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 Updated by Anna McCormick to correct the Custodial History note and Finding Aid Author.   , March 2020

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Beffel, John Nicholas
Source - dnr: Beffel, J. Ray
Source - dnr: Travaglio, Esther Hartz
Source - dnr: Garst, Rina
Title: John Nicholas Beffel Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1909-1970
Abstract: John Nicholas Beffel (1887 1973) was a radical journalist, publicist, and editor. A prolific writer of articles, essays, and publicity dealing with leftist issues, many pertained to the syndicalist labor organization the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), anarchism and several noted anarchists (he edited several works by or about them). Beffel also produced short stories, autobiographical sketches and poems. Much of his activity involved defense committees for radicals either prosecuted either for their beliefs or for activity related thereto. The collection contains correspondence, subject files, writings by Beffel and others, (unprocessed) Family Files, and an unprocessed Addundum.
Quantity: 16.5 Linear Feet 33 boxes, 2 oversize folders
Language: Materials are primarily in English
Call Phrase: TAM.055

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Historical/Biographical Note

John Nicholas Beffel (1887 1973) Radical journalist, publicist, and editor. A prolific writer of articles, essays, and publicity dealing with leftist issues, many pertaining to the syndicalist labor organization the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), anarchism and several noted anarchists. Beffel also produced short stories, autobiographical sketches and poems. Much of his activity involved defense committees for accused radicals in such cases as: the Mooney Billings Case in which the two men were found guilty of a fatal bombing during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco in 1916; the Centralia, Washington, case in which ten IWW's were accused of murder during an assault of IWW headquarters in connection with an Armistice Day parade in 1919; Sacco and Vanzetti; the Kentucky Miners Defense, stemming from the bloody "Battle of Evarts" in Harlan County, 1931; the case of Athos Terzani, an anti fascist accused of accidentally murdering a comrade during a fascist rally in New York in 1933; and the un¬solved political murder of anti fascist leader Carlo Tresca in 1943. Beffel was also involved with The League for Mutual Aid, a social service agency for leftists in need of assistance, founded by Roger Baldwin in 1920. Much of the boxes of correspondence relates to Beffel's organizational and publicity efforts in these causes; much of the rest concerns his writings or those of his correspondents. Beffel edited several (published and unpblished) manuscripts, primarily by or about various anarchists (including Mikhail Bakunin, Rose Pesotta, and Harry Kelley, co-founder of the Ferrer colony in Stelton, N.J.), was interested in, and wrote about mysterious disappearances, and sometimes wrote articles under the names of Lancey Fitzgibbons, George Moresby, Mary Starland, Daniel Tower and others.

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Scope and Contents

The papers contain correspondence, subject fifles, writings (by Beffel and others), Family files (unprocessed), an Index to Series I, Correspondence, and an unprocessed Addendum. Correspondents include Richard Brazier, Ralph Chaplin, Daniel Eisenberg, Aldino Felicani, Covington Hall, Harvey O'Connor, Rose Pesotta, Anna Roy, Vincent Starrett, Fred Thompson, Wilma Haywood Veleker, Albert Wehde, Art Young, and numerous family members. Note that correspondence is also found throughout the subject files. Series II, Subject Files, chiefly relate to Beffel's organizational and publicity efforts in the defense of accused radicals in the Mooney-Billings case, Centralia, Wash.; a case involving members of the Industrial Workers of the World (WW); the Sacco-Vanzetti case; the Kentucky miners' defense in Harlan County (1931); the case of Athos Terzani; and Beffel's involvement with the League for Mutual Aid, a social service agency for leftists. The two Writings series contain manuscripts of writings by Beffel and others, including Bakunin's Political Philosophy: His Writings on Scientific Anarchism, edited by Beffel; several chapters from Rose Pesotta's  Bread Upon the Waters (1944), edited by Beffel and  Days of Our Lives (1958), both before editorial changes; unpublished autobiographies by Harry Kelly (co-founder of the Ferrer colony in Stelton, N.J.)and Enness Ellae (IWW member); published and unpublished articles and essays, most about labor and leftist personalities and issues; and stories, poems, reviews, and autobiographical pieces on Beffel's boyhood in Seneca, Ill. and notes for a book. Although preoccupied with leftist causes, Beffel manifested a deep interest in his writings in mysterious disappearances; notes for a book on the subject is found here under the title "Where Did These Men Die?"

NOTE: There is an Index to Correspondents ("Series" VIII) at the end of the container list. This Index references correspondents represented in more than one location in the collection, and in particular, correspondents represented in Series II, Subjects. Conversely,the  SEE and  SEE ALSO references found in Series II, Subjects, refer researchers to additional correspondence by the individuals in question to be found in Series I, Correspondence, for which there is a folder level container list.


The papers are arranged in eight series: I. Correspondence; II. Subject Files; III. Writings by Beffel; IV, Writings by Others; V. Family Files (unprocessed); Series VI: User photocopies from Series IV (Writings by Others); Series VII, Addendum (unprocessed); "Series" VIII: Index to Correspondents. Folder level control for series I, Correspondence; box level control for the remaining series.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Beffel, John Nicholas
  • Fitzgibbons, Lancey
  • Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948
  • Feliciani, Aldino, 1891-1967
  • Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942
  • Moresby, George
  • Hall, Covington, 1871-1951
  • Kelly, Harry
  • Rocker, Rudolf, 1873-1958.
  • Roy, Anna
  • O'Connor, Harvey, 1897-1987.
  • Pesotta, Rose, 1896-
  • Chaplin, Ralph, 1887-1961
  • Eisenberg, Daniel
  • Ellae, Enness
  • Baldwin, Roger Nash, 1884-1981
  • Billings, Warren K., 1893-1972
  • Bluestein, Abe
  • Thompson, Fred, 1900-1987
  • Tresca, Carlo, 1879-1943.
  • Terzani, Athos
  • Starrett, Mary
  • Starrett, Vincent, 1886-1974
  • Wehde, Albert
  • Young, Art, 1866-1943.
  • Beffel, J. Ray
  • Travaglio, Esther Hartz
  • Garst, Rina

Document Type

  • Manuscripts
  • Reviews (document genre)
  • Autobiographies.

Subject Organizations

  • Kentucky Miners Defense
  • League for Mutual Aid (U.S.)
  • Modern School (Stelton, N.J.)
  • Industrial Workers of the World

Subject Topics

  • Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921.
  • Anarchists.
  • Syndicalists -- United States.
  • Syndicalism -- United States.
  • Right and left (Political science).
  • Anarchists -- Biography.

Subject Places

  • Evarts (Ky.)
  • Stelton (N.J.)
  • Harlan County (Ky.)

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Robert Calese, friend of John Nicholas Beffel, delievered Beffel's papers to Tamiment Library after Beffel's death in 1973. Shortly after, J. Ray Beffel, brother of John Nicholas Beffel, granted Tamiment Library permission to keep the materials delivered by Calese.

Esther Hartz Travaglio's donated materials in 1994. These materials were delivered to Tamiment Library by Paul Avrich.

Rina Garst, niece of Lisa Luchkovsky (Beffel estate trustee), donated materials in 1991.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the Beffel estate were transferred to New York University in 1979 by Lisa Luchkovsky (Beffel estate trustee). Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from Tamiment Library. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2630.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by J. Ray Beffel (brother of John Nicholas Beffel) via Robert Calese in 1973. An additional accession was donated by Esther Hartz Travaglio via Paul Avrich in 1974, and another accession was donated by Rina Garst in 1991. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 1972.001, 2018.002, NPA 1993.016, and NPA 2005.070.

Processing Information

Several works of original art and prints, which had been separated from the original collection were accessioned and reintegrated into Series VII January 2018.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence. 0 Linear Feet

Scope and Content Note

John Nicholas Beffel corresponded with over five hundred individuals. In addition to the names included in the folder titles below, the following indivudals are represented in this series:

Dr. Frank Abbate, Herman Abramson, Farrar Andre Addie, Mary Ahlquist, Ruth Albert, Dr. Carmen Aldecoa, L. E. Aller, Vincenzo Alvano, Louise Andrews, Ernest Angell, Armand Aulicino, A. M. Aurand (Jr.), Sally Axelrod, Forrest Bailey, Angelica Balabanoff, Roger Baldwin, S. J. Ballard, Mrs. Eugene Barnett, Dick Barry, Dr. Elizabeth Bass, Lydia M. Baxter, Helen Marston Beardsley, John Beardsley, Ray Becker, Daniel Bell, Hillaire Belloc, Isadora Bennet, Hella Bernays, Sister Mary Bertille, F. R. Better, Mrs. Blankenehorn, Frank Bohn, Frank Branch, Beltrando And Muriel Brini, Elizabeth J. Brooks, Haywood Broun, F. A. Brown, Jane Browne, Louis Budnez, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, Evelyn Burke, Thomas Burke, Richard A. Bury, Samuel Byer, Edmund Cahn, Robert Calese, Bruce Calvert, Beatrice Canzanelli, Jack Carel, Hon. Alexander J. Cella, Hon. A. B. Chandler, Mr. Churchill, Louis Ciccone, Bennett Champ Clark, Clara Clayman, Travers Clement, Marye S. Clinton, Joe Coldwell, Mcalister Coleman, Arthur Coleman?, Ruth Collat, Phyllis Collier, Lillian Collins, Margaret Colson, Hon. Calvin Coolidge, Frank B. Coon, James P. Cooney, Sal Coppola, Minnie Federman Corder, E. J. Costello, George Cowley, Kate Crane Gartz, Louise Crimmins, Donald M. Crocker, Robert Cromie, Frank R. Crosswaith, Paul And Tanya Crouch, Homer Croy, May Savell Croy, Cyrus H. K. Curtis, Tom Daly, Leigh Dannenberg, H. M. Davidson, Rachel Davis Dubois, Robert H. Davis, F. Trubee Davison, Dorothy Day, Theodore Debs, Norman Thomas De Giovanni, Solon De Leon, Margaret De Silver, Ann Folder Decker, Leah C. Degnan, Floyd Dell, Joe Dermondy, Babette Deutsch, William T. Dewart, Roberta (Mrs. John) Dewey, Mario Di Marco, Z. N. Diamond, Lillian Kisluik Dinowitzer, Ellen Donahue, Mary (Hapgood) Donovan, John Dos Passos, Mary Dougherty, Hon. William 0. Douglas, Thomas Dreier, Robert W. Dunn, Tamara. Dwir, Ralph M. Easley, Walter P. Eaton, Justus Ebert, Herbert B. Ehrman, Robert B. Eleazer, Morris L. Ellis, Helen Warder? Erskine, Ernestine Evans, J. L. T. Evans, Robert Evett, O. G Fairburn, James Farmer, Harry Feinberg, Mrs. John Fellows, Fred S. Ferguson, Lawrence Fernworth, Sara Field, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Kathryn Flynn, Richard Ford, Osmond K. Fraenkel, Jack Frager, Adelaide Shulkind Frank, Nelson Frank, Walter Frank, Bessie Freiberg, Louise Friese, Henry B. Fuller, Maude Fulton, John A. Gahan, Mary E. Gallagher, Mahatma Gandhi, D. Gardiner, Hy Gardner, Frances Gates, Robert Gavin, Gladys Bell Gehrig, Dorothea And Leon Gelber, Harrison George, Rodman Gilder, Elizabeth Gilman, Ny Glickstein, Ed Goete?, Emma Goldman, Ferd Gottlieb, B. A. Green, Elizabeth Griffin, Phillys B. Grosser, Louis Grudin, Martha Gruening, Eula Guy, Walter F. Haas, Carl Haessler, Rosa Laddon Hanna, Harry Hansen, Virginia Mishnun Hardman, Donald Harrington, Michael Harrington, Frank Harris, Nora Havel, Carter H. Hawkins, Arthur Garfield Hayes, William B. Haywood, Dr. William Hazlett, Dennis Heaton (Jr.), Ammon Hennacy, Sidney Hertzberg, E. W. Heubsch, Joe Hill, Walter Hill, Joseph Hillstrom, Katherine H. Hodgins, Hon. Frank S. Hogan, Calm Morrison Hoke, Tom Holland, Dr. Maurice L. Hollod, Mary Hope, Arthur Hopkins, Lena Horne, Michael Howie, Marian? Humble, Catherine Huntington, Valerio Isca, Gardiner Jack, Agnes Jarrett, Oakley Johnson, Tom Johnston, Joseph Emmett Jones, G. Louis Joughin, Helen Joyce, Milton Kahn, Isadore Katz, Nicholas De B. Katzenibach, Helen Keller, Rosemary Kelley, Emmett J. Kelly, Harry Kelly, Ellen A. Kennan, Hon. Dorothy Kenyon, Alice Mary Kimball, James King, George W. Kirchway, Henry Klinger, Cornelius Knutson, Nathan Korby, Teng Kwei, Bill Laidlaw, Ben Hur Lampman, C. S. Lane, E. W. Latchem, Miss. Lathrop, Rev. Charles N. Lathrop, Ray Lattimer, Agnes C. Laut, Hesper Le Gallienne, Fred Learned, Deryl Leggit, Max Lehman, John Lester, Jeanne Levey, David Levinson, George Lewis, Marx Lewis, Sinclair Lewis, William Wallace Liggett, Harry Lindholm, Walter Lippmann, Louis P. Lochner, Jack London, Frank R. Lopez, David Loth, Rev. Donald G. Lothrop, Robert M. Lovett, H. Burton Lowe, Ester Lowell, Robert Lowell, John M. Lundoff, Mrs. A. Lunldelius, R. H. Lyman, Eugene Lyons, Louis Lyons, Nat Marer, A. J. Marks, Frank X. Martel, Alberto Martin, Anna Martin, Pete Martin, Mrs. Lee Matteson, Ben A. Matthews, C. Egan Mauchenheim, Meyer Emil Maurer, Diana Truesdale May, Allen Maynard, Louis R. Maynard, Fred J. Mc Arthur, Msgr. Joseph J. McCaffrey, Lucy Mcdonald, William Mcfee, Andrew Mcgill, John Mcgivney, Hon. James Mcgurrin, Charles Mcknight, Alex Mclean, Hon. Edmund L. McNamara, Dr. Kate Campbell Hurd Mead, Anna Meagan, Beatrice Meitlein, Rose Meitlein, Joseph Meltzer, Sam Merling, Jean Duval Michener, Morris Milgram, Mrs. John E. Milholland, G. E. Miller, Pauline Millet, Carl G. Milligan, A. Mingana, Robert Minor, Jaume Miravitelles, Gordon Mitchell, Zapata Modesto, Alexander J. Moffat, E. Howard Molisani, Francis X. Moloney, (Peo) Monoldi, Vanni Montana, Tom Mooney, Fred H. Moore, Lola D. Moore, Rob Moore, U. G. Moore, T. J. Moran, D. F. Morehouse, T. S. Morgan, Christopher Morley, Guilio De Moro, Mr. W.F. Moudy, Pauli Murray, Hon. Michael A. Musmanno, Marshall Naely, Scott Nearing, Fanny Neff, Louis Nelson, Walter M. Nelson, Dr. John H. Nichols, Jens Nielsen, Robert M. Noah, P. J. Nolan, Miss Agnes F. Northrop, Rose Norwood, Jessie Oakley, Fremont Oder, Tom C. O'Donnel, Frank P O'Hare, Eugene O'Neill, Jessie Orcutt, Alexis Oscar Outtier, Adele Parker Burnett, Miss Parkhurst, Mr. Phillips, Herbert Pick Man, Vivian Pierce, Dr. Pitman, Ernest Poole, Adna Porter, Roscoe Pound, Mr. Pringle, G. D. Procopio, Dorothy Purdell, Jim Putnam, S. V. Quam, Luigi Quintiliano, Dachine Rainer, A. Philip Randolpti, Miss Ransdell, John Regan, Frieda Reichner, Dr. Herbert Reinemann, Ed Reid, Mary E. Richmond, Sue J. Robertson, Louise Rogers, Jack Rohan, Dick Rohman, Jack Rudome, Paul Rugen, Charles Edward Russell, Isaac K. Russell, William F. Ryan, Howard Samuel, Hon. Thomas D. Schall, Otto J. Schneider, Marjorie Schoultz, Lawrence Seco, Nina Seco, George Seldes, Thomas Seltzer, Morris Shapiro, Judge Ben Sheeks, John Shuskie, S. Fanny Simon, Smith C. S., Britt Smith, Elmer S. Smith, Harry Smith, Katherine Smith, Edgar C. Snyder, Helen Sobell, Marshall Solberg, Sidney Solomon, Sigmund Spaeth, Michael Spano, Rose Spitzner, Louis Stark, Ellen Gates Starr, Frederick Starr, Walter Starrett, Molly Steimer, Sophia Steinbach, Isabel Stephan, Irving Stone, Sydney Strong, Louis Stulberg, Herman Suhr, Leslie B. Sulgrove, Adelaide Sulkind, Frank Sullivan, Timothy Sullivan, George W. Sutton (Jr.), Dorothy Swanson, Coleman C. Sweet, Lillian Symies, D. L. Taleath, John Tatty, Sara (Filsinger) Teasdale, Athos Terzani, Dr. Evan Thomas, R.C. Thompson, Mrs. E. S. L. Thompson, William G. Thompson, Worth M. Tippy, C. C. Tisler, Howard Tompkins, Marie Torre, Alexander Trachtenberg, Ann And Horace Traubel, Beatrice Tresca, Peg Tucker, John I. Turner, Miss Turner, Gertrude Tyler, Gus Tyler, Walter Ufers, Girolamo Valenti, Sylvia Miller Valenti, George F. Vandeveer, Oswald Garrison Villard, Robert F. Wagner, Stanley Walker, M. J. Walsh, Doris Wan Nierstrom, James Warbasse, Ann Watkins, Rowland Watts, David Weinstein, Harris Weinstock, P. J. Welinder, P. H. Whaley, Grant White, Jack White, Belle Fligleman Winestine, Kathryn Wolf, Bertram D. Wolfe, Louis Wolheim, Charles W. Wood, Leone Wood, Frederick A. Woodward, Palmer Wright, B. (Boris ?) Yelensky, A. Cameron Young, Modesto Zapata, and Charles Zerner.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 A
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Appel, Paul
1924-1969, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 B
1921-1968, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Brazier, Richard
1924-1968, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Buckley, John
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Burr, Jane
1918-1957, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 C
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Campbell, Agnes H. (includes photograph)
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Campbell, Agnes H. (includes photographs)
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Campbell, Agnes H.
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Campbell, Agnes H.
1932, 1937-1938
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Campbell, Agnes H. (from Various People)
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Carey, Eugene F.
1947, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Cascaden, Gordon
1935-1936, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Chamberlain, Grace Ann
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Carson, Saul and Betty
1937-1966, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Chamberlain, Grace Anne (includes photograph)
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Chamberlain, Grace Anne
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Chamberlain, Grace Anne
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Chamberlain, Grace Anne: Various Book Chapters and REsearch Clippings for Unpublished Book "When You Visit the Sick"
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Chaplin, Ralph
1923-1937, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Clinton, Sackville H.M.
1937-1967, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Clinton, Sackville H.M.
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Clinton, Sackville H.M.
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Clinton, Sackville H.M.
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Clinton, Sackville H.M.
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Clinton, Sackville H.M.
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Comfort, Will Levington
1910-1912, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 5 D
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Davin, Tom
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Diggins, John P.
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Dillion, Mary
1914-1920, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Dreiser, Theodore
Box: 4 Folder : 10 E
1924-1969, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Eisenberg, Daniel
1938-1961, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Eisenberg, Daniel (with Farrar and Rinehart Publishers
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Eisenberg, Daniel (Memorandums, etc. by JNB: RE: I Find the Missing)
1938, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Eisenberg, Daniel (Beffel Correspondence RE: I Find the Missing)
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Eisenberg, Daniel (Miscellaneous Publicity and Reviews, Etc.)
1938, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 16 F
1918-1966, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Felicani, Aldino and Ateo
1947-1970, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Fletcher, Ben
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Fresco, Mauricio
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Fuessle, Helen
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Fuller, Torrey
1932-1961, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Furman, Lee
Box: 5 Folder : 4 G
1919-1966, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Gawthorpe, Mary (Sanders)
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Gehrig, Gladys Bell (includes photographs)
1925-1929, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 7 H (includes photograph)
1912-1970, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 8 H (Hodgins?), K.
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Hall, Covington
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Hapgood, Mary Donovan
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Hilson, Maxine
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Humphrey, Mary
1925-1938, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 13 I
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Inalis, Agnes
Box: 5 Folder : 15 J
1919-1968, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Jarrett, Ida
Box: 5 Folder : 17 K
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Karsner, David
1918-1932, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Karsten, Helen Ward Tippy
1921-1967, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Keller, Carl
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Kenderdine, John D.
1925-1966, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Kitchen, Irene
Box: 6 Folder : 2 L
1911-1967, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Lonergan, Hella and Warren
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Luchkovsky, Lisa
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Luchkovsky, Lisa
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Lyla
Box: 6 Folder : 7 M
1909-1969, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Mahler, Herbert
Box: 6 Folder : 9 McSwigan, Marie
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Mencken, H.L.
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Miscellaneous
1911-1966, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 12 RE: Mooney, Tom
Box: 6 Folder : 13 N
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Naretty, Vera
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Nomad, Max
Box: 7 Folder : 1 O
1916-1966, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 2 O'Connor, Harvey
Box: 7 Folder : 3 O'Connor, Tom
Box: 7 Folder : 4 O'Connor, Tom
Box: 7 Folder : 5 O'Conner, Tom
Box: 7 Folder : 6 P
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Pesotta, Rose
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Pesotta, Rose: "Bread Upon the Waters" Book Manuscript (Different from the Published Book)
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Pesotta, Rose (Typescript "Days of Our Lives" Probably Chpater 12 of Sweetheart of the Army)
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Price, Burr
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Q
Box: 7 Folder : 12 R
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Roy, Anna (Includes Manuscript for Unpublished Book Chapter)
Box: 7 Folder : 14 S
1907-1969, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 15 S, Laura
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Sandberg, Carl
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Sheehan, Lucy and Bill
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Shields, Art and Ester
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Schulkind, Adelaide
Box: 7 Folder : 20 Sinclair, Upton
Box: 7 Folder : 21 Spivak, John L. (AKA Jack)
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Scarlett, Vincent
Box: 8 Folder : 2 T
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Teichner, Miriam
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Thomas, Norman
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Thompson, Fred (RE: Joe Hill)
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Travaglio, Esther Hartz
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Tresca, Carlo
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Trunck, Irene
Box: 8 Folder : 9 U
Box: 8 Folder : 10 V
Box: 8 Folder : 11 RE: Valenti, Girolamo (Obituary)
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Veleker, Wilma Haywood
Box: 8 Folder : 13 W
Box: 8 Folder : 14 W, Margaret
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Walling, Anna Struncky
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Wehde, Albert
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Wehde, Albert
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Wehde, Albert (Wehde Letters with Others than Beffel)
1923-1931, undated
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Wehde, Albert: RE: Book Fingerprints Can Be Forged (Includes Manuscript Drafts and Reviews)
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Wehde, Albert: RE: Book Fingerprints Can Be Forged (Promotional Materials from Tremonia Publishing Co.)
1923-1926, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Wehde, Albert: RE: Fingerprints Can Be Forged and Since Leaving Home (Letters by Beffel and Others)
1922-1937, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Wehde, Albert: RE: Fingerprints Can Be forged and Since Leaving Home (Letters To/From Various People)
1923-1936, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Wehde, Albert: RE: Book Since Leaving Home (Includes Partial Manuscript and Notes)
1923, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Wehde, Albert: RE: Since Leaving Home (Includes Biographical Materials about Wehde)
1923-1931, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Wehde, Albert: RE: Book Since Leaving Home Corrections and Mailing Lists
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Wehde, Albert: Reviews of Since Leaving Home
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Wehde, Albert: Related Drawings and Photographs (includes original sketches)
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Worthington, Dorothy
1932-1968, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Y
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Young, Art
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Young, Art
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Young, Art
1939-1943, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Young, Art (Letters To and From Art Young)
Box: 9 Folder : 15 RE: Art Young
Box: 9 Folder : 16 Z
Box: 9 Folder : 17 Zimmerman, Mary (includes photograph)

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Series II: Subjects

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 10 Subject Files


AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, Beffel memorandum to A.C.L.U., 1931;


CENTRALIA (12 Folders):

Affidavits (photostats);

Correspondence: No. 1: 1920, 1922-1924, undated,

Correspondence No. 2: 1925-1926, 1932;

Mailing lists;


Newspaper clippings (4 Folders);

Printed material re: Centralia;

Review bv Beffel of The American Legion Story by Moley, Jr.;

Statement and articles;





(8) CONTROCORRENTE – MEMORIAL ISSUE (3 Folders): Articles, Correspondence with Ateo Felicani, Correspondence, General;



Box: 11 Contains:


DRAFT RIOTS CIVIL WAR; "ELEPHANTS AND IRISMEN," A vaudeville type act put on by Beffel at various times;

FEDERATED PRESS Correspondence, 1921;

FERRER SCHOOL: Correspondence re: Harry Kelly book and research by various people on Kelly and the Ferrer School; also "A Tribute to Harry Kelly" by Abe Bluestein, given at the Rand School, 1953;

SUHR, Richard Ford and Herman Suhr Case, 1913-1914, re: Wheatland, California riot during the hop pickers strike;

INDUSTRIAL WORIMS OF THE WORLD, Includes: "An Open Letter to President Harding – General Defense Committee, 1922 ?";

"Who Were the Wobblies?" by Westbrook Pegler;

"Concerning the lynching of Wesly Everest and Frank Little" a statement by Beffel;

JOBS AND JOB-HUNTING: Includes letter to and from various editors, etc. about inquiries made by Beffel about positions available;

KENTUCKY MINERS DEFENSE (2 folders): Correspondence, 1937 – 39; Statements and articles;

LEAGUE FOR MUTUAL AID (LFMA), 9 Folders: LFMA 1930s; LFMA 1940s; LFMA 1950s; LF14A 1960 – 63; Anniversary Dinner Celebration, 1969 – 70; LFMA Executive Committee; LFMA Executive Committee, Finances 1940s; LFMA History by Beffel

Box: 12 Contains:


LIBRARIES: Letters generally pertaining to gifts given by Beffel to various libraries

MARY CELESTE: Material relating to the mysterious disappearance of the crew of the ship the Mary Celeste;

MENTAL ILLNESS Material about conditions in (state) mental institutions, including personal accounts by various people;

O.R.T.A. for Dem Com (Democratic Communications)


SACCO and VANZETTI (9 Folders):

Notes, general items and correspondence (late 1960s) with Decker, Ann Folger; Ehrmann, Herbert B; Musmanno, Hon., Michael A.;

Printed material re: Sacco and Vanzetti;


Correspondence No. 1: 1921-1929, 1937 Correspondence No. 2: 1947, 1959–1970 Correspondence No. 3: Memorial, 1967 (Including press releases and articles)

Re: Plays and musicals based on Sacco and Vanzetti;

Francis Russell's reply to Fred Cook re: Sacco and Vanzetti;

Gus Tyler's speech at the Sacco and Vanzetti Memorial

Box: 13 Contains:


TERZANI CASE (4 Folders): Affidavits; Correspondence, 1933 – 34; Newspaper clippings; Press releases, Memorandum;

CARLO TRESCA (10 Folders):

Tresca Memorial Committee:

Correspondence No. 1: 1944 – 46;

Correspondence No. 2 1947 – 48,

Correspondence No. 3 – 1949,

Correspondence No. 4 – 1950,

Correspondence No. 5 1952 – 53,

Correspondence No. 6 with Hon. Frank Hogan, 1949—50;

Undated material:

Draft of a pamphlet on Tresca, "Murder in the Dim out" by Beffel,

Articles, miscellaneous;

Un American Activities Committee correspondence, 1949;



UNITED LIBERTARIAN ORGANIZATION: Statements and correspondence of Walter Starrett, 1937;

UNITED OFFICE AND PROFESSIONAL WORKERS OF AMERICA, Including a Local 16 flier and one letter from "M" (Margaret);


RE: Writing -- Letters pertaining to Beffel's writing; compiled by name of magazine or publication


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Series III: Writings by Beffel

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 14 Contains:


Short Stories (some published, 1912-1937):

"The wanderer meets her at the edge of the wood," Nov. 6, 1912;

Altars of the Gods, November 16, 1912;

At the Foot of the Totem Pole, Dec. 13, 1923 (also entitled Never Go Back, May 6, 1935);

The Boy Who cried Wolf, February 28, 1932;

The Camel Stealer, April 16, 1919;

Canines Met at Night;

The City of Tombs, October 24, 1912;

The Dance of Death, July 28, 1926;

The Deaths and the Lights, July 22, 1933;

Demetri, October 5, 1912;

Denmark, October 21, 1912;

Dog in the Night, September 29, 1927;

Dogs Met at Night, October 16, 1933?;

Empire Stuff (also entitled McIntyre Puts It Over) 1919?;


The Farm, May 12, 1912;

Fifty Minutes from Chicago;

Gas in Area D, October 15, 1927;

A Girl in Vermont (by John Strong (pseud.);

Ghost House;

Glad Do I Die, July 3, 1913;

Grid Patton's Dog, March 27, 1912;

Hard Sledding, April 2, 1937;

Helping Ed, February 25, 1916;

I Find a Dog (also a different version entitled Lost Dog);

"It was a Son She Heard From Her Father's Ship...";

The Laughter of Fairies, August 13, 1912;

Light in the Sky, November 30, 1914;

The Man Near the Stove, September 7, 1929 (also entitled They Don't Mix);

The Man With the Black Wiskers: 3 different verions, one dated November 9, 1923;

Mean Man Mallory, January 17, 1924;

Mean Man Mallory and the Goat;

Melody's End, August 7, 1934;

Mightier Than the Machine gun;

Miracles Even Now, September 9, 1927;

Moral of Australia; Muldoon, October 1, 1912;

The Night Clerk and the Gold, begun Jan. 17, 1926; resumed Aug.17, 1926;

On Thunder Bay (also entitled Joe Chenery);

Open That Chest! (also entitled End of the Rope and The Brass Bound Chest);

A Queen Come Back to Haunt Me;

The Scar, August 11, 1914;

Slatko the No Good (also entitled The Hole in the Earth);

Some Upper Room;

Son of a Crimp, August 12, 1923;

The Soup Eater Silenced at Last, February 10, 1919?;

The Trained Duck (also entitled A Thief in the Wings) Sept. 24, 1934;

Up An Alley (also called Up an Alley in Ohio) June 29, 1927;

Up the Snow Slopes of Rainier;

The Viking Woman;

West From St. Paul by Mary Starland (pseud.);

The Wild Wild West; Waterloo;

The Youngster in Buena Terra (retired copy).

Box: 15 Contains:


"Annie Oakley" -- Includes 3 drafts of article on Annie Oakley, letters to various people concerning the article and notes by JNB on Annie Oakley;

"Burn, Black Man, Burn" -- Article written in 1943(?): Includes 3 copies of the article and notes by J"NB on that subject;

"Dark Day in New England" -- Article written for The Mercurv April 1943: Includes typescript of the article "Blackout in New England," letters to Eugene Lyons and Robert Littell, and misc. material related to the article;

"The Fauntlerov Plague": Material and article relating to a proposed statue honoring Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of Little Lord Fauntleroy. (Beffel was opposed to the building of the statue);

"Sir Martin Frobisher": Includes first draft and final (?) draft of articles on Frobisher, notes and newspaper clippings;

Mooney, Tom: Serials of newspaper articles on Mooney written in June 1920;

Radicals I have Met: Draft of the article "Four Radicals" which was published in The American Mercur April 1932, and Includes sketches of E.V. Debs, Bill Haywood, Vanzetti, Lucy Parsons and Tom Mooney (The last sketch was deleted from the final draft of the article);

"Stephen Crane Gets Fired": Includes copies of the article, letters to and from Edgar Snyder, notes by JNB for article and related misc. material;

"Wolheim, Master Teller of Tales": Includes draft of article, notes and questionnaires pertaining to the article; Miscellaneous Writings.

Box: 16 Contains:


American Mosaic; Light and Shadow on the Land of the Free: An outline and proposal for a book on Americana to be written by Beffel. Many of the tentative chapters have been written or published as short stories;

"Book of Light": Seems to be a diary of sorts; Julv 14, 1926 December 24, 1939;

Corn Belt Bov: A series of sketches based on Beffel's early years in Seneca, Illinois. They were intended to be part of an autobiography (?). It is believed that some of the sketches were published as separate short stories. It is alternately entitled "Honest Hearts and Willing Hands";

Desperate Pageantrv: The saga of the Polaris Disaster. This is chapter 1 of a book never written (?);

Jim Higgins Jail: A partial novel. 115 p.;

Land of the Free: A magazine edited and published by Beffel. It was intended as "A monthly journal which lets in light and air." (never published?);

Living Men: Devoted to the Struggles of the Driven. A magazine edited and published by Beffel. (See Also map case for an unused design of the cover). It contained articles by various people including David Karsner, Theodore Dreiser and Robert Monov.

Holdings: Vol. 1 No. 5 (incomplete); Chicago, October 1917, Vol. 2 No. 3,Chicago, February 1913; Vol. 2 No. 3 Chicago, June 1919; Vol. 2 No. 4, New York, October 1919;

The Wart: An incomplete story;

Where Did these Gentlemen Die?": Manuscript for a proposed book by Beffel which dealt with the mysterious deaths of various distinguished men.

Box: 17 Contains:


Billington and Colonial Families:

Notes and manuscripts relating to John Billington, a Pilgrim who was hanged in the Plymouth Colony ten years after its founding, and to early colonial times. Also includes a small part of a manuscript by George Prince. The proposed title of Beffel's book, in 1930, was "John Billington: Pilgrim to the Gallows."

Box: 18 Contains:



Articles and Essays (2 folders), Some published: A—M, M—Z;

Book Reviews;

Letters to the Editor;

News Items and Releases (some published):

News Items and Releases: Contains five articles for the Federated Press on marine workers, 1921;

Newspaper and Magazine Writings: Approximately 60 articles clipped from magazines and newspapers written by Beffel (Some of the articles can be found in manuscript form in the folders labeled "Articles and essays," and "Short stories");

Notes and Memorandums;

Poems (some published);

Collected Poems: poems by various authors, clipped and copied by Beffel;

About JNB: includes biographical notes on Beffel and 11 photos;

Miscellaneous Material.

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Series IV: Writings by Others

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 19 Contains:


Paul Crouch: Includes part of a manuscript by Crouch, a well known American communist, Broken Chains" later entitled "Bondage Broken"; an article by Crouch, "Top A Bomb Scientist Was a Communist," and other material relating to Crouch, including correspondence; Ennes Ellae: A complete autobiography in manuscript form by

Ennes Ellae: A complete autobiography in manuscript form entitled "A Grain of Sand -- A Drop of Water," edited by Beffel (281 pp.). Ellae was a Dutch emigrant to the U.S. who became involved with the I.W.W. in California;

Alice M. Gray: Manuscript, including proof sheets of a draft of sorts;

Ellen Leonard: Manuscript of "Three Days of Terror";

W.H. Long: 2 copies; one incomplete of a manuscript "Sane Sex Life and Sane Sex Living."

Box: 20 Contains:


Helen Parkhurst: Complete ms. of Parkhurst's "Child World";

Louise Andrus Rogers: Contains 2 manuscripts: "Of Sunken Gold," a film score; "No Encores," a play: and a few letters.

Box: 21 Contains:


Contains the fragile original of Harry Kelley's manuscript "Roll Back the Years: Odyssey of a Libertarian," edited by Beffel. Kelly was a well known anarchist and co founder of the Ferrer colony in Stelton, N.J.

NOTE: patrons must use the user photocopy of this manuscript which is housed in boxes 26 and 27.

For additional information, see the subject folder "Ferrer School" in Box 11. (This manuscript contains some photocopies from the Beffel collection at Wayne State University, Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs.)

Box: 22 Contains:


Contains manuscript (complete?) of G.P. Maximoff's book of Bakunin's works, edited by Beffel, titled Bakunin's Political Philosophy: His writings on Scientific Anarchism. The manuscript also includes a biographical sketch of Bakunin by Max Nettlau and an introduction by Rudolf Rocker. Also included are a few letters to and from Olga Maximoff Urkevich, Rudolf Rocker and Boris Yelensky.

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Series V. Family Files (unprocessed)

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 23 Family Files
Box: 24 Family Files
Box: 25 Family Files

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Series VI: User photocopies from Series IV (Writings by Others)

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 26 Contains: User photocopy (part 1) of Harry Kelley's manuscript "Roll Back the Years: Odyssey of a Libertarian," edited by Beffel.
Box: 27 Contains: User photocopy (part 2) of Harry Kelley's manuscript "Roll Back the Years: Odyssey of a Libertarian," edited by Beffel.

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Series VII: Addendum (unprocessed)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 28 Box 28
Box: 29 Box 29
Box: 30 Box 30
Box: 31 Box 31
Box: 32 Box 32
Box: 33 Box 33
Box: 33 Original art and prints
Box: MSOS007 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062759181])
Box: MSXOS001

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