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 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  , June 2014 , May 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley
Title: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1896-1964
Dates [bulk]: 1937-1964
Abstract: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was an orator, writer, union organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World, a founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, a Communist, and an activist born in New Hampshire in 1890. Influenced by her mother's political views, Elizabeth Flynn became a socialist and was active in the suffrage movement and Irish nationalism. She died in 1961 after leaving New York and moving to Moscow in 1961. These papers span the years 1896 - 1964, the bulk covering Flynn's years in the Communist Party, 1937 - 1964. Contents include correspondence, scrapbooks, poetry, published and non-published articles, speeches, itineraries, clippings, programs, invitations and galley proofs for her prison memoir: 'The Alderson Story.' The Papers of her son Fred comprise series 5, subseries B and series 8, subseries D consists of material by Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall pertaining to her book: 'Words on Fire: the life and writing of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn,' 1988, Rutgers University Press. Series IX consists of FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) U.S. government files on Flynn obtained by Rosalyn Baxandall and Helen Camp.
Quantity: 17 Linear Feet in 15 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 1 oversize flat box, 1 flat box, 1 card box and 1 oversize folder in a shared box.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.118

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Biographical Note

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was an agitator and organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and, later, a Communist Party (CP) official. In an era when street life and mass strikes were important in people's lives, Flynn's notoriety was akin to that accorded to media stars today. In major strikes in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Paterson and Passaic, New Jersey, the Rebel Girl, as she was called, led immigrant workers. A great orator, Flynn saw labor court trials as important extensions of organizing, and participated in fights for free speech in Missoula, Montana (1908), and Spokane, Washington (1909-1910). As part of her defense work she created the Workers' Defense League, an organization to fight for the victims of the post-World War I Red Scare, and helped establish the American Civil Liberties Union. Writing leaflets, pamphlets, articles, and a regular newspaper column for twenty-six years continued her protest campaigns in permanent form.

Her political life was long, successful and dramatic; she began speaking on street corners when she was 16. Her personal life was colorful and tragic, and could qualify for a soap opera. Gurley, as friends and family referred to her, was no prude, gave speeches for the IWW on birth control and wrote poems and letters about her broken heart, and many romantic flings. She was a gifted storyteller, came from a colorful family and liked eating and drinking and having a good time.

Why then isn't Elizabeth Gurley Flynn better known among labor and American historians, civil libertarians and activists? She has not become an iconic figure of the women's liberation movement, like Emma Goldman, Margaret Sanger. There is only one full-length biography, one collection of her writing, and two Ph.D. theses.

There are reasons that she is under-recognized and hidden from history. She was a communist and jailed for her belief. McCarthyism left a deep scar on the American public and communists are still vilified. Flynn was a leading member of the IWW, but Americans prefer rugged individuals, rather than organization members. Up until the publication of the microfilm there has been no easily available collection of her work. The microfilm contains her writing depicting the complexities of her political life, Flynn the team player, but also a dissenter in the IWW and communist party.

Flynn wrote for the unschooled masses so that high school students as well as those doing doctoral research could easily read her work. Her life was affected personally by major worldwide events like World War 1 and 11, the Palmer Raids and McCarthy period. The microfilm includes her writings on these events in pamphlets, letters, columns and drafts for her unpublished autobiography of her latter years. Her columns include articles about women's suffrage, International Women's Day, and the Spanish, French and American revolutions, plus portraits of Irish, French, Russian, and American revolutionaries, as well as her relatives and illustrious and less known friends.

Insurgent genes from a family of reformers and activists were passed on to Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, the eldest daughter, born in 1890 in Concord, New Hampshire. Her mother, Annie Gurley, related to George Bernard Shaw, emigrated from Ireland. She supported the family through tailoring, and resented it referred to as sewing. She advocated equal rights for women and endowed her children with a keen knowledge of Irish history, English classic literature, Greek mythology and working-class solidarity. Thomas Flynn, Elizabeth's father, earned a living sporadically, and his contributions to the family were political rather than economic. He ran for the New York State Assembly in 1920 on the Socialist Party ticket, getting more votes than the Republican. The Flynn household was a center for Irish freedom fighters like James Larkin and James Connolly who were impressed by Elizabeth's intelligence and encouraged her rebellious nature.

The young Elizabeth Gurley attended Socialist meetings with her parents and read The Worker and other left publications as well as the works of Edward Bellamy, Upton Sinclair, Karl Marx, and Frederick Engels. Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Women and August Bebel's Women and Socialism finally propelled her into socialist activism. At fifteen Flynn mounted her first soapbox to inaugurate her career as a "jawsmith" as professional agitators were then called. Her experience, coupled with youthful beauty and radiance and a passion to remake the world made her a moving spokesperson.

By the end of 1906, Flynn had been arrested—her first of many— and was speaking regularly, using a style that appealed to the emotions and provoked arguments. Broadway producer, David Belasco tried to lure her onto the stage, but as she told him, she wanted to, "speak her own piece." Attending school seemed irrelevant and dull in comparison to bringing about a new socialist order, which she and other radicals at this time believed was just around the corner. So, she dropped out of school, a decision she never regretted, and joined the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in 1906 as an organizer.

As "One Big Union," the IWW stood in direct opposition to the staid American Federation of Labor (AFL), which primarily organized skilled white men. The Wobblies, as they were called, were a young (beginning in 1905), irreverent labor union and social movement that sought to organize unskilled, immigrant, and migrant workers, no matter what their race, sex or creed. From 1906 to 1918, Flynn, one of the few female IWW organizers, and certainly their youngest, alongside other flamboyant agitators like Big Bill Haywood and Eugene V. Debs, used her oratorical talent, energy, and commitment in strikes and free speech battles through out the country.

In Minnesota's Mesabi Range in 1908 she spoke to miners about the IWW and fell in love with the West, and with IWW member, Jack Jones. Flynn, naïve, romantic, and by her own account, lusty, married Jones in January 1908, and left him almost immediately for speaking engagements. After two years, and with a baby due, Flynn decided that she had fallen out of love and did not want to settle down. She left Jones and returned home to the Bronx to live with her supportive mother and sisters, who babysat Fred Flynn (born on May 19, 1910) so that she could continue her life as an organizer. Later she regretted that she had missed being an attentive, present mother.

Flynn organized iron miners in Minnesota, copper miners and timber workers in Montana, textile workers in the renowned 1912 Lawrence, Massachusetts strike, silk workers in Paterson, New Jersey in 1913, and hotel cooks and waiters in New York City. The IWW met strong and sometimes violent resistance. Towns tried to discourage labor organizers by enacting legal restrictions on free speech. Fueled by zealous commitment, the IWW generally regained the right to speak in public.

In major strikes of the century, Flynn led the organizing operations. Lawrence, Massachusetts was a major textile-producing center in 1912. Flynn estimated that 30,000 workers were employed in the woolen mills there, paid starvation wages for their labor in dirty, noisy, unventilated and unsafe conditions. The IWW became the organizing core of the strike, with Flynn giving speeches and arranging for outside speakers and entertainment, setting up schools and dances, organizing the food distribution, arranging to send the children away from the violence and sustaining long parades and pickets that formed many blocks of human chains. The incredibly violent Lawrence strike -- one woman was killed and many beaten and injured -- brought news reporters and humanitarians to Lawrence, fueling a nationwide protest that helped to force the employers to negotiate. On March 14, 1912 the strike was settled with worker demands for wage increases and increased overtime pay met. Another outcome of the Lawrence Strike was Flynn's encounter with the don of Italian anarchists, Carlo Tresca, who became her lover for fourteen years (1912-1926) and remained the love of her life until he was murdered in 1943. He edited an Italian-language anarcho-syndicalist newspaper, was a master of propaganda and agitation and often aroused uncontrollable emotions that landed him in jail.

With the victory of the Russian Revolution, the U.S. government grew alarmed about Bolshevism and immigrant radicals. Repressive legislation was passed culminating in the Palmer Raids. In 1919 IWW headquarters in many cities and towns were raided, IWW leaders arrested, and tens of thousands of immigrants beaten, jailed and some deported. Flynn response was to mobilize a broad coalition, the Workers Defense Union (WDU) to represent the more than fifteen hundred political prisoners. More than 170 labor, socialist and radical organizations participated in the truly united front organization consisting of unions, cooperative apartments, vegetarians, consumers and progressive women. Over the next five years Flynn worked tirelessly to raise money, provide lawyers and bail, publicize cases, provide relief for families, visit prisoners and appeal to government agencies to secure pardons. Most of the people she represented were poor and remained unknown, but a few, like. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who absorbed Flynn's energy from 1919-1926, became a worldwide celebrated cause. These indictments decimated the IWW and other left organizations.

Along with defense work, she worked tirelessly on the Passaic Strike of 16,000 woolen workers in 1926, the longest textile strike in history, lasting over a year, and a dismal failure, partly due to Communist Party and union sectarian battles. Flynn's constant organizing, traveling, and hectic life began to take a toll. Emotionally she felt betrayed and devastated because Tresca, always a ladies man, had a child in 1923 with Elizabeth's younger sister, Bina. In 1926, she finally collapsed physically and mentally.

She spent most of the next ten years recuperating in Portland, Oregon, at the home of Dr. Marie Equi, an out lesbian, who was involved in prison reform, and provided abortions and dispensed birth control, which was then illegal. In a letter, there are hundreds in the microfilm, to her sister Kathie, Elizabeth described this period as one of the most difficult in her life, but it gave her chance to reflect, rest, and plan for the future. Prompted by the suicide of her brother Tom, and a need to be with her son, and her mother, who were both ill, Flynn returned east in 1937.

Shortly after her return to New York, Flynn became a member and a paid officer in the Communist Party of the United States. (CP). She saw joining the CP, a the largest most important left organization during the New Deal period, as a way to continue her IWW commitment to labor organizing and defense work. The Party was the largest at this time in its U.S. history, having doubled its membership between 1936 and 1938 to just over 80,000. The Party leaders had long wooed her, as she had a devoted following. The transition was not entirely smooth; having come from a loose anarcho-syndicalist movement, she was unaccustomed to and uncomfortable with party discipline and doctrinal shifts, often directed from Moscow. She preferred militant direct organizing to bureaucratic reform work, radio talks, and internal party politics. Her constituency remained the immigrant workers and, in the late fifties and sixties, the militant civil rights workers and students. Coming into the Party at the top, she never developed her own base, although she was one of its most popular speakers and columnists. However, she adjusted, largely remained silent when she disapproved and carried out the zigzag Party policy in speeches and writings. In her personal writings, included in the microfilm, she jotted down her disagreements.

She assumed the position of Chair of the CP Women's Commission, a largely honorific, powerless post, and in 1938 was elected to the Party's National Committee; but she was more of a figurehead than a power broker. In 1942, Flynn ran unsuccessfully for a Congressional seat in New York, receiving 50,000 votes. Flynn was also a regular and popular teacher at the Party's Jefferson School and at their national training school.

Flynn had barely settled into CP life when she was ousted from the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which she had helped found. In l940 the ACLU demanded that Communists resign from official posts. Flynn alone refused and defended her position. Refused a hearing, she was expelled. The ghost of Flynn's expulsion for guilt by association haunted the ACLU. In l976 they repudiated their ouster on grounds that it was inconsistent with their basic principles.

The Cold War period from 1945-1955 was a difficult one, especially for CP members and other leftists. During the New Deal and the War the Party was tolerated because the Democratic Party needed it to push liberal legislation and help organize the Congress of Industrial Organizations, and Russia was a U.S. ally. After the war Russia became the number one enemy and the communists enemies within. CP members and sympathizers often lost their jobs, were shunned and suspected of being anti-American. CP membership declined by almost fifty percent due to the repression and fear. In 1948 several members of the CP and other radical aliens were arrested and held for eventual deportation. Later that year twelve top CP leaders, the entire National Board, but Flynn, were arrested for having violated the Smith Act by conspiring to teach and advocate the overthrow of the U.S. government by force and violence.

Flynn, with her expertise in defense organization, became the chair of the Smith Act Defense Committee. She toured the country, speaking, raising money for publicity, legal fees and for families support; and alerted Americans to the threat to their basic freedoms, the right of assembly and the right to free speech. Anti-Communist hysteria mounted with the Korean War and the Rosenberg trial. Loyalty oaths were enforced and books burned. The McCarran Act was passed mandating government registration of communists and members of communist front organizations. The FBI sent agents to the support committee meetings to disrupt and sympathizers were tarred by guilt by association. States passed anti-subversion laws, and communists were denied the right to unemployment and Social Security benefits and were evicted from their homes. The records of the CIA and FBI spying on Flynn, opening her letters, spying on anyone to whom she talked, even the waitress at the luncheonette where she ate breakfast, are included in the microfilm.

In June 1951, a second group of Smith Act victims, referred to as "second string CP leadership," were arrested and prosecuted. The New York Times referred to Flynn as the most notorious and important. Flynn acted as her own counsel, bearing the brunt for ten months of the courtroom offensive. She was eloquent, courageous and witty, calling up her long career and personal reasons for joining and advancing the Party. Judge Dimock was so impressed with Flynn's intelligence and belief in the Bill of Rights that he offered Flynn the option of spending the rest of her life in Russia as a substitute for prison. Flynn's reply to this unprecedented offer was: "I am an American; I want to live and work in the United States of America. I am not interested in going any place else and would reject any such proposition." On January 20, 1953, all defendants were found guilty.

Between 1953 and 1955 Flynn waited while the case went through the appeals process, and in this waiting time wrote the autobiography of her life prior to joining the CP, I Speak My Own Piece, published first in 1955, and later in 1973 republished and called The Rebel Girl. The political rather than personal autobiography minimizes her leading role in the IWW, probably to emphasize her CP years, but nevertheless it is powerful, informative and often exciting. On January 11, 1955, Flynn went to Alderson Federal Penitentiary for Women in West Virginia to serve her twenty-eight month sentence.

Flynn tells the story of her incarceration in The Alderson Story: My Life as a Political Prisoner, which she wrote after her release and published in 1963. Elizabeth was assigned to a maximum-security residence and clearly at 64, arthritic and overweight, with high blood pressure, she was no threat. Flynn was much older than most of the prisoners and had a hard time with the noise, loud music and adolescent personalities. She used the time to read over 200 books, poetry, plays, classics philosophy and psychology. She had intended to write the second half of her autobiography, but prison officials censored her writing and paper was even hard to obtain.

Flynn left Alderson Prison on May 25, 1957. During her last year in jail, Khrushchev's speech in the fall of 1956 to the Twentieth Party Congress revealed Joseph Stalin's brutal crimes against his own party members. As if this wasn't damning enough, the Soviet invasion of Hungary followed. U.S. Party membership declined by 85%, the largest percentage drop in history. So, a month after her release, Flynn was on the go again.

In 1960 she attended a fiftieth anniversary celebration in Copenhagen of International Women's Day. She had wanted to visit the Soviet Union for some time, and so accepted many invitations to speak in the socialist world and celebrate May Day in Moscow. For eight months she traveled, spoke and was treated to the comforts and pleasures she had been deprived of under capitalism. She wrote such glowing reports from the socialist world that even the Daily Worker readers objected to the unadulterated praise. On returning to the United States, she was elevated to the post of Party chair, but with her appointment the job became largely symbolic.

Under new State Department regulations issued in 1961, strictly enforcing the McCarran Act, Flynn was denied the right to travel. When the Supreme Court struck down the passport provision of the Act in 1964, she returned to the Soviet Union to finish her autobiography in peace. But the flesh was no longer willing, even though her spirit was strong. She was hospitalized within a month of her arrival and died on September 5, 1964, of stomach and intestinal inflammation aggravated by a blood clot to her lungs. Flynn was given a full-scale state funeral in Red Square with over twenty-five thousand people attending, before being returned, to be buried in Chicago's Waldheim Cemetery close to the Haymarket Martyrs in accordance with her wishes. The New York Times gave her a substantial front-page obituary. In October a memorial service was held for her at the Community Church with over a thousand people attending.

For more than half a century Flynn was a professional revolutionary, and an agitator against capitalism. She spoke, organized workers, and wrote pamphlets, newspaper columns and books to convince ordinary people that private ownership and the profit system were inhumane and not part of the American revolutionary tradition. During her illustrious and stormy life she was best known as a fiery orator, organizer and a remarkable publicist. As an indigenous Marxist of the heart, nurtured by class struggle and her parent's working class socialism, her strength was her ability to communicate with working people. Her autobiographical writings, speeches and articles, all contained in the microfilm, call attention to the crucial issues of the century, war, poverty, sexism and civil liberties and are written in a clear, simple style generally avoiding party rhetoric and political cliché.

--Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall

Bibliography:

  • Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall, "Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: The Early Years," Radical America, 8:6 (Jan-Feb 1975).
  • _______________. Words on Fire: The Life and Writing of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1987.
  • Helen C. Camp, Iron in Her Soul: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and the American Left. Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, 1995.
  • Cole, Stephen Charles, "Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: A Portrait." Ph. D. Dissertation, Indiana University, 1991.
  • Elsa Jane Dixler, "The Woman Question: Women and the American Communist Party, 1929-1941." Ph. D. Dissertation, Yale University, 1974.
  • Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, The Alderson Story: My Life as a Political Prisoner. New York: International Publishers, 1963.
  • _______________, I Speak My Own Piece: Autobiography of 'The Rebel Girl.' New York: Masses and Mainstream, 1955. (Reissued as The Rebel Girl, An Autobiography: My First Life, 1906-1926. New York: International Publishers, 1973.)
  • Margaret Gerteis, "Coming of Age with the Industrial Workers of the World: The Early Career of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn." M.A. Thesis, Tufts University, 1975.
  • Rebecca Hill, "Nothing Personal? Women in the Communist Party, U.S.A., 1940-1956." B.A. Thesis, Wesleyan University, 1991.
  • Benjamin H. Kizer, "Elizabeth Gurley Flynn," Pacific Northwest Quarterly, 58 (1966).
  • Corliss Lamont, editor. The Trial of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn by the American Civil Liberties Union. New York: Horizon Press, 1968.
  • Audrey P. Olmsted, "Agitator on the Left: The Speechmaking of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, 1904-64." Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University, 1971.
  • Robert Shaffer, "Women and the Communist Party USA, 1930-1940," Socialist Review, No. 45, May-June 1979.
  • Kate Weigand, Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

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Scope and Content Note

The Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Papers, Microfilm Edition, contains correspondence, biographical sketches, autobiographical notes, telegrams, published and unpublished articles, speeches and poems, diaries, itineraries, clippings, programs, invitations, course materials, documents pertaining to legal proceedings and files produced by various government agencies. Printed materials are also included, among them election campaign literature, broadsides, handbills and posters, annotated books, pamphlets and articles, clippings, galley proofs for The Alderson Story, and several copies of sheet music for "The Rebel Girl" by Joe Hill, including a copy in Russian.

Throughout her life Flynn kept scrapbooks. The earliest contain newspaper accounts of her speeches. Later ones include her traveling schedules and more detailed evidence of her activities including handbills, invitations and programs to events at which she was a featured speaker, or which she attended on behalf of the CPUSA.

From time to time Flynn made autobiographical notes with the intention of organizing a second volume to follow The Rebel Girl, which covers her life story only up to 1926. These autobiographical notes, summarizing important phases of her life history, have been placed chronologically throughout the collection as she wrote them.

Notable correspondents in represented in the collection include: John Abt, Herbert Aptheker, Roger Baldwin, Ella Reeve Bloor, Benjamin Davis, Eugene V. Debs, Eugene Dennis, Marguerite DeSilver, Mary Dreier, Joseph Ettor, Marie Equi, William Z. Foster, Arturo Giovanitti, Mike Gold, Emma Goldman, Alice Hamilton, William D. Haywood, John Haynes Holmes, Claudia Jones, Helen Keller, Vito Marcantonio, Robert Minor, Tom Moody, and Art Young.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into nine series (series 1-8 and part of series 9 have been microfilmed):

I. Family and Early Life, 1896-1907

II. The Rebel Girl and the Industrial Workers of the World, 1907-1917

III. Defense Activities, 1917-1927; IV. Sojourn in the West, 1927-1936

V. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn's "Second Life," 1937-1952

VI. Smith Act Defense, 1951-1955

VII. Alderson Penitentiary, 1955-1957

VIII. Final Years, 1957-1964

IX. Files by Obtained Rosalyn Baxandall and Helen Camp under the Freedom of Information Act.

X. Addendum.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley
  • Abt, John J.
  • Aptheker, Herbert, 1915-2003.
  • Giovannitti, Arturo M., 1884-1959
  • Baxandall, Rosalyn Fraad, 1939-
  • Davis, Benjamin J. (Benjamin Jefferson), 1903-1964
  • Young, Art, 1866-1943.
  • Tresca, Carlo, 1879-1943.
  • Minor, Robert, 1884-1952
  • Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942
  • Keller, Helen, 1880-1968.
  • Gold, Michael, 1893-1967
  • Marcantonio, Vito, 1902-1954.
  • Ettor, Joseph J.
  • Jones, Claudia, 1915-1964.
  • Hill, Joe, 1879-1915
  • Hamilton, Alice.
  • Haywood, Big Bill, 1869-1928.
  • Holmes, John Haynes, 1879-1964
  • Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940
  • Baldwin, Roger Nash, 1884-1981
  • France, Clarens.
  • Foster, William Z., 1881-1961.
  • Flynn, Katherine.
  • Flynn, Fred, 1910-1940
  • Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926
  • Equi, Marie
  • Dreier, Mary E. (Mary Elisabeth), 1875-1963
  • DeSilver, Marguerite
  • Bloor, Ella Reeve, 1862-1951

Document Type

  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Programs (documents).
  • Handbills.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Photographic prints.
  • Correspondence.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Speeches.

Subject Organizations

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Industrial Workers of the World
  • Communist Party of the United States of America

Subject Topics

  • Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921.
  • Political crimes and offenses -- United States.
  • Feminists -- United States.
  • Communism -- United States.
  • Communist trials -- United States.
  • Poetry.
  • Civil rights -- United States.
  • Women and socialism -- United States.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)

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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.

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Container List

Series I: Family and Early Life, 1890-1970

Scope and Contents

This series contains biographical materials about Flynn's parents and siblings in addition to her school records, early compositions, awards, clippings and three scrapbooks of poetry and literary personalities that interested her.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Father Thomas Flynn, news clippings, bio notes
Reel 1

1896-1943
Box: 1 Folder : 2 DW Clippings on Mother
Reel 1

1945, 1959
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Early compositions
Reel 1

1902-1906
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Old poetry scrapbooks
Reel 1

1904-1905
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Prize winning essay
Reel 1

1903
Box: 1 Folder : 6 School record/clippings
Reel 1

1903-1906
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Scrapbook of clippings and poetry
Reel 1

1904

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Series II: The Rebel Girl and the IWW, 1907-1917

Scope and Contents

Text from Flynn's speeches, early manuscripts, drafts for pamphlets, letters, datebooks, notes, clippings, posters and materials on the Lawrence and Paterson strikes documenting her activities with the IWW are contained here. Material on Joe Hill and some early correspondence are also included.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Early newspaper clippings
Reel 1

1906-1907
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Early newspaper clippings
Reel 1

1907
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Diary of inspirational poems
Reel 1

1907
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Evaluation of the Labor Leader
Reel 1

1907
Box: 1 Folder : 12 MS--Problems of Organizing Women. Published in Solidarity. (Badly deteriorated)
Reel 1

1915
Box: 1 Folder : 13 MS--Jungle Law, outline
Reel 1

1908
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Early speeches--Women and Socialism, Necessity of Deciding...
Reel 2

1907-1908
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Notebook, fragments of speeches, biographical?
Reel 2

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Pamphlet--To the Coal Miners of District #6 UMW (New Lafferty Cases)
Reel 2

1909, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Course Outline--Birth of Cotton Industry
Reel 2

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Notes for lecture--"Women in Modern Industry"
Reel 2

1909
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Note to EGF from Emma Goldmann, Dec 18 1910
Reel 2

1910
Box: 1 Folder : 20 MS--IWW and working women (Lawrence strike)
Reel 2

[1912]
Box: 1 Folder : 21 MS--Story of my arrest and imprisonment, Spokane, 1910
Reel 2

1910
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Lawrence strike
Reel 2

1912
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Carlo Tresca's notes to EGF. Annotated copy of "Sonnets from the Portugese," ticket to Hobo Ball, NY, birth control ad, notes and reflctions on Tresca, 1939 and 1945.
Reel 2

1912, 1939, 1945
Box: 1 Folder : 24 The Smith-Preston case: a refiew of the trial, 1915. Morris R. Preston, carbon
Reel 2

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 25 MS on women in Socialist Party and IWW
Reel 2

[1915]
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Clippings, IWW, Socialist Party. Deteriorating
Reel 2

1910-1929
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Recollections--IWW History
Reel 2

[1915]
Box: 1 Folder : 28 MS--Mexico, Outline
Reel 2

1914
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Letter from E.V. Debs to EGF re Joe Hill, 8/20/15
Reel 2

1915
Box: 1 Folder : 30 MS--"On Birth Control"
Reel 2

1915
Box: 1 Folder : 31 MS--Men on women
Reel 2

1915
Box: 1 Folder : 32 IWW history
Reel 2

1915-1924
Box: 1 Folder : 33 MS--Patriotism and Preparedness
Reel 2

1916
Box: 1 Folder : 34 MS--On Women
Reel 2

1917
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Notes for speeches--On War, IWW
Reel 2

1917-1920
Box: 1 Folder : 36 IWW clippings, fragile
Reel 2

1913-1920's

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Series III: Defense Activities, 1917-1927

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, handbills, leaflets, telegrams, and posters having to do with Flynn's involvement in the Workers Defense Fund, Garland Fund, International Labor Defense and the American Civil Liberties Union form the larger part of this series. Materials from the Sacco and Vanzetti case are also included, as well as letters and telegrams from the 1926 testimonial dinner in her honor.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Misc. correspondence to EGF--Workers Defense
Reel 2

1917-1927
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Letters from Wm. Z. Foster
Reel 2

1919, 1922
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Der Kommunist, June 1920
Reel 2

1920
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Notes on Fascism
Reel 2

[1920]
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Notebook/review of TV Powderly's 30 Years of Labor
Reel 2

1924
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Scrapbook--newspapers, handbills, etc.
Reel 2

1924
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Clippings, broadsides, Socialist Party
Reel 2

1907-1922
Box: 1 Folder : 44 Page from The Labor Herald, July 1922
Reel 2

1922
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Palmer Raids, Oakland, Ca
Reel 2

1920-1922
Box: 1 Folder : 46 Labor Defense Council pamphlet
Reel 2

1922
Box: 1 Folder : 47 Political Persecution Today, 2 copies, International Labor Defense C'tee
Reel 2

1925
Box: 1 Folder : 48 writings--"Radical Tales"
Reel 3

1927
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Clippings on Fascism
Reel 3

1920-1928
Box: 1 Folder : 50 Programs from EGF speaking engagements
Reel 3

1922-1924
Box: 1 Folder : 51 NJ textile strike pamphlet
Reel 3

1926
Box: 1 Folder : 52 Passaic textile, poor condition
Reel 3

1926
Box: 1 Folder : 53 Passaic, misc
Reel 3

1926
Box: 1 Folder : 54 Scrapbook, souveniers from 20 yr. testimonial dinner, Sacco & Vanzetti letter, telegrams. 2/14/26
Reel 3

1926
Box: 1 Folder : 55 2 programs from 20 yr. testimonial dinner
Reel 3

1926
Box: 1 Folder : 56 5 postcards advertising Flynn speaking engagements
Reel 3

[1910, 1924], undated
Box: 1 Folder : 57 Speaking itinerary, clippings, notes--ILD
Reel 3

1925-1926
Box: 1 Folder : 58 ILD correspondence to EGF, pamphlets
Reel 3

1924-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 59 Pamphlet--Spies in Steel, by Frank L. Palmer
Reel 3

1928
Box: 1 Folder : 60 Labor Defender, May 1928
Reel 3

1928
Box: 1 Folder : 61 Pamphlet--Eight Prisoners in the Kingston Cells, by Canadian Labor Defense League
Reel 3

1932
Box: 1 Folder : 62 Clippings--Labor Defender
Reel 3

1937
Box: 1 Folder : 63 Letter to EGF from John Haynes Holmes re Sacco & Vanzetti Defense
Reel 3

1928
Box: 1 Folder : 64 Miscellaneous material on Sacco & Vanzetti--clippings, notes, defense
Reel 3

1920-1959
Box: 1 Folder : 65 Sacco-Vanzetti clippings
Reel 3

1920-1929
Box: 1 Folder : 66 ILD clippings
Reel 3

[1920]-1939
Box: 1 Folder : 67 Misc Ms. notes
Reel 3

[1917]-1939
Box: 1 Folder : 68 EGF on Sacco & Vanzetti, notes & MS
Reel 3

[1920]-1941

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Series IV: Sojourn in the West, 1927-1936

Scope and Contents

This series contains telegrams, correspondence, medical records and reports relating to Flynn's illness and recuperation. Flynn's first attempts at writing poetry are here in a small notebook.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 69 Correspondence and papers c/o Marie Equi, EGF's stay in Oregon
Reel 3

1927-1937

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Series V: EGF's "Second Life" , 1937-1952

Scope and Contents

Flynn's activities form the largest series of her personal papers and are broken down into four subseries: A. ACLU Case, 1938-1940, Documents and clippings; B. Fred Flynn, 1910-1940, Papers and Correspondence; C. Tresca's Death, 1943, Mostly Clippings; D. CPUSA Activities, Scrapbooks, itineraries, drafts of speeches, notes and correspondence from "Life of the Party" (Flynn's Daily Worker column, notes from classes in Labor History taught at the Workers School, invitations and clippings relating to CP functions. This subseries also includes: Election campaigns on the Party ticket: Representative at Large, 1942, Congress, 1954, Manhattan City Council, 1957; and Trips to Europe: France, 1945, France and England, 1950.

General

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 70 Biographical, Flynn speaking itinerary for ILD
Reel 3

1936-1937
Box: 1 Folder : 71 3 copies of Equal Justice, Journal of ILD
Reel 3

1939-1940
Box: 2 Folder : 1 List of articles and speeches
Reel 4

1936-1937
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Certificate of literacy issued to EGF, SUNY
Reel 4

1937
Box: 2 Folder : 3 MS--Recollections of Frame-Ups" for Masses & Mainstream. Fragile
Reel 4

[1927, 1937]
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Scrapbook--newspaper, handbills, etc.
Reel 4

1937
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Notebook of poetry and autobiographical notes, mostly poetry
Reel 4

1938-1939
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Article in NM on coal mines
Reel 4

1939
Box: 2 Folder : 7 programs for testimonial dinners EGF participated in
Reel 4

1936-1947
Box: 2 Folder : 8 DW clippings, autobiographical or about family members
Reel 4

1930-1969
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Clipping, NY Times ad, protesting HR 2122 intro by J. Parnell Thomas, March
Reel 4

1946
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Clippings, DW on Lincoln Brigade, EGF addresses large group as CP member
Reel 4

1937
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Programs from mass protests
Reel 4

1937
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Speaking itinerary ILD, some dated, some undated
Reel 4

1936-1940
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Poetry, drafts, notes, clippings
Reel 4

1938-1945
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Drafts for recruiting pamphlets CPUSA
Reel 4

1930-1940
Box: 2 Folder : 15 I have no regrets--from Women Today
Reel 4

1937
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Scrapbook--newspaper, handbills etc
Reel 4

1938
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Text of radio speech, May Day, Pittsburgh
Reel 4

1938
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Outlines for classes on labor history taught at Workers' School NYC
Reel 4

1938-1939
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Course notes from the Workers School
Reel 4

1938
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Women in American Socialist Struggles, data & MS copies
Reel 4

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Invitation for EGF to speak at Labor Day celebrations
Reel 4

1938-1939
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Statement re classes taught at Nat'l Training School
Reel 4

1938-1939
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Course notes, American Labor History
Reel 4

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Lecture notes, American Labor History
Reel 4

1938-1939
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Class notes, American Labor History, Workers School, Nat'l Training School
Reel 5

1938-1939
Box: 2 Folder : 26A Outlines for classes on American Labor History, Workers School
Reel 5

1939
Box: 2 Folder : 26B Copies of protest letters from incident at Flynn speech, Adena Ohio, Oct 1938
Reel 5

1938
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Letter, Margaret De Silver re Carlo Tresca, Oct 1939
Reel 5

1939
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Course Outline, the Workers School. IWW and its forerunners
Reel 5

1939
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Attacks on Labor and labor's rights ILD??, lists of prisoners, other cases
Reel 5

1939
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Scrapbook--newspapers, handbills, etc
Reel 5

1939
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Scrapbook--newspapers, handbills, etc
Reel 5

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Personal correspondence cards
Reel 5

1931-1940
Box: 2 Folder : 61 Visitor Button (not microfilmed)
1939
Box: 5 Folder : 27 Biographical file
undated

Subseries A: ACLU Case, 1938-1940

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 33 ACLU pamphlets
Reel 5

1924-1925, 1937
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Report on the Dies committee, ACLU (copy)
Reel 5

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Defense committee for Civil Rights for Communists
Reel 5

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 36 ACLU case, Legal correspondence & copies (Feb-March, 1940)
Reel 5

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 37 Pamphlets and other printed materials from ACLU case
Reel 5

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 38 ACLU case, EGF reply to charges at Board mtg, 3 copies, March 4, 1940
Reel 5

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 39 Reprints of 2 articles--New Masses 3/19/40 and DW 3/17/40, protesting ACLU ouster
Reel 5

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 40 Conference on civil rights, April 10, 1940
Reel 5

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 41-42 Correspondence protesting ouster of EGF from ACLU, response to article in
Reel 5

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 43 ACLU, correspondence Corliss LaMont/EGF, May 1940
Reel 5

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 44 Correspondence and copies, ACLU case, Rev. J.H. Holmes, R. Baldwin,
Reel 5

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 45 Minutes of extraordinary meeting, May 7, 1940, ACLU
Reel 5

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 46 ACLU, EGF's notes. Feb-May
Reel 6

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 47 ACLU, other correspondence to EGF
Reel 6

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 48 ACLU, press releases, minutes, bulletins to membership
Reel 6

1939-1940
Box: 2 Folder : 49 Correspondence and working copy of summary of meeting, 5/7/40
Reel 6

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 50 Communists and Civil Liberties Survey Graphic, May
Reel 6

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 51 ACLU meeting summary, May 7, 1940
Reel 6

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 52 Press releases from EGF re ACLU, May 1940
Reel 6

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 53 ACLU, EGF copies and correspondence with Board, May 1939-June 1940
Reel 6

1939-1940
Box: 2 Folder : 54 Bylaws and Board of Directors, ACLU
Reel 6

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 55 EGF correspondence, ACLU case, returns from national Committee
Reel 6

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 56 MS--critical of ACLU, found among papers, and report on prosecutions
Reel 6

[1940]
Box: 2 Folder : 57 ACLU carbon of proposed statement by Board
Reel 6

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 58 Clippings, ACLU
Reel 6

1940
Box: 2 Folder : 59 Clippings, ACLU, Flynn case
Reel 6

1940

Subseries B: Fred Flynn, 1910-40

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 60 Fred Flynn, school composition
Reel 6

1920-1929
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Fred Flynn, papers, mementos
Reel 6

1940
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Correspondence on death of son, Fred
Reel 6

1940
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Poetry after Fred's death
Reel 6

[1940]
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Fred Flynn, mementos
Reel 6

1944

Subseries C: Tresca's Death, 1943

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Clippings, death of Tresca
Reel 6

1943
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Clippings, Tresca murder, The Call, New Leader, bad condition, January 1943
Reel 6

1943
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Clippings on Tresca, fragile, deteriorated and unprocessed
Reel 6

1943-1945
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Pamphlets, clippings on Tresca, Tresca Memorial Committee
Reel 7

[1945]

Subseries D: CPUSA Activities

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Clippings, "They have just begun to fight" Monongahela railroad strike, historical contracts
Reel 7

1940
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Scrapbook materials
Reel 7

1940-1949
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Correspondence, National Federation for Constitutional Liberties, June-July
Reel 7

1940
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Statement of Committee on Election Rights, National Federation for Constitutional Liberties
Reel 7

1940
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Clipping re Dill Pickle Club, founded by Jack Jones
Reel 7

[1940-1949]
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Scrapbook--newspapers, handbills, etc
Reel 7

1941
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Letter to EGF from Helen Keller
Reel 7

1942
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Honorable withdrawal from American Newspaper Guild
Reel 7

1942
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Scrapbook--newspapers, handbills
Reel 7

1943
Box: 3 Folder : 18 MS, a history of the IWW
Reel 7

1943
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Obituary, Art Young, Dec 31, 1943
Reel 7

1943
Box: 3 Folder : 20 CP history, consitutions of the CPU, marked for change by EGF
Reel 7

1944-1945
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Vandenburg Speech, notes on the NY Times article by EGF
Reel 7

1944
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Notes on destruction of Fascism
Reel 7

1944
Box: 3 Folder : 23 Proof of legal advertisement, notice of dissolution of the Defense Committeefor Civil Rights of Communists, January 10, 1944
Reel 7

1944
Box: 3 Folder : 24 Scrapbook--newspapers, handbills etc
Reel 7

1944
Box: 3 Folder : 25 Pages from diary, "Notes on People"
Reel 7

1944
Box: 3 Folder : 26 Correspondence, misc
Reel 7

1945
Box: 3 Folder : 27 Scrapbook--newspapers, handbills etc
Reel 7

1945
Box: 3 Folder : 28 Autobiographical notes for period, 1919-46
Reel 7

1946
Box: 3 Folder : 29 Notes on Homestead Strike and clipping by R. Baldwin
Reel 7

[1946]
Box: 3 Folder : 30 Scrapbook--newspapers, handbills etc
Reel 7

1946
Box: 3 Folder : 31 Biographical sketch--Press release? 12/10/46
Reel 7

1946
Box: 3 Folder : 32 MS on Mother Bloor, pamphlet on Bloor
Reel 7

1937-1947
Box: 3 Folder : 33 MS reviewing CPUS history
Reel 7

1940-1949, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Texts of radio speeches, on behalf of CPUSA candidates
Reel 7

1944-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Excerpts from books or articles mentioning EGF and IWW
Reel 7

1940-1959
Box: 3 Folder : 36 Autobiographical notes on trips
Reel 7

1940-1959
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Notebook of autobiographical events, diary?
Reel 7

1937-1948
Box: 3 Folder : 38 MS--A Trade Unionist Should be a Communist
Reel 7

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 39 Notes on Public Speaking. Pamphlets on defense activities, notes
Reel 8

1942-1949
Box: 3 Folder : 40 Scrapbook--1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, Part I
Reel 8

1944-1945
Box: 3 Folder : 41 Scrapbook--1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, Part II
Reel 8

1946-1947
Box: 3 Folder : 42 DW Clippings, mostly historical
Reel 8

1946, 1958
Box: 3 Folder : 43 Pamphlets--Meet the Communists, Women's Place
Reel 8

1946, 1947
Box: 3 Folder : 44 List of articles for 1947, handwritten
Reel 8

1947
Box: 3 Folder : 45 Fragments of the Miami News, 2/17/48
Reel 8

1948
Box: 3 Folder : 46 Program and Text for speech, CPUSA 14th Nat'l Convention
Reel 8

1948
Box: 3 Folder : 47 Text of Program for CPUSA 14th Nat'l Convention, 8/2/48
Reel 8

1948
Box: 3 Folder : 48 Scrapbook--newspapers, handbills etc
Reel 8

1948
Box: 3 Folder : 49 Personal account/date book, backdated 1925-27
Reel 8

1948-1957
Box: 3 Folder : 50 Scrapbook--newspapers, handbills, etc
Reel 8

1949
Box: 3 Folder : 51 Statement opposing confirmation of Tom Clark as Associate Justice
Reel 8

1949
Box: 3 Folder : 52 Outline for autobiography
Reel 8

1940-1949
Box: 3 Folder : 53 Statement by EGF against Supreme Court appointment
Reel 8

1949

Subseries D-1: Election Campaigns on the Party Ticket

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Election campaign, EGF for Representative-at Large
Reel 8

1942
Box: 4 Folder : 2 EGF for Congress, clippings, invitation
Reel 8

1942
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Scrapbook material--Bronx campaign
Reel 8

1954
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Publicity campaign for City Council
Reel 8

1957
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Speeces, campaign for City Council
Reel 9

1957
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Clippings used in campaign for City Council
Reel 9

1957
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Scrapbook--newspapers, handbills
Reel 9

1942
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Radio script--women in the elections, press release and pamphlet
Reel 9

1942-1944

Subseries D-2: Trips to France

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 9 EGF's notes while attending International des Femmes in Frances, Nov-Jan
Reel 9

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Souvenirs from France
Reel 9

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Congres International des Femmes, Paris, scrapbook material, 11/26/45
Reel 9

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Notes from International Women's Conference, Paris
Reel 9

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 13 International Women's Conference, December 1945
Reel 9

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 14 DW clippings on trips to France
Reel 9

1945, 1949
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Souvenirs from trips to England, mostly CP, pamphlets and publications
Reel 9

1945-1950
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Clippings from newspapers mentioning Flynn's visit
Reel 9

1949
Box: 4 Folder : 17 International Congress of Women
Reel 9

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Souvenirs from trip to France, 1949
Reel 9

1949
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Women's Conference, France
Reel 9

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 20 Report on the problems & status of women in England, France
Reel 10

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Souvenir of Women's Conference, Paris. Report on the participation of women in the struggle against Fascism
Reel 10

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 22 Draft of speech to French Communists
Reel 10

1945
Box: 4 Folder : 23 Documents adopted by the 3d session of the Councl, Women's International Democratic Federation
Reel 10

1951
Box: 4 Folder : 24 Lists of EGF articles, women in Paris and other subjects
Reel 10

1945-1950

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Series VI: Smith Act Defense, 1951-1955

Scope and Contents

Trial documents, clippings, broadsides, fundraising and publicity materials, and other papers from the Smith Act Defense organizations started by Flynn and taken over by her sister Kathy while Elizabeth was in prison.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 25 Smith Act--comments on arrests
Reel 10

1948-1949
Box: 4 Folder : 26 Financial Report at Communist Committee to Defend the 12
Reel 10

1949
Box: 4 Folder : 27 Notes of Garden speech, 9/19/50
Reel 10

1950
Box: 4 Folder : 28 MS--Political Significance of Defense Work. Memo to all Districts from Defense Committee. Fall 1950
Reel 10

1950
Box: 4 Folder : 29 Short bio of Euge Dennis, Chairman CPUSA
Reel 10

1904-1961
Box: 4 Folder : 30 EGF speech at 1950 convention of CPUSA
Reel 10

1950
Box: 4 Folder : 31 MS on CP early history, mostly 1920's
Reel 10

[1950], undated
Box: 4 Folder : 32 Scrapbook--publicity, birthday cards
Reel 10

1950-1951
Box: 4 Folder : 33 Scrapbook materials, publicity
Reel 10

1951
Box: 4 Folder : 34 Personal correspondence, birthday greetings from W.Z. Foster
Reel 10

1951
Box: 4 Folder : 35 Scrapbook materials
Reel 10

1950-1951
Box: 4 Folder : 36 From folder marked "CP Hist"
Reel 10

1940-1959
Box: 4 Folder : 37 Smith Act--correspondence, Jacques Duclos
Reel 10

1952
Box: 4 Folder : 38 Daily Worker
Reel 10

1947-1952
Box: 4 Folder : 39 CP History--"Some Remarks on Role of the Review Commission"
Reel 10

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Scrapbook materials
Reel 10

1952
Box: 4 Folder : 41 Clippings on EGF 30 day detention
Reel 10

1952
Box: 4 Folder : 42 Collected material on play "I Was a Spy for the FBI"
Reel 10

1953
Box: 4 Folder : 43 Scrapbook material I
Reel 10

1954
Box: 4 Folder : 44 Scrapbook material II
Reel 10

1954
Box: 4 Folder : 45 Loose scrapbook materials
Reel 10

1954
Box: 4 Folder : 46 Clipping on Flynn, Morning Freiheit (Yiddish)
Reel 10

1955
Box: 4 Folder : 47 Scrapbook, 1955
Reel 11

1955
Box: 4 Folder : 48 Mother's Day Tribute, messages and speeches, text for dramatic reading
Reel 11

1956
Box: 4 Folder : 49 Pamphlets on women, mother's day, women in CPUSA
Reel 11

1950-1969
Box: 4 Folder : 50 Wm Z Foster, CP policy during trials
Reel 11

1952
Box: 4 Folder : 51 Clippings used as evidence in Smith Act trial
Reel 11

1937-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 1 EGF in her own defense--speaking itineraries
Reel 11

1946-1950
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Letters, notes expressing sympathy over Smith Act activities
Reel 11

1952-1954
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Smith Act--Summary of defense proposal. Changeover after Duclos evidence.
Reel 11

1952
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Musmanno, Dolsen, Mazzinni Pittsburgh Sedition Case 1951-53
Reel 11

1951-1953
Box: 5 Folder : 5 U.S. v Flynn et al. Newspapers, first trial
Reel 11

1951-1952
Box: 5 Folder : 6 U.S. v Flynn et al. Newspapers relating to the defense
Reel 11

1952-1957
Box: 5 Folder : 7 U.S. v Flynn et al. Newspapers relating to arrests
Reel 11

1951
Box: 5 Folder : 8, 9 U.S. v Flynn et al. Newspapers relating to bail issues
Reel 11

1951
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Articles--McCarran/Smith Act violations
Reel 11

1951
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Smith Act trial
Reel 11

1951
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Amnesty for Smith Act violators
Reel 11

1949-1954
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Smith Act trial, clippings
Reel 12

1952
Box: 5 Folder : 14 U.S. v Flynn et al. Newspapers relating to second trial
Reel 12

1952
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Smith Act trial, clippings
Reel 12

1952
Box: 5 Folder : 16-17 Smith Act trial, clippings
Reel 12

1953
Box: 5 Folder : 18 U.S. v Flynn et al. Newspapers relating to second trial
Reel 13

1952
Box: 5 Folder : 19 U.S. v Flynn et al. Newspapers relating to second trial
Reel 13

1952-1954
Box: 5 Folder : 20 U.S. v Flynn et al. Newspapers relating to appeals
Reel 13

1954
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Trial transcripts, summation of EGF. 1/6/53
Reel 13

1953
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Smith Act trial reports #1-#26. April 1952 - Jan 1953
Reel 13

1952-1953
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Published material, two pamphlets
Reel 13

1939, 1959
Box: 5 Folder : 24 Matuson Case
Reel 13

1955
Box: 5 Folder : 25 James Dolsen, Congo. Philadelphia Tribune
Reel 13

1960
Box: 5 Folder : 26 Assorted articles--McCarran Act, "Worker" closing, Gates departure
Reel 13

1951-1962
Box: 6 Folder : 1 EGF's work file of clippings and pamphlets on Smith Act
Reel 14

1951-1957
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Deputy Marshall McLaughlin, Smith Act, Clipping from Colliers
Reel 14

1953
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Smith Act clippings, used as evidence
Reel 14

1937-1943
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Smith Act trial document affirming District Court verdict
Reel 14

1954
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Notes for speech on Smith Act
Reel 14

1952
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Smith Act--notes on defense, some transcripts, Flynn trial sentencing
Reel 14

1952
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Smith Act--notes on Flynn trial
Reel 14

1952
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Smith Act--notes on CP history, trial
Reel 14

1952
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Affidavit of EGF re John Lautner
Reel 14

1952
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Draft of speech for trial, 4/24/52, marked history of CPU
Reel 14

1952
Box: 6 Folder : 11 notes used in Smith Act trial
Reel 14

1950-1959
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Defense committee, financial transfers, April
Reel 14

1950
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Smith Act trial charges
Reel 14

1948-1954
Box: 6 Folder : 14 U.S. v Flynn--Briefs, appeals, motions
Reel 14

1954
Box: 6 Folder : 15 U.S. v Flynn et al. Brief of witnesses
Reel 14

1951
Box: 6 Folder : 16 U.S. v Flynn et al. Letters, telegrams
Reel 14

1951-1952
Box: 6 Folder : 17 U.S. v Flynn et al. Press release, defense committee publications
Reel 15

1952
Box: 6 Folder : 18 U.S. v Flynn et al. Exhibit list
Reel 15

1952
Box: 6 Folder : 19 U.S. v Flynn et al. Subject index of Government proof
Reel 15

1952
Box: 6 Folder : 20 U.S. v Flynn et al. Proceedings in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Reel 15

1953-1954
Box: 6 Folder : 21-22 U.S. v Flynn et al. Transcript Analysis, parts I and II
Reel 15

1952
Box: 6 Folder : 23 Smith Act indictment in Ohio
Reel 15

1954
Box: 6 Folder : 24 Benjamin J. Davis, parole application
Reel 16

1953
Box: 6 Folder : 25 Commonwealth of Australia v Australian Communist Party
Reel 16

1950
Box: 6 Folder : 26 Smith Act, various documents
Reel 16

1954
Box: 6 Folder : 27 Flynn's writings on sedition trial
Reel 16

1949
Box: 6 Folder : 28 Sedition trial--Dolsen, Mazzini, Musmanno
Reel 16

1950-1953

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Series VII: The Alderson Years, 1955-1957

Scope and Contents

All of the correspondence, notes, prison documents and publications used by EGF for her book The Alderson Story. Preserved here are letters to Clarens France, Murial Symington and Kathy Flynn, the three officially approved correspondents permitted EGF while serving her prison term. Scrapbook material from the publication of the book and its public reception are included.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Letters to Alderson from Kathy
Reel 16

1955
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Kathy's notes on Alderson prison I
Reel 16

1955
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Kathy's notes on Alderson visits II
Reel 16

1955-1956
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Draft poem, "What Do I Miss"
Reel 16

1955
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Alderson prison papers--letters, notes, clippings
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1955-1961
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Correspondence, personal release from prison
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1957
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Letters from Alderson to A. K. Flynn, Jan 1955-May 1957
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1955-1957
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Letters from Alderson to Muriel J. Symington, Jan 1955-May 1957
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1955-1957
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Letters from Alderson to Dr. Clemens, France, Aug 1955-May 1957
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1955-1957
Box: 7 Folder : 10, 11 Alderson Manuscript, I & II
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1963
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Alderson Manuscript, III, Alderson Eagle
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1956-1957
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Alderson Story, galleys, master set of revisions, pp 1-223
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1963
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Alderson Story, galleys II, marked set
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1963
Box: 7 Folder : 15-16 Letters and drawing commemorating publication of The Alderson Story, I & II
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1963
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Scrapbook, The Alderson Story--book reviews, announcements, etc
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1963-1964
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Book reviews and correspondence, I Speak My
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1956-1958

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Series VIII: Final Years, 1957-1964

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook materials, pamphlets and documents from Flynn's activities upon her release from prison to her death in 1964. Documents and publication and clippings from the McCarran case, trips to Russia, itineraries, speeches, clippings, and correspondence both personal and pertaining to Flynn's position as Chair of the Communist Party after the death of Eugene Dennis in January 1961. The four subseries are: A. Research on Women; B. Passport Case; C. Scrapbooks, Autobiographical materials, correspondence; D. Baxandall Materials.

Subseries A, Research on Women

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 19 International Women's Day
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1960
Box: 7 Folder : 20 File on Women, Internation Women, Clippings, Notes
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1959
Box: 7 Folder : 21 DW, Clippings on Soviet Women
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1960
Box: 7 Folder : 22 Miscellaneous Letters
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1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder : 23 On Women's Rights
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undated, [1950-1959]
Box: 7 Folder : 24 Greeting cards to EGF, Int'l Women's Day
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1960
Box: 7 Folder : 25 Section from
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1960
Box: 7 Folder : 26 US Dept of Labor, Women's Bureau publications, pamphlets
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1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder : 27 Women in labor unions, pamphlets, publications
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[1960-1969]
Box: 7 Folder : 28 EGF from folder marked CP Hist
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1959-1964

Subseries B: Passport Case

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 29 Passport Case, Newspaper clippings
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1962-1963
Box: 7 Folder : 30 Passport Case, U.S. Gov't documents
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1959-1963
Box: 7 Folder : 31 Passport Case, correspondence
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1962-1963
Box: 7 Folder : 32 Material for "Roadblock" article, McCarran Act
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1963
Box: 7 Folder : 33 Draft, "Roadblocks to Defeating the McCarran Act"
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1960-1969
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Passport case, brief for appellants, EGF and Herbert Aptheker
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1963
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Pamphlet, "The McCarran Act, Fact and Fancy," by EGF, other pamphlets, notes
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1950-1960
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Political Affairs articles, EGF
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1960-1964
Box: 8 Folder : 4 EGF work copies, McCarran Act, reference notes, ILD materials
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1920-1939
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Passport case, Emergency Civil Liberties Committee
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1963
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Passport case, EGF Mss.
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1962-1963
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Full page story from NY Times, 10/26/63, fight against McCarthy
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1963
Box: 8 Folder : 8 EGF work copies, pamphlets, papers on McCarran & Smith
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undated
Box: 8 Folder : 9 McCarran Act material, EGF work copies, "Dare We Be Free" by H. Aptheker, and "Why You Need to Know about the McCarran Act"
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1961
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Communism, the Courts, and the Constitution, by Guttmann & Ziegler--reference EGF, work copies on McCarran Act
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1964

Subseries C: Scrapbooks, Correspondence, Autobiographical

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Scrapbook materials
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1957
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Scrapbook materials
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1958
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Autobiographical writings
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[1958]
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Autobiographical clippings, notes, EGF
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1916-1963
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Gear the Party to Mass Work, CP report, by Wm Albertson, notes by EGF
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1959
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Greeting cards and invitations
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1950-1969
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Schedule of courses, the Faculty of Social Sciences (EGF instructor of several)
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1959
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Speaking engagements, with misc. correspondence & clippings
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1959
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Obituaries, John Haynes Holmes and Louis F. McCabe
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1960-1969
Box: 8 Folder : 20 Scrapbook materials
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1959
Box: 8 Folder : 21 Scrapbook materials
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1960-1961
Box: 8 Folder : 22 EGF papers referring to Joe Hill
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1960
Box: 8 Folder : 23 Autobiographical chronology, date log
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[1961]
Box: 8 Folder : 24 Later autobiographical writing & notes
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1950-1969
Box: 8 Folder : 25 Autobiographical notes
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[1961]
Box: 8 Folder : 26 Origins of CP, outline
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[1960-1969]
Box: 8 Folder : 27 EGF scrapbook
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1960-1961
Box: 8 Folder : 28 Current Biography, vol 22, nr 9, features bio of EGF
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1961
Box: 8 Folder : 29 Scrapbook materials
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1960-1962
Box: 8 Folder : 30 Scrapbook materials
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1962-1963
Box: 8 Folder : 31 Scrapbook materials
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1962-1963
Box: 8 Folder : 32 Scrapbook materials
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1963
Box: 8 Folder : 33 Pocket calendar
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1962
Box: 8 Folder : 34 Letter to Soviet comrades, 45th anniversary of October Revolution (draft?)
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1962
Box: 8 Folder : 35 Autobiographical Ms.
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1963-1964
Box: 8 Folder : 36 Correspondence, EGF & Richard Criley, Chicago Committee to Defend the
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1962
Box: 8 Folder : 37 Correspondence with Al Richmond
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1963-1964
Box: 8 Folder : 38 Joe Hill songbook, Russian/English
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1963
Box: 8 Folder : 39 Manuscript (partial), 22nd Congress, CPUSA
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1963
Box: 8 Folder : 40 Letters to the Editors of Pravda, on its 50th Anniversary
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[1960-1969]
Box: 8 Folder : 41 Textile Labor, issues on Patterson and Lawrence
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1962-1963
Box: 8 Folder : 42 Engagement calendar/diary
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1963
Box: 8 Folder : 43 Autobiographical outline, "My Second Life"
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[1963]
Box: 8 Folder : 44 Correspondence re Sean O'Casey's letters
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 45 Letters to Roberta Bobbo & companion while travelling in USSR, returned to EGF
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 46 Datebook
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 47 Library of Congress collection list, catalogue of documents
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undated
Box: 8 Folder : 48 Copies of clippings from Dartmouth College Library, used by R. Baxandall
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1970-1979
Box: 8 Folder : 49 Correspondence re EGF papers, from Wayne State Archives and U of Michigan.
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 50 Notes for lecture on turbulent 20's and the the IWW by EGF, various
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 51 Ms on Democratic rights (draft for speech)
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 52 Ms, draft, "The State of the Whole People"
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 53 Draft for speech, "History of CPUSA, 1919-64"
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 54 Autobiographical outline and notes
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 55 Bio as of 1964
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 56 Last published piece by EGF, September
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 57 Letter from H. Aptheker and newspaper clippings on EGF's death, press releases by CPUSA, September
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1964
Box: 8 Folder : 58 Flynn bibliography materials
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undated

Subseries D: Baxandall Materials

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 59 Draft of biography
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undated
Box: 8 Folder : 60 Correspondence referring to Baxandall's publication
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1970-1979
Box: 8 Folder : 61 Materials (xerox) used in Baxandall's publication
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Series IX (Addendum): Files Obtained by Rosalyn Baxandall and Helen Camp under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Scope and Contents

This series consists primarily of photocopied material from the files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, U. S. Bureau of Prisons and other government agencies. The copies were provided to Rosalyn F. Baxandall and Helen C. Camp as a result of separate requests under the Freedom of Information Act in the mid-1980s. Because there was considerable duplication of material between the Baxandall and Camp files, duplicate files have been eliminated and the files have been arranged in one series, beginning with FBI files arranged by file number and concluding with files arranged by agency of origin.

Individual files may contain a wide variety of documents, including intercepted correspondence of Flynn and her associates, correspondence between government officials and agents, clippings, leaflets and other radical political materials, reports or summaries of reports by agents and informants, and summarizes the contents of the Daily Worker and other publications. There may be considerable duplication of content between files, as government agencies and branches regularly transmitted material from their files to each other.

The series begins with a folder of Baxandall requests and related correspondence; these letters were found without accompanying documents. Where request letters were found in the collection with accompanying documents, they have been filed along with those documents. The series ends with a bound volume of material secured by Baxandall through a legal proceeding (Baxandall vs. FBI, DOJ, CIA [CA - 82 - 8736]). NOTE: boxes 1-4 have been processed and microfilmed; boxes 5-6 are unprocessed and not microfilmed.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Flynn: Baxandall FOIA Requests; Related Correspondence
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1985-1986
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 1 - 53
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Box: 9 Folder : 3 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 54 - 84
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Box: 9 Folder : 4 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 85 - 135
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Box: 9 Folder : 5 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 136 - 186
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Box: 9 Folder : 6 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 187 - 230
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Box: 9 Folder : 7 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 231
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Box: 9 Folder : 8 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 232 - 281
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Box: 9 Folder : 9 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 282 - 302
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Box: 9 Folder : 10 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 303 - 350
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Box: 9 Folder : 11 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 351 - 415
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Box: 9 Folder : 12 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 416 - 516
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Box: 9 Folder : 13 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 517 - 586
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Box: 9 Folder : 14 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 587 - 681
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Box: 9 Folder : 15 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 682 - 714
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Box: 9 Folder : 16 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 715 - 770
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Box: 9 Folder : 17 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 771 - 850
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Box: 9 Folder : 18 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 851 - 929
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Box: 10 Folder : 1 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 930 - 1004
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Box: 10 Folder : 2 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 1005 - 1080
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Box: 10 Folder : 3 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 1081 - 1160
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Box: 10 Folder : 4 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: 1161
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Box: 10 Folder : 5 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: Communist Party Briefs
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Box: 10 Folder : 6 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1287: Referral Responses
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Box: 10 Folder : 7 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 1 -150
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Box: 10 Folder : 8 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 151 - 330
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Box: 10 Folder : 9 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 331 - 553
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Box: 10 Folder : 10 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 554 - 747
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Box: 10 Folder : 11 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 748 - 959
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Box: 10 Folder : 12 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 960 - 1118
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Box: 10 Folder : 13 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 1119 - 1330
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Box: 10 Folder : 14 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 1331 - 1454
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Box: 10 Folder : 15 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 1454A - 1612
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Box: 10 Folder : 16 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 1613 - 1728
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Box: 10 Folder : 17 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 1728A - 1806A
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Box: 10 Folder : 18 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 1807 - 1935
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Box: 10 Folder : 19 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 1936 - 2102
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Box: 10 Folder : 20 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2103 - 2240
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Box: 10 Folder : 21 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2241 - 2371
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Box: 10 Folder : 22 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2372 - 2486
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Box: 10 Folder : 23 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2487 - 2496 (part I)
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Box: 10 Folder : 24 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2496 (part II)
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Box: 10 Folder : 25 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2496 (part III)
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Box: 10 Folder : 26 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2497 - 2607
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Box: 10 Folder : 27 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2608 - 2705
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Box: 10 Folder : 28 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2706 - 2785
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Box: 10 Folder : 29 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2786 - 2835
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Box: 10 Folder : 30 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2836 - 2933
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Box: 10 Folder : 31 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 2934 - 3026
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Box: 10 Folder : 32 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3027 - 3109
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Box: 10 Folder : 33 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3110 - 3174
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Box: 10 Folder : 34 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3175 - 3282
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Box: 10 Folder : 35 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3283 - 3393
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Box: 10 Folder : 36 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3394 - 3492
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Box: 10 Folder : 37 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3493 - 3560
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Box: 10 Folder : 38 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3561 - 3633
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Box: 10 Folder : 39 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3634 - 3708
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Box: 10 Folder : 40 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3709 - 3791
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Box: 10 Folder : 41 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3791 - 3852
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Box: 10 Folder : 42 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3853 - 3935
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Box: 10 Folder : 43 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 3936 - 4035
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Box: 10 Folder : 44 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4036 - 4116
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Box: 10 Folder : 45 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4117 - 4202
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Box: 10 Folder : 46 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4203 - 4299
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Box: 10 Folder : 47 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4300 - 4376
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Box: 10 Folder : 48 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4377 - 4479
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Box: 10 Folder : 49 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4480 - 4570
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Box: 11 Folder : 1 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4571 - 4635
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Box: 11 Folder : 2 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4636 - 4710
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Box: 11 Folder : 3 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4711 - 4792
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Box: 11 Folder : 4 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4793 - 4847
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Box: 11 Folder : 5 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4848 - 4930
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Box: 11 Folder : 6 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 4931 - 5013
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Box: 11 Folder : 7 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5014 - 5122
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Box: 11 Folder : 8 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5123 - 5216
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Box: 11 Folder : 9 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5217 - 5289
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Box: 11 Folder : 10 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5290 - 5316
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Box: 11 Folder : 11 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5317 - 5373
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Box: 11 Folder : 12 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5374 - 5439
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Box: 11 Folder : 13 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5440 - 5503
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Box: 11 Folder : 14 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5504 - 5593
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Box: 11 Folder : 15 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5594 - 5724
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Box: 11 Folder : 16 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5725 - 5810
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Box: 11 Folder : 17 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5811 - 5889
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Box: 11 Folder : 18 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5890 - 5962
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Box: 11 Folder : 19 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 5963 - 6073
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Box: 11 Folder : 20 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 6074 - 6176A
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Box: 11 Folder : 21 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 6177 - 6295
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Box: 11 Folder : 22 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 6296 - 6410
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Box: 11 Folder : 23 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 6411 - 6528
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Box: 11 Folder : 24 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 6529 - 6903
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Box: 11 Folder : 25 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 6904 - 7010
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Box: 11 Folder : 26 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 7011 - 7191
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Box: 11 Folder : 27 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 7192 - 7419
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Box: 11 Folder : 28 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 7420 - 7674
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Box: 11 Folder : 29 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 7675 - 7753
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Box: 11 Folder : 30 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 7754 - 7824
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Box: 11 Folder : 31 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 7825 - 7970
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Box: 11 Folder : 32 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 7971 - 8097
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Box: 11 Folder : 33 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 8098 - 8223
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Box: 11 Folder : 34 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 8224 - 8330
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Box: 11 Folder : 35 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 8331 - 8430
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Box: 11 Folder : 36 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 8431 - 8614
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Box: 11 Folder : 37 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 8615 - 8738
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Box: 11 Folder : 38 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 8739 - 8861
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Box: 11 Folder : 39 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 8862 - 8955
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Box: 11 Folder : 40 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 8956 - 9055
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Box: 11 Folder : 41 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 9056 - 9166
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Box: 11 Folder : 42 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 9167 - 9258
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Box: 11 Folder : 43 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 9259 - 9381
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Box: 11 Folder : 44 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 9382 - 9485
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Box: 11 Folder : 45 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: 9486 - 9529
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Box: 11 Folder : 46 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: Communist Party Briefs
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Box: 11 Folder : 47 Flynn: FOIA File No. 100 - 1696: Subs.
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Box: 11 Folder : 48 Flynn: FOIA Files: FBI: Miscellaneous Documents (Camp Request)
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Box: 11 Folder : 49 Flynn: FOIA Files: FBI NY 100 - 1696 (c. 1941 - 1947)
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Box: 11 Folder : 50 Flynn: FOIA Files: FBI NY 100 - 1696 (c. 1947 - 1951)
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Box: 11 Folder : 51 Flynn: FOIA Files: FBI NY 100 - 1696 (c. 1951 - 1959)
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Box: 11 Folder : 52 Flynn: FOIA Files: FBI NY 100 - 1696 (c. 1960 - 1964)
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Box: 12 Folder : 1 Flynn: FOIA Files: Bureau of Prisons
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Box: 12 Folder : 2 Flynn: FOIA Files: Central Intelligence Agency
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Box: 12 Folder : 3 Flynn: FOIA Files: Department of Justice: No. 146 - 1 - 51 - 349
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Box: 12 Folder : 4 Flynn: FOIA Files: Department of Justice: No. 146 - 1 - 51 - 3337
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Box: 12 Folder : 5 Flynn: FOIA Files: Department of Justice: No. 146 - 1 - 51 - 3337 Additional Pages
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Box: 12 Folder : 6 Flynn: FOIA Files: Department of Justice: Miscellaneous
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Box: 12 Folder : 7 Flynn: FOIA Files: Department of State: Miscellaneous Documents
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Box: 12 Folder : 8 Flynn: FOIA Files: Department of the Army: Miscellaneous Documents (Camp Request)
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Box: 12 Folder : 9 Flynn: FOIA Files: Department of the Navy
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Box: 12 Folder : 10 Flynn: FOIA Files: Department of the Treasury: U.S. Customs Service
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Box: 12 Folder : 11 Flynn: FOIA Files: U.S. Parole Commission
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Box: 12 Folder : 12 Flynn: FOIA Files: Intercepted Mail
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Box: 12 Folder : 13 Flynn: FOIA Files: "Sanitized Documents"; R. Baxandall v. FBI, DOJ, CIA (CA - 82 - 8736)
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Box: 13 Flynn: Research Files: Unprocessed (box 1)
Box: 14 Flynn: Research Files: Unprocessed (box 2)

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Series X (Addendum 2): Files from the Reference Center for Marxist Studies Library: (Unprocessed; 1 box)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Articles, Including Posthumously Published
1916-1996
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Articles About Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
1950s-1980s
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Autobiographical Sketch
1946
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Birthday Cards
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Congressional Campaign, People's Rights Party, Bronx 24th Congressional District
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Communist Party USA History Commission: Conclusion of Transcript of EGF Interview; Biographical Notes
1962, Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Correspondence: American Institute for Marxist Studes, re Research on Flynn
1964-1973
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Dear Sid (1 letter)
1958
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Correspondence: Includes Notes from Herbert Aptheker and a Letter to Jim West
1961-1964
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Letters (2) from Burt Nelson; Lonnie Nelson (Daughter Correspondence)
1961, 1989, Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Handwritten Newspaper Columns (3): May Day in Detroit; More on Harvard; Poison Pens
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 12 Index Cards Listing Some of Flynn's Published Writings
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 13 "Inventory of Material Received" [by CPUSA?] Note: much of this material has been separated
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 14 League for Mutual Aid: Invitation for a Dinner for Flynn, Feb 24th, 1926
1926
Box: 15 Folder : 15 Memorial Meeting Invitation (Honoring Flynn and Benjamin Davis; Baltimore, MD), Feb 27, 1965
1965
Box: 15 Folder : 16 Poetry by Flynn: Includes Poshumous Readings and Performances
1997, Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 17 Photographs of Flynn (Photocopies)
1913-1960, Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 18 Talk: Personal Recollections of the Industrial Workers of the World (15 pp., at New York University)
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 19 Typescripts of Flynn's Columns in The Worker
1963-1964, Undated

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