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Student League for Industrial Democracy Records TAM.024

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630
tamiment.wagner@library.nyu.edu


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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on June 26, 2014 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Nicole Greenhouse to include updated administrative information  , June 17, 2014

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Student League for Industrial Democracy (U.S.).
Title: Student League for Industrial Democracy Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1934-1936; 1946-1966
Abstract: Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was a radical student group descended from the Student League for Industrial Democracy (SLID), the student branch of the League for Industrial Democracy (LID), a social democratic organization. SDS was expelled from the LID in 1965 and gained national prominence in the late 1960s as SDS. The records contain predominantly SLID material including conference and convention proceedings, correspondence, minutes of national executive committee meetings, membership files, and reports of committees, student secretaries, chapters and other activities.
Quantity: 5.5 linear feet in eleven manuscript boxes.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Mixed materials [Box]: 1-11
Call Phrase: TAM.024

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Historical/Biographical Note

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is a radical student group that descended from the Intercollegiate Socialist Society (ISS) which was founded in 1905. The ISS changed its name in 1921 to the League for Industrial Democracy (LID), a social-democratic educational and organizational group. Its student branch, the Student League for Industrial Democracy (SLID), merged with National Student League in 1935 to form American Student Union (ASU) but soon split over ASUs alleged communist affiliations. SLID revived in 1946 changing its name to Students for a Democratic Society in 1959. It was expelled from the LID in 1965 and gained national prominence in the late 1960s as SDS.

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Scope and Contents note

The records contain predominantly SLID material including conference and convention proceedings, minutes of national executive committee meetings, membership files, and reports of committees, student secretaries, chapters and other activities. Includes correspondence of student field secretary James Farmer (1952-1955), and student secretary Gabriel Kolko. Other correspondence relates to Young People's Socialist League, Co-operative Commonwealth Youth Movement (Canada), International Union of Socialist Youth, National Student Association, and Students for Democratic Action. Also some unpublished pamphlet material. SDS material (1962-1966) includes internal documents, correspondence among Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, Paul Booth, Todd Gitlin, and Lee Webb, and reports on projects such as ERAP (Economic Research and Action Project) and PREP (Peace Research and Education Project).

Arrangement

The folders are arranged chronologically.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Minutes.
  • Proceedings.

Subject Organizations

  • Student League for Industrial Democracy (U.S.).
  • Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.).

Subject Topics

  • Socialism and youth -- United States.
  • Student movements -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by the donors of this collection,George Vickers and the League for Industrial Democracy, are held by George Vickers and League for Industrial Democracy. Permission to publish or reproduce materials to which he holds copyright must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance with contacting George Vickers and League for Industrial Democracy.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Student League for Industrial Democracy Records; TAM 024; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Separated Materials

Three boxes of printed material were removed from the collection and consolidated with the Students for Democratic Society Printed Ephemera Collection (PE 035).

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Provenance is unknown for boxes 1-10, however we believe that the League of Industrial Democracy gifted the Student League for Industrial Democracy Records in 1964. The accession number associated with this gift is 1967.001.

George Vickers sent a gift of internal documents of the Students for a Democratic Society , correspondence in the early period between the leaders Tom Hayden, Todd Gitlin, Paul Booth, Lee Webb, Rennie Davis, and reports from local projects such as ERAP and PREP in September 1972, which is found in Box 11. The accession number associated with this gift is 1964.002.

Processing Information note

In 2014, the finding aid was reformatted to EAD and made DACS compliant.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Unity with National Student League
1935
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Convention
1934, 1935
Box: 1 Folder : 3 National Executive Committee Minutes
1935
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Strike against War
1936
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Constitution
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Miscellaneous and Play
1934-1935
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Chapter Charters
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 9 December Organizing Conference
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 10 League for Industrial Democracy Student Committee
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 11 National Executive Committee Minutes
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Speakers
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Student Secretary Report
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Constitution-Chapter-National
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 16 April Convention
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Speakers
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Financial Report
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 19 League for Industrial Democracy Student Committee
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 20 National Executive Committee
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 21 December Convention
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Student Secretary’s Report Personnel
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 23 World Student Congress
1947
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 2 League for Industrial Democracy Student Committee
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 3 National Convention
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 4 National and Chapter
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 5 National Executive Committee
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Research Health Care and Housing
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Speakers
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Student Secretary’s Report
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 9 New Leader
1947-1949
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Radio Broadcasts
1946-1949
Box: 2 Folder : 11 United Christian Youth Movement
1945-1947
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Young People's Socialist League-Socialist Party correspondence
1946-1948
Box: 2 Folder : 13 National and Chapter
1949
Box: 2 Folder : 14 National Executive Committee
1949
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Student Opinion Survey
1949
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Correspondence
1949
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Student Secretary’s Report
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Training Program UAW
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Boston Conference
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Convention
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 3 National and Chapter
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 5 National Executive Committee
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Outlook
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Student Secretary’s Report
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Convention
1951
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Correspondence
1951
Box: 3 Folder : 10 League for Industrial Democracy Student Committee
1951
Box: 3 Folder : 11 National and Chapter
1951
Box: 3 Folder : 12 National Executive Committee
1951
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Student Secretary’s Report
1951
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Correspondence
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 15 FDR-CIO Camp
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 16 LID Student Committee
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 17 National and Chapter
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 18 National Executive Committee
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Student Dues Receipts
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Student Secretary’s Report
1952
Box: 4 Folder : 21 World
1952
Box: 4 Folder : Cornfeld, Bernard. “Leadership Training in an Oriented Agency – Camp Three Arrows” (M.A. Thesis)
1954
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Camp Three Arrows
1953
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Charters
1953
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Convention
1953
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1953
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Field Secretary’s Report
1953
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Harold Lewack’s Organizing Reports
1953
Box: 4 Folder : 7 National Executive Committee
1953
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Spring Conference
1953
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Student Questionnaires
1953
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Young People's Socialist League Correspondence
1953
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Camp Three Arrows
1954
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Conference
1954
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Convention
1954
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Correspondence
1954
Box: 4 Folder : 15 FDR-CIO Camps
1954
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Field Secretary’s Report
1954
Box: 5 Folder : 17 National Executive Committee
1954
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Camp Three Arrows
1955
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1955
Box: 5 Folder : 3 ILGWU Training Institute
1955-1958
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Internat’l Confederation of Free Trade Unions
1955-1956
Box: 5 Folder : 5 National and Chapter
1955
Box: 5 Folder : 6 National Executive Committee
1955
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Bertell Ollman
1956-1957
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Financial Reports
1956-1957
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Hungary – Appeal and Statements
1956-1957
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Monitor-Correspondence
1956-1957
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Camp Three Arrows
1956
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Convention
1956
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Correspondence
1956
Box: 5 Folder : 14 LID Student Committee
1956
Box: 5 Folder : 15 NAC
1956
Box: 5 Folder : 16 National and Chapter
1956
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Monitor – Unpublished Material
1957-1958
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Camp Three Arrows
1957
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Convention
1957
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1957
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Moscow Youth Festival
1957
Box: 6 Folder : 5 National and Chapter
1957
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Camp Three Arrows
1958
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Convention
1958
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Cornell Conference
1958
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Correspondence
1958
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Kolko Correspondence
1954-1957
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Madison Institute
1958
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Midwestern Field Trip-Susan Guarmati
1958
Box: 6 Folder : 13 National and Reports
1958
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Student League for Industrial Democracy-Cooperative Commonwealth Federation Youth Study Weekend
1958
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Study Tours
1958
Box: 7 Folder : 16 NYC Summer Forums
1958-1959
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Publication Lists
1950’s
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Worker priests – Marie T. Dubalem
1954
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Steward Training – Mildred Bersh
1954-1955
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Student League for Industrial Democracy research tracts
1955-1956
Box: 7 Folder : 5 The Case for Federal Scholarships – D. Cohen
1957
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Camp Three Arrows
1959
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Convention
1959
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Correspondence
1959
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Name Change
1959
Box: 7 Folder : 10 National Executive Committee
1959
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Convention
1960
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Correspondence
1960
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Request for information on health insurance for debate
1960
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Civil Rights Study Group
1961
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Congress of Racial Equality
1961
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Correspondence
1961
Box: 7 Folder : 17 National and Chapter
1961
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Reports: Al Haber
1961
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
1961
Box: 7 Folder : 20 Summer Conference Misc.
1961
Box: 7 Folder : 21 Correspondence
1962
Box: 7 Folder : 22 Chapters and Charters Applications
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 23 Educational Program - outlines
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 24 Field Trips
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 25 Information on Student League for Industrial Democracy employment-agreements
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 26 Lists of Youth Organizations
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 27 McComb, Miss. Hayden Report
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 28 Membership Files
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 29 Members – Past and Present
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 30 Speakers Bureau List
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 31 Statements
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Cooperative Commonwealth Youth Movement-Cooperative Commonwealth University Federation correspondence
1946-1955
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Cooperative Commonwealth Youth Movement-Cooperative Commonwealth University Federation correspondence
1956-1958
Box: 8 Folder : 3 International Development Placement Association
1952-1953
Box: 8 Folder : 4 International Union of Socialist Youth: correspondence
1948-1954
Box: 8 Folder : 5 International Union of Socialist Youth: correspondence
1955
Box: 8 Folder : 6 International Union of Socialist Youth: correspondence
1956
Box: 8 Folder : 7 International Union of Socialist Youth: correspondence
1957
Box: 8 Folder : 8 International Union of Socialist Youth: Foreign visitors, delegations
1956
Box: 8 Folder : 9 International Union of Socialist Youth: Formation of North American Bureau of International Union of Socialist Youth
1951-1952
Box: 8 Folder : 10 North American Bureau-International Union of Socialist Youth Winter Schools
1953-1957
Box: 8 Folder : 11 National Student Association correspondence
1950s
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Students for Democratic Action correspondence
1950s
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Student League for Industrial Democracy-Students for Democratic Action correspondence and agreement
1955
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Student Co-ops: North American Student Cooperative League
1946, 1957
Box: 9 Folder : 1 James Farmer Correspondence
1952
Box: 9 Folder : 2 James Farmer Correspondence
1953
Box: 9 Folder : 3 James Farmer Correspondence
1954
Box: 10 Folder : 4 James Farmer Correspondence
1955
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Brooklyn
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 2 City College of New York
1952
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Colorado
1960
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Columbia
1956-1958
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Cornell
1957-1958
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Harvard
1955-1957
Box: 10 Folder : 7 London School of Economics
1956-1957
Box: 10 Folder : 8 New York Region
1948-1952
Box: 10 Folder : 9 New York University
1954-1958
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Oberlin College
1955-1958
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Princeton
1956-1958
Box: 10 Folder : 12 Temple University
1956-1957
Box: 10 Folder : 13 University of Chicago
1955-1958
Box: 10 Folder : 14 University of Michigan
1956-1959
Box: 10 Folder : 15 University of Wisconsin
1957-1959
Box: 10 Folder : 16 Wayne State
1948, 1955
Box: 10 Folder : 17 Yale: Correspondence
1951-1955
Box: 10 Folder : 18 Yale: Correspondence
1955-1960
Box: 10 Folder : 19 Yale: Charter and Activities
1954-1960
Box: 10 Folder : 20 Yale: Challenge
1959, 1960
Box: 11 Folder : 21 Yale: News Clippings
1954-1958
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Students for a Democratic Society Development
1962-1963
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Students for a Democratic Society National Council and Convention
1963
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Students for a Democratic Society Development
1963-1964
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Students for a Democratic Society National Council and Development
1964
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Students for a Democratic Society Development
1964-1965
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Students for a Democratic Society – Economic Research Action Projects
1964
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Students for a Democratic Society Finances
1964
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Students for a Democratic Society – Post
1965
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Students for a Democratic Society National Council and Convention
1965
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Students for a Democratic Society Development
1965-1966

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