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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940
Source - dnr: Levey, Jeanne
Source - dnr: Ross, Arthur Leonard
Title: Emma Goldman Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1908-1970, (Bulk 1929-1940)
Dates [bulk]: 1929-1940
Abstract: Emma Goldman was an anarchist, feminist, writer, publisher of Mother Earth, companion of Alexander Berkman, author of Anarchism and Other Essays,  Living My Life, and  My Disillusionment in Russia, and was deported from the U.S. in 1919. The collection contains correspondence, speeches, published and unpublished writings, and a typescript of an unpublished biography, Emma Goldman Speaks, by Jeanne Levey.
Quantity: 2.75 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Call Phrase: TAM.012

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Historical/Biographical Note

Emma Goldman, anarchist, feminist, and writer, was born in Russia in 1869. Refused admission to high school because she failed to conform to school rules, Goldman began working in 1882 in a factory in St. Petersburg. At the age of 17 to avoid her father's plans for her marriage, she fled to the United States, where she again worked in a factory. She joined the anarchist movement in about 1886 after the Chicago Haymarket Square bombing and conspiracy trial. In 1892 she began public speaking in defense of her lover, Alexander Berkman's attempted assassination of industrialist Henry Clay. She continued traveling and speaking about her ideas on revolution and sex. She published The Blast and later, until her deportation, Mother Earth. Goldman was deported in 1919 as a result of opposition to the war. She returned to Russia, but disillusioned with the new regime she left to travel and speak in Europe. She published Anarchism and Other Essays(1917),  Living My Life(1931),  My Disillusionment in Russia(1924), and  My Further Disillusionment in Russia(1925).

In 1924 she was permitted to make her home in England and married James Colton for the convenience of British citizenship. Alternatingly residing in England, Canada (Toronto), and the South of France (St. Tropez), she wrote her autobiography, Living my Life(1931). A tour through Germany convinced her of the threat of fascism. Her lectures on the topic gained her a ninety-day visit to the United States in 1934. The Spanish Civil War provided her with a needed distraction from Alexander Berkman's suicide. She devoted herself to the loyalists and worked in England on behalf of the Spanish government. Early in 1939, she returned to Canada where she died May 13, 1940, retaining to the last her revolutionary ideals.

Sources:

  • Falk, Candace, Emma Goldman: a Guide to Her Life and Documentary Sources. Companion volume and index to: The Emma Goldman Papers [microform].

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Scope and Content Note

Contains, correspondence, manuscripts by and about Goldman, printed sources, speeches, and notes. Includes correspondence with her publisher and personal correspondence dealing with her life and deportation. There are transcriptions of most of her significant letters, addresses, and articles (1908-1939), many from Mother Earth, apparently compiled by Jeanne Levey during the course of her research for her unpublished biography, Emma Goldman Speaks, and keyed to pages in the typescript thereof, also included in the collection, along with index cards containing research notes. The most frequent correspondent is Arthur Ross, Goldman's literary representative. Notable correspondents and/or individuals represented include Roger Baldwin, Alexander Berkman, Eugene V. Debs, Havelock Ellis, Clifton Fadiman, Eleanor M. Fitzgerald, John Haynes Holmes, Alfred A. Knopf, Peter Kropotkin, Jeannette Levey, Max Nettlau, Herbert Read, Ben Reitman, Bertrand Russell, Anna Strunsky, Upton Sinclair, Norman Thomas, Harry Weinberger, Rebecca West, Israel Zangwill, and Doris Zhook. Some of the letters are addressed to E.G. Colton (pseudonym for E.G.). There are also three Goldman manuscripts, respectively titled The Chinese Revolution, Hitler, Mussolini.

Also available at the Tamiment Library: Series 1 Correspondence Register for an item-level description of the contents of this series, listed by item number.

Arrangement

The folders arranged numerically (by document register number ranges) in series one, and alphabetically in series two, and topically in series three.

Organized into three series:

Missing Title

  1. 1. Correspondence
  2. 2. Oversized Correspondence and Writings (Photocopies)
  3. 3. Emma Goldman Speaks by Jeanne Levey: Typescript and Research Materials.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970
  • Zhook, Doris
  • Zangwill, Israel, 1864-1926
  • Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939
  • West, Rebecca, 1892-1983
  • Fitzgerald, M. Eleanor (Mary Eleanor), 1877-1955
  • Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, 1842-1921
  • Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984
  • Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926
  • Berkman, Alexander, 1870-1936
  • Fadiman, Clifton, 1904-1999
  • Reitman, Ben L. (Ben Lewis), 1879-1942.
  • Ross, Arthur Leonard
  • Baldwin, Roger Nash, 1884-1981
  • Walling, Anna Strunsky, 1879-
  • Weinberger, Harry, 1888-
  • Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
  • Levey, Jeanne
  • Read, Herbert Edward, Sir, 1893-1968.
  • Levey, Jeanne--Emma Goldman speaks.
  • Holmes, John Haynes, 1879-1964
  • Nettlau, Max, 1865-1944.
  • Levey, Jeanne
  • Ross, Arthur Leonard

Document Type

  • Speeches.
  • Correspondence.
  • Manuscripts for publication.

Subject Organizations

  • Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
  • Mother Earth News
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Provincetown Players

Subject Topics

  • Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939.
  • Feminist theory.
  • Anarchism.

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Administrative Information

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 is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Emma Goldman Collection; TAM 012; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Falk, Candace, The Emma Goldman Papers [microform]: a Microfilm Edition. NYU Bobst Microform Film 3648 (69 reels). See listing for the companion guide, below, in Historical-Biographical Note.

Malmed, Leon, Papers, 1899-1940, 1956/Leon Malmed and Emma Goldman. Tamiment film R4260-4265.

Note: This microfilm collection includes almost all of the letters written by Goldman from the Tamiment Library's Emma Goldman Papers.

Alexander Berkman Papers (TAM 067).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jeanne Levey in 1971; an additional accession was donated in 1972 by Arthur Leonard Ross. The accession number associated with these gifts is 1971.001.

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Container List

Series 1. Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 71M4:1 – 71M4:27 Goldman letters to Doris Zhook, et al
Dec 24, 1926-Jul 31, 1939
Box: 1 Folder : 2 71M4:28 – 71M4:43 Goldman letters to Herbert Read
Nov 20, 1939-Mar 10, 1952
Box: 1 Folder : 3 71M4:44 – 71M4:48 Letters to Goldman from Doris Zhook, et al
Aug 14, 1936-Nov 30, 1940
Box: 1 Folder : 4 72M1:1 – 72M1:25 Goldman letters to Arthur Ross
Jul 18, 1929-Dec 23, 1929
Box: 1 Folder : 5 72M1:26 – 72M1:57 Goldman letters to Arthur Ross
Jan 7, 1930-Dec 4, 1930
Box: 1 Folder : 6 72M1:58 – 72M1:90 Goldman letters to Arthur Ross
Feb 1, 1931-Dec 29, 1931
Box: 1 Folder : 7 72M1:91 – 72M1:114 Goldman letters to Arthur Ross
Jan 11, 1932-Dec 26, 1932
Box: 1 Folder : 8 72M1:115 – 72M1:123 Goldman letters to Arthur Ross
Jan 4, 1933-Dec 30, 1933
Box: 1 Folder : 9 72M1:124 – 72M1:146 Goldman letters to Arthur Ross
Jan 8, 1934-Dec 14, 1934
Box: 1 Folder : 10 72M1:147 – 72M1:151 Goldman letters to Arthur Ross
Feb 7, 1935-Aug 4, 1935
Box: 1 Folder : 11 72M1:152 – 72M1:166 Goldman letters to Arthur Ross
Apr 10, 1936-Jul 20, 1939
Box: 1 Folder : 12 72M1:167 – 72M1:198 Goldman letters to Others; Documents re Goldman.

General note

Contents: Includes letters to Roger Baldwin, John Dewey, Clifton Fadiman, John Haynes Holmes, Alfred Knopf, Upton Sinclair. Includes documents re renewal of visa, the Emma Goldman Fund, Alexander Berkman; The POUM Trial in Barcelona (ms), etc.

Jan 22, 1930-Jun 12, 1939
Box: 1 Folder : 13 72M2:1 – 72M2:26 Arthur Ross Correspondence (most incoming) and Third Party Letters to Goldman.

General note

Contents: includes letters from Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman. Also includes contract (1929) between E.G. and Alfred Knopf for the Autobiography of Emma Goldman.

Aug 21, 1929-Jun 22, 1932
Box: 1 Folder : 14 72M2:27 – 72M2:89 Arthur Ross Correspondence (most incoming) and Third Party Letters to Goldman.

General note

Contents: also contains flyers and copy of E.G.'s Will (1934).

Dec 29, 1932-Jun 13, 1968
Box: 1 Folder : 15 72M5:1 – 72M5:46 Arthur Ross Correspondence (most outgoing) and Third Party Letters to Goldman.

General note

Contents: includes one letter from E.G. to Roger Baldwin.

Jan 15, 1933-Jan 25, 1934
Box: 2 Folder : 1 72M5:47 – 72M5:112 Arthur Ross Correspondence (most outgoing)

General note

Contents: includes two letters from E.G., one to Roger Baldwin.

Jan 25, 1934-Jul 19, 1938
Box: 2 Folder : 2 72M5:113 – 72M5:165 Arthur Ross Correspondence (most outgoing) and Third Party Letters to Goldman.

General note

Contents: includes letters from E.G. to A.R., and letters from E.G. to Alfred Knopf and Horace Liveright.

Jul 12, 1929-Dec 21, 1929
Box: 2 Folder : 3 72M5:166 – 72M5:261 Arthur Ross Correspondence (most outgoing).

General note

Contents: includes letters from E.G. to A.R.; and a letter from E.G. to Alfred Knopf.

Jan 7, 1930-Dec 2, 1930
Box: 2 Folder : 4 72M5:262 – 72M5:307 Arthur Ross Correspondence (most outgoing).

General note

Contents: includes one letter from E.G. to Miss Aaron; one letter from Ben Reitman to Manley Aaron

Jan 6, 1931-Jul 9, 1931
Box: 2 Folder : 5 72M5:308 – 72M5:383 Arthur Ross Correspondence (most outgoing).

General note

Contents: includes one letter from E.G. to Alfred Knopf.

Jul 9, 1931-Dec 29, 1931
Box: 2 Folder : 6 72M5:384 – 72M5:428 Arthur Ross Correspondence (most outgoing).

General note

Contents: item 388 includes an enclosed ALS from Max Nettlau

Jan 7, 1932-Apr 28, 1936
Box: 2 Folder : 7 72M5:428a – 72M5:435 Arthur Ross Correspondence.
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 72M5:436 – 72M5:456 Arthur Ross Correspondence.

General note

Contents: includes two letters from E.G.

Nov 27, 1931-Mar 8, 1937
Box: 2 Folder : 9 72M5:457 – 72M5:478 Arthur Ross Correspondence (most outgoing).

General note

Contents: includes one letter from E.G.

Oct 21, 1929-Dec 4, 1936
Box: 2 Folder : 10 72M5:479 – 72M5:514 Arthur Ross Correspondence .

General note

Contents: includes three letters from E.G.; one letter from Alexander Berkman.

May 20, 1932-Apr 2, 1937
Box: 2 Folder : 11 72M5:515 – 72M5:539 Arthur Ross Correspondence (most outgoing).

General note

Contents: includes two letters from Alexander Berkman.

Aug 1, 1930-Jun 29, 1935
Box: 2 Folder : 12 72M5:540 – 72M5:554 Arthur Ross Correspondence .

General note

Contents: includes on letter from E.G. to R. Cronan.

Nov 16, 1929-May 22, 1941
Box: 2 Folder : 13 72M5:555 – 72M5:586 Arthur Ross Correspondence.

General note

Contents: includes seven letters from E.G.; one letter from Alexander Berkman; one letter from Rebecca West.

Sep 10, 1924-1968
Box: 2 Folder : 14 72M5:587 – 72M5:589 Arthur Ross Articles
Jan 18, 1962-1970
Box: 2 Folder : 15 72M5:591 – 72M5:592 Arthur Ross Correspondence with Judge Wyzanski.

General note

Note: item 590 was transferred to the Tamiment Library Brief Manuscript Files Collection (see therein, Warren van Valkenburg)

May 1965
Box: 2 Folder : 16 72M5:593 – 72M5:606 Arthur Ross Correspondence (incoming).

General note

Contents: consists of letters from Clifton Fadiman.

Oct 11, 1930-Sep 5, 1941
Box: 2 Folder : 17 72M6:1 – 72M6:16 Emma Goldman Letters to Eleanor Fitzgerald
Aug 5, 1938-Oct 24, 1939
Box: 3 Folder : 1 72M6:17 – 72M6:34 Emma Goldman Letters to Eleanor Fitzgerald

General note

Contents: also includes two letters to E.G.; and copy of letter from E.G. to Carlo Tresca.

Nov 9, 1939-May 17, 1940
Box: 3 Folder : 2 72M6:35 – 72M6:52 Eleanor Fitzgerald Correspondence (most incoming)

General note

Contents: principal correspondent is Alexander Berkman; also contains a letter from V.F. Calverton to Isaac Don Levine.

Sep 24, 1924-May 20, 1943
Box: 3 Folder : 3 72M6:53 – 72M6:56 Eleanor Fitzgerald Correspondence re Mother Earth
Sep 8, 1916-Nov 11, 1923
Box: 3 Folder : 4 72M6:57 – 72M6:60 Eleanor Fitzgerald Speeches
Dec 6, 1919 , undated
Box: 3 Folder : 5 72M6:61 – 72M6:62 Letters from Leonard Abbott to Eleanor Fitzgerald

General note

Contents: includes enclosure, two prose poems by Anna Strunsky re Alexander Berkman.

Aug 5, 1936 , Aug 27, 1940
Box: 3 Folder : 6 72M6:63 – 72M6:67 Ben Reitman Letters (3) to Eleanor Fitzgerald; one letter from E.F. to B.R.
Aug 7, 1939-Jul 22, 1942
Box: 3 Folder : 7 72M6:68 – 72M6:84 Harry Weinberger Correspondence with Eleanor Fitzgerald and Others
Sep 7, 1922-Sep 20, 1943
Box: 3 Folder : 8 72M6:85 Harry Weinberger Last Will and Testament
Mar 11, 1944
Box: 3 Folder : 9 72M6:86 – 72M6:89 Eleanor Fitzgerald Correspondence and Documents re Provincetown Playhouse
1929 , undated
Box: 3 Folder : 10 72M6:90 – 72M6:94 Eleanor Fitzgerald Documents (Education and experience, Federal Theatre Project and dismissal therefrom)
Aug 31, 1936-Jul 13, 1939
Box: 3 Folder : 11 72M6:95 – 72M6:105 Eleanor Fitzgerald Correspondence and Documents (theatrical career)
Mar 20, 1935-Dec 20, 1945
Box: 3 Folder : 12 72M6:107 – 72M6:112 Eleanor Fitzgerald Correspondence (incoming)

General note

Note: there is no item# 106.

Feb 27, 1929-Apr 7, 1942
Box: 3 Folder : 13 73M1:1 – 73M1:14 Emma Goldman letters to Arthur Ross
Nov 20, 1926-Nov 30, 1927
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Tributes to Emma Goldman
1926-1951

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Series 2. Oversized Correspondence and Writings (Photocopies).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Correspondence: Havelock Ellis
1924-1928
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Madame Koun
1924
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Bertrand Russell
1924-1925
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Correspondence: Rebecca West
1924-1928 , undated
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Correspondence: Israel Zangwill
1924-1925
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Writings: Chinese Revolution
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Writings: Hitler
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Writings: Mussolini
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Correspondence: Peter Kropotkin
16 December 1903

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Series 3. Emma Goldman Speaks by Jeanne Levey: Typescript and Research Materials

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Emma Goldman Speaks by Jeanette Levey (ts): Preface, Table of Contents, Chapter Summaries
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Box: 5 Folder : 2 Emma Goldman Speaks by Jeanne Levey (ts): Part I pp. 1-79
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Emma Goldman Speaks by Jeanne Levey (ts): Part II pp. 80-195
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Emma Goldman Speaks by Jeanne Levey (ts): Part III pp. 196-319
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Emma Goldman Speaks by Jeanne Levey (ts): Part IV pp. 320-338
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Emma Goldman Speaks by Jeanne Levey (ts): Part V pp. 339-442
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 7 EGS: Index Cards, Numbered (approx. 330). Note: preceded by a a card stating "these may be a key to the manuscript."
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 1 EGS: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's works keyed to EGS typescript page numbers 1-100
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Box: 6 Folder : 2 EGS: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's works keyed to EGS typescript page numbers 101-199
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Box: 6 Folder : 3 EGS: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's works keyed to EGS typescript page numbers 200-299
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 4 EGS: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's works keyed to EGS typescript page numbers 300-331
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 5 EGS: Clippings re Emma Goldman
1934 , undated
Box: 6 Folder : 6 EGS: Germany and Italy: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's works and Research Notes
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 7 EGS: Labor Laws: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's works and Research Notes
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 8 EGS: Militarism: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's works and Research Notes
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 9 EGS: Miscellaneous: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's works and Research Notes
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Box: 6 Folder : 10 EGS: Russia: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's Works and Research Notes
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 11 EGS: Social Questions: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's Works and Research Notes
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 12 EGS: Socialism, Anarchism: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's Works and Research Notes
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 13 EGS: Spain: Excerpts from Emma Goldman's Works and Research Notes
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