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Guide to the George N. Caylor Papers TAM.030

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Caylor, George Nathan, 1885-1973
Source - dnr: Caylor, George Nathan, 1885-1973
Title: George N. Caylor Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1903-1973
Abstract: George N. Caylor (1885-1973), born George N. Cohen, was a clothing-industry businessman, labor arbitrator, socialist and the brother of labor leader and socialist Joseph E. Cohen (1883-1950). The collection includes sketches of socialist and labor figures, and other writings concerning labor, socialism, and racial justice. Included is a manuscript of an 800-page indexed autobiography, "If My Memory Serves Me Right," that discusses Caylor's early years in Philadelphia, the socialist movement, the single-tax community of Arden, Delaware, the Rand School of Social Science, and numerous personalities on the left. There is also a 142-page manuscript, "Brother Joe: Fragmentary Chapters for a Life of Joseph E. Cohen," about Caylor's brother, including Cohen's socialism and his relations with Socialist Party leader Eugene V. Debs and Debs' brother and secretary, Theodore. Part of collection deals with Caylor's series of letters to the editor of the Orlando Sentinelon political and social issues that became the subject of a seminar at Rollins College in 1958. Scattered throughout are related clippings.
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Call Phrase: TAM.030

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Historical/Biographical Note

George N. Caylor (1885-1973), born George N. Cohen, was a clothing-industry businessman, labor arbitrator for the War Labor Board during World War II, socialist and the brother of labor leader and Socialist Party activist Joseph E. Cohen (1883-1950).

Joseph E. Cohen was a longtime member of the Socialist Party and a leading member of its Philadelphia organization. In the first decade of the 20th century, he lived for a time, along with his brother George, at Arden (Delaware), founded as a single-tax community, but whose members included many socialists. He was a member of the executive board of the Philadelphia local of the International Typographical Union, served in the 1930s on the Federal Advisory Council of the U.S. Employment Service, and was one of three U.S. labor delegates to 1938 conference of the International Labor Organization.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains manuscripts of writings, and clippings. The manuscripts include sketches of socialist and labor figures, and other writings concerning labor, socialism, and racial justice, and a manuscript of an 800-page indexed autobiography, "If My Memory Serves Me Right," that discusses Caylor's early years in Philadelphia, the socialist movement, the single-¬tax community of Arden, Delaware, the Rand School of Social Science, his business career and travels, and numerous personalities on the left. There is also a 142-page manuscript, "Brother Joe: Fragmentary Chapters for a Life of Joseph E. Cohen," about Caylor's brother, including Cohen's socialism and his relations with Socialist Party leader Eugene V. Debs and Debs' brother and secretary, Theodore. Part of collection deals with Caylor's series of letters to the editor of the Orlando Sentinelon political and social issues that became the subject of a seminar at Rollins College in 1958. Scattered throughout are related clippings. Caylor's writings include information on Louis Adamic, Joseph E. Cohen, Eugene V. Debs, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Clinton S. Golden, Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, Morris Hillquit, Jack London, Pauline Newman, Frances Perkins, Rose Schneiderman, John Spargo, and Bettina Borrman Wells.

Arrangement

The folders are arranged alphabetically.

The files are grouped into 1 series:

Missing Title

  1. I, Papers, 1903-1973.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley
  • Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926
  • Hillquit, Morris, 1869-1933
  • Debs, Theodore, 1864-1945
  • Cohen, Joseph E., 1883-1950
  • Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951
  • Spargo, John, 1876-1966.
  • Wells, Bettina Borrman
  • Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965.
  • Schneiderman, Rose, 1882-1972
  • London, Jack, 1876-1916
  • Newman, Pauline.
  • Golden, Clinton S. (Clinton Strong), 1888-1961
  • Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951
  • Caylor, George Nathan, 1885-1973

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Biographies.
  • Autobiographies.

Subject Organizations

  • Rollins College (Winter Park, Fla.)
  • Socialist Party of Philadelphia
  • Socialist Party (U.S.)
  • Orlando sentinel
  • International Typographical Union. Local 2 (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • Rand School of Social Science

Subject Topics

  • Single tax.
  • Race discrimination -- United States.
  • Socialism -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
  • Socialism -- United States.
  • Labor -- United States.
  • Arbitrators, Industrial -- United States.

Subject Places

  • Philadelphia (Pa.).
  • Arden (Del.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in 1903 to 1973, are expected to enter the public domain in 2044.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; George N. Caylor Papers; TAM 030; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

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

George N. Caylor Photographs (PHOTOS 015)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by George N. Caylor in 1957 and 1965. The accession number associated with these gifts is 1957.002.

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Container List

Series I: Papers, 1903-1973.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 "A"
1970 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Berkman, Aaron
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Berman, Henry
1963
Box: 1 Folder : 4 "Brother Joe: Fragmentary Chapters for a Life of Joseph E. Cohen"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 "Chance and James Simms"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Cohen, Joseph E.
1903-1920 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Debs, Eugene Victor
1966 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 "Frances Perkins, My Brother Joe, My Wife Tema and Myself: Out of the Memory of George N. Caylor" (4 pp.)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Goebel, George H.
1963
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Golden, Clinton S.
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 "I"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 12 "If Memory Serves Me Right": Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-172
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 "If Memory Serves Me Right": Chapters 5-12, pp. 173-382
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 "If Memory Serves Me Righ": Chapters 14-22, pp. 383-576
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Libros, Simon; Long, Fred
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Minassian, Philip
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 New York CallArticles
1916 , undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 "Notes for a Talk on My Connection with the Labor Movement"
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Orlando Sentinel: Letters to
1957-1959
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Perkins, Frances
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 "S"
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 9 "Seventy to Eighty" (Addition to Biography): pp. 577-656
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 "Seventy to Eighty" (Addition to Biography): pp. 657-741
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 11 "Seventy to Eighty" (Addition to Biography): pp. 742-809
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 12 "Seventy to Eighty" (Addition to Biography): pp. 810-893, plus Index
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Social Democrats, USA
1973
Box: 2 Folder : 14 "T"
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 15 "The Unhappiest Thing I Ever Did"
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 16 "A Visit with John Spargo"
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Wells, Bettina
1908-1960 , undated
Box: 2 Folder : 18 "The Word Is Route, Young Man"
undated

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