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Guide to the Jefferson School of Social Science (New York, N.Y.) Records and Indexes TAM.005

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 29, 2012
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jefferson School of Social Science (New York, N.Y.).
Title: Jefferson School of Social Science Records and Indexes
Dates [inclusive]: 1931-1958, (Bulk 1944-1955)
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1944-1955
Abstract: The Jefferson School of Social Science (1943-1956) was a Marxist adult education institute in New York City associated with the Communist Party, USA. Among the faculty were a number of leftist academics dismissed from the City University of New York, including the school's director, Howard Selsam. It had as many as 5000 students enrolled per term, but the Subversive Activities Control Board forced its closing in 1956. The school published course-related pamphlets and its Librarian, Henry Black, accumulated a 30,000 volume library. The collection consists of Jefferson School materials, course outlines and related readings, bibliographies, pamphlets published by the school, unpublished typescripts, and material from the Workers School and from the Communist Party. It also includes the original indexes to the Jefferson School Library's periodical and pamphlet holdings.
Quantity: 8.0 linear feet (3 boxes and 11 card trays)
Call Phrase: TAM.005