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Guide to the Social Democratic Federation of America Records TAM.011

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 29, 2012
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Social Democratic Federation of America.
Title: Social Democratic Federation of America Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1933-1956
Abstract: The Social Democratic Federation of America (SDF) was organized in 1936 after the split in the Socialist Party between the Old Guard and the Militants. It was able to attract many of the traditional Socialist Party sources of support and its activities were directed by many prominent Socialist Party members, including August Claessens, Algernon Lee, Leo Meltzer, James Oneal and Louis Waldman. The SDF sought to promote the principles of social democracy and independent political action. In the late 1930's, SDF was associated with the American Labor Party of New York and the People's Party. During the 1940's and early 1950's, SDF's membership and influence declined forcing merger negotiations with the Socialist Party. The merger was affected in 1957. Contains correspondence with state branches; records of the national office and national executive committee; extensive records (1936-1956) of the New York City local, including correspondence, minutes, and financial records; material on Jewish Socialist Verband, Camp Tamiment (Pa.), the Fred Beal case, which grew out of the 1919 strike in Gastonia, N.C., WEVD (1933-1935) and various committees formed by the federation; also includes clippings on Jasper McLevy, national chairman. Note: the collection has been microfilmed, except for series IX, and researchers must use the microfilm copy (R-7124, reels 15-18).
Quantity: 6.5 linear feet (13 boxes)
Mixed materials [Box]: 1-13
Call Phrase: TAM.011