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Guide to the Max Shachtman Papers TAM.103

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Claudia Hommel

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 08, 2018
Description is in English.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Max Shachtman was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

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.

Related Archival Materials

"Reminiscences of Max Shachtman: Oral History" (1965) held at Columbia University Butler Library, NXCP87-A1246.

Guide published in New York University Bulletin of the Tamiment Institute/Ben Josephson Library, No. 50, April, 1983.

The George Breitman Papers (Tamiment 169)

Separated Material

The Max Shachtman Photographs (Tamiment Photographs 087).

The Max Shachtman Book, Pamphlet and Periodical Collection, has been integrated into the Tamiment Library's book, vertical file, and periodical collections, described below. (A list of these materials is held by the Library).

The Shachtman Library holdings numbered over 3000 books, over 1000 pamphlets, and 350 periodical and proceedings titles. These include rare pamphlets from Germany 1918-19, proceedings of dozens of Communist and Trotskyist sections around the world (France, Germany, Latin America), Trotskyist periodicals of many countries, and pamphlets and booklets on dozens of subjects (catalogued now in the Tamiment's vertical files). Shachtman was an earnest bibliophile with an intense interest in questions international and historical. The total collection traces the course of socialist ideas, Marxian theory, and labor history. The books include an almost comprehensive set of publications on the Communist International, numerous works on labor history, social movements in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, all the works by Lenin and Trotsky available in English and German during Shachtman's lifetime. Several original 19th century editions are included; a collection of Marx-Engels Gesamte Ausgabe in 10 volumes; 12 volumes of the writings of Ferdinand La Salle; the literary criticism of Franz Mehring; Die Neue Zeit, the magazine of the German social democracy as edited by Karl Kautsky; the French editions of the correspondence between Friedrich Engels and Paul and Laura Marx LaFargue. Many of the books were acquired as gifts and loans.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to the fragile nature of the original materials, researchers must use the microfilmed version, with the exception of Series II; Series IV: Parts A, B, C, and E; Series V: Part E; and Series VI. Microfilm call number is Film R-7203, Reels 1-71.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The provenance of this collection is unknown, but we have reason to believe the collection was purchased from Yetta Barsch Shachtman in 1978. The number associated with this accession is 1978.001.

An addendum was received from the estate of Yetta Barsch Shachtman in the late 1990s, early 2000s.