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Guide to the Harold Cruse Papers TAM 187

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Collection processed by Collection processed by Elliot Silver and Peter Meyer Filardo, 2003. Edited to include partial description of Addenda, 2011. Edited to reflect incorporation of material found in repository, May 2014.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 29, 2018
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content Note

Notable correspondents in series one include: John Conyers, Cheikh Anta Diop, Jay Gorney, Langston Hughes, Manning Marable, Adolph Reed Jr., and Wole Soyinka. There is also one file of World War II-era letters to Cruse, and several thick files of academic correspondence. Series two contains ephemera, lecture notes, and some correspondence relating to Cruse's activity as a public intellectual, including files on the Eldridge Cleaver Legal Defense Fund, and on Robert Williams. Series three contains numerous article-length unpublished and published writings, book and theater reviews, and an almost complete typescript of the Crisis of the Negro Intellectual.

NOTE: As of March 2011, box 1 is undergoing preservation work, and is thus not available to researchers.


The collection is organized into four series: I, Correspondence; II, Topical Files, II, Writings; IV, Addendum (unprocessed).

Folders are generally arranged alphabetically within each series, though some correspondence is arranged chronologically.

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  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Topical Files
  3. III. Writings
  4. IV. Addendum (unprocessed)