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Guide to the Democratic Socialists of America Records TAM.105

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Collection processed by Peter Meyer Filardo

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 30, 2020
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Finding aid was edited by Amy C. Vo to reflect a 2019 accretion. Edited by Nicole Greenhouse for additional administration information and the incorporation of archived websites  , February 2019 , December 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Democratic Socialists of America
Source: Democratic Socialists of America
Source: Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (U.S.)
Title: Democratic Socialists of America Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1940-2016
Dates [bulk]: 1972-2013
Abstract: Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) was founded in 1973 as the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and led by Michael Harrington (1928-1989), best known as the author of The Other America (1962) and became DSA upon its merger with the New American Movement (a New Left organization) in 1982. The collection contains administrative records, including convention materials, minutes, correspondence (including that of Michael Harrington), photographs, state and local chapter files, including local publications, membership files, committee, project, and topical files; correspondence and some administrative records of DSA's Youth Section; reports and proceedings of the Socialist International, of which DSA is the U.S. affiliate. The collection also contains published and unpublished writings of Michael Harrington and files relating to his travel and speaking engagements.
Quantity: 149.25 Linear Feet in 148 boxes, 5 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, 2 media boxes, and 1 oversize folder in shared housing
Quantity: 194.48 Gigabytes
Quantity: 10 videocassettes (vhs)
Quantity: 22 websites in 22 archived websites.
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM.105

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Historical Note

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) was founded in 1973 as the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and led by Michael Harrington (1928-1989), best known as the author of The Other America (1962) and became the DSA upon its merger with the New American Movement (a New Left youth organization) in 1982. Harrington and others who left the Socialist Party-Social Democratic Foundation over its support of the Vietnam War were among the principal founders of DSOC. DSA established chapters in virtually every state, including chapters at many colleges and universities, worked to build a progressive presence in the Democratic Party through its Democratic Agenda project, worked closely with progressive labor unions and leaders, feminists and others to promote a social democratic agenda and a peaceful foreign policy, and advocated for socialism while strongly criticising Communism. DSA also published  Democratic Left, founded the Socialist Scholars Conference (now known as the Left Forum), and established the Insitute for Democratic Socialism. DSA also has a youth and student section, Young Democratic Socialists of America, which organizes on university, college, and high school campuses. DSA is the U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains administrative records, including convention materials; minute; photographs; correspondence (including that of Michael Harrington); state and local chapter files, including local publications, membership files, committee, project, and topical files; correspondence and administrative records of the DSA's Youth Section (YDSA, or YDS); reports and proceedings of the Socialist International, of which DSA is the U.S. affiliate; files on the DSA-founded Institute for Democratic Socialism; and files on other labor and left organizations, as well as websites created by the DSA. The collection also contains published and unpublished writings of Michael Harrington and files relating to his travel and speaking engagements. In addition to Harringon, the principal correspondents are national leaders Carl Shier, Jack Clark, Maxine Phillips, and Frank Llewellyn. While we have noted isolated files of Michal Harrington correspondence (in addition to the several boxes consisting exclusively of his correspondence), there is some additional Harrington correspondence scattered throughout the collection.

Arrangement

Boxes 1-6 have been arranged into like groups. Series XII has only been inventoried. Series XIII has not been arranged by an archivist; the materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Circular letters.
  • Manuscripts
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Lectures.
  • Mailing lists.
  • Speeches.
  • Proceedings.
  • Audiocassettes.
  • Reports.
  • Surveys (documents).
  • Videocassettes.
  • Newsletters.
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Web sites.

Subject Organizations

  • New American Movement (Organization)
  • Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (U.S.)
  • Democratic Socialists of America
  • Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (U.S.)

Subject Topics

  • Labor unions and socialism -- United States.
  • College students -x Political activity -- United States.
  • Socialism -- United States -- History.
  • Socialism -- United States -- Periodicals.
  • Socialism -- United States.
  • Socialism and youth -- United States.
  • Women and socialism -- United States.
  • Poverty -- United States.
  • New Left -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use materials in the collection in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Democratic Socialists of America Records; TAM 105; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

To cite the archived website in this collection: Identification of item, date; Democratic Socialists of America Records; TAM 105; Wayback URL; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

New American Movement Records (TAM 051)

Michael Harrington Papers (TAM 209)

Maurice Isserman Research Files for The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington (TAM 239)

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.

Born-Digital Access Policies and Procedures

Advance notice is required for the use of computer records. Original physical digital media is restricted. Born-digital materials have not been transferred and may not be available to researchers. Researchers may request access copies. To request that material be transferred, or if you are unsure if material has been transferred, please contact Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive 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 the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee; 1980. Additional accessions were donated by the Democratic Socialists of America in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, and 2019. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 1970.018, 1980.017, NPA 2002.022, NPA 2006.030, 2019.017, and 2019.051.

http://www.dsausa.org/, http://theactivist.org/, http://www.ydsusa.org/, and https://talkingunion.wordpress.com/ were initially selected by curators and captured through the use of The California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service in 2008-2009 as part of the Communism, Socialism, Trotskyism Web Archive. https://fund-dsausa.nationbuilder.com/ was added in 2013. In 2015, this website was migrated to Archive-It. Archive-It uses web crawling technology to capture websites at a scheduled time and displays only an archived copy, from the resulting WARC file, of the website. In 2018, https://y.dsausa.org/, https://dsa.actionkit.com/donate/dsa-fund/, https://electoral.dsausa.org/, https://ecosocialists.dsausa.org/, https://democraticleft.dsausa.org/, https://teachers.dsausa.org/, and https://store.dsausa.org/ were added. The accession number associated with these websites are 2019.088. In April-May 2019, https://labor.dsausa.org/, https://fund.dsausa.org/, https://socialistforum.dsausa.org/, and https://international.dsausa.org/ were added. The accession number associated with these websites are 2019.128. In October 2019, https://dsaantiwar.com/, https://tech.dsausa.org/, https://breadandrosesdsa.org/, https://medicareforall.dsausa.org/, http://closethecampsoct.org/, and https://bernie.dsausa.org/ were added. The accession number associated with these websites is 2019.147. In December 2019, https://www.religioussocialism.org/ and https://socialistcall.com/ were added. The accession number associated with these websites are 2020.014.

Processing Information

Photographs were separated from this collection during initial processing and were established as a separate collection, the Democratic Socialists of America [International Union of Socialist Youth World Festival] Photographs (PHOTOS 129). In 2014, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the the Democratic Socialists of America Records.

Series I was processed as the Democratic Socialists of America and Michael Harrington Correspondence by David Donabedian in May 1991. Series II-XI were processed by Alizah Zinberg in January 1985. Series XII consists of a box level inventory, done in circa 2009.

In 2014, the archived websites were added as Series XIV. Additional websites were added to Series XIV in 2019-2020.

Materials in the 2019 accretion were rehoused in acid-free boxes. Loose VHS tapes were rehoused in cases. Posters were intellectually added to Series XII. Unprocessed. Born-digital materials were identified and physically inventoried, but not forensically imaged. New York University Libraries follow professional standards and best practices when imaging, ingesting, and processing born-digital material in order to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the content.

Take Down Policy

Archived websites are made accessible for purposes of education and research. NYU Libraries have given attribution to rights holders when possible; however, due to the nature of archival collections, we are not always able to identify this information.

If you hold the rights to materials in our archived websites that are unattributed, please let us know so that we may maintain accurate information about these materials.

If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this website for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under US copyright laws), you may request the removal of the material from our site by submitting a notice, with the elements described below, to the repository email.

Please include the following in your notice: Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and information sufficient to permit us to locate the material; your contact information, such as an address, telephone number, and email address; a statement that you are the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed and that you have a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; a statement that the information in the notification is accurate and made under penalty of perjury; and your physical or electronic signature. Upon receiving a notice that includes the details listed above, we will remove the allegedly infringing material from public view while we assess the issues identified in your notice.

Accruals

Additional accruals are expected.

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Container List

Series I: Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Michael Harrington, Correspondence
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Michael Harrington, Correspondence
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Michael Harrington, Correspondence
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Michael Harrington, Correspondence
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Michael Harrington, Correspondence
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Carl Shier/Coalition Caucus
1966, 1967, 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Carl Shier/Coalition Caucus
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Carl Shier/Coalition Caucus
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Michael Harrington, Writings unpublished
1970-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Michael Harrington, Writings unpublished
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Michael Harrington, Writings unpublished
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Writings of Others
1971, 1973
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Unidentified Writings
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 15 American Federation of Teachers
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 15a Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, Background and Formation clippings
1971-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 16 New York City Politics
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 16a Speaking Engagements
1971-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 17 United Auto Workers, Affirmative Action
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Union Democracy Review
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Memorabilia
1959-1973
Box: 1A Folder : 1 Remarks on Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee
1959
Box: 1A Folder : 2 Discussion bulletins
1981
Box: 1A Folder : 3 7 Press releases
1973, 1976
Box: 1A Folder : 4 Convention diary
1975
Box: 1A Folder : 5 Pre Convention memos 6 May 1981 Resolutions, amendments
May 1981
Box: 1A Folder : 7 Reports, correspondence, agenda
May 1981
Box: 1A Folder : 8 Reports, correspondence, agenda
May 1981
Box: 1A Folder : 9 Convention memos, appointments
May 1981
Box: 1A Folder : 10 Workshops correspondence, topics
May 1981
Box: 1A Folder : 11 At large delegate correspondence
May 1981
Box: 1A Folder : 12 Memos, proposed amendments, resolutions, report, rules, NAM/Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee document
Jan 1980
Box: 1A Folder : 13 Minutes, resolutions, amendments, agenda, memos, reports, correspondence
Jun 1980
Box: 1A Folder : 14 Youth and Peace Work reports
Jun 1980
Box: 1A Folder : 15 Minutes, resolutions, amendments
Jan 1981
Box: 1A Folder : 16 Minutes, reports, constitution, resolutions, amendments, agendas
1979-1981
Box: 1A Folder : 17 Key list memos, proposal, clippings
1979-1981
Box: 1A Folder : 18 Correspondence, memos, institutions list, conference program, notices, pamphlet, songs
1979-1981
Box: 1A Folder : 19 Summer mailing lists, correspondence
1980
Box: 1A Folder : 20 Summer Youth Conference correspondence, list of participants
1980
Box: 1A Folder : 21 Days of Decision publications
1980-1981
Box: 1A Folder : 22 International Union of Socialist Youth trip applications, fundraising letters
1981
Box: 1A Folder : 23 Minutes, agenda, correspondence
1980
Box: 1A Folder : 24 Draft resolutions, reports, memos, correspondence, statement
1981
Box: 1A Folder : 25 Minutes, correspondence, reports
Mar 1980
Box: 1A Folder : 26 Minutes, correspondence, reports, memos, notices, agendas, draft resolutions
Oct 1981
Box: 1A Folder : 27 Program committees: memos, correspondence, statements, form letters
1980-1981
Box: 1A Folder : 28 Subcommittee meetings: agendas, statements, resolutions, amendments, recommendations
1980
Box: 1A Folder : 29 Democratic Agenda Conference: bulletin, reports
1979-1980
Box: 1A Folder : 30 Education Task Force: memos, correspondence, readings lists
1977
Box: 1A Folder : 31 Health Care Task Force: newsletter and subscription form, bibliography
1980
Box: 1A Folder : 32 Hispanic Commission: reports, correspondence, memos, newsletters
1977-1978
Box: 1A Folder : 33 Industrial Democracy Task Force: essay, bibliographies, correspondence
1977-1978
Box: 1A Folder : 34 Jewish Commission: proposal
1981
Box: 1A Folder : 35 Lawyer`s Caucus: letter
Mar 1978
Box: 1A Folder : 36 Committee on Religion and Socialism: newsletters, correspondence, activists list
1978-1979
Box: 1A Folder : 37 Temporary Interim Committee: minutes
Aug, Oct 1981
Box: 1B Records: Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee Formation and Early Years: Carl Shier Correspondence
1971-1978
Box: 1C Folder : 1 Election to Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee Convention
1975
Box: 1C Folder : 2 General Correspondence and Mailing List
Circa 1979
Box: 1C Folder : 3 Michael Harrington as Delegate to Interim Convention of Democratic Party
1974
Box: 1C Folder : 4 Michael Harrington: Open Letter to Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee
Jun 1973
Box: 1C Folder : 5 Key List
1974-1975
Box: 1C Folder : 6 Representative Larry McDonald on Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee
1978
Box: 1C Folder : 7 Membership Reports
1975-1976
Box: 1C Folder : 8 Midwest Labor Conference
1973-1974, 1976
Box: 1C Folder : 8A Minority Recruitment
1977
Box: 1C Folder : 9 National Alliance Against Racism
1973-1977
Box: 1C Folder : 10 National Board
Oct 12, 1973
Box: 1C Folder : 11 National Board
Feb 14, 1974 - May 19, 1974
Box: 1C Folder : 12 National Board
Mar 1975
Box: 1C Folder : 13 National Board
Dec 13, 1975
Box: 1C Folder : 14 National Board
1974-1976
Box: 1C Folder : 15 National Board
Mar 13, 1976
Box: 1C Folder : 16 National Board
1977
Box: 1C Folder : 17 National Board
1978
Box: 1C Folder : 18 National Board
1979
Box: 1C Folder : 19 National Office Committee/National Steering Committee
1973
Box: 1C Folder : 20 National Office Committee
1974
Box: 1C Folder : 21 National Office Committee
1975
Box: 1C Folder : 22 National Office Committee
1976-1977
Box: 1D Folder : 1 National Office Committee
1978
Box: 1D Folder : 2 Organizers Institute
Undated
Box: 1D Folder : 3 Olaf Palme Reception
Oct 17, 1975
Box: 1D Folder : 4 Puerto Rico
1977-1978
Box: 1D Folder : 5 Public Events
1975
Box: 1D Folder : 6 Portugal Mailgram Campaign
Jul 1975-Aug 1975
Box: 1D Folder : 7 Portugal Rights Defense Fund
1976
Box: 1D Folder : 8 Socialist Filmstrip
1975-1976
Box: 1D Folder : 9 Socialist Weekends
1973-1975
Box: 1D Folder : 10 Soviet Jewry (Political Prisoners)
1977-1979
Box: 1D Folder : 11 Speakers Bureau
1975
Box: 1D Folder : 12 Staff Meetings
1976-1977
Box: 1D Folder : 13 Staff Meetings
1978
Box: 1D Folder : 14 Staff Meetings
1979
Box: 1D Folder : 15 Stencils, Form Letters
Undated
Box: 1D Folder : 16 J.P Stevens Campaign
1975-1978
Box: 1D Folder : 17 Youth Conference Registrations
1975

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Series II: Organizational Overview

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Remarks on Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Discussion bulletins
1981
Box: 2 Folder : 3 7 Press releases
1973, 1976

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Series III: Conventions

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Convention diary
1975
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Pre Convention memos 6 May 1981
May 1981
Box: 2 Folder : 7-8 Reports, correspondence, agenda Resolutions, amendments
May 1981
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Convention memos, appointments
May 1981
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Workshops correspondence, topics
May 1981
Box: 2 Folder : 11 At large delegate correspondence
May 1981

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Series IV: National Board

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Memos, proposed amendments, resolutions, report, rules, NAM/Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee document
Jan 1980
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Minutes, resolutions, amendments, agenda, memos, reports, correspondence
Jun 1980
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Youth and Peace Work reports
Jun 1980
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Minutes, resolutions, amendments
Jan 1981

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Series V: Youth Section

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Minutes, reports, constitution, resolutions, amendments, agendas
1979-1981
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Key list memos, proposal, clippings
1979-1981
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Correspondence, memos, institutions list, conference program, notices, pamphlet, songs
1979-1981
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Summer mailing lists, correspondence
1980
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Summer Youth Conference correspondence, list of participants
1980
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Days of Decision publications
1980-1981
Box: 2 Folder : 22 International Union of Socialist Youth trip applications, fundraising letters
1981

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Series VI: National Executive Committee (NEC)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Minutes, agenda, correspondence
1980
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Draft resolutions, reports, memos, correspondence, statement
1981
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Minutes, correspondence, reports
Mar 1981
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Minutes, correspondence, reports, memos, notices, agendas, draft resolutions
Oct 1981

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Series VII: Commissions, Committees, Task Forces, Caucuses and Projects

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Program committees: memos, correspondence, statements, form letters
1980-1981
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Subcommittee meetings: agendas, statements, resolutions, amendments, recommendations
1980
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Democratic Agenda Conference: bulletin, reports
1979-1980
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Education Task Force: memos, correspondence, readings lists
1977
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Health Care Task Force: newsletter and subscription form, bibliography
1980
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Hispanic Commission: reports, correspondence, memos, newsletters
1977-1978
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Industrial Democracy Task Force: essay, bibliographies, correspondence
1977-1978
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Jewish Commission: proposal
1981
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Lawyer`s Caucus: letter
Mar 1978
Box: 2 Folder : 36 Committee on Religion and Socialism: newsletters, correspondence, activists list
1978-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 37 Temporary Interim Committee: minutes
Aug, Oct 1981

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Series VIII: Locals, State and Regional Organizations

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2A Folder : 1 Alabama: correspondence, notices
1980-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 2 Alaska: correspondence, notice, clippings
1980-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 3 California: resolution, clippings
1979-1980
Box: 2A Folder : 4 California, Bay Area: form letters, correspondence, proposal, report, calendars, notices
1978-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 5 California, Los Angeles: minutes, report, correspondence
1980-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 6 California, Sacramento Valley: correspondence, notices, clippings, song
1978-1980
Box: 2A Folder : 7 California, San Diego: minutes, correspondence, notices, clippings, agendas
1979-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 8 California, Santa Cruz: report, publication, clipping
1981-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 9 Colorado: correspondence, bulletin
1979-1980
Box: 2A Folder : 10 Connecticut: correspondence, notices, clippings
1980-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 11 D.C., Washington: correspondence, memos, report, clippings
1979-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 12 Florida: correspondence
1980-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 13 Georgia: correspondence
1979-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 14 Georgia, Atlanta: constitution, letter
1980
Box: 2A Folder : 15 Illinois: correspondence
1980-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 16 Illinois, Chicago: correspondence, report, clippings
1978-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 17 Illinois, Champaign Urbana: correspondence, notices
1980
Box: 2A Folder : 18 Illinois, Springfield: correspondence
1980
Box: 2A Folder : 19 Indiana: correspondence
1980-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 20 Iowa: correspondence, notices
1979-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 21 Kansas: correspondence
1980
Box: 2A Folder : 22 Kentucky: correspondence, clippings
1980-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 23 Louisiana: correspondence
1980
Box: 2A Folder : 24 Maine: correspondence
1980, 1982
Box: 2A Folder : 25 Maryland: correspondence
1980
Box: 2A Folder : 26 Massachusetts: correspondence, invitation
1980-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 27 Mass., Boston: correspondence, clippings, notice, pamphlet
1980-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 28 Michigan: correspondence, notices, pamphlets
1979-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 29 Minnesota: correspondence, memos, clipping
1980-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 30 Mississippi: correspondence
1980
Box: 2A Folder : 31 Missouri: correspondence, notices
1980-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 32 New Hampshire: correspondence
1980
Box: 2A Folder : 33 New Jersey: correspondence, notice
1980-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 34 New Mexico: correspondence
1980
Box: 2A Folder : 35 New York Albany, Ithaca: annual report, correspondence, notice
1981-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 36 New York, Nassau County: correspondence, notices, statement of principles, clippings
1980, 1982
Box: 2A Folder : 37 New York, New York City: correspondence, memos, statements, notices, pamphlets
1978-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 38 New York, Rochester: annual report, correspondence, notices, invoices
1980-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 39 New York, Suffolk County: correspondence, clipping, notices
1980-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 40 North Carolina: correspondence, notice
1979-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 41 Ohio: correspondence, memos
1980-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 42 Oregon: annual report, correspondence, resolution, memos, clippings, poster ad
1980-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 43 Pennsylvania: correspondence, memos, notices, brochures
1979-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 44 Rhode Island: annual report, correspondence, notices
1979-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 45 Tennessee: correspondence, memos, schedule
1979-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 46 Texas: correspondence, membership roster, report, notices, clipping
1979-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 47 Vermont: minutes, correspondence, notices, clippings
1980-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 48 Virginia: correspondence, constitution, bylaws; 1982-19-19report, notices
1979-1980
Box: 2A Folder : 49 Washington state: annual report, preamble, correspondence, memos, notices, clippings
1979-1982
Box: 2A Folder : 50 Wisconsin: correspondence, notices, news release, clipping newsletters:
1980-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 51 Grass Roots
Oct 1977-Jun 1978
Box: 2A Folder : 52 California: Bay Area
1976-1977, 1979
Box: 2A Folder : 53 California, Los Angeles
1978-1981
Box: 2A Folder : 54 Colorado
1980
Box: 2A Folder : 55 Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
1979-1982
Box: 2B Folder : 1 D.C., Washington
1977-1982
Box: 2B Folder : 2 Illinois, Chicago
1976-1980
Box: 2B Folder : 3 Maine
1976, 1979-1980
Box: 2B Folder : 4 Maryland
1978, 1982
Box: 2B Folder : 5 Massachusetts
1976-1977
Box: 2B Folder : 6 Michigan
1978-1982
Box: 2B Folder : 7 Minnesota
1978-1981
Box: 2B Folder : 8 Missouri
1979-1981
Box: 2B Folder : 9 New England
1979
Box: 2B Folder : 10 New Jersey
1979
Box: 2B Folder : 11 New York Albany, Ithaca, Rochester
1981-1982
Box: 2B Folder : 12 New York Nassau County
1977-1979
Box: 2B Folder : 13 New York Suffolk County
1978
Box: 2B Folder : 14 Oregon
1977-1978
Box: 2B Folder : 15 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1978-1981
Box: 2B Folder : 16 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
1978
Box: 2B Folder : 17 Virginia
1981-1982
Box: 2B Folder : 18 Wisconsin
1981-1982

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Series IX: Administrative Files

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2B Folder : 19 Staff meetings minutes, memos
1978-1980
Box: 2B Folder : 20 Key list memos
1981
Box: 2B Folder : 21 Debs Thomas dinner form letters
1981
Box: 2C Folder : 23 General form letters, dues reminders, registration form
1978-1979
Box: 2C Folder : 24 Personnel and Management Committee memo / application for National Director
1980
Box: 2C Folder : 25 Time diary
Nov 8-14, 1980
Box: 2C Folder : 26 Travel schedules
1980-1981
Box: 2C Folder : 27 Fundraising activities, correspondence
1980-1981

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Series X: Clippings

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2C Folder : 28 News clippings, letter, calendar
1977-1981

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Series XI: Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and New American Movement Conventions and Joint Publications

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2C Folder : 29 Convention agenda
Aug 1979
Box: 2C Folder : 30 New American Movement Convention resolutions, amendments, general information, factsheet, report, chapter membership data, candidacy statements, form letter, song sheet
Jul 1980
Box: 2C Folder : 31 Letter, questionnaire, bulletin, pamphlet, memo
1980-1981

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Series XIV: Archived Websites, November 2008-ongoing. 22 websites in 22 archived websites.

Democratic Socialists of America Archived Website: November 2008-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/http://www.dsausa.org/]

The Activist Archived Website: March 2009-November 2014

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/http://theactivist.org/]

Young Democratic Socialists Archived Website: November 2008-August 2017

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/http://www.ydsusa.org/]

Talking Union Archived Website: July 2009-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://talkingunion.wordpress.com/]

DSA Fund Archived Website: October 2013-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://fund-dsausa.nationbuilder.com/]

Young Democratic Socialists of America Archived Website: November 2018-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://y.dsausa.org/]

Democratic Socialists of America Fund: October 2018-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://dsa.actionkit.com/donate/dsa-fund/]

Democratic Socialists of America National Electoral Committee Archived Website: October 2018-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://electoral.dsausa.org/]

Democratic Socialists of America Ecosocialists Archived Website: October 2018-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://ecosocialists.dsausa.org/]

Democratic Left Archived Website: October 2018-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://democraticleft.dsausa.org/]

Why Socialists Should Become Teachers Archived Website: October 2018-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://teachers.dsausa.org/]

Democratic Socialists of America Store Archived Website: October 2018-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://store.dsausa.org/]

Democratic Socialist Labor Commission Archived Website: April 2019-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://labor.dsausa.org/]

DSA Fund Archived Website: April 2019-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://fund.dsausa.org/]

Socialist Forum Archived Website: April 2019-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://socialistforum.dsausa.org/]

Democratic Socialists of America International Committee Archived Website: May 2019-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://international.dsausa.org/]

Democratic Socialists of America Anti-War Think-Tank Archived Website: October 2019-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://dsaantiwar.com/]

Democratic Socialists of America National Tech Committee Archived Website: October 2019-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://tech.dsausa.org/]

Bread & Roses Archived Website: October 2019-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://breadandrosesdsa.org/]

Democratic Socialists for Medicare for All Archived Website: October 2018-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://medicareforall.dsausa.org/]

Close the Camps Nationwide Action Archived Website: October 2019-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/http://closethecampsoct.org/]

Democratic Socialists for Bernie Archived Website: October 2019-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://bernie.dsausa.org/]

Religious Socialism Archived Website: October 2018-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://www.religioussocialism.org/]

The Call Archived Website: December 2019-ongoing

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6338/*/https://socialistcall.com/]

Scope and Content Note

This series contains the main website, blogs, and subdomains of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), dating back to 2008. http://www.dsausa.org/ contains information on their campaigns and programs, which include student debt alleviation, immigrant rights, environmentalism, medicare for all, and the protection of social programs, as well as meeting minutes, chapter information, convention materials, fundraising, their scholarship fund, online store, endoresments, and event listings.

The main DSA website provides links to many of their projects and campaigns, including the Young Democratic Socialists of America, the National Electoral Committee, the Labor Commission, the Anti-War Think Tank, Ecosocialist working group, the International Committee, the DSA Fund, and the Tech Committee. Specific campaign websites were also captured, including Medicare for All, Close the Camps national action (protesting the detention and mistreatment of migrants and refugees, the separation of migrant families, mass deportation, and raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement), and Democratic Socialists campaign for Bernie Sanders.

The series also contains online publications created by the DSA, including Socialist Forum is a publication produced by the Democratic Socialists of America, which intends to facilitate debate and discussion among socialist thinkers and DSA members about ongoing political issues and to develop materials that can be incorporated into future political educational materials; Talking Union blog from the DSA Labor network; Democratic Left, their digital magazine; and "Why Socialists Should Become Teachers" digital pamphlet. The online magazine of the Young Democratic Socialists was known as the Activist, which was captured from 2009-2014.

It also includes the Bread & Roses caucus website, a national caucus of Marxist organizers in the Democratic Socialists of America committed to helping build an effective DSA rooted in the multiracial working class. The website includes the caucus' platform and action items, and their publication, "The Call." "The Call" is an online publication of the Democratic Socialists of America's Bread and Roses Caucus publishing opinion writing about democratic socialist organizing and administration. The site is also home to a podcast: "The Call Radio" which is available for online streaming. ReligiousSocialism.org is the website for the Democratic Socialists of America's Religion and Socialism Commission, founded by John Court, which seeks to build coalitions between progressive people of different faiths and advance conversations that bridge theology and socialist politics. The site manages regular blogs and podcasts.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to technical or privacy issues, archived websites may not be exact copies of the original website at the time of the web crawl. Certain file types will not be captured dependent on how they are embedded in the site. Other parts of websites that the crawler has difficulty capturing includes Javascript, streaming content, database-driven content, and highly interactive content. Full-Text searches of archived websites are available at https://archive-it.org/organizations/567.

Accruals

New site crawls are accrued semiannually.

Appraisal

Crawl was limited to domains and subdomains of dsausa.org in order to remain within the collection scope and data constraints. Robots.txt (a piece of code designed to limit crawler activity within a website) was ignored.

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