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Guide to the New American Movement Records TAM.051

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 02, 2018
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Scope and content and box level description updated by Shirin Khaki Edited by Heather Mulliner to include materials from 2018 accretion  , June 2017 , January 2018

Scope and Contents

The New American Movement Records (1971-1982) consist of correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, conference and convention materials, position papers, reports, educational materials, and printed ephemera. The collection includes materials related to various New American Movement (NAM) committees, commissions, task forces, and regional chapter files. There are also files on other socialist and left organizations, some of which contain discussion of NAM's relations with these organizations, including discussion within NAM on whether or not to merge with the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee to form the Democratic Socialists of America.

Material from NAM conventions includes notes, resolutions, agendas, statements, convention packets, song sheets, correspondence, planning and workshop materials.

Position paper topics address discrimination against women, racism, foreign policy, occupational health and safety, fair taxation, housing and other economic issues. The collection also contains statements addressing NAM strategies and activity proposals.

Printed ephemera found in the collection includes some issues of Discussion Bulletin,  Move On,  Red Gargoyle,  Gateway Star and other regional newsletters. There is also a selection of materials regarding the production of some NAM publications.

The collection contains a variety of material produced by the NAM National Office, National Interim Committee, the Expanded National Interim Committee, and the Political Committee. NAM commissions, caucuses and task forces documented in the collection include the Anti-Racism Commission, Campus Commission, Class Study Commission, Economic Task Force, Electoral Commission, Energy Commission, Gay Caucus, Health Commission, Commission on Internationalism, Labor Commission, Marxist Leninist Caucus, Occupational Health and Safety Task Force, Socialist Feminists, Urban Commission, and others.

Regional chapter files include correspondence, newsletters, position papers, agendas and notes from NAM chapters across the country. Represented regions include the Industrial Heartland, Midwest, West Coast, Southwest, Rocky Mountain Region, South, Northwest, and Northeast chapters. There are materials on both active and inactive chapters, chapter evaluations, chapter report summaries and rejected NAM Chapter applications.

Correspondence with other organizations, parties, and groups includes some ephemera produced by those organizations. Organizations represented in the collection include ACORN, American Friends Service Committee, Christians for Socialism, Coalition for New Foreign and Military Policies, Freedom Socialist Party, International Socialists, Movement for Economic Justice, National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression, National Black Political Assembly, New Action Party, New Democratic Party, People's Party, Socialist Party USA, Sojourner Truth Organization, War Resistance League, Wisconsin Alliance and others.

One box of materials added to the collection in 2018 includes additional position papers, resolutions, statements, and proposals related to the 1972 Founding Constitutional Conference, as well as organizational literature and pamphlets produced around the same time.


With the exception of box 18, this collection has not been arranged by an archivist. The majority of materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.