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Guide to the Rand School of Social Science Records TAM.007

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Tamiment staff.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 16, 2014
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited to include Series VII, Addendum, and boxes containing fragile originals in 2011. Series IX added by Heather Mulliner (Nov 7, 2013). Edited by Maggie Schreiner for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description. Revised by Erika Gottfried to update information on provenance and processing.  , July 2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rand School of Social Science.
Title: Rand School of Social Science Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1905-1962
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1919-1946
Abstract: The Rand School of Social Science (1906-1956), a school for workers and socialists which was associated with the Socialist Party, and after 1936 with the Social Democratic Federation, offered a variety of courses on contemporary topics, traditional subjects and socialist theory taught by intellectual leaders of the socialist movement, distinguished academicians and trade union leaders. In 1917 the Rand School purchased a six story building at 7 East 15th Street, that had an auditorium, a library, classrooms, and office space which was utilized by several socialist organizations. In a climate of anti-radical feeling after World War I, the Rand School came under attack by the Lusk Committee, created to investigate radical activities in New York. After a series of court cases the Rand School retained control of its operations, and programs and enrollment increased. Shortly after World War II, courses and enrollement decreased sharply. In January 1956 the Board of Directors of the American Socialist Society closed the Rand School and transferred the title of the school and its building to the People's Educational Camp Society, the governing body of Camp Tamiment, a successful workers resort which had long provided the majority of the School's budget. The collection contains correspondence, mostly of the chief executives of the school; minutes of the school's Educational Council; student term papers; internal memoranda on reorganization plans for the school; material relating to the school's publications, including Institute of Social Science Bulletin (1951-1955), including correspondence and manuscripts from contributors; course records; reports, monographs on topical issues, and transcripts of lectures and debates; the records of the school's Labor Research Department, which published American Labor Year Book from 1916-1932; records of American Labor Archive and Research Insititute, founded in 1941 to preserve documents of the European and American labor movement; and financial and bookstore records.
Quantity: 41.0 linear feet in 81 boxes.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.007