in Waukegan.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 27, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 133 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 10 Cassette : 397 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Maurice Kish

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

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Sep 23, 1979
Box: 19 Cd : Kish 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 19 Cd : Kish 3 (Access cd [31142062726461]) Maurice Kish

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

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Oct 29, 1979
Box: 10 Cassette : 398 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 3 Cassette : 134 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Maurice Kish

Scope and Content Note

Brief interview with Russian-born painter about his family and his work.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

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Feb 17, 1983
Box: 19 Cd : Kish 4 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 3 Cassette : 135 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Camp Kinderland Reunion

Scope and Content Note

Recording includes reminiscences, reading of letters, and songs and dances.

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Jun 9, 1979
Box: 19 Cd : Camp Kinderland 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 19 Cd : Kolehmainen 1 (Access cd [31142062726461]) Mary Kolehmainen

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Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Mary Kolehmainen and Bill Schechter for this interview were transferred to New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce this interview must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

Mary Kolehmainen must approve use of this interview, and wishes to be quoted by name.

Scope and Content Note

Koloehmainen discusses emigration from Finland, the activities of the Socialist Party, and the Finnish women's newspaper.

Interview by Bill Schecter.

Mar 10, 1981
Box: 3 Cassette : 136 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 7 Folder : 53 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 19 Cd : Kolehmainen 2 (Access cd [31142062726461]) Mary Kolehmainen

Scope and Content Note

Kolehmainen discusses her immigration to America, life in the Finnish-American Left, the activities of Finns in Boston area during the 1930s-1940s, her role as editor of women's weekly Naisten Viiri, and the support of Finnish-American movement.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 30, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 137 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 19 Cd : Korn 1 (Access cd [31142062726461]) Joseph Korn

Scope and Content Note

Korn discusses the Yiddishe Kultur Farband (YKUF) and the Jewish cultural movement in Los Angeles.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 16, 1980
Box: 3 Cassette : 138 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 19 Cd : Koski 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726461]) Ernest Koski

Scope and Content Note

Koski discusses the Finnish-American Left in Mesabi Iron Range and the radical Finnish newspaper Tyomies.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 31, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 139 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 140 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Nettie Kravitz

Scope and Content Note

Kravitz discusses the Johnson-Forest Tendency, radical feminism, and activities on the East Coast and in Detroit, from the 1940s-1960s.

Interview by Dan Georgakas.

Apr 1, 1983
Box: 19 Cd : Kravitz 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 7 Folder : 54 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Rose Kryzak

Scope and Content Note

Kryzak describes growing up in New York City, her life as a Communist Party member from 1933, her trip to Soviet Union and impressions of it, the Communist Party and women's issues, and the McCarthy period.

Interview by Ruth F. Prago.

Jan 4, 1982
Box: 19 Cd : Kryzak 1 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 3 Folder : 141 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 1 Folder : data_value_missing_ea2e439560b69293843fdbf4d0d0fb2b (Index [31142054611408]) Jacob Kunin

Scope and Content Note

Kunin discusses ethnic groups and politics in Bridgeport, Connecticut during the 1920s-1940s.

Interview by Bruce Stave.

Use Restrictions

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Mar 2, 1967
Box: 7 Folder : 55 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 19 Cd : Lahusen 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726461]) Kay Lahusen

Scope and Content Note

Interview with Kay Lahusen (also known as Kay Tobin) covers relationship between gay liberation movement and the Left, publications, and legislative campaigns during the 1950s-1970s.

Interview by Howard August.

Jul 26, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 143 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 19 Cd : Leeds 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726461]) Ollie Leeds

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Howard August.

Use Restrictions

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Aug 9, 1983
Box: 6 Cassette : 370 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 19 Cassette : LeSueur 1 (Access cd [31142062726461]) Meridel LeSueur

Scope and Content Note

Interview details author Meridel LeSueur's recollections of Minnesota radicalism during the Great Depression.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

May 1, 1982
Box: 3 Cassette : 144 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 6 Cassette : 336.5 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Aaron Levenstein

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Mar 5, 1974
Box: 19 Cd : Levenstein 1 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 1 Folder : data_value_missing_a31a12feaa29d3fe642b4b15a0326bc4 (Index [31142054611408]) Alfred Baker Lewis

Scope and Content Note

Lewis and his wife discuss the Socialist Party and the New England region during the 1910s-1940s and the civil rights movement during the 1940s-1960s.

Interview by Bruce Stave.

Use Restrictions

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Sep 8, 1967
Box: 7 Folder : 56 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 3 Cassette : 146 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Fred Lilja

Scope and Content Note

Lilja discusses his immigration to the United States and his work as itinerant miner, lumber worker, and fisherman during the 1910s. He also covers the activities of Finnish-American Left in Monessan, Pennsylvania during the 1920s-1950.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jun 28, 1983
Box: 19 Cd : Lilja 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 10 Cassette : 399 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Sam Liptzin

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

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Mar 22, 1979
Box: 19 Cd : Liptzin 1 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 6 Cassette : 312 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Frank Lovell

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Jan 19, 1990
Box: 19 Cd : Lovell 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 19 Cd : Lovell 4-5 (Access cd [31142062726461]) Frank Lovell

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Feb 2, 1990
Box: 6 Cassette : 313 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 3 Cassette : 148 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Luisa

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the United Electrical Workers Local 431 at the Emerson Electric Company in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Interview by Ruth Prago.

May 3, 1979 and Mar 30, 1979
Box: 19 Cd : Luisa 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 3 Cassette : 149 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) James Lustig

Scope and Content Note

Lustig discusses the activities of Hungarian-American Left in the fur-leather and electrical workers unions during the 1920s-1940s, his own role in strikes, blacklisting in the 1950s, and work on Henry Wallace's farm. Lustig also discusses his involvement with the publications Uj Elore and  Hungarian-American Word during the 1950s-1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 20, 1982
Box: 7 Folder : 57 (Transcript [31142062672301])
Box: 19 Cd : Lustig 1 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 19 Cd : A. Magil 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726461]) A.B. Magil

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Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Magil's in Yiddish culture in Philadelphia, life at the Daily Worker in the 1920s, and self-denial of Yiddish cultural activities for "broader field."

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 31, 1980
Box: 3 Cassette : 150 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 7 Folder : 58 (Transcript [31142062672301]) A.B. Magil

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Allen Thompson.

Jan 5, 1994 - Mar 27, 1995
Box: 19 Cd : A. Magil 3-9 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 6 Cassette : 332 A-F (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 3 Cassette : 151 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Vito Magli

Scope and Content Note

Interviews includes discussion of background as high school supporter of Vito Marcantonio in New York and youth leader of Marcantonio movement. Also covered is Magil's work as editor of Communist Italian-language paper, L'Unita and its support in mining regions and cities during the 1940s-1950s. Additionally, the interview covers Magil's retirement to Florida and reflections.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

May 15, 1983
Box: 19 Cd : V. Magli 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 7 Folder : 59 Mary Magner

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Magner's activities in the Bridgeport, Connecticut Socialist Party and role as executive secretary to Socialist Mayor Jasper McLevy from 1940-1957.

Interview by Bruce Stave.

Use Restrictions

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Jan 26, 1975
Box: 3 Cassette : 153 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Robin Maisel

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers activities of the Socialist Workers Party during the 1960s-1970s, Maisel's work experience in print shops, and the influence of his parents' radical convictions and activities.

Interview by Claudia Hommel.

Use Restrictions

Release form assigns wide range of rights regarding use to Wayne State University. Please contact Tamiment Library or Wayne State University for more information.

Feb 28 and Mar 5, 1975
Box: 19 Cd : Maisel 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726461])
Box: 20 Cd : Manford 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Morty Manford

Use Restrictions

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Morty Manford and Howard August for this interview were transferred to New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce this interview must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

Morty Manford has requested that the interview be used for not-for-profit purposes only.

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding gay rights.

Interview by Howard August.

Aug 6, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 154 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 155 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Julius Margolin

Scope and Content Note

Interview describes Margolin's activities from 1930s-1950s. Topics include the Food Workers Industrial Union, the National Maritime Union, the World War II no-strike pledge, the Communist Party view of Trotskyism, and the Korean War.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Dec 30, 1983
Box: 20 Cd : Margolin 1 (Access cd [31142062726396])
Box: 20 Cd : Margules 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Rita Margules

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Mike Nash.

Jun 16, 2011
Box: 10 Cd : Margules 1-2 (Master cd [31142054611465])
Box: 20 Cd : Marsh 1 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Alice Marsh

Scope and Content Note

Subjects discussed in this interview include the activities of the Socialist Party during the 1930s and the struggle between Communists and Socialists in the Teachers Union.

Feb 24, 1982
Box: 3 Cassette : 156 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 158 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Matteotti Club

Scope and Content Note

Reunion of Rhode Island activists in Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Campaign, 50 years after execution. Disscussion of defense activities, mostly by Luigi Nardella.

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1977
Box: 20 Cd : Matteotti 1 (Access cd [31142062726396])
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 60 (Transcript [31142062672301]) Anthony Martocchia and Philip Lamantia

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Martocchia's anarchist origins in Italy and his anti-fascist activities in Chicago during the 1920s, the San Francisco/Las Gatos anarchist group during the 1930s-1950s, and his meeting with Philip Lamantia in the 1940s.The recording also covers Lamantia's sense of support from older anarchists in the 1940s and the importance of Malatesta for Martocchia. Anarchist publications in the 1980s are also discussed.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 31, 1982
Box: 3 Cassette : 157 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 20 Cd : Martocchia & Lamantia 1 (Access cd [31142062726396])
Box: 20 Cd : Mattis 1 (Access cd [31142062726396]) David Mattis

Scope and Content Note

Includes discussion of Jews in film, Yiddish culture, and the Morgen Freiheit and the  Forward.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

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Dec 28, 1979
Box: 10 Cassette : 400 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 20 Cd : McDonald 1 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Grace Burnham McDonald

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Scope and Content Note

Interview is part of a series of interviews intended to document the activities of the Worker's Health Bureau, which was founded in 1920.

Aug 10, 1973 and Aug 25, 1973
Box: 6 Cassette : 360 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 20 Cd : McGrath 1 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Tom McGrath

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers literature in the 1930s, poetry and the the Communist Party's Popular Front strategy, and Left Culture during the Cold War.

Taped responses to written questions from Paul Buhle.

Mar 9, 1977
Box: 3 Cassette : 168 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 20 Cd : McGrath 2 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Tom McGrath

Scope and Content Note

Recording of McGrath's reminiscences of the Chelsea neighborhood of New York during the 1930s-1940s, including the character of the neighborhood and radicalism there. Personalities discussed include Ray Condon, Mac and Maggie McLain, and Harold Gates. Topics include relationships with various unions in Chelsea neighborhood, waterfront workers and unions (including the National Maritime Union), a local radical newspaper called the Shamrock, McGrath's job with International Labor Defense, and conflicts with the Christian Front and German American Bund. He also speaks about his activities in Los Angeles in the 1950s. The second of the recording part contains additional information McGrath's background, including his introduction to radical left politics and student activism at University of North Dakota and Louisiana State University.

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undated
Box: 6 Cassette : 345 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 3 Cassette : 169 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Ernest Rice McKinney

Scope and Content Note

Biographical interview with important African American radical, born in 1886. Topics covered include his youth and education, activities as Socialist during the 1910s, involvement with the Communist Party during the 1920s, his period as a "Musteite" during the 1930s and a "Shachtmanite" during the 1940s, the Unemployed Leagues, and A. Philip Randolph.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Feb 25, 1983
Box: 20 Cd : McKinney 1 (Access cd [31142062726396])
Box: 8 Folder : 1 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Vida McLevy

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Scope and Content Note

Topics discussed include the Socialist Party in Bridgeport and the career of her husband Jasper McLevy as Socialist Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut from 1933-1957.

Interview by Bruce Stave.

Nov 4, 1966
Box: 20 Cd : Medem 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Medem Jewish Socialist Group/Forum on Jews and the Left

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Scope and Content Note

Discussion by Paul Buhle and Arthur Liebman on Jews and the Left in the United States from 1890-1982, with questions from audience and response.

Feb 26, 1982
Box: 3 Cassette : 159 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 164 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Clarina Michelson

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents strikes of department store workers.

Use Restrictions

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Oct 29, 1979
Box: 8 Folder : 3 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 20 Cd : Michelson 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726396])
Box: 20 Cd : Migas 1 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Nick Migas

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers unionism and politics in Gary, Indiana during the 1930s-1940s, the relationship between ethnicity and race and nationalism, and the Wisconsin National Farmers Union in the 1950s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Mar 15, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 160 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 161 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424]) John Mitchell

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of the Packinghouse Workers and Communist Party in Boston, Massachusetts during the 1940s-1950s.

Interview by Bill Schecter.

Mar 30, 1981
Box: 20 Cd : Mitchell 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726396])
Cassette: 161A-B
Box: 20 Cd : Mizara 1 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Eva Mizara

Access Restrictions

Interview closed, except with permission of Eva Mizara.

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Lithuanian-American radicalism during the 1920s-1960s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jun 24, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 162 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 163 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Mother Audley Moore

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Moore's youth in New Orleans, the Marcus Garvey movement during the 1920s, the Communist Party in Harlem during the 1930s, and her break with the Communist Party.

Interview by Mark Naison.

1972
Box: 8 Folder : data_value_missing_8b1bc5e44e24b59c8eb6845055de8ee3 (Transcript)
Box: 20 Cd : Moore 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726396])
Box: 20 Cd : Moore 3 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Mother Audley Moore

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Moore's experiences in the Communist Party in Harlem during the 1930s.

Interview by Ruth Prago.

Dec 23, 1981
Box: 3 Cassette : 163 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 8 Folder : 5 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 20 Cd : Morgan 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Anna Morgan

Scope and Content Note

Morgan discusses her Boston childhood, life in Cuba in 1917, and Chicago in the Depression. She also covers the activities of the Communist Party in Champaign, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Columbus, Ohio during the 1930s-1950s.

Interview by Bill Schecter.

Jan 22, 1981 - Jan 29, 1981
Box: 3 Cassette : 165 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 166 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Gussie Moskowitz

Scope and Content Note

Moskowitz discusses her Hungarian-American background, the activities of the furriers union, the Communist Party, and general reflections.

Interview by Daniel Czitrom.

Jun 4, 1976
Box: 8 Folder : 6 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 20 Cd : Moskowitz 1 (Access cd [31142062726396])
Box: 20 Cd : Munckton 1 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Elma Munckton

Scope and Content Note

Munckton discusses her experiences on a farm in Finland during the 1890s, emigration to the United States, life for domestic workers, and the activities of the Finnish-American Left in Bay Area during the 1920s-1960s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 9, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 167 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 8 Folder : 7 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 20 Cd : Muravchik 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Emanuel Muravchik

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Dec 6, 1973
Box: 6 Cassette : 337 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 6 Cassette : 335 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Jim Murray

Scope and Content Note

Discussion regarding Cultural Correspondence.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jun 6, 1984
Box: 20 Cd : Murray 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726396])
Cassette: 346
Box: 20 Cd : Muscat 1 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Rosemarie Muscat

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Beth Haskell.

Apr 13, 1980
Box: 3 Cassette : 170 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Cassette: 170A-B
Box: 20 Cd : Lillian 1 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Lillian N.

Use Restrictions

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Scope and Content Note

Interview covers activities at Brooklyn College, in the National Students' League, and with the Medical Bureau of Aid to Spanish Democracy during the 1930s.

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

May 19, 1982
Box: 8 Folder : 8 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 3 Cassette : 147 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 20 Cd : Nadelman 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726396]) Morris Nadelman

Scope and Content Note

Nadelman discusses his Yiddish Anarchist origins in Russia, Yiddish Anarchist activities in Los Angeles from the 1920s-1980s, Rudolf Rocker's personality and his circle, the activities of the Arbeter Ring (Workmens' Circle), and fund-raising for victims of Spanish Civil war.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Morris Nadelman and Paul Buhle for this interview were transferred to New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce this interview must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

Direct quotation must be approved by Morris Nadelman.

Apr 8, 1980
Box: 3 Cassette : 171 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 8 Folder : 9 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 3 Cassette : 172 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Luigi Nardella

Scope and Content Note

The first two disks or tapes are comprised of an oral history interview taken by Paul Buhle on September 29, 1982.

The third tape or disk is a speech delivered to Rhode Island Labor History Forum at Knight Public Library in Providence regarding unemployed movement in Rhode Island during the 1930s.

Mar 1978 and Sep 29, 1982
Box: 20 Cd : Nardella 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726396])
Box: 8 Folder : 10 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 6 Cassette : 336 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Al Nash

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Dec 8, 1983
Box: 21 Cd : Nash 1 (Access cd [31142062726420])
Box: 3 Cassette : 173 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Steve Nelson

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers unemployed activities in Chicago, activities in anthracite coal districts, and the Popular Front and the Spanish Civil War.

Interview by Rick Wormser.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

1981
Box: 8 Folder : 11 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 21 Cd : Nelson 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726420])
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Walter Nelson

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Nelson's family history, education and work, and his involvement in the World Socialist Party (formerly Workers Socialist Party and Socialist Educational Society).

Interview by Katherine Brucher.

Apr 17, 1999
Box: 10 Esta Nette

Scope and Content Note

One 1978 interview covering the history of the Pioneers, the Young Communist League, and protests.

1978
Box: 21 Cd : Nette 1 (Access cd [31142062726420])
Box: 21 Dvd : Nette 2 (Access dvd [31142062726420]) Esta Nette

Scope and Content Note

One DVD interview covering the history of the Pioneers, the Young Communist League, and protests.

undated
Box: 10
Box: 10 Cassette : 416 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Demosthenes Nicas

Scope and Content Note

Nicas discusses activities from 1900 through the late 1930s, including the relationship between the CIO and Communist Party in Ohio, newspapers, and the impact of the Hitler-Stalin pact.

Interview by Dan Georgakas.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Circa 1987-1989
Box: 21 Cd : Nicas 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726420])
Box: 10 Cassette : 417 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Demosthenes Nicas

Scope and Content Note

Speech on Greek labor and radicalism.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the creator of the materials. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

1986
Box: 21 Cd : Nicas 5-6 (Access cd [31142062726420])
Box: 21 Cd : Nobel 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Rose Nobel

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Feb 28, 1981
Box: 10 Cassette : 385 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 3 Cassette : 174 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Joseph and Ruth Norrick

Scope and Content Note

The interview covers origins of radicalism in Indiana coal mining traditions during the 1910s-1920s, Joseph Norrick's role in 1930s-1940s Left, and perspectives on problems of "Americanizing" Communism in the United States. Ruth Norrick discusses her background in Terre Haute, Indiana, meeting with Eugene Debs, literary life in New York during the 1930s, Cold War-era blacklisting from United Nations Children's agency, and her work in journalism.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Related Archival Materials

Additional content from Joseph and Ruth Norrick was recorded on the second cassette of the Jose Alvarez interview in the Oral History of the American Left (OH 002).

Mar 15, 1983
Box: 8 Folder : 13 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 21 Cd : Norrick 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726420])
Box: 21 Cd : Norris 1 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Clarence Norris

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the Scottsboro Boys case, as recalled by one of nine defendants. Interview also covers the role of International Labor Defense and NAACP and the circumstances of his pardon.

Interview by Richard Wormser.

Feb 25, 1981
Box: 3 Cassette : 175 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 21 Cd : Novick 1 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Paul Novick

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of the Morgen Freiheit and Yiddish literature.

Interview by Paul Buhle

1979
Box: 10 Cassette : 401 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 21 Cd : Novick 2 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Paul Novick

Scope and Content Note

Discussion of Yiddish culture and politics including his employment by the Groysser Kundes magazine as a humorist and his involvement with the  Morgen Freiheit, which he joined in 1922 and edited from 1939-1988.

Interview by Paul Buhle

Jan 20, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 176 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 10 Cassette : 402 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Paul Novick

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Feb 9, 1985
Box: 21 Cd : Novick 3 (Access cd [31142062726420])
Box: 3 Cassette : 177 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Stanley Nowak

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the Polish-American Left in Detroit during the 1930s, cigar workers, the United Auto Workers, the American Slav Congress, different Polish-American Left organizations from the 1910s-1920s, and Poland in the 1980s. Only third disk of Nowak interview has been transcribed.

Interview by Dan Georgakas.

Mar 30, 1983
Box: 8 Folder : 14 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 21 Cd : Nowak 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726420])
Box: 21 Cd : O'Brien 1 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Marjorie O'Brien

Scope and Content Note

O'Brien discusses her background in Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin Trotskyist circle, activities in the 1940s, and her attitude towards C.L.R. James and Johnson-Forest Tendency.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

May 7, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 178 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 21 Cd : O'Connor 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Harvey O'Connor

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents O'Connor's activities in Seattle around time of 1919 general strike, his work in the Federated Press during the 1920s-40s, relationships with Communists and oldtime labor editors and ethnic radicals such as Ludwig Lore, activities in Pittsburgh during the 1930s, and the attack of the House Un-American Activities Committee during the 1950s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Sep 27, 1977
Box: 8 Folder : 15 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 3 Cassette : 180 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 21 Cd : Ocko 1 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Edna Ocko

Scope and Content Note

Interview analyzes the relationship between the Left and dance in the 1930s-1940s, looking at form and content in radicalism and modern dance.

Interview by Richard Wormser.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

1981
Box: 3 Cassette : 181 (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 21 Cd : Oehler 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Hugo Oehler

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Oehler's philosophical background and introduction to Marx, his involvement with the Communist Party, including organization through trade unions and undercover activities within CP on behalf of Trotskyites. Oehler further analyzes the struggles between Stalin and Trotsky supporters and discusses his activities in Spanish Civil War and opinions on French Turn.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Jul 6, 1977
Box: 3 Cassette : 179 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 21 Cd : O'Hara 1 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Margaret O'Hara

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Theresa Diamond.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Apr 22, 1980
Box: 6 Cassette : 380 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 21 Cd : O'Hare 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Gene O'Hare

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Victoria O'Hare Von Hagen

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

undated
Box: 3 Cassette : 182 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 6 Cassette : 349-350 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Bertell Ollman

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Ollman's background in Milwaukee in the 1940s-1950s, radicalism in Madison, Wisconsin, his political activities and intellectual growth in Madison Students League for Industrial Democracy, Students for Democratic Action, and his reflections on the Madison experience.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

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Nov 5, 1982
Box: 21 Cd : Ollman 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726420])
Box: 21 Cd : Orlansky 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Celia Orlansky

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Oct 27, 1981
Box: 6 Cassette : 351-352 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 21 Cd : Page 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Myra Page

Historical/Biographical Note

Myra Page was a Southern writer and novelist who authored The Gathering Storm and  Moscow Yankee during the 1930s.

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

1982
Box: 3 Cassette : 183 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 3 Cassette : 184 (Master cassette [31142054611424]) John Pandera

Scope and Content Note

Pandera discusses the Left in the South Slav sections of San Pedro, California during the 1930s-1950s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 22, 1982
Box: 21 Cd : Pandera 1 (Access cd [31142062726420])
Box: 21 Cd : Pasternak 1 (Access cd [31142062726420]) Morris Pasternak

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Marvin Gettleman.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Mar 21, 1978
Box: 10 Cassette : 381 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 8 Folder : 16 (Transcript [31142062672319]) Louise Thompson Patterson

Scope and Content Note

Thompson discusses her youth in Sacramento California, her move to New York City, life in Harlem during the 1920s-1930s, and the Scottsboro case in the 1930s.

Interview by Ruth Prago.

Nov 16, 1981- Nov 30, 1981
Box: 3 Cassette : 185 A-E (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 22 Cd : Patterson 1-5 (Access cd [31142062726453])
Box: 5 Cassette : 296 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Pearl

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes a discussion of Pearl's youth, her relationship with her mother, her mother's influence on her outlook, and her Panamanian/West Indian heritage. She also discusses work in a textile factory while at school, and a brief period in domestic work on Park Avenue in New York. Interview includes her philosophies on activism and struggle. She describes becoming an activist during the 1930s and joining the Communist Party. She also discusses Party actions and CP activity within the needle trades union. Pearl analyzes the nature of conflict within Communist Party leadership, particularly with relation to race and gender. She compares the difference between socialist approach and the CP approach. She concludes with thoughts on feminism, critiques of the Soviet Union, and friendship and family in the CP movement.

Feb 22, 1982
Box: 22 Cd : Pearl 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726453])
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Albert Perocco

Scope and Content Note

Perocco discusses the Bridgeport, Connecticut Socialist Party and Jasper McLevy as Socialist mayor.

Interview by Bruce Stave.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Jan 19, 1968
Box: 3 Cassette : 187 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424]) Elaine Perry

Scope and Content Note

Perry discusses women's role in the electrical industry in New Jersey during World War II and the activities of the National Negro Congress. She also discusses the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) and the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers (IUE) and provides general reflections.

Interview by Ruth Prago.

Mar 26, 1979
Box: 22 Cd : Perry 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726453])
Box: 22 Cd : Peters 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726453]) Irja M. Peters

Scope and Content Note

Peters describes growing up in Finnish-American left of the 1930s in Mesabi Range, her unhappy marriage to non-Finnish intellectual, and her return to her "roots."

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 30, 1983
Box: 4 Cassette : 188 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 22 Cd : Pevzner 2 (Access cd [31142062726453]) Sam Pevzner

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Sep 24, 1978
Box: 10 Cassette : 403 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 4 Cassette : 189 (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Sam Pevzner

Scope and Content Note

Pevzner discusses experiences in the Pennsylvania International Workers Order (IWO), his background as a Jewish entertainer, his political conversion, and activities within the sphere of the Yiddishe Kultur Farband (YKUF).

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jun 26, 1983
Box: 22 Cd : Pevzner 1 (Access cd [31142062726453])
Box: 22 Cd : Phillips 1 (Access cd [31142062726453]) Utah Phillips

Scope and Content Note

Recording of the IWW folk singer recalling experiences from 1940s to 1980s on a WBJC (Baltimore) radio broadcast.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the creator of the materials. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

undated
Box: 4 Cassette : 190 (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 6 Cassette : 297 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Marge Piercy

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Apr 1979
Box: 22 Cd : Piercy 1 (Access cd [31142062726453])
Box: 8 Folder : 18 (Transcript [31142062672319]) Rose Podmaka

Scope and Content Note

Podmaka discusses her background in coal and steel region of Ohio and West Virginia during the 1930s, experiences at the United Electrical Workers-Hatfield Wire & Cable in New Jersey during the 1940s, and the relationship between the UE and the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists.

Interview by Ruth Prago.

Jan 22, 1979 - Mar 19, 1979
Box: 22 Cd : Podmaka 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726453])
Box: 4 Cassette : 191 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Rose Podmaka

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Oct 27, 1979
Box: 4 Cassette : 192.1 (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Ira Polansky

Scope and Content Note

Interview with a program director for Camp Kinderland documents Jewish political and cultural life and includes discussion of activities at the camp and childhood in the Coops, a radical housing complex in the Bronx.

Interview by Daniel Weber.

Related Archival Materials

A transcript of the Ira Polansky interview can be found in the Communist Party of the United States of America Records (TAM 132).

Nov 26, 2002
Box: 22 Cd : Polansky 1 (Access cd [31142062726453])
Box: 22 Cd : Polier 1 (Access cd [31142062726453]) Justine Polier

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Polier's recollections of legal work during the 1930s and the origins of National Lawyers' Guild.

Interview by Ann Ginger.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Jun 22, 1982
Box: 4 Cassette : 192 (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 22 Cd : Popular Front Culture 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726453]) Popular Front Culture

Scope and Content Note

Discussion led by Paul Buhle. Includes A.B. Magil, Steve Max, Steve Nelson, Nat Cohen and others, about the meaning of "culture" to younger generation in the Popular Front; attitudes toward sports, particularly baseball in the Left and in the Daily Worker; and neighborhood activity around cultural themes in New York.

Use Restrictions

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Dec 1977
Box: 4 Cassette : 193 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 22 Cd : Porterfield 1 (Access cd [31142062726453]) Pearl Zeluck Porterfield

Scope and Content Note

Interview covering the Johnson-Forest Tendency and the activities of the Workers Party during the 1940s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

May 7, 1983
Box: 4 Cassette : 194 (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 4 Cassette : 195 A-N (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Albert Prago: Collection of lectures from the course "The Spanish Civil War and its International Impact"

Scope and Content Note

A collection of lectures from a Albert Prago-coordinated course entitled "The Spanish Civil War and its International Impact," held at the New School for Social Research in the fall of 1981. The lecturers were: Albert Prago (Oct 20, 1981, CD Prago 1-2), John Gerassi (Oct 27, 1981, CD Prago 3-5), Carl Marzani (Nov 3, 1981, CD Prago 6-8), Dante Puzzo (Nov 10, 1981, CD Prago 9-11), Victor Rabinowitz and Albert Prago (Nov 17, 1981, CD Prago 12-14), Maury Colow and Carl Geiser (Nov 24, 1981, CD Prago 15-17), Pete Seeger (Dec 1, 1981, Prago 18-20), and Albert Prago (Dec 8, 1981, CD Prago 20).

Use Restrictions

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Oct 20, 1981-Dec 8, 1981
Box: 22 Cd : Prago 1-20 (Access cd [31142062726453])
Box: 22 Cd : Prago 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726453]) Albert Prago

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Don Amter.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Mar 20, 1991
Box: 6 Cassette : 311 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 4 Cassette : 197 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432]) William Preston

Scope and Content Note

Preston describes the University of Wisconsin during the early 1950s, the impact of William Appleman Williams and others on historical studies, the Madison social and political milieu, his research on Industrial Workers of the World, and his experiences as a historian.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Aug 10, 1983
Box: 22 Cd : Preston 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726453])
Box: 22 Cd : Puropudas 1 (Access cd [31142062726453]) Timo Puropudas

Scope and Content Note

Puropudas, Buhle, and an unidentified man discuss Puropudas' Finnish background, his role as editor of Tyomies since 1970s, attitudes towards the status and future of ethnic presses, and Puropudas' life as recent immigrant. The recording also contains a brief segment of Buhle interviewing an unidentified woman who recounts a story of Finnish farmers being cheated by a land agent.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 31, 1983
Box: 4 Cassette : 196 (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 8 Folder : 20 (Transcript [31142062672319]) Paul Andreas Rasmussen

Scope and Content Note

Rasmussen discusses his political background in the Illinois Socialist Party and Workers Alliance during the late 1920s/early 1930s, his activities within Socialist Party, the formation of the Socialist Workers Party, and expulsion from Socialist Workers Party in 1947.

Interview by Rich Klimmer.

1973-1974
Box: 23 Cd : Rasmussen 1-10 (Access cd [31142062726511])
Box: 4 Cassette : 198 A-I (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 23 Cd : Rasmussen 11-13 (Access cd [31142062726511]) Paul Andreas Rasmussen

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of Rasmussen's political background in Illinois, the Socialist Party and Workers Alliance during the late 1920s through early 1930s, activities within Socialist Party and formation of Socialist Workers Party, and expulsion from Socialist Workers Party in 1947. It also includes a discussion of the Communist Party and conflict between its working class and intellectual elements.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 3, 1984
Box: 4 Cassette : 198 J-L (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 23 Cd : Rasmussen 14-28 (Access cd [31142062726511]) Paul Andreas Rasmussen

Scope and Content Note

Autobiographical narrative.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the creator of the materials. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

1971
Box: 4 Cassette : 198 M-Y (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 4 Cassette : 199 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432]) George Rawick

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Rawick's family background, his adolescence in Brooklyn, experience around the Young Communist League and the Henry Wallace movement during the late 1940s, expulsion and attraction to the Shachtmanite movement, his activities during the 1950s, and the influence of the Shachtmanites on the New Left.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 4, 1984
Box: 8 Folder : 21 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 23 Cd : Rawick 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726511])
Box: 23 Cd : Raymond 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726511]) Philip Raymond

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of the Auto Workers Union during the 1920s through the early 1930s, the political scene in Detroit, and the ethnic communities of auto workers.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 22, 1982
Box: 4 Cassette : 200 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 23 Cd : Raynes 1 (Access cd [31142062726511]) Rose Raynes

Scope and Content Note

Raynes discusses the founding and activities of the Emma Larazus Federation and the International Workers Order during the 1930s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Mar 21, 1979
Box: 4 Cassette : 201 (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 10 Cassette : 404 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Ernie Reymer

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding International Workers Order.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Feb 16, 1978
Box: 23 Cd : Reymer 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726511])
Box: 8 Folder : 22 George and Al Ribak

Scope and Content Note

Interview contains the recollections of two long-time former Socialist Party activists, including a description of the activities of the Bridgeport, Connecticut Socialist Party from the 1910s-1940s;

Interview by Bruce Stave.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Apr 1, 1967
Box: 4 Cassette : 203 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Harvey Richards

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers labor activity in the 1930s-1950s, radical film-making from early 1960s, early work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and use of film as educational/fundraising tool. Richard also discusses making films about destruction of redwood trees and the Bay Area Vietnam protest movement.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 5, 1983
Box: 23 Cd : H. Richards 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726511])
Box: 4 Cassette : 204 (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Paul Richards

Scope and Content Note

Richards discusses his Bay Area background and contrasts the multi-racial, working class Left of Oakland, California with the middle class, largely white community Madison, Wisconsin. He also covers his activities as an open Communist in Madison during the late 1960s, his departure from Communist Party, observations about student Left, reflections on life since.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The release form that Tamiment Library has for this interview does not include transfer of copyright. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from the narrator, Paul Richards. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting this individual.

Nov 15, 1983
Box: 23 Cd : P. Richards 1 (Access cd [31142062726511])
Box: 4 Cassette : 205 (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Minnie Rivkin

Scope and Content Note

Rivkin discusses the Yiddish Chorus and broader Yiddishkayt from the 1930s-1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 7, 1980
Box: 23 Cd : Rivkin 1 (Access cd [31142062726511])
Box: 23 Cd : Rodney 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726511]) Lester Rodney

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Scope and Content Note

Rodney discusses radicalism, sportswriting for the Daily Worker from the 1930s, and sports during the Cold War.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Dec 29, 1981
Box: 10 Cassette : 423 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 23 Amelia Romano

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Romano's involvement in left-wing theater, particularly in the 1930s. Organizations discussed include the Group Theatre, the Federal Theatre, and the Theatre of Action.

Interview by Beth Friend.

Dec 2, 1982
Box: 10 Cassette : 426 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 4 Cassette : 207 A-F (Master cassette [31142054611432]) I.A. Ronch

Scope and Content Note

Ronch discusses political and cultural life in Allerton Avenue Coops in the Bronx from the 1920s-1950s, cultural life inside Yiddish-speaking sector of Communist Party, his role as leader of Jewish People's Chorus during the 1950s, and cultural and poetic activities in Los Angeles during the 1960s-1970s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 14, 1980
Box: 8 Folder : 23 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 23 Cd : Ronch 1-5 (Access cd [31142062726511])
Box: 8 Folder : 24 (Transcript [31142062672319]) Nina Rosenberg

Scope and Content Note

Rosenberg discusses the Yiddish cultural movement in Miami Beach from the 1940s-1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Mar 14, 1983
Box: 23 Cd : N. Rosenberg 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726511])
Box: 4 Cassette : 208 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 8 Folder : 25 (Transcript [31142062672319]) Sadie Rosenberg

Scope and Content Note

Rosenberg discusses her youth and family life during the 1920s, the International Workers Order, the Trade Union Unity League, Young Communist League's activities in Brooklyn during the 1930s-1940s, the United Electrical Workers Local 427 at Solar Manufacturing Company in Bayonne, New Jersey during the 1940s.

Interview by Ruth F. Prago.

Jan 11, 1979 - Jan 15, 1979
Box: 24 Cd : S. Rosenberg 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726487])
Box: 4 Cassette : 209 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 8 Folder : 26 (Transcript [31142062672319]) Sadie Rosenberg

Scope and Content Note

Rosenberg discusses her family background and early life.

Interview by Ruth Prago.

Oct 31, 1979
Box: 24 Cd : Rosenberg 3-5 (Access cd [31142062726487])
Box: 4 Cassette : 209 E-H (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 4 Cassette : 210 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Paul Rosencrantz

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of the Communist Party, the National Maritime Union, and factory organizing in New York and in Maine.

Interview by Bill Schecter.

Jan 15, 1981
Box: 24 Cd : Rosencrantz 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726487])
Box: 4 Cassette : 211 (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Florence Rossi

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the Hunter College Socialist Party and the broader Socialist Party during the 1930s.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Mar 17, 1982
Box: 24 Cd : Rossi 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726487])
Box: 8 Folder : 27 Dan Rubel

Scope and Content Note

Rubel discusses activities at the Jefferson School of Social Science and the impact of the Cold War.

Interview by Debby Cohen.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Apr 12, 1976
Box: 24 Cd : Rubinstein 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726487]) Annette Rubenstein

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Scope and Content Note

Discussion of literary environment and cultural criticism in the 1930s. Topics include: Masses and Mainstream, the Jefferson School, Realism as dominant style, disagreements between writers and Communist Party, the Party's role in 1930s America, detective stories, and drama. Writers discussed include: Dashiell Hammet, Leane Zugsmith, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Maltz, Howard Fast, Mike Gold, Richard Wright, and Meridel Le Sueur. The interview heavily focuses on the outlook and intellectual currents of the Left in the 1930s, and some contrasts with the New Left are examined.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 17, 1976
Box: 8 Folder : 28 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 4 Cassette : 213 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 8 Folder : 29 (Transcript [31142062672319]) Annette Rubenstein

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Rubinstein's Long Island background and her political and union activities during the 1930s. These activites include the People's Mobilization, the American Labor Party, and day care and birth control informational campaigns. Rubinstein also discusses the School for Democracy and Jefferson School during the 1940s-1950s and the effects of McCarthyism.

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Dec 18, 1980
Box: 4 Cassette : 214 (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 24 Cd : Rubinstein 4 (Access cd [31142062726487])
Box: 24 Cd : Rubinstein 5 (Access cd [31142062726487]) Annette Rubenstein

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Scope and Content Note

Rubinstein describes joining the Communist Party, the activities of the American Labor Party activities, Mike Quill, the Jefferson School, leaving the Communist Party, and her life from the 1950s-1980s.

Interview by Richard Wormser.

1981
Box: 8 Folder : 30 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 4 Cassette : 213 D (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 24 Cd : Rubenstein 6 (Access cd [31142062726487]) Annette Rubenstein

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding National Council of American-Soviet Friendship.

Mar 9, 1993
Box: 6 Cassette : 326 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 24 Cd : Rudiak 1-5 (Access cd [31142062726487]) Joe Rudiak

Scope and Content Note

Rudiak describes life in small industrial-town Pennsylvania during the 1920s-1930s, his union activities and Left affiliation, electoral campaign and red-baiting during the 1930s, life in Pittsburgh, and work in fraternal societies.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jun 28, 1983
Box: 4 Cassette : 215 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 24 Cd : Rudiak/Muselin/Luketich 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726487]) Joe Rudiak, Peter Muselin, and Bernard Luketich

Scope and Content Note

Nature and activity of the Croatian Fraternal Union, changes since the 1920s, the emergence of "progressive" leadership during the 1940s-1950s, and service to the membership. He also discusses the organization's insurance and cultural activities in 1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jun 29, 1983
Box: 4 Cassette : 215 D-E (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 8 Folder : 31 Julia Ruuttila

Use Restrictions

Release form releases rights regarding use to the Minnesota Historical Society. Please contact Tamiment Library or the Minnesota Historical Society for more information.

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of the Industrial Workers of the World in Oregon and Washington during the 1910s.

Interview by Tom Copeland.

Sep 7, 1972
Box: 4 Cassette : 217 (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Kirkpatrick Sale

Scope and Content Note

Recording is comprised of Kirkpatrick Sale's daily reactions to the Days of Rage protests in Chicago during October of 1969, which included the Students for a Democratic Society, Weathermen, Revolutionary Youth Movement (RYM), and Young Lords. Includes Sale's daily accounts, and segments from news reports that Sale recorded alongside his own interpretations of the events. Sale offers detailed descriptions of protester tactics and the clashes between protesters and the police.

Oct 8 - Oct 11, 1969
Box: 24 Cd : Sale 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726487])
Box: 24 Cd : Santora 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726487]) William Santora

Scope and Content Note

Santora describes early life in Jersey City, work at Emerson Radio New York, United Electrical Workers staff members helping to organize Federal Telephone and Telegraph, experience at the Westinghouse Elevator Company in New Jersey, and influence of the Left.

Interview by Ruth Prago.

Jul 25, 1980
Box: 4 Cassette : 218 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 24 Cd : Saroff 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726487]) Sophie Saroff

Scope and Content Note

Recording of Sophie Saroff's 80th birthday party.

May 15, 1979
Box: 4 Carton : 220 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 4 Cassette : 219 A-E (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Sophie Saroff

General note

Transcript available, Box 2; Index available

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Saroff's family background in Russia, the 1905 Revolution in Russia, the Rand School of Social Science, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), Camp Unity, and the International Labor Defense during the 1930s.

Per Saroff's request, a portion of the interview, representing audio that was lost between transcription and donation to the Oral History of the American Left, is read from the transcript.

Interview by Arthur Tobier.

Dec 14, 1979
Box: 24 Cd : Saroff 5-9 (Access cd [31142062726487])
Box: 8 Folder : 32 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 25 Cd : Schaef 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726495]) Finley Schaef

Scope and Content Note

This interview with Reverend Finley Schaef of the Park Slope United Methodist Church chronicles his role as a leader in various movements on the Left in the late 20th century. These include the Viet Nam War anti-war movement, the abortion rights movement, the civil rights movement, and support for revolutionaries in Cuba, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.

Interview by Janet Greene.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by creators. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holders. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

May 5, 1997
Box: 10 Cassette : 428 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 4 Cassette : 221 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Daniel Boone Schirmer

Use Restrictions

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by D.B. Schirmer and Bill Schechter for this interview were transferred to New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce this interview must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

Direct quotations from this interview must be approved by D.B. Schirmer.

Scope and Content Note

Topics covered include the National Students' League and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).

Interview by Bill Schecter.

Mar 18, 1981
Box: 25 Cd : Schirmer 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 4 Cassette : 223 (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Chaim Schwartz

Scope and Content Note

Schwartz describes his activity as a Yiddish poet and Yiddish cultural circles from the 1930s-1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Dec 29, 1981
Box: 25 Cd : Chaim Schwartz 1 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 4 Cassette : 222 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Charles Schwartz

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Schwartz's background in Fall River from the 1950s-1960s, his high school radicalization, life and politics in Madison, Wisconsin in the late 1960s, experiences being down and out in California, his return to New England, and his activities in Left from the 1970s-1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 21, 1984
Box: 25 Cd : Charles Schwartz 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 4 Cassette : 224 (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Pete Seeger

Scope and Content Note

Seeger discusses the historical use of music as social protest, growing up in 1930s with folk music, the Communist Party song book, World War II, the blacklisting of artists during the 1950s, racism in America, and the Almanac Singers. Seeger performs songs at several junctures to illustrate his points, including union songs and a song about the Scottsboro Boys.

Interview by Richard Wormser.

Related Archival Materials

See also CD's Prago 18-20 for recordings of Pete Seeger's contribution to Albert Prago's lecture series on the Spanish Civil War.

Feb 25, 1981
Box: 25 Cd : Seeger 1 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 25 Cd : Berl Segal 1 (Access cd [31142062726495]) Berl Segal

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of the Workmen's Circle in Providence, Rhode Island during the 1920s-40s, ethnic socialist groups in Providence, and the activities of the Socialist Party.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

May 4, 1977
Box: 4 Cassette : 225 (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 10 Cassette : 412 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Bernard Segal

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Dorothy Fennel and Daniel Walkowitz.

Jul 14, 1992
Box: 25 Cd : B. Segal 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 4 Cassette : 226 (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Edith Segal

Scope and Content Note

Segal discusses music and dance and the Left in the 1930s.

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Feb 27, 1981
Box: 25 Cd : E. Segal 1 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 8 Folder : 33 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 25 Cd : I. Seid 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726495]) Irving Seid

Scope and Content Note

Seid discusses his New York background, the Depression and Unemployed Councils, and the effects of McCarthyism.

interview by Danny Czistrom.

Jun 4, 1976
Box: 4 Cassette : 227 A (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 25 Cd : T. Seid 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726495]) Tauhma Seid

Scope and Content Note

Seid discusses her youth in the Yorkville section of New York during the 1920s, cafeteria workers unionism, the Young Communist League, and the Communist Party during the 1940s-1950s.

Interview by Danny Czitrom.

Jul 4, 1976
Box: 4 Cassette : 227 B (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 4 Cassette : 229 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Leo Seidlitz

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of Brooklyn College radical politics during the mid-1930s, Trotskyism during the late 1930s, the Workers Party during the 1940s, and the influence of Max Shachtman.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Jul 20, 1983
Box: 25 Cd : Seidlitz 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 4 Cassette : 232 B (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Leo Seidlitz

Use Restrictions

Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. In release form, narrator granted third parties broad rights pertaining to use of these materials. Please contact the Tamiment Library for further information.

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding Workers Party.

Interview by Allen Thompson.

Aug 22, 1983
Box: 25 Cd : Seidlitz 3 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 25 Cd : Les Sentinelles Oubliees 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726495]) Les Sentinelles Oubliées: Eva and David Rosenberg and Jack and Erika Karan

Scope and Content Note

Interviews with the Rosenbergs and Karans, taken for a French documentery titled Les Sentinelles Oubliées by Frédéric Rossif. Interviewees discuss their lives as Communists in 20th century America.

Circa 1990
Box: 6 Cassette : 331 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 25 Cd : Serrano 1 (Access cd [31142062726495]) Nina Serrano

Scope and Content Note

Interview contains Serrano's observations of middle-American culture as a Bohemian in Madison, Wisconsin during the in 1950s. She also discusses her recruitment into the Youth Labor League, her activities in the founding of the Peace Center, attendance at the Peace Festival in Moscow and travels in China, subsequent difficulty in school, Madison, and maintaining contact with friends from her time in Madison.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The release form that Tamiment Library has for this interview does not include transfer of copyright. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from the narrator, Nina Serrano. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting this individual.

Nov 16, 1983
Box: 4 Cassette : 230 (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 4 Cassette : 231 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Mark Sharron

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers various aspects of the Workers Party, Trotskyism, Workers' Party, Max Shachtman, and the Shachtmanite movement during the 1930s-1950s.

Sharron discusses his travels with A.J. Muste through Holland and Paris in 1930s and a meeting with Leon Trostky in Norway. He also discusses his travels and experiences in Spain during Spanish Civil War and factionalism between different leftist elements, including the POUM, anarchists, and Stalinists. He details his interactions with POUM members and pro-Trotskyists and describes his arrest by anarchist leader on the Aragon front for affiliation with POUM. He also comments on the International Brigades, the Thalmanns, May Days, and reaction from others in the left when he returned to the United States.

He describes a visit with Trotsky and Raya Dunayevskaya at Trotsky's home in Mexico in 1938. He also describes different wings of thought regarding Russian question, including the Johnsonites, Cannonites, and Shactmanites.

Sharron then describes his service in Merchant Marine during World War II, and increasing involvement with the Workers Party. He analyzes the general outlook on on the Soviet Union during the second world war and impact on Workers Party politics in 1940s, particularly the San Francisco branch. He describes his travel to France after war and dissolution of marriage and analyzes the factions among the French Trotskyists.

Sharron also discusses his life from the 1950s, including engineering work in Morocco doing contract work for air force starting in 1951, the FBI monitoring of the left, reflections on friendship and relationships in left politics, and his second career in therapy. He also describes his falling out with Shachtman after Sharron went to FBI to renounce connections with Fourth International.

During the course of the interview, Bloom and Sharron refer to an earlier interview segment that the library no longer has record of.

Interview by Jonathan Bloom at Tamiment Library.

May 5, 1983
Box: 25 Cd : Sharron 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 4 Cassette : 232 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Mark Sharron

Use Restrictions

Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. In release form, narrator granted third parties broad rights pertaining to use of these materials. Please contact the Tamiment Library for further information.

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Sharron's childhood in Russia and Brownsville, his relationship with his family, his education at the City College of New York, the activities of the Young Communist League, his involvement with Trotskyism, his experiences in Europe, the activities of the Workers Party, and World War II.

Interview by Allen Thompson.

Aug 19, 1983
Box: 25 Cd : Sharron 5-7 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 4 Cassette : 233 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Mark Sharron

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Sharron's activity in the Trotskyist movement during the 1930s-1940s, Trotskyism and questions of international socialism, and the character of the Workers Party.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 10, 1983
Box: 25 Cd : Sharron 8-9 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 8 Folder : 34 John Shenton

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of the Socialist Party in Bridgeport, Connecticut during the 1920s-1960s.

Interview by Bruce Stave.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Jun 20, 1967
Box: 25 Cd : Shik 1 (Access cd [31142062726495]) Moishe Shik

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Dec 27, 1982
Box: 4 Cassette : 234 (Master cassette [31142054611432])
Box: 4 Cassette : 235 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611432]) Anne Shore

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of the Communist Party, the activities of the United Office and Professional Workers of America (UOPWA), picketing of the Nazi ship the Bremen, Shore's experiences in Detroit during the the 1940s, the Civil Rights Congress and Progressive Party in Los Angeles during the late 1940s through early 1950s, the effects of McCarthy period on the left, and Shore's work for Local 1199 (Hospital Workers) during the 1960s.

Interview by Priscilla Backman.

May 12, 1982 - Jun 15, 1982
Box: 5 Cassette : 235 E-H (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 25 Cd : Shore 1-8 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 10 Cassette : 405 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Meyer Shticker

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

undated
Box: 25 Cd : Shticker 1 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 26 Cd : Shulman 1 (Access cd [31142062726503]) Elias Shulman

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Oct 19, 1982
Box: 6 Cassette : 300 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 5 Cassette : 236A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Robert J. Silberstein and Howard Meyer

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities International Labor Defense and the National Lawyers Guild from the 1930s-1940s.

Interview by Ann Ginger.

Jun 22, 1982
Box: 26 Cd : Silberstein and Meyer 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726503])
Box: 26 Cd : M. Simon 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726503]) Madeline Simon

Scope and Content Note

Interview contains Simon's reminiscences on Camp Kinderland and a discussion of music and Yiddishkeit.

Interview by Daniel Weber.

Nov 15, 2002
Box: 8 Folder : 35 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 5 Cassette : 237.1 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 5 Cassette : 237 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Fanny Simon

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the Socialist Party during the 1930s.

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Feb 12, 1982
Box: 26 Cd : F. Simon 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726503])
Box: 26 Cd : Slaiman 1 (Access cd [31142062726503]) Donald Slaiman
Dec 16, 1994
Box: 6 Cassette : 341 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 26 Cd : Smith 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726503]) Jessie Taft Smith

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Smith's family background in Norwalk, Connecticut during the 1910s-1920s, the activities of the Young Communist League, the laundry workers' union, and Smith's social and political life in the 1930s.

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Nov 19, 1981
Box: 5 Cassette : 238 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 26 Cd : Soble 1 (Access cd [31142062726503]) Richard Soble

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents radical legal work in Detroit during the 1960s-1970s (including "Red Squad" lawsuit) and a late 1960s rent strike.

Interview by Dan Georgakas.

Mar 31, 1983
Box: 5 Cassette : 239 (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 5 Cassette : 240 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Socialist Labor Party

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding Socialist Labor Party "South Slavonian" language federation during the 1920s-1950s in Detroit and Cleveland. Interviewees include John Brlas, Mary Petrovich-Brlas, Vito DeLisi, Mary Korach, and Matt Korach.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Mar 17, 1983
Box: 26 Cd : Socialist Labor Party 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726503])
Box: 26 Cd : SNYC 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726503]) Southern Negro Youth Congress

Scope and Content Note

Forum on the history of the Southern Negro Youth Congress featuring one-time SNYC activists Henry Winston, James Jackson, Grace Tillman Bassett, Esther Jackson, and Dorothy Burnham.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the creator of the materials. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Feb 6, 1984
Box: 5 Cassette : 241 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 10 Cassette : data_value_missing_243a2f8cf606c6241c3945eb6aec3d5d (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Spanish Civil War Poetry

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Digital transfer of the the second side of the second cassette was not possible due to poor condition of the tape.

Apr 8, 1980
Box: 26 Cd : 418 A-B (Access cd [31142062726503])
Box: 26 Cd : Srok 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726503]) Anton Srok

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the Srok's experiences in the Milwaukee Croatian Fraternal Union, 1930s-1980s and his labor activities in Milwaukee during 1930s. Srok also describes his experiences as an amateur Croatian-American actor in Milwaukee.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 26, 1983
Box: 5 Cassette : 242 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 6 Cassette : 325 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Sid Stein & Eugene Dennis

Scope and Content Note

Speech by Sid Stein from a debate with Eugene Dennis at CPUSA Executive Committee.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the creator of the materials. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Dec 1957
Box: 26 Cd : Stein 1 (Access cd [31142062726503])
Box: 6 Cassette : 330 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Charlotte Stern

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding Stern's experiences as member of the executive board of Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee from 1944-1950. Second CD and cassette contains 2:56 of unrelated material on first track or side.

Interview by Dorothy Swanson.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

May 7, 1979
Box: 26 Cd : C. Stern 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726503])
Box: 26 Cd : S. Stern 1 (Access cd [31142062726503]) Sholem Stern

Scope and Content Note

Stern describes his experiences as a radical Yiddish writer and poet in Montreal and New York during the 1920s-1930s.

Interview by Paul Buhle

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Sep 18, 1978
Box: 5 Cassette : 243 (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 10 Cassette : 406 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Sholem Stern

Scope and Content Note

Discussion includes comments on Morgen Freiheit,  Yiddishe Kultur, and other Yiddish literary outlets. Interview also includes discussion of prominent Yiddish writers and the relationship between literature, the Jewish left, and the Communist Party.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

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undated
Box: 26 Cd : S. Stern 2 (Access cd [31142062726503])
Box: 6 Cassette : 314 A-D (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Morton Stavis

Use Restrictions

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Scope and Content Note

Topics discussed include Stavis' youth on the Lower East Side, education at City College and Columbia Law School, Social Security Administration, unionism and civil rights, working with Senator Wagner, the War Labor Board, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Carl and Anne Braden, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and civil rights cases. Two specific cases covered are the McSurley Case of 1967 (regarding civil rights activists in Pikeville, Kentucky) and Philippines Case of 1986 (regarding property in New York owned by the the Marcos family).

Interview by Alan Thomson.

Dec 9, 1991 - Jan 21, 1992
Box: 26 Cd : Stavis 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726503])
Box: 8 Folder : 36 (Index [31142062672319])
Box: 26 Cd : Steuzert 1 (Access cd [31142062726503]) Isidor Steuzert

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the Jewish Socialist Federation, the nature of American Communism, and the Lovestoneites.

Oct 27, 1982
Box: 5 Cassette : 244 (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 26 Cd : Stewart 1 (Access cd [31142062726503]) Chalmers Stewart

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Scope and Content Note

Interview contains Stewart's reflections on CLR James.

Jun 22, 1983
Box: 10 Cassette : 382 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 5 Cassette : 245 (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Chaim Suller

Scope and Content Note

Suller describes his background in the Jewish progressive movement and discusses the problems of the Morgen Freiheit in the 1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jan 20, 1983
Box: 26 Cd : Suller 1 (Access cd [31142062726503])
Box: 8 Folder : 37 (Index [31142062672319]) Elliot Sullivan Memorial Service

Scope and Content Note

Speakers at this recorded memorial service include Sylvia Thompson, Madeline Lee Gilford, Ralph Elswain, Ruby Dee, Will Lee, Biff Liff, Jane Hoffman, Peter Seeger, and Norma Sullivan.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the creator of the materials. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

undated
Box: 10 Cd : Sullivan 1 (Master cd [31142054611465])
Box: 26 Cd : Sullivan 1 (Access cd [31142062726503])
Box: 5 Cassette : 246A-L (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Arne Swabeck

Scope and Content Note

Series of tapes recorded by John Shannon in the course of researching for an unpublished book. Topics covered in this extensive set of interviews include: childhood, travels, Communist activities, analysis of factional splits in the left from the 1920s onward, and reflections on the left at the time of the interview.

Interview by John Shannon.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Digitization of this interview was not completed, due to the poor quality of the audio and size of the interview. Based on John Shannon's session notes for the interview, these issues likely date to the original recording. Cassettes 246A to 246OO have been digitized. Cassettes 246PP to 246WW have not been digitized.

To request an access copy of materials in the undigitized portion of this interview, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A librarian will respond to you with further information.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original cassettes were donated to Columbia University's Oral History Research Office by John Shannon, and Columbia University also maintains a copy of the interview.

Apr 7, 1975 - Nov 19, 1975
Box: 27 Cd : Swabeck 1-51 (Access cd [31142062726537])
Box: 5 Cassette : 246M-WW (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 8 Folder : 38 (Index [31142062672319])
Box: 28 Cd : Swabeck 52-76 (Access cd [31142062726552])
Box: 28 Cd : Swabeck 77-78 (Access cd [31142062726552]) Arne Swabeck

Use Restrictions

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Arne Swabeck and Paul Buhle for this interview were transferred to New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce this interview must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

Researchers using this interview should be aware that Arne Swabeck made the following annotation on the release form for this interview: "Should anything I said during this interview appear to contradict my views as expressed at an earlier date, either written or oral, accept its earlier version to be the more accurate reflection of my views."

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of the Scandinavian Socialist Federation and press.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 23, 1982
Box: 5 Cassette : 246 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 28 Cd : Syrstad 1 (Access cd [31142062726552]) A.O. Syrstad

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the Workers Party and the Independent Socialist League in Seattle, Washington during the 1940s-1950s.

Interview by Allen Thompson.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. In release form, narrator granted third parties broad rights pertaining to use of these materials. Please contact the Tamiment Library for further information.

Jan 5, 1978
Box: 5 Cassette : 247 (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 28 Cd : Szeliga 1 (Access cd [31142062726552]) Loretta Szeliga

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Dec 8, 1981
Box: 6 Cassette : 354 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 28 Cd : Taffler 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726552]) Anna Taffler

Scope and Content Note

Taffler discusses the activities of the unemployed councils in Brooklyn between 1930 and 1934.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

Jan 5, 1978
Box: 8 Folder : 45 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 5 Cassette : 248A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 10 Cassette : 411 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Stephen Tendler

Scope and Content Note

Topics discussed include the activities of the Socialist Labor Party in Saint Louis from the 1930s-1960s, the Bulgarian Federation in Granite City, Illinois, and the reorganization of Section Saint Louis in 1979.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 5, 1984
Box: 28 Cd : Tendler 1 (Access cd [31142062726552])
Box: 8 Folder : 39/40/41/42 Norman Thomas

Scope and Content Note

Interview contains the reminiscences of Norman Thomas, the six-time Socialist Party candidate for President.

Interview by Harry Fleischman.

1960
Box: 8 Folder : 39/40/41/42 Norman Thomas

Scope and Content Note

Interview contains Thomas' recollections of Jasper McLevy, the Socialist Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut from 1933-1957.

Interview by Bruce Stave.

Nov 17, 1966
Box: 28 Cd : Thomas Campaign 1-6 (Access cd [31142062726552]) Norman Thomas 1932 Campaign, 50th Anniversary

Use Restrictions

REVISIT: Has signed release form, but may not be from necessary contributor. More like deed of gift? May actually pertain to OH 025 or OH 053.

Scope and Content Note

This recording of a reunion includes speakers Ruth Senior, Mickey Most, Herb Wolfe, John Herling, Noah Walter, and Michael Harrington. Speakers share their recollections of Thomas' first presidential campaign and discuss his career and influence overall.

Nov 19, 1982 - Nov 20, 1982
Box: 5 Cassette : 251 A-F (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 10 Cassette : 414 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Debate between Norman Thomas and Barry Goldwater

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the creator of the materials. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

1961
Box: 28 Cd : Thomas and Goldwater 1 (Access cd [31142062726552])
Box: 28 Cd : Thomasow 1 (Access cd [31142062726552]) Bessie Thomashow

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the Workmen's Circle during the 1930s.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

undated
Box: 5 Cassette : 253 (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 28 Cd : Thompson 3-4 (Access cd [31142062726552]) Fred Thompson

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding the activities of the International Workers of the World after 1924.

Interview by Dan Georgakas.

Apr 1983
Box: 5 Cassette : 255 (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 28 Cd : Thompson 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726552]) Fred Thompson

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes an analysis of the nature of the language federations attached to Industrial Workers of the World, descriptions of prominent immigrant figures in IWW, and commentary on the eclipse of the language federations and ethnic press in the IWW.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Fred Thompson and Paul Buhle for this interview were transferred to New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce this interview must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

This interview is not to be transcribed without the permission of Fred Thompson.

Jul 25, 1983
Box: 8 Folder : 43 (Transcript [31142062672319])
Box: 5 Cassette : 254 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 6 Cassette : 327 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Alan Thomson

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding National Council of American-Soviet Friendship.

Interview by Stacy Sewell.

Feb 11, 1993
Box: 28 Cd : Thomson 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726552])
Box: 8 Folder : 44 (Transcript [31142062672319]) Ahrne Thorne

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Thorne's background in Poland, his education as an anarchist, Yiddish anarchism in the United States since the 1920s, the relationship between Yiddish anarchism and Zionism, and Thorne's recollections of Rudolf Rocker.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Dec 15, 1983
Box: 28 Cd : Thorne 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726552])
Box: 5 Cassette : 256 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 10 Cassette : 407 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Ahrne Thorne

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

undated
Box: 28 Cd : Thorne 3 (Access cd [31142062726552])
Box: 28 Cd : Trager 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726552]) Frank Trager

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Nov 21, 1973
Box: 6 Cassette : 338 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 28 Cd : Trask 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726552]) Haunani-Kay Trask

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Joy Shimabukuro

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

undated
Box: 6 Cassette : 303 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 10 Cassette : 408 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Jerry Trauber

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Nov 4, 1979
Box: 28 Cd : Trauber 1 (Access cd [31142062726552])
Box: 5 Cassette : 257 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Esther Travaglio

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the background and activities of Esther Hartz Travaglio. It also covers the activities of "Gene" Travaglio, an anarchist and job-printer in Seattle and California.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 30, 1982
Box: 29 Cd : Travaglio 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726545])
Box: 8 Folder : 46/47 (Transcript [31142062672319]) Jean Tussey

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Tussey's activities with the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, the Socialist Party, and the Socialist Workers Party in New Jersey and Southern California from the 1930s through the early 1940s.

Interview by Debra Bernhardt and Jon Bloom.

Oct 24, 1978 - Oct 25, 1978 , Mar 20, 1979
Box: 29 Cd : Tussey 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726545])
Box: 5 Cassette : 259 A-C (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 5 Cassette : 258 (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Uhro Tuominen

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the "younger" generation of Finnish-American radicals in Midwest and California. Tuominen describes of the tenacity and decline of Finnish-American activity in Bay Area and the effort of Communist and non-Communist Finnish-Americans to engage in common functions.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Nov 5, 1983
Box: 29 Cd : Tuuominen 1 (Access cd [31142062726545])
Box: 6 Cassette : 339 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Gus Tyler

Oct 29, 1973
Box: 29 Cd : Tyler 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726545])
Box: 29 Cd : Tyomies 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726545]) Tyomies Panel Discussion

Scope and Content Note

Panel discussion including Mary Kolehmainen, Helen Kruth, Ernest Koski and other prominent editorial workers on the origins, development, and continuation of Finnish-language newspaper Tyomies (The Worker) and its sister paper  Naisten Viiri (Women's Banner). Presentation includes history of paper, government intimidation of newspaper, achievements of Finnish-American press and people, the decline of the circulation, and the development of cooperative movements.

Discussion recorded by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the creator of the materials. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Jul 30, 1983
Box: 5 Cassette : 260 (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 29 Cd : Unemployed Organizations 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726545]) Unemployed Organizations of the 1930s

Scope and Content Note

A recording of a session of a 1983 New York State Labor History Association meeting. Includes a presentation by Roy Rosenzweig, followed by panel discussion with Saul Parker, John Gates, Rose Schuyler, and Brendan Sexton.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the creator of the materials. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Apr 30, 1983
Box: 5 Cassette : 261 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 29 Cd : Unidentified Poet 1 (Access cd [31142062726545]) Unidentified Yiddish-language Poet (originally from Ukraine)

Scope and Content Note

Narrator speaks about youth in Ukraine and Romania, introduction to poetry, influences (including Russian, Native American, African American, and Roma poetry), his books Flowers in the Snow and  Eternally Green, the influence of Marxism on his poetry, and Moshe Nadir.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Mar 21, 1979
Box: 10 Cassette : 390 (Master cassette [31142054611465])
Box: 29 Cd : Uphaus 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726545]) Willard Uphaus and Ruth MacLennan

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the lives of Willard and Ruth MacLennan Uphaus, with a special emphasis on their activities in the 1930s. Topics include their meeting, the intersection of their politics and Christianity, their friendship with Claude Williams, and Socialism.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 20, 1983
Box: 3 Cassette : 304 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611424])
Box: 29 Cd : Uphaus 3-4 (Access cd [31142062726545]) Willard Uphaus

Scope and Content Note

Recording of Willard Uphaus' 90th birthday celebration, by Bea Lemisch.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Nov 9, 1980
Box: 5 Cassette : 262 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 8 Folder : 48 Vittorio Vidali

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of the Italian Language Federation and the American Communist movement during the 1920s, Chicago and the Left, and Vidali's reflections on American Communism. Translated from the Italian-language Autobiography of Vittorio Vidali, a document on his years in the United States from 1923 to 1927.

Aug 6, 1981
Box: 29 Cd : Vishnu & Becker 1 (Access cd [31142062726545]) Abraham Vishnu & Getzel Becker

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents radicalism and culture in New York and Miami Beach, anti-Semitism in the radical movements of Poland, life for Jewish workers in pre-revolutionary Cuba, and the importance of Yiddish culture for political movements from the 1920s-1950s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 25, 1978
Box: 5 Cassette : 264 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 29 Cd : Waisbord 1-3 (Access cd [31142062726545]) Jacob Waisbord

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding the Left Poale Zion and the Jewish Labor Committee.

Interview by Gail Malmgreen.

Jun 28, 1993
Box: 6 Cassette : 340 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 29 Cassette : Walker 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726545]) Hershel Walker

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Paul Buhle.

undated
Box: 6 Cassette : 356-357 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 5 Cassette : 266 (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Frank Wallin

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Wallin's editorial activities from the 1940s-1970s for the Finnish-language paper Tyomies and  Industrilistii,, a Finnish-American newspaper affiliated with the International Workers of the World (IWW).

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 31, 1983
Box: 29 Cd : Wallin 1 (Access cd [31142062726545])
Box: 6 Cassette : 305 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Albert Warner

Scope and Content Note

Interview by Beth Haskell.

May 4-5, 1980
Box: 29 Cd : Warner 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726545])
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Susan Warren

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the Committee for a Democratic Far Eastern Policy and the Jefferson School of Social Science during the 1950s.

Interview by Debby Cohen.

Apr 17, 1966
Box: 29 Cd : Waskow 1 (Access cd [31142062726545]) Arthur Waskow

Scope and Content Note

Interview describes activities and internal politics of Students for a Democratic Society. Waskow reflects on its eventual dissolution.

Interview by Kirkpatrick Sale.

Apr 2, 1970
Box: 6 Cassette : 276 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 29 Cd : Waters 1 (Access cd [31142062726545]) Mary-Alice Waters

Scope and Content Note

A recording of Mary-Alice Waters' speech titled "Women's Liberation and the Socialist Revolution."

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this recording. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the creator of the materials. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

undated
Box: 5 Cassette : 267 (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 5 Cassette : 269 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Stan Weir

Scope and Content Note

Interview document's Weir's experiences in Los Angeles.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Dec 28, 1981
Box: 29 Cd : Weir 1-2 (Access cd [31142062726545])
Box: 29 Cd : Weir 5-14 (Access cd [31142062726545]) Stan Weir

Use Restrictions

Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. In release form, narrator granted third parties broad rights pertaining to use of these materials. Please contact the Tamiment Library for further information.

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding Workers Party.

Interview by Allen Thompson.

Aug 13, 1983 - Aug 15, 1983
Box: 5 Cassette : 269 E-J (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Cassette: 269A-M Stan Weir

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Weir's analyses of the activities of C.L.R. James, the Johnson-Forest Tendency, and the Workers Party.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 22, 1982
Box: 29 Cd : Weir 3-4 (Access cd [31142062726545])
Box: 5 Cassette : 269 C-D (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 5 Cassette : 270 (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Myra Tanner Weiss

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Weiss' family and educational background in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, the unemployed movement and Trotskyist movement during the 1930s-1940s, anti-fascist demonstrations, and her experiences as Socialist Workers Party candidate during the 1940s-1950s.

Interview by Jon Bloom.

1982
Box: 29 Cd : Weiss 1 (Access cd [31142062726545])
Box: 10 Cassette : 384 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Louis Weiss

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of Weiss' emigration from Poland, his work as a dress presser, and activities of the The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU).

Interview also includes commentary from an unidentified woman and unidentified man. The woman speaks to her experience in different progressive and radical organizations during the 1930s-1940s, including the International Labor Defense, American Labor Party, and others.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Mar 15, 1983
Box: 30 Cd : L. Weiss 1-2 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Box: 30 Cd : S. Weiss 1 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Sam Weiss

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the role of the Freie Arbeter Shtimme (  Free Voice of Labor) in the labor movement of the 1920s-1930s and describes activities of anarchists within the Arbeter Ring (Workmens' Circle).

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 8, 1980
Box: 5 Cassette : 271 (Master cassette [31142054611440])
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Saul Wellman

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of the Communist Party during the 1930s-1950s, Wellman's reflections on the relationship between the Communist Party and unions, Communists and United Auto Workers during the Second World War, reactions to the Hitler-Stalin Pact, and the Left's activities during the Cold War.

Interview by Roger Keeran.

Aug 24, 1972
Box: 5 Cassette : 273 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611440]) Saul Wellman: 65th birthday dinner
1980
Box: 30 Cd : Wellman dinner 1-3 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Box: 30 Cd : West 1-2 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Yvette West

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers West's family dynamics growing up, her youth in the International Workers of the World (IWW) during the mid-1930s, and the literary career of her father, Yiddish critic B. Rivkin.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jan 19, 1983
Box: 6 Cassette : 275 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 6 Cassette : 274 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Ed Wiese

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers Wiese's work in the Westinghouse Elevator Plant in Jersey City and the influence of the left. It also documents his time as president of Local 456 of the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE).

Interview by Ruth Prago.

Apr 24, 1981
Box: 30 Cd : Wiese 1-2 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Box: 30 Cd : Williams 1 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Jim Williams

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding the internal politics and activities of Students for a Democratic Society on campuses across the United States. Williams also comments on reasons for the SDS split and the different Marxist factions in the New Left.

Interview by Kirkpatrick Sale.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Apr 2, 1970
Box: 6 Cassette : 276 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Paul W. Williams

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the prosecution of International Workers' Order during the 1950s.

Interview by Howard Brown.

May 11, 1976
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Tim Wohlforth

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents Wohlforth's background in Bridgeport, Connecticut during the 1930s-1940s and Socialism and Trotskyism during the 1950s.

Interview by Douglas Cooper.

Aug 29, 1976
Box: 6 Cassette : 279 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Alice Dodge Wolfson

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the League for Industrial Democracy, the Office Workers Union, the New England CIO, and the Socialist Party during the 1930s.

Interview by Bea Lemisch.

Apr 1, 1982
Box: 30 Cd : Wolfson 1 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Box: 9 Folder : 5 (Transcript [31142062672376])
Box: 30 Cd : Workers Party 1-8 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Workers Party/Standing Fast Conference

Scope and Content Note

Recording of an event commemorating the opening of the Max Shachtman Papers at the Tamiment Library. Panel presentations on 1) the character and activities of the Workers Party, 1940-49 2) Harvey Swados' novel Standing Fast, based on the WP, and 3) three magazines with roots in the WP, Politics, Dissent, and New Politics. Speakers include Herman Benson, Ricky Flanders, Albert Glotzer, Julius Jacobson, Irving Sanes, Morton Clurman, Paul Cowan, Lewis Coser, Robert Cummings, and Phyllis Jacobson.

May 6, 1983 - May 7, 1983
Box: 6 Cassette : 280 A-H (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 30 Cd : Wright 1-2 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Frederick Wright

General note

Transcript available, Box 2

Scope and Content Note

Wright describes the background of his family and his grandfather's influence on his drawing, his work as a clip-joint musician during the 1920s, going to sea during the 1930s, his work as freelance cartoonist for National Maritime Union (NMU), the Cold War, and his work for the UE News.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jun 20, 1984
Box: 9 Folder : 6 (Transcript [31142062672376])
Box: 6 Cassette : 281 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 6 Cassette : 282 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Fannie Yellin

Scope and Content Note

Yellin describes the anarchist circle in Philadelphia during the 1910s, the personality and ideas of Rudolf Rocker, and the role of the Rocker Circle in Los Angeles in publishing Rocker's work and facilitating his speaking tours.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Apr 16, 1980
Box: 30 Cd : Yellin 1 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Box: 30 Cd : Yoneda 1 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Karl Yoneda

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the Japanese-American Communist movement in the 1920s-1930s, the Japanese-language press in the 1920s and early 1930s, sectarian errors, cultural events, the role in labor movement and opposition to internment camps, the Popular Front in the Japanese-American Left, and the state of Asian-American labor in the 1980s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jan 7, 1983
Box: 9 Folder : 7 (Transcript [31142062672376])
Box: 6 Cassette : 283 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 6 Cassette : 284 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Vincent Young

Scope and Content Note

Discussion includes Young's youth in New York during the 1920s-1930s, his involvement in a black masonic lodge, and the activities of the Congress of Radical Equality (CORE) in Brooklyn during the 1940s-1960s. Other topics include the Downstate Medical Center, New York World's Fair demonstrations, and housing issues in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Interview by Howard August.

Aug 4, 1983
Box: 30 Cd : Young 1-3 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Box: 6 Cassette : 285 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Mary Zackheim

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes stories about Moshe Nadir and other Jewish literary personalities, Zackheim's philosophies on life, and Zackheim's thoughts on the Communist Party. Second portion of interview is not not Mary Zackheim. It is an unidentified man speaking about Communist Party involvement in a strike.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 24, 1978
Box: 30 Cd : Mary Zackheim 1-2 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Box: 6 Cassette : 286.5 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Meyer Zackheim

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the activities of the New York Left in the 1910s-1920s and the problems of the Jewish progressive movement in Miami Beach in the 1970s.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 24, 1978
Box: 30 Cd : Meyer Zackheim 1 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Box: 30 Cd : Zackheim, Glassmans, Klieger & Rosenfeld 1 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Meyer Zackheim, Abe Glassman, Florence Glassman, Ben Kliger, and Rosenfeld

Scope and Content Note

This group interview, taken in Miami Beach, Florida, collects members' recollections of the progressive Jewish cultural movement in the 1920s-1940s. Topics discussed include how narrators became involved in the movement, trade union activism (especially in the needle trades), strikes, the Workmen's Circle, the Morgen Freiheit, Jewish theatre, music and theatre clubs, and factional divisions on the left.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form from all narrators. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the Tamiment Library and certain narrators. Please contact the Tamiment Library for more information.

Oct 24, 1978
Box: 6 Cassette : 286 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 6 Cassette : 287.5 (Master cassette [31142054611457]) Meyer Zackheim, Archie Rothenberg & Rose Lipshitz

Scope and Content Note

Interview regarding the relationship of culture and the Jewish progressive movement. Rose Lipshitz discusses the challenges of immigrant women in America of 1920s and the appeal of the Left. Archie Rothenberg discusses political activities of Jewish Left in 1920s-1930s. Additional topics covered include lectures, union activism in garment and millinery trades, women's roles in trade union and Left political organizations, the Bund and labor activities in Poland, the destruction of Eastern European Jewish communities during the Holocaust, and Yidisher Kultur Farband (YKUF) reading circles.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form from all narrators. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the Tamiment Library and certain narrators. Please contact the Tamiment Library for more information.

Oct 24, 1978
Box: 30 Cd : Zackheim, Rothenberg & Lipshitz 1 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Box: 30 Cd : Zackheim, Weiss & Silvers 1-2 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Meyer Zackheim, Ed Weiss, Julius Silver, and Sylvia Silver

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form from all narrators. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the Tamiment Library and certain narrators. Please contact the Tamiment Library for more information.

Scope and Content Note

Group interview concerning the relationship of Jewish culture and left movements in the first decades of the twentieth century. Topics include immigration following the 1905 Russian Revolution, the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), needle trade strikes, the founding of the Yidisher Kultur Farband (YKUF), political orientations within YKUF, the Morgen Freiheit, the role of women in the YKUF and garment unions, Jewish choruses, the concentration of left activities in Chicago in the early twentieth century, German-American socialist organizations compared with Jewish organizations, the Communist Party's relationship with culture, and the Soviet Union. Group likely also contains Mary Zackheim.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Oct 24, 1978
Box: 6 Cassette : 287 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 30 Cd : Zawadowski 1-2 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Joseph Zawadowski

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the Polish-American Left in Chicago from the time of his father (1920s) to the 1980s and Zawadowski's own experiences in the Spanish Civil War.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Jul 28, 1983
Box: 6 Cassette : 288 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 30 Cd : Zeluck 1 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Steve Zeluck

Scope and Content Note

Interview covers the Johnson-Forest Tendency, Trotskyism in Philadephia and Chicago, and Zeluck's reflections on C.L.R. James.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

Dec 15, 1982
Box: 6 Cassette : 289 (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 10 Cassette : 410 (Master cassette [31142054611465]) Steve Zeluck

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives does not hold a release form for this interview. Copyright (and related rights of publicity and privacy) are held by the narrator and interviewer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from narrator and/or interviewer. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance in contacting these individuals.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of the Johnson-Forest Tendency, CLR James, and the Socialist Workers Party.

Interview by Paul Buhle.

undated
Box: 30 Cd : Zeluck 2 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Box: 30 Cd : Zimmerman 1-2 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Charles Zimmerman

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and the struggle between left and right in the 1910s-1920s.

Interview by David Gurowsky.

Oct 31, 1974
Box: 6 Cassette : 290 A-B (Master cassette [31142054611457])
Box: 9 Folder : 8 (Transcript [31142062672376])
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Celia Lewis Zitron

Scope and Content Note

Interview documents the activities of the New York Teachers Union during the 1940s.

Interview by Glenn Goldstein.

May 8, 1976

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Fred Zimring Interviews, 1976-1978

Scope and Content Note

This series contains interviews conducted by Fred R. Zimring as part of the research for his doctoral dissertation, "McCarthyism, the Cold War, and Temple University: the Dismissal of Professor Barrows Dunham from Temple," completed in pursuit of his degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1982.

Existence and Location of Originals

These transcripts are copies from the Barrows Dunham-Fred Zimring Collection in the Conwellana-Templana Collection at Temple University Libraries.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 30 Cd : Apetheker 1 (Access cd [31142062734697]) Aptheker, Herbert
Jul 5, 1977
Case: Audio Cabinet 6, Drawer 5 Cassette : 1 (Master cassette)
Case: Audio Cabinet 6, Drawer 5 Cassette : 4 (Audio) Boudin, Leonard
Oct 16, 1976
Box: 30 Cd : Boudin 1 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Case: Audio Cabinet 6, Drawer 5 Cassette : 11 (Master cassette) Edelman, Arthur
Feb 4, 1977
Box: 30 Cd : Edelman 1 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Case: Audio Cabinet 6, Drawer 5 Cassette : 23A (Master cassette) LeRoy, Gaylord
Mar 12, 1977
Box: 30 Cd : LeRoy 2 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Case: Audio Cabinet 6, Drawer 5 Cassette : 23B (Master cassette) LeRoy, Gaylord

Scope and Contents

Original cassette tape had sticky shed syndrome. Although the cassette was able to be digitized after baking, there are still transport squeaking noices heard in the files.

Aug 15, 1976
Box: 30 Cd : LeRoy 1 (Access cd [31142062734697])

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Reynold Hills Project Interviews, 1980-1981

Historical/Biographical Note

Interviewees were members of a small colony in upstate New York, which grew from a club called Followers of the Trail. The colony was created by Eastern European Jewish garment workers as a hiking camp for physical exercise and political discussion.

Use Restrictions

Use of this material is subject to the approval of the interviewer, David Leviatin.

Filmmakers' Tapes and Transcripts

Seeing Red, 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains interviews contributing to a film on American Communism during the 1930s-1950s by Julia Reichert and James Klein of Heartland Productions.

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, 1976-1979

Scope and Content Note

These interviews were largely taken between 1976-1977 to contribute to a film about women production workers during World War II by Connie Field of Clarity Productions.

A Crime to Fit the Punishment, 1975-1981

Scope and Content Note

Interviews from the film A Crime Fit to the Punishment by Barbara Moss and Steve Mack of Moss Productions regarding the making of a film regarding the making of the ealier film  Salt of the Earth in 1953-1954.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Case: Audio Cabinet 1, Drawer 1 Cassette : 46 (Master cassette) Chacon, Juan
Box: 30 Cd : Chacon 1 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Case: Audio Cabinet 1, Drawer 1 Cassette : 47A-47B (Master cassette) Chacon, Virginia & Angie Sanchez
May 21, 1976
Box: 30 Cd : Chacon/Sanchez 1-2 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Case: Audio Cabinet 1, Drawer 1 Cassette : 50A-50B (Master cassette) Jencks, Clint & Juan Chacon
Box: 30 Cd : Jencks/Chacon 1-2 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Case: Audio Cabinet 1, Drawer 1 Cassette : 49A-49B (Master cassette) Jencks, Clint
Feb 15, 1975
Box: 30 Cd : Jencks 1 (Access cd [31142062734697])

Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet, 1976-1979

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains interviews supporting a film by John Miller of City Crisis Film Group regarding the political and social effects of the mid-1970s urban budget crises in New York and Cleveland.

Anarchism in America, 1967-1981

Scope and Content Note

Interviews supporting the documentary Anarchism in America by Joel Sucher and Steve Fischler of Pacific Street Films regarding the history and character of anarchism.

Free Voice of Labor, 1976-1979

Scope and Content Note

Interviews supporting the documentary Free Voice of Labor by Joel Sucher and Steve Fischler of Pacific Street Films regarding the Yiddish-language anarchist newspaper  Freie Arbeter Stimme (Free Voice of Labor), published from the 1880s-1970s.

Trouble on Fashion Avenue, 1981

Scope and Content Note

Interviews supporting the documentary Trouble on Fasion Avenue by Claude Beller of TV Documentary Arts Projects, Inc. Interviewees speak about the history of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and radicalism within the union.

The Case of the Legless Veteran: James Kutcher, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Interviews supporting the documentary The Case of the Legless Veteran: James Kutcher by Howard Petrick regarding the legal battles of James Kutcher, a World War II veteran from whom the United States government attempted to deny benefits due to his affiliation with the Socialist Workers Party.

Peekskill Work in Progress, 1979-1980

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains interviews taken by Barbara Kopple of Cabin Creek Films.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Case: Audio Cabinet 1, Drawer 1 Cassette : cuid1052 (Master cassette) Ward, Doug

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Origial Format: 1/8" Audiocassette, Duration: 20 min.

January 16, 1979
Box: 30 Cd : cuid1052 (Access cd [31142062734697])
Case: Audio Cabinet 1, Drawer 1 Cassette : cuid1053 (Master cassette) Mercadel, Kevin

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: 1/8" audiocassette, Duration: 57 min.

Feb 27, 1979
Box: 30 Cd : cuid1053 (Access cd [31142062734697])

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Tamiment Institute Tapes, circa 1955-1965

Scope and Content Note

This series contains a collection of tapes held by the Tamiment Institute that predated the establishment of the Oral History of the American Left. These tapes include recordings of meetings, speeches, panel discussions, and interviews recorded during the 1950s-1960s.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 42 Frank Bohn

Scope and Content Note

Recording regarding the Socialist Party, the Industrial Workers of the World from 1900-1920, and the church and socialism.

Mar 1958
Box: 55 Reel : cuid1604A, cuid1604B, cuid1604C (Master reel [31142062735199]) Call Association

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: 1/4" open reel audio, Duration: 45 min.

undated
E-records: tamwag_oh002 E-records : cuid1604A, cuid1604B, cuid1604C (Digital_access_copy)
Box: 42 Harry Fleischman regarding Norman Thomas

Scope and Content Note

Harry Fleischman on Norman Thomas: A Biography.

Apr 23, 1964
Box: 42 Industrial Workers of the World

Scope and Content Note

Tamiment Institute discussion, including a memorial meeting featuring speakers Dick Brazier, Herbert Mahler, and Sam Weiner.

Apr 11, 1959
Box: 42 Judge Jacob Panken

Scope and Content Note

Recording regarding Meyer London.

Jun 21, 1960
Box: 42 Philip A. Randolph

Scope and Content Note

Recording of a speech.

undated
Box: 42 Clarence and Ruth Senior on Norman Thomas
Feb 4, 1962
Box: 42 Max Shactman

Scope and Content Note

Recording of a speech titled "The Social Development of Communism."

Dec 31, 1966
Box: 42 Upton Sinclair

Scope and Content Note

Speech at a League for Industrial Democracy Meeting.

Oct 15, 1958
Box: 42 Antonin Souchy
Feb 29, 1960
Box: 42 Norman Thomas

Scope and Content Note

Recording of a speech.

Nov 14, 1956
Box: 42 Norman Thomas

Scope and Content Note

Recording of Speech titled "The Politics of Peace."

1964
Box: 42 Tamiment Discussion with the Children of Norman Thomas
1959
Box: 42 Anna Strunsky Walling

Scope and Content Note

This interview was originally taken as part of a Tamiment Institute oral history series.

Interview by Melvin Drimmer and Melvyn Dubofsky.

Jun 27, 1960 and Jul 19, 1960
Box: 25 Cd : Walling 1-4 (Access cd [31142062726495])
Box: 42 Sam Weiner

Scope and Content Note

Recording regarding the Industrial Workers of the World from a WCKR Broadcast.

1962
Box: 42 Bertram Wolfe

Scope and Content Note

Recording of a speech titled "Has the Soviet Union Changed?"

Jul 12, 1960

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Aleine Austin Tapes regarding Monthly Review and Highlander Folk School, 1979-1982

Historical/Biographical Note

The Tennessee-based Highlander Folk School was founded in 1932 to provide education to activist leaders.

Monthly Review is a socialist magazine founded in 1949.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains recordings of interviews by Aleine Austin and an event regarding the history of the Monthly Review.

Restricted Interviews in Oral History of the American Left, 1976-1983

Scope and Content Note

This series contains interviews collected for the Oral History of the American Left that were accepted by the repository as closed, generally for a certain amount of years. The majority of these restrictions are no longer in effect. Upon expiration of restrictions, interviews have been moved to Series I.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to interviews in this series is restricted. Interviews for which restrictions have expired have been moved to Series 1. Specific information on the restrictions is available at the interview level. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu for more information.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: Series 7 Charlotte Stern

Access Restrictions

Interview is closed.

1976
Box: Series 7 Stuart and Elizabeth Ewen

Access Restrictions

Interview is closed, except with the permission of the interviewees.

Nov 7, 1983
Box: Series 7 Interviews by Alan Wald

Scope and Content Note

Interviews by Alan Wald on the history of Trotskyism and intellectuals in the United States. Interviewees include Michael Blankfort (Jul 22, 1981), James T. Farrell (May 23, 1976), Leslie Fiedler (May 28, 1981), Nathan Glazer (May 25, 1981), Walter Goldwater (May 10, 1981), and Stan Weir (Sep 26, 1980 and Jul 21, 1981).

Access Restrictions

Interview is closed.

1976-1981

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Box
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Higley Hill, 2009

Box
46
Box
47
 

Rose Leopold, 2008

Box: Shared Tamiment 004 Cassette : 2-4 (Audio [31142062881910]) Radio Free Maine tapes
1994-05-13-1994-05-14
Box: 9 Folder : 11 (Mixed Materials [31142062672376])
Box: 5 Remembering Emma
1990-05-24

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