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Guide to the John L. Spivak Photographs PHOTOS 114

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Descriptive Summary

Title: John L. Spivak Photographs
Dates: undated
Abstract: John Louis Spivak (1897-1981) was a writer, journalist, and communist, mostly active in the 1920s and 1930s. This collection contains four photographs of Spivak.
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet in 1 folder.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: PHOTOS 114

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Historical/Biographical Note

John Louis Spivak, born June 13, 1897 in New Haven, CT, was an American journalist, who wrote articles and books on the rise of fascism, anti-Semitism, and the problems of the working class. Spivak wrote for the Daily Worker,  New Masses,  Ken, and  the Call, the paper of the American Socialist Party, in addition to other other publications. During the rise of McCarthyism, Spivak wrote under pseudonyms, including Monroe Fry. His book credits include  Georgia Nigger (1933),  Europe Under the Terror (1936),  Secret Armies: the New Technique of Nazi Warfare (1939),  Honorable Spy: Exposing Japanese Military Intrigue in the United States (1939),  Shrine of the Silver Dollar (1940),  Sex, Vice and Business (1959), and his autobiography,  A Man In His Time (1967). He passed away on September 30, 1981 in Philadelphia, PA.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains four undated sepia-toned black and white prints, all portraits of John Spivak.


This collection has not been arranged by an archivist.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Spivak, John L. (John Louis), 1897-1981

Document Type

  • Photographs.

Subject Topics

  • Authors, American.
  • Journalists -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in unitdate range, are expected to enter the public domain in year.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; John L. Spivak Photographs; PHOTOS 114; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

Two collections at other institutions hold Spivak's papers:

John L. Spivak Papers at Syracuse University
John L. Spivak Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; provenance is unknown. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 1950.200 and NPA.2003.032.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: A002 Photographs
Flat-file: 6 Drawer : 15 (Mixed Materials)

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