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Guide to the International Socialists Records TAM.088

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: International Socialists (U.S.)
Title: International Socialists Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1970-1979
Abstract: International Socialists (IS), a group with its roots in American Trotskyism and the Young People's Socialist League, was founded in 1969, as the result of several Independent Socialist Clubs merging. IS publications include: Labor Notes(1979- );  International Socialist(1969-70),  Workers Power(1970-79), and  Changes(1979-85). In 1984, IS merged with two other left groupings to form Solidarity. The collection contains minutes, position papers, reports, various convention materials, and miscellaneous documents. The bulk of the material concerns internal political debates and organizational tendencies.
Quantity: 0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.088

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Historical/Biographical Note

International Socialists (IS), a Third Camp-oriented group with historical and organizational roots in American Trotskyism and the Young People's Socialist League, was founded in 1969, as the result of the merger of several Independent Socialist Clubs (the first was formed in Berkeley, California in 1964). IS concentrated on work in the labor movement, playing an important role in the Teamster reform movement, and the monthly periodical Labor Notes, 1979- (established and directed by IS members), along with its annual conference, have become a leading center for militant labor officials and rank and file unionists. Other IS periodical titles were:  International Socialist(1969-70),  Workers Power(1970-79), and  Changes(1979-85). In 1984 IS merged with Workers Power (itself the 1979 result of one of several 1970s splits from IS) and Socialist Unity to form Solidarity, a revolutionary socialist organization. For more information, see "Independent Socialist Clubs/International Socialists," in Encyclopedia of the American Left (1998) pp. 348-351.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains various IS documents, including minutes of its Executive, National and National Action committees, position papers, reports (including those of the National Secretary), various convention materials, and miscellaneous documents. The bulk of the material concerns internal political debates and organizational tendencies, including the 1973 expulsion of the Revolutionary Tendency, whose members, led by Sy Landy and others, went on to found the Revolutionary Socialist League.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged chronologically.

The files are grouped into 1 series:

Missing Title

  1. Inventory

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Reports.

Subject Organizations

  • Solidarity (Organization : U.S.)
  • Revolutionary Socialist League
  • International Socialists (U.S.)
  • Young People's Socialist League

Subject Topics

  • Socialism and youth -- United States.
  • Labor unions and communism -- United States.
  • Socialists -- United States.
  • Student movements.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives 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, which were created in 1970-1979, are expected to enter the public domain in 2100.

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

The provenance of this collection is unknown. The accession number associated with this collection is 1980.002.

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Container List

Inventory

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Miscellaneous Undated (1)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Miscellaneous Undated (2)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Convention Material
1970
Box: 1 Folder : 4 NAC Minutes
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Position Papers, Reports
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 6 NAC Minutes
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 7 NC Minutes
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Position Papers, Reports
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Convention Material
1974
Box: 1 Folder : 10 NAC Minutes
1974
Box: 1 Folder : 11 National Secretary Report
1974
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Position Papers, Reports
1974
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Constitution
1975
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Convention Material
1975
Box: 1 Folder : 15 EC Motions & Communications
1975
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Position Papers, Reports
1975
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Convention Material
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 2 EC Motions & Communications
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 3 NC Reports
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Position Papers, Reports
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Convention Material
1977
Box: 2 Folder : 6 EC Motions & Communications
1977
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Position Papers, Reports
1977
Box: 2 Folder : 8 National Secretary Communications
1978
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Position Papers, Reports
1978
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Position Papers, Reports
1979

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