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Guide to the David Fender Papers TAM.104

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Descriptive Summary

Source - dnr: Fender, David
Creator: Fender, David
Title: David Fender Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1952-1974
Abstract: U.S. Trotskyist David Fender was active in the Socialist Workers Party and a number of its political factions and offshootsFender was also secretary to Peng Shu-tse and Chen Pi-len in Paris in the 1960s. Peng was one of the founders of the Chinese Communist Party and the leader of the Trotskyist movement in China from the 1920s until the early 1950s when he and his wife, Chen Pi-len, were forced to flee the country. The collection contains Fender's correspondence with numerous Trotskyists and other leftists, including correspondence and interviews with exiled Chinese Trotskyist leaders Peng Shu-tse and Chen Pi-len. There are also manuscripts and articles, internal discussion materials from the Fourth International, internal documents and printed ephemera from various Trotskyist organizations, and audiotapes of meetings and other events of various U.S. Trotskyist organizations, including a talk by James P. Cannon.
Quantity: 3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1-3
Call Phrase: TAM.104

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Historical/Biographical Note

U.S. Trotskyist David Fender was active in the Socialist Workers Party and a number of its political factions and offshoots; mainly the Communist Tendency, the Leninist Faction (later known as the Class Struggle League), the Vanguard Newsletter and the Spartacist League. Fender was also secretary to Peng Shu-tse and Chen Pi-len in Paris in the 1960s. Peng was one of the founders of the Chinese Communist Party and the leader of the Trotskyist movement in China from the 1920s until the early 1950s when he and his wife, Chen Pi-len, also an active Trotskyist, were forced to flee the country with many of their followers after Mao Zedong's attack on the Chinese Trotskyists.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains Fender's correspondence with numerous Trotskyists and other leftists, including correspondence and interviews with exiled Chinese Trotskyist leaders Peng Shu-tse and Chen Pi-len. There are also manuscripts and articles, internal discussion materials from the Fourth International [serials to be removed and placed in the Library's serial collection], internal documents and printed ephemera from various Trotskyist organizations, and audiotapes of meetings and other events of various U.S. Trotskyist organizations, including a talk by James P. Cannon [separated to the Library's Oral History collection].

NOTE: There is a folder level (paper) inventory available at the Library. Please direct further inquiries to: tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I, Correspondence; II, Manuscipts and Articles; III, Fourth International; IV, Trotskyist Organizations; V. Audiotapes.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Peng, Shu-tse, 1895-
  • Chen, Pi-len
  • Fender, David
  • Fender, David

Subject Organizations

  • Socialist Workers Party
  • Class Struggle League
  • Fourth International

Subject Topics

  • Trotskyism |z China.
  • Trotskyism |z United States.
  • Trotskyism.
  • Communism -- China.
  • Communist parties -- United States.
  • Communism.
  • Communism -- United States.

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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 1952-1974, are expected to enter the public domain in 2095.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Neil Sih Typescript: "Five Years of the Left Opposition in China: An Attempt to Explain Its Failure to Make Progress" (Tamiment 303)

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2630 with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by David Fender, 1978. The accession number associated with this gift is 1977.002.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Correspondence
1959-1974
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Charles Adams
1969
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Alan
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Mick Barry
1970
Box: 1 Folder : 4 John Barzman
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Terry W. Bell
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Nick Benjamin
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Jim Bingham
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 8 David Buckholder
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 9 John Connolly
1970s
Box: 1 Folder : 10 James P. Cannon
1959-1960
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Clive
1975
Box: 1 Folder : 12 M.C. Cook
1973-1974
Box: 1 Folder : 13 David Cunningham
1972-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Daisy
1970
Box: 1 Folder : 15 G. de Leon
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Marie Fraince de Deumat
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Ed di Tullio
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Ed di Tullio
1972-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Hal Draper
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Fred Ferguson
1971-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Kevin Fitzpatrick
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Flour Gilbert
July 23, 1969
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Earl Gilman
1971-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Barbara Gregorich
1968-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Neal Grover
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Joe and Reba Hansen
1965-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Jim Hays
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Sam Hunt
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Jan
1967
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Fred Joffe
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Michael Kappes
1968-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Malcolm Kaufman
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 33 John Keeley
1970-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Chris [Kinder?]
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Gerard Lebrun
1968
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Ralph Levitt
1965-1969
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Peter Manti
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Bill Moore
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Elliot Moore
1969-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 39a David Morgan
1972-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 40 George Novack
1967-1968
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Laurens Otter
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Peter Peterson
1970
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Henry Platsky
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 44 Bill Ramseyer
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Al Richardson
1969-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 46 Harold Robins
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 47 James Robertson
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Franklin Rosemont
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Simone
Box: 1 Folder : 50 Socialist Workers Party
1965-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 51 Ronnie Somerlott and Ted Campbell
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 52 Kathleen L.B. Steward
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 53 Judy Stuart
1972-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 54 Peter
1969-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 55 Ernest Tate
1966
Box: 1 Folder : 56 Thorsten Thalstein
1972-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 57 David Thorstad
1967
Box: 1 Folder : 58 Time/Life 1968
1968
Box: 1 Folder : 59 M. Torigian
1971-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 60 Mike Torney
1967
Box: 1 Folder : 61 Harry Turner
1968-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 62 Harry Turner
1972-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 63 Keith and Valerie Veness
1968-1974
Box: 1 Folder : 64 Albert Weisbord
1972

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Box: 1 Peng Shu-tse and Chen Pi-len
1952-1969
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 65 Material by and about Peng and Chen
1952-1969
Box: 1 Folder : 66 Correspondence of Chen and Peng with D.F.
1966-1969
Box: 1 Folder : 67 Interview with Chen-August 12, 1966 and February 10, 1967
August 12, 1966 and February 10, 1967
Box: 1 Folder : 68 Correspondence with Yamanishe and Nakajama
1960-1968
Box: 1 Folder : 69 Interview with Peng by D.F.
1967
Box: 1 Folder : 70 Peng's report on trip to Japan
November 5, 1968
Box: 1 Folder : 71 Correspondence and statements by Peng
1950 and 1960

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Box: 2 Manuscripts and Articles
1936-1972
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Bishop, Hillman M., "The American League Against War and Fascism 1936"
1936
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Chuo, Chien, "New Development of the 'Cultural Revolution'"
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Cunningham, David, "On Political Differences-an Elementary Clarification on What Politics Means"
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Dicken, N. "Genesis of Pabloism and Exodus from Pseudo-Trotskyist Fraud"
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Farien, Antonio, "Mao's Purge and the Working Class"
April 20, 1967
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Fender, David, manuscripts and notes
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Gilman, Earl, "Open Letter to the P.O.R."
January 1972
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Declaration of the I.S. of the Fourth International on the First Cosmic Flight
April 12, 1961
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Hardie, K., "The Labour Party and Our Tactics in Britain"
1970s
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Hays, Jim, "The International Committee and Left Pabloism" ; "Centrism or Permanent Revolution"
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Jones, David, position papers on the I.S.
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Platsky, Henry, "Countermotion on Current Organizational Matters and the Fusion with C.S.L."
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Proletarian Military Policy
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Saling, Rick, "The Trouble with Liz..."
February 17, 1969
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Turner, Harry, "Memo on 'Maosim Run Amok'"; "Amendments to 'Marxism vs S.W.P.'"

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Box: 2 Fourth International-Internal Discussion
1940-1969
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 16 F.I.-Conference of I.K.D., R.C.L. and S.L. in London
November 23-November 24 1940
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Internal Discussion within F.I.
1940s-1960s
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Internal Discussion within F.I.
1952-1969
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Internal Discussion within F.I.
1954-1967
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Internal Discussion within F.I.
1964-1965
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Internal Discussion within F.I.
1967-1967
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Documents on Reunification
1965-1969
Box: 2 Folder : 23 F.I.-Internal Discussion on Japan
1959-1961
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Internal Debate in French Section of F.I.
1969

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Box: 3 Organizations
1947-1979
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Black Workers Congress
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Chicago Surrealist Group
1970s
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Class Struggle League
1972-1973
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Committee for a Rank and File Caucus
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Communications Workers of America
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Communist Tendency-agendas and minutes
1971
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Communist Tendency
1971
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Freedon Socialist Party
1971
Box: 3 Folder : 9 International Marxist Group, Britain
1969
Box: 3 Folder : 10 International Socialists
August 1972
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Jeunesse Communiste Revolutionnaire (J.C.R., F.I. youth section P.C.I.)
1960s
Box: 3 Folder : 12 J.C.R. and P.C.I leaflets and statements re: uprising
May 1968
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Leninist Faction
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Ligue Communiste (until 1968 called Partido Communiste Internationaliste)
1960s-1970s
Box: 3 Folder : 15 National Caucus of Labor Committees
Box: 3 Folder : 16 New York Revolutionary Committee (NYRC)
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Organizaing Committee for Workers' Councils (OCWC)
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Proletarian Party, United States of America
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Rank and File Trade Union Caucus
1970s
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain
1947-1949
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Revolutionary Workers Group
1973
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Socialist Chartist (Britain)
1971-1973
Box: 3 Folder : 23 Socialist Forum
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 24 Socialist Labor League of Britain
June 1960
Box: 3 Folder : 25 Socialist Reconstruction
1971
Box: 3 Folder : 26 Socialist Workers Party-convention material
1971
Box: 3 Folder : 27 Socialist Workers Party-national office
1969-1971
Box: 3 Folder : 28 New York Spartacist Committee-minutes
November 1964-January 1967
Box: 3 Folder : 29 Spartacist League-Political Bureau Minutes
1970-1972
Box: 3 Folder : 30 Spartacist League
1971-1972
Box: 3 Folder : 31 Spartacus (Germany)
1969-1973
Box: 3 Folder : 32 Vanguard Newsletter correspondence and statements
1972-1973
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Vanguard Newsletter-Bay Area minutes
December 21, 1972 and January 2, 1973
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Vanguard Newsletter-New york City minutes
August 1972-February 1973
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Vanguard Newsletter mailing labels
Box: 3 Folder : 36 Young Socialist Alliance
1966-1972
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Documents on Israel
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Miscellaneous Political Statements and Leaflets
1960s-1970s
Box: 3 Folder : 39 Foreign Bulletins
1962-1969

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