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Guide to the Alexander Berkman Papers TAM.067

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Berkman, Alexander, 1870-1936
Source - dnr: Turkel, Pauline
Source - dnr: Lohf, Kenneth A.
Source - dnr: Issawi, Charles
Title: Alexander Berkman Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1917-1919
Abstract: Alexander Berkman was an anarchist and author, and companion of anarchist Emma Goldman. The collection contains legal documents, speeches and transcripts, most pertaining to Berkman and Goldman's trial for opposing conscription during World War I.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Call Phrase: TAM.067

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Historical/Biographical Note

Alexander Berkman (1870-1936) was an anarchist and author, and companion of anarchist Emma Goldman. Born in Russia to wealthy Jewish parents, he migrated to the U.S. in the aftermath of the Haymarket Riot of 1886. He spent fourteen years in prison for his attempted assassination, in 1892, of Henry Clay Frick, edited and published his own newspaper Blast, was convicted along with Goldman in 1917 of violating the Draft Act, served two years in prison, was deported, wrote several books, and in ill health, committed suicide in 1936.

Sources:

  • For more information, see Biographical Dictionary of the American Left, pp. 24-27.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers contain primarily court transcripts and other legal documents, most prepared by Harry Weinberger, chief attorney for Berkman and Emma Goldman, reflecting Berkman's involvement with No Conscription League, his battle against extradition to California in connection with the Mooney-Billings bombing case, his and Emma Goldman's trial for violating the Draft Act by advising resistance, and their unsuccessful attempts to prevent deportation. Includes transcripts of several speeches by Berkman, a speech (1917) by Leonard D. Abbot opposing conscription, and a speech (1919) by Emma Goldman in honor of Kate Richards O'Hare; and undated portions of manuscripts of Berkman's "What is Communist Anarchism" (1929) and "Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" (1912).

Arrangement

The folders are arranged alphabetically.

The files are grouped into 1 series:

Missing Title

  1. Container list

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • O'Hare, Kate Richards, 1877-1948.
  • Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942.
  • Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940
  • Billings, Warren K., 1893-1972
  • Abbot, Leonard Dalton, 1878-1953
  • Weinberger, Harry, 1888-
  • Turkel, Pauline
  • Lohf, Kenneth A.
  • Issawi, Charles

Document Type

  • Transcripts.
  • Speeches.
  • Legal documents.

Subject Organizations

  • No-Conscription Fellowship

Subject Topics

  • Anarchism -- United States.
  • Communism -- United States.
  • Draft resisters -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection, which were created in 1917-1919, are in the public domain. Permission to publish or reproduce is not required.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Pauline Turkel through Professor Charles Issawi and Kenneth A. Lohf of Columbia University, 1975. The accession number associated with this gift is 1975.002.

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Container List

Papers

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Anonymous Letter to William G. McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasury (vs. Liberty Bonds; probably not by AB)
May 31, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 1A As We Approach the Coming Municipal Elections...
ca.1917
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Case of Margaret and Jeannette Roy, Scotch Descent, Brought from Seattle to Ellis Island
Jul 12, 1919
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Deportation Hearings (Berkman & Goldman): Stenographer's Minutes
Dec 8, 1919
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Kate Richards O'Hare Testimonial Dinner, NYC: Address of Emma Goldman
Nov 17, 1919
Box: 1 Folder : 4A London, Meyer: Letter to [photocopy], Jan 1, 1913
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Miscellaneous
1917-1919
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Mooney Case: Transcripts of Testimony, Speech by W. Bourke Cockran
1917-1919
Box: 1 Folder : 7 No Conscription League
1917 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist: Chapters 17-28 (pp. 144-291). Typescript
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist: Chapters 29-47 (pp. 292-456). Typescript
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Rough Draft of an Article to Be Released by E.B.
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Schwartz, Jacob: Memorial Meeting - Transcript
Oct 26, 1918
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Speech (by AB) at No Conscription League Meeting, Hunts Point Palace, NYC
Jun 14, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Telegrams Sent During Trial
1917
Box: 1 Folder : 14 U.S. v Goldman & Berkman: Address of Prosecuting Attorney to Jury; Charge; Sentence
Jul 9, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 15 U.S. v Goldman & Berkman: Berkman's Closing Speech
[1917]
Box: 1 Folder : 16 U.S. v Goldman & Berkman: Memorandum, Petitions, Other Legal Documents
1917
Box: 1 Folder : 17 U.S. v Goldman & Berkman: Morning Session Transcript
Jul 2, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 18 U.S. v Goldman & Berkman: Morning Session Transcript
Jul 3, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 19 U.S. v Goldman & Berkman: Morning Session Transcript
Jul 5, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 20 U.S. v Goldman & Berkman: Morning Session Transcript
Jul 9, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 21 U.S. v Goldman & Berkman: Part of Jury Examination
Jun 27, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 22 What is Communist Anarchism? Chapters 1-13? (pp. 1-84)
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 What is Communist Anarchism? Chapters 14-20 (pp. 85-124)
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 2 What is Communist Anarchism? Chapters 14-20 (pp. 125-161)
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 3 What is Communist Anarchism? Chapters 14-20 (pp. 182-)
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 1
May 31, 1917
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 1A
ca. 1917
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 2
Jul 12, 1919
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 6
May 9, 1918
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 8
n.d.
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 9
n.d.
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 12
Jul 14, 1917
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 13
1917
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 14
Jul 9, 1917
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 15
1917
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 17
Jul 2, 1917
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 18
Jul 3, 1917
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 19
Jul 5, 1917
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 20
Jul 9, 1917
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 21
Jun 27, 1917
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Fragile Originals: Box 1, Folder 22
n.d.

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