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Guide to the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the League for Industrial Democracy PE.033

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 22, 2018
Description is in English

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tamiment Library
Title: Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the League for Industrial Democracy
Dates [inclusive]: 1905-1986
Abstract: The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the League for Industrial Democracy is an artificial collection, collected and assembled by the Tamiment Library over the course of several decades. Founded in 1905, the LID is an educational organization focusing on increasing democracy in cultural, political and economic life. The collection consists of printed ephemera put out by the group nationally, including, fliers, brochures, leaflets, publications lists, pamphlets and songbooks. Also included in the collection are materials from affiliated and precursor groups, the Intercollegiate League for Industrial Democracy, the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, and the Student League for Industrial Democracy. There are also a few files from local LID chapters from Akron, Ohio, Boston, Massachusetts and New York City.
Quantity: 2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: PE.033

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Historical/Biographical Note

The League for Industrial Democracy, also known as the LID, was founded in 1905 by such notables as Norman Thomas, Jack London and Clarence Darrow. The group, originally named the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, focused its attention primarily on educating college students about socialism and the labor movement. In 1921, the organization took on its current name. Still addressing students, the LID was home to what became the Students for a Democratic Society, then known as the Student League for Industrial Democracy. Taking a stance on communism became a divisive issue between the two groups. The organizations diverged following the Students for a Democratic Society's convention in Port Huron, Michigan in 1960. The LID continued to produce lecture and discussion guides as well as host conferences and study commissions to achieve their goal of increasing democracy in the economic, political, and cultural life. The organization also published numerous pamphlets on socialism, labor issues, totalitarianism and democracy.

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Scope and Content Note

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the League for Industrial Democracy consists of a selection of printed matter, including: fliers, pamphlets, brochures, songbooks, bulletins as well as constitutions, membership cards and applications.

Series I: General Files, 1923-1986, consists of printed ephemera from the League of Industrial Democracy, largely published at the national level. There are a number of pamphlets in this series, arranged by date and at times by author or subject. Prominent authors include, Harry Laidler, Norman Thomas and Michael Harrington. Also included in this series are the publicity materials related to the LIDs annual luncheons, which were in effect anniversary celebrations and give introductory information about the League. There is a short history provided in this series as well. Also included are files from local chapters in Akron, Ohio, Boston, Massachusetts and New York City.

Series II: Affiliated and Youth Organizations, 1905-1959, consists of material from the Intercollegiate Socialist Society (ISS), the Intercollegiate League for Industrial Democracy, and the Student League for Industrial Democracy. The ISS was a precursor to the LID, formed in 1905. From this organization, the collection contains pamphlets, fliers, brochures for conferences, and guides to courses in studying socialism. From the Student League for Industrial Democracy, the youth wing of the LID, the collection consists of pamphlets, songbooks, fliers and brochures, as well as publications including a brief history and an organizer's manual.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: Series I: General Files, 1923-1986; Series II: Affiliated and Youth Organizations, 1905-1959. Folders are arranged alphabetically within series.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968

Document Type

  • Constitutions.
  • Printed ephemera.
  • Songbooks.
  • Pamphlets.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Brochures.
  • Bulletins.

Subject Organizations

  • Intercollegiate Socialist Society (U.S.)
  • League for Industrial Democracy
  • Student League for Industrial Democracy (U.S.)

Subject Topics

  • Student movements -- United States.
  • Socialism and youth -- United States.
  • Student movements.
  • Student movements -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The provenance of the materials is varied. Items were obtained through purchases, donations, standing orders with publishers, arrangements with labor unions and other organizations, exchanges with other libraries, and through ongoing collecting by Tamiment staff.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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. Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; 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 Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Harry Laidler Papers (TAM 047)

Intercollegiate Socialist Society Records (TAM 048)

Michael Harrington Papers (TAM 209)

Andre Schiffrin: Student League for Industrial Democracy Files (TAM 419)

Harry Wellington Laidler Photographs (PHOTOS 009)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this collection have been compiled by the Tamiment Library.

Materials found in the repository were added to the collection in 2014. The accession number associated with this material is 2014.091.

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Container List

Series I: General Files, 1923-1986

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Akron Chapter (OH)
1952
Box: 1 Annual Luncheon (Anniversaries)
1935-1954
Box: 1 Annual Luncheon (Anniversaries)
1955-1959
Box: 1 Annual Luncheon (Anniversaries)
1961-1986
Box: 1 Annual Conference
1946-1980
Box: 1 Annual and Financial Reports
1962-1980
Box: 1 Birthday Celebrations (John Dewey and Harry Laidler)
1949-1950, 1964
Box: 1 Board of Directors
1925-1973
Box: 1 Boston Branch
1939-1940
Box: 1 Brochures
1923-1969, undated
Box: 1 Circular Letters and Memoranda
1923-1986, undated
Box: 1 Conferences
1927-1943
Box: 1 Constitutions
1972-1973, undated
Box: 1 Event Invitations and Fliers (Michael Harrington installed as Chairman of the Board, and others)
1925-1964, undated
Box: 1 Executive Committee: Minutes
1962-1973
Box: 1 History of
undated
Box: 1 Labor Issues Paper Series
undated
Box: 1 Lectures, Symposium, Institutes: Fliers and Brochures
1932-1974, undated
Box: 1 Membership (Cards, Applications for, and Invitations)
1941-1976, undated
Box: 1 New York Chapter
1927-1968
Box: 1 Pamphlets
1920-1929
Box: 1 Pamphlets I
1930-1939
Box: 1 Pamphlets II
1930-1939
Box: 1 Pamphlets I
1940-1949
Box: 1 Pamphlets II
1940-1949
Box: 1 Pamphlets
1950-1959
Box: 1 Pamphlets
1960-1969
Box: 1 Pamphlets
1970-1979
Box: 1 Pamphlets
1980- , undated
Box: 1 Pamphlets: Fascism
1934, undated
Box: 1 Pamphlets: Great Britain
1943-1951
Box: 1 Pamphlets: Harrington, Michael
1965-1967
Box: 1 Pamphlets: Laidler, Harry
1924-1952
Box: 1 Pamphlets: Looking Forward Series
1932-1937
Box: 2 Pamphlets: Looking Forward Series
1965-1971
Box: 2 Pamphlets: Thomas, Norman
1925-1953, undated
Box: 2 Pamphlets: "What is the L.I.D.?"
undated
Box: 2 Press Releases
1942-1964
Box: 2 Publication and Book Lists/Fliers
1923-1971, undated
Box: 2 Publications About
1935
Box: 2 Publications/Articles by
1957-1983, undated
Box: 2 Reports and Position Papers
1930-1970

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Series II: Affiliated and Youth Organizations, 1905-1959

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 2 Intercollegiate League for Industrial Democracy
1921-1933
Box: 2 Intercollegiate Socialist Society
1905-1919
Box: 2 Student League for Industrial Democracy
1935-1959
Box: 2 Student League for Industrial Democracy: Fliers and Brochures
undated
Box: 2 Student League for Industrial Democracy: History of
1953
Box: 2 Student League for Industrial Democracy: National Convention
1948, 1957
Box: 2 Student League for Industrial Democracy: Pamphlets and Publications
1934-1946
Box: 2 Student League for Industrial Democracy: Pamphlets and Publications
undated
Box: 2 Student League for Industrial Democracy: Songbooks
undated
Box: 2 Student League for Industrial Democracy: Summer Institute/School
1935-1957
Box: 2 Students for a Democratic Society, Relationship with and Student Activities Committee
1962-1970

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