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Harry Laidler Papers TAM.047

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Laidler, Harry Wellington, 1884-1970
Title: Harry Laidler Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1902-1970
Abstract: Harry Wellington Laidler (1884-1970), was an economist, author, educator and socialist activist. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University (1907) where he was one of the founders of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society. He received a LL.B. from Brooklyn Law School in 1910 and a Ph.D. in political economy from Columbia in 1914. He was executive director of the League for Industrial Democracy (LID) from 1910 to 1957 and a frequent candidate for political office for the Socialist Party. He served on the New York City Council from 1940 to 1941, having been elected as a candidate of the American Labor Party, which he helped to found. The papers include radio scripts, book reviews, and correspondence (1906-1970) relating to the founding of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society and to League for Industrial Democracy (LID) activities and LID relations with the Socialist and American Labor parties, manuscripts of published and unpublished writings on a broad range of subjects, including the struggle within the LID caused by Laidler's retirement, an unpublished history of the LID, papers relating to Laidler's term (1940-1941) as a member of the New York City Council from Brooklyn, his campaigns for political office (1927-1941), the Socialist Party, the American Labor Party, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the National Housing Conference. Includes correspondence of Norman Thomas. NOTE: A more detailed folder level description is available at the Library. However, this description does not reflect the creation of box 11a and 15a, and thus the folder titles are not properly aligned with the box numbers after box 11.
Quantity: 18.25 linear feet (37 boxes)
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.047