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Guide to the Isadore Wisotsky Autobiographical Typescript TAM.071

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wisotsky, Isadore, 1895-1970
Source - dnr: Wisotsky, Abraham
Title: Isadore Wisotsky Autobiographical Typescript
Dates: undated
Abstract: Isidore Wisotsky (1895-1970) was born circa 1895 and immigrated from Latvia to the U.S. with his family when he was fourteen. He worked in the garment industry, became an anarchist, was involved with the Industrial Workers of the World, and became a friend of Norman Thomas. The collection contains a typescript of Isidor Wisotsky's autobiography, "Such a Life," in which he recounts his experiences as a Russian Jewish immigrant working in New York City's Lower East Side in the early twentieth century, his anarchist and Industrial Workers of the World activities, and his personal recollections of radical leaders. An introduction by Norman Thomas is included.
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 box; vi + 324 pp.)
Language: Materials are in English
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1
Call Phrase: TAM.071

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Historical/Biographical Note

Isidore Wisotsky (1895-1970) was born circa 1895 and immigrated from Latvia to the U.S. with his family when he was fourteen. He worked in the garment industry, became an anarchist, was involved with the Industrial Workers of the World, and became a friend of Norman Thomas.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains a typescript of Isidor Wisotsky's autobiography, "Such a Life," in which he recounts his experiences as a Russian Jewish immigrant working in New York City's Lower East Side in the early twentieth century, his anarchist and Industrial Workers of the World activities, and his personal recollections of radical leaders. An introduction by Norman Thomas is included.

Arrangement

Arranged by page/chapter number.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Wisotsky, Abraham
  • Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968

Document Type

  • Typescripts.

Subject Organizations

  • Industrial Workers of the World

Subject Topics

  • Anarchists -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Clothing workers -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Anarchism -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Jewish anarchists -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Radicals -- United States.
  • Syndicalism -- United States.
  • Jews, Russian -- New York (State) -- New York.

Subject Places

  • Lower East Side (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection are expected to enter the public domain in 2041.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Abraham Wisotsky, brother of Isadore Wisotsky, 1977. The accession number associated with this gift is 1997.068.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 "Such a Life" Preface by Norman Thomas, Dedication, Table of Contents, Endorsement by Harvey Weinberger (pp. i-vi)
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Box: 1 "Such a Life" Chapter 1: Suffolk Street (pp. 1-37)
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Box: 1 Folder : 3 "Such a Life" Chapter 2: Seventh Strret Park (pp. 38-49)
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Box: 1 Folder : 4 Such aLife Chapter 3: A Strike That Rocked America (pp. 51-87)
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Box: 1 Folder : 5 Such a Life Chapter 4: In Search of a Job (pp. 88-101
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Box: 1 Folder : 6 "Such a Life" Chapter 5: Unemployment in New York Fifty Years Ago (pp. 102-07)
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Box: 1 Folder : 7 "Such a Life" Chapter 6: Vacations in the Workhouse (108-26)
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Box: 1 Folder : 8 "Such a Life" Chapter 7: Bloody Days (pp. 127-33)
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Box: 1 Folder : 16 "Such a Life" Chapter 15: Europe (pp. 260-94)
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Box: 1 Folder : 9 "Such a Life: Chapter 8: Union Square (pp. 134-44)
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Box: 1 Folder : 10 "Such a Life: Chapter 9: Alexander Berkman (p. 145-50)
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Box: 1 Folder : 11 "Such a Life" Chapter 10: Emma Goldman (pp. 151-56)
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Box: 1 Folder : 12 "Such a Life" Chapter 11: Saving the World for Democracy (pp. 157-75)
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Box: 1 Folder : 13 "Such a Life" Chapter 12: Bombs! Bombs! Not One in Sight (pp. 176-83)
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Box: 1 Folder : 14 "Such a Life" Chapter "18": Hitch-Hike (pp. 184-218)
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Box: 1 Folder : 15 "Such a Life: Chapter 14: Becoming a Mench (pp. 219-59)
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Box: 1 Folder : 17 "Such a Life" Chapter 16: Back Home (pp. 295-324)
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Box: 1 Folder : 18 "Such a Life" Chapter 17: Finis (pp. 325-7)
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