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Guide to the Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Papers TAM.118

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2596

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Martha Foley, 1985

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 14, 2021
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited to reflect incorporation of material found in repository and updated administrative information, edited by Jasmine Sykes-Kunk for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description Edited by Laura Juliano to reflect the rehousing of materials.  Edited by Rachel Mahre to revise laudatory language in the Biographical Note.  , June 2014 , May 2019 , March 2020 , May 2021

Administrative Information

Custodial History

After her death in 1964, the papers of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn were held by her estate, and eventually transferred to the custody of the Communist Party, USA. In 1983 a portion of the papers was donated to the Tamiment Library at New York University. These papers were, for the most part, concerned with Flynn's activities in the Communist Party, 1937-1964. In 1984 a second donation was made; this body of documents and papers from Flynn's earlier years and included the papers of her son, Fred Flynn. The Library was also given several batches of documents collected by historians Rosalyn Baxandall and Helen C. Camp Files obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The accession number associated with this gift is 1986.044. At a later date, one manuscript box of material was apparently received from the Reference Center for Marxist Studies Library (located in the headquarters of the Communist Party USA), and this comprises the last box of the collection. A button discovered in the repository was added to the collection in 2014. The accession number associated with this item is 2014.087.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn are held by the Communist Party, USA. Permission to publish or reproduce materials to which the CPUSA holds copyright must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Papers; TAM 118; 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 Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Photographs (PHOTOS 018)

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Joe Hill Case Materials (TAM 529)

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Peter Martin and Roberta Bobba Materials (TAM 348)

Separated Material

Photographs were removed and placed into the Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Photographs (PHOTOS 018).

Two pennants were separated and placed in the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives General Archives and Ephemera Collection.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection, with the exception of Series IX: Boxes 13 & 14, and Series X, is available on microfilm (Film R-7263) for use in this repository only. Researchers must use microfilm for this collection, except for what is listed above.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Communist Party, USA in 1983; an additional accession was donated by Rosalyn Baxandall in 1984. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 1964.001, 1986.044, and 2014.087.

Processing Information

A button was found in the repository in 2014 and added to Series V as Box 2, Folder 61.

Decisions regarding physical interventions for this collection prior to 2019 have not yet been recorded. In 2019, while preparing for offsite storage, a biographical file was found and added to Series V. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes.