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League for Industrial Democracy Records
||League for Industrial Democracy.
||League for Industrial Democracy Records
||The League for Industrial Democracy (LID) was founded in 1905 as the Intercollegiate
Socialist Society by democratic socialist intellectuals to bring "education for the
new social order" to the nation's campuses, but its name was changed in 1920 to broaden
appeal and better reflect aims of social ownership and democratic control of industry.
In 1922 Norman Thomas (1884-1968; later the Socialist Party's head and presidential
candidate) joined Harry W. Laidler as Co-Director. LID campaigned throughout 1920s
and 1930s for public power development through the Committee on Coal and Giant Power,
a spin-off group established in conjunction with American Civil Liberties Union. The
LID also sought to preserve civil liberties through the Emergency Committee for Strikers
Relief. Laidler's retirement as Director in 1957 led to the succession of Sidney Hertzberg,
who aimed to make LID a forum for liberal study. Later leader, Michael Harrington
(1928-1989), sought to build constituency of labor, intellectuals, and Black civil
rights activists. By the later 1970s, the LID had become politically associated with
Social Democrats USA, and although still LID is extant as of 2010, it appears to be
inactive. The processed portion of the records (18.25 linear ft.) include minutes
of meetings of Board of Directors, 1920-1970; correspondence, including that relating
to the Committee on Coal and Giant Power and the Emergency Committee for Strikers
Relief; membership lists; schedules of lecture tours; information relating to Karl
Borders' work with unemployed out of the Chicago office; transcripts of annual conferences;
press clippings; material on the defense of Athos Terzane; a full critique of the
New Deal; a scrapbook of photos from southern labor chautauquas; fund requests; and,
a collection of labor songs. There is no description available for the unprocessed
portion (44.75 linear ft.), a later accession.
NOTE: This collection is stored offsite and 48 hours advance notice is required for use.
||44.25 linear feet (63 boxes)
||Building: Offsite Location note: boxes 1-37 ----------- Building: Cooper Square Area:
-- Aisle: 37 Range: C Shelf: 7 to: Aisle: 37 Range: E Shelf: 7 Location note: boxes
|Language of Materials note:
||Materials are in English