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Guide to the James S. Allen Papers TAM.142

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Peter Filardo and Elliot Silver, 2002. Edited by Rachel Schimke to reflect accession, 2014.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 23, 2018
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Allen, James S.
Source: Auerbach, Jesse
Title: James S. Allen Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1920-1994
Dates [bulk]: 1945-1970
Abstract: James S. Allen, born Sol Auerbach (1906-1986), was an organizer, Marxist scholar, writer and editor for the Communist Party, USA. He was a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and was in the first American student delegation to the Soviet Union. In 1928, he joined the Communist Party and began writing for the Daily Worker. He was a leading party organizer in the south in the early 1930s, and edited the  Labor Defender and  Southern Worker. In the late 1930's, he travelled to the Phillippines where he helped to arrange the merger of the socialist and Communist parties. His books include:  The Negro Question in the United States (1936),  Atomic Energy and Society (1949), and  Organizing in the Depression South: A Communist's Memoir (2001). From 1962 to 1972, Allen also headed International Publishers, the CPUSA publishing house. The collection includes his correspondence, Communist Party documents, photographs, and scrapbooks.
Quantity: 8 Linear Feet in 6 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, and 2 folders in a flat-file drawer.
Location: Most materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language: Materials are in English, with a small amount of material in Spanish
Call Phrase: TAM.142