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Guide to the John Pittman Papers TAM 188

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Collection processed by Elliot Silver and Peter Meyer Filardo, 2003. Revised by Erika Gottfried to reflect the incorporation of photographs, graphics, and realia, and for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description, 2014.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 27, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: John Pittman Papers
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1880s -1987, (Bulk 1926-1983)
Dates [bulk]: 1926-1983
Abstract: John Pittman (1906-1993) was an African-American communist journalist and writer born in Atlanta. He graduated from Morehouse College, and received an M.A. in Economics (1930) from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1931, he founded and served as editor of the San Francisco Spokesman, renamed  The Spokesman. Pittman became an editor of the (daily)  People's World. Pittman traveled to Europe as a correspondent for the Communist Party's newspapers:  Daily Worker (New York),  People's World, and for the  Chicago Defender. He married fellow communist Margrit Adler and together were Moscow correspondents for the CPUSA press. Pittman was also the founding co-editor of the  Daily World in New York. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings, documentation of his political activities, photographs, graphics, and realia.
Quantity: 6.25 Linear Feet in 6 record cartons and 10 folders in one shared box
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM 188