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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

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Historical/Biographical Note

John Pittman (1906-1993), an African-American communist journalist, was born in Atlanta, graduated from Morehouse College, and received an M.A. in Economics (1930) from the University of California at Berkeley, with a thesis titled "Railroads and Negro Labor." After a brief stint at Stanford Law School, and jobs as a waiter on the Southern Pacific Railroad and as secretary to art patron Noel Sullivan, in October, 1931 he founded and served as editor of the San Francisco Spokesman (a weekly newspaper for the Bay Area African American community), which by 1934 had been renamed  The Spokesman, reflecting Pittman's broader ambitions and leftward political evolution. During that year's San Francisco general strike, he lent  The Spokesman's printing presses to the fledgling Communist Party newspaper, the  Western Worker, resulting in their destruction by right-wing vigilantes. Then Pittman went to work for the  Western Worker, becoming by 1941 the editor of its successor, the (daily)  People's World. In this capacity, he was a frequent guest on radio station KSAN (San Francisco) in 1941-1942.

In 1945 he covered the founding conference of the United Nations, and in 1946 received his divorce from his first wife Merle Nance Pittman. In 1947 Pittman traveled to Europe as a correspondent for the Communist Party's newspapers Daily Worker (New York) and  People's World, and for the  Chicago Defender, a trip made possible by progressive notables including Lena Horne, Paul Jarrico, Albert Maltz, and Dalton Trumbo, whose financial support was coordinated by Los Angeles attorney Leo Gallagher. After his return he married fellow communist Margrit Adler, a German-Jewish antifascist refugee and German-American political activist. They remained in New York until 1955, when they moved to San Francisco with their two children, Carol and John Peter. There Pittman again worked for the  People's World. From 1959-1961 the Pittmans were Moscow correspondents for the CPUSA press. In 1968 Pittman came to New York to become the founding co-editor of the  Daily World (the result of the merger of the Party's West and East Coast weekly newspapers). In the late 1970s Pittman went to Prague as the Party's representative on the editorial board of the  World Marxist Review, returning to New York in 1987. In addition to his newspaper writings, Pittman contributed some two dozen articles to the Party's monthly journal  Political Affairs, and wrote  Africa Calling, Isolate the Racists: The Liberation Struggle in Southern Africa(1973), and (with Margrit Pittman)  Sense and Nonsense About Berlin(1962) and  Peaceful Coexistence: Its Theory and Practice in the Soviet Union(1964).

Selected Bibliography (arranged chronologically):

Railroads and Negro Labor.Thesis (M.A. in Economics)--University of California, Berkeley, Dec 1930. 92 leaves.

"A Perspective for Forging Negro-White Unity." Communist23 (Jan, Feb 1944): 86-91, 174-181.

"The Negro People Spark the Fight for Peace." Political Affairs25 (Aug 1946): 724-733.

"War on Korea: Point IV in Action." Political Affairs29 (Aug 1950): 40-50.

"Africa and the United States." Political Affairs37(Feb 1958): 48-52.

"Books in Review: The Diplomacy of World War II." Political Affairs37  (Apr 1958): 46-53.

"The October Revolution and National Liberation." Political Affairs46 (Nov 1967): 27-38.

"Book Reviews: Toward Eradication of Colonialism." Political Affairs47 (Feb 1968): 90-97.

"Laos: Testing Ground of the Nixon Doctrine." Political Affairs49 (Oct 1970): 11-19.

"Indochina's 25 Year Struggle Against U.S. Imperialism." Political Affairs50 (Feb 1971): 1-13.

Africa Calling, Isolate the Racists: The Liberation Struggle in Southern Africa.New York: New Outlook Publishers, 1973. 31 pp.

"Arena of Class Struggle: The United Nations, Part I." Political Affairs52 (Mar 1973): 18-29.

"Arena of Class Struggle: The United Nations, Part II." Political Affairs52 (Apr 1973): 31-40.

"A Guiding Ideology for Anti-Racist, Anti-Monopoly Struggle." Political Affairs52 (Aug 1973) 18-30.

"The United Nations and the Struggle for Détente." Political Affairs53 (Oct 1974): 44-54.

"Building the Communist Press." Political Affairs54 (Mar 1975): 24-37.

"What's New in Soviet Agriculture." Political Affairs54 (Jul 1975): 3-20.

"Book Reviews: A Man of Heroic Mold." Political Affairs55 (Feb 1976): 54-64.

"The Bonn Congress of the German Communist Party." Political Affairs55 (Jun 1976): 24-34.

"From Cradle of Bourgeois Freedom to State Monopoly Capitalism." Political Affairs55 (Jul 1976): 7-9.

"Racism and War." Political Affairs57 (May 1978): 22-27.

"Afro-American Struggle Today - A Framework." Political Affairs58 (Feb 1979): 14-22.

"Bulgarian Theoretical Conference: Agreement on Basic Principles." Political Affairs58 (Mar 1979): 2-7.

"Is Socialism Applicable to the U.S?" Political Affairs59 (Sep 1980): 12-18.

"Détente: The Only Sane Option." Political Affairs61 (May 1982): 2-8.

"The Class Role of Affirmative Action." Political Affairs62 (Mar 1983): 18-24.

"The American Heritage of Karl Marx." Political Affairs62 (Oct 1983): 15-23.

"Restructuring the World Economy." Political Affairs64 (Nov 1985): 18-24.

Pittman, John and Margrit.

Sense and Nonsense About Berlin.New York: New Century Publishers, 1962. 60 pp.

Peaceful Coexistence: Its Theory and Practice in the Soviet Union.New York: International Publishers, 1964. 156 pp.

Pittman, Margrit

"The San Francisco Peace Referendum." Political Affairs47 (1968): 58-63.

"25 Years of the German Democratic Republic." Political Affairs53 (Oct 1974): 55-62.

"Democracy in Czechoslovakia." Political Affairs56 (Mar 1977): 13-18.

"Women, Children, Marriage - the Experience of Socialism." Political Affairs61 (Mar 1982): 10-14.

"Women's Equality in the German Democratic Republic." Political Affairs66 (Mar 1987): 14-18.

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection is comprised of John Pittman's writings and correspondence. The writings deal with the struggles of African Americans and people of color worldwide, the strategy and tactics of the communist movement and its relationship to the capitalist powers and developing countries; they consist mainly of typescripts, clippings, and photocopies of Pittman's columns and newspaper articles, pamphlets, papers and radio addresses. Correspondence includes letters from family members, friends, U.S. and foreign Communist cadre, and African American journalists, writers, activists, and public figures.

The collection also contains a small amount of biographical and visual materials, as well as materials documenting Pittman's political activities. Biographical materials include documents that pertain to Pittman's mother, Carrie Badger Pittman, and the Badger family, school records, and press credentials; materials on political activities include internal Communist Party documents and some of Pittman's notes on meetings, materials related to a course taught at the Jefferson School of Social Science (an adult education institution of the Communist Party USA located in New York City), and a file of documents relating to the Democratic Party of California in the elections of 1932. Visual materials include photographs--of Pittman, his family and friends-- documenting both personal and professional activities, and a handful of graphics and printing plates for Communist Party publications.

Arrangement

The papers are organized into five series:

I. Biographical
II. Correspondence
III. Political Activities
IV. Writings
V. Photographs, Graphics, Realia

Folders are generally arranged alphabetically within each series.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Yergan, Max, 1892-1975
  • Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889-1979
  • Shields, Art, 1888-
  • Richmond, Al, 1913-1987.
  • Patterson, William L. (William Lorenzo), 1890-1980
  • Aptheker, Herbert, 1915-2003.
  • Jackson, James
  • Sullivan, Noel.
  • Belfrage, Cedric, 1904-1990.
  • Wilkerson, Doxey Alphonso, 1905-1993.
  • Gannett, Betty.
  • Smith, Jessica, 1895-1983
  • Flory, Ishmael.
  • Gallagher, Leo.
  • Feuchtwanger, Lion, 1884-1958
  • Field, Frederick V. (Frederick Vanderbilt), 1905-2000
  • Davis, Benjamin J. (Benjamin Jefferson), 1903-1964
  • Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981
  • Winston, Henry, 1911-1986.
  • Pittman, John
  • Hall, Gus
  • Harrington, Oliver W. (Oliver Wendell), 1912-1995
  • Herndon, Angelo, 1913-1997
  • Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
  • Allen, Elmer
  • Jerome, V. J. (Victor Jeremy), 1896-1965
  • Lochard, Metz T. B., 1896-1984
  • Mays, Benjamin E. (Benjamin Elijah), 1894-1984
  • Dennis, Eugene, 1905-1961.
  • Childs, Morris, 1902-1991
  • Burns, Ben.
  • Bass, Charlotta A., 1880-1969
  • Pittman, Margrit

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Printed ephemera.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Legal documents.
  • Speeches.
  • Printing plates.
  • Black-and-white photographs.
  • Color photographs.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Telegrams.
  • Notebooks.
  • Posters.

Subject Organizations

  • Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Communist Party of the United States of America
  • KSAN (Radio station : San Francisco, Calif.)

Subject Topics

  • Journalism -- United States.
  • African American journalists.
  • African American press.
  • Communism -- United States.
  • African American communists.
  • Communism -- Great Britain.
  • Journalism, Communist.
  • Press, Communist.
  • African Americans -- History -y 20th century.

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Administrative Information

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 John Pittman was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; John Pittman Papers; TAM 188; 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Margrit Pittman 1997. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 1997.021, 1997.042, and NPA.2003.039.

Processing Information

Photographs, graphics, and realia from this collection were separated from the Papers and established as a separate collection: the John Pittman Photographs (PHOTOS 179). In January 2014, this photograph collection was reincorporated into the John Pittman Papers.

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Container List

Series I. Biographical

Scope and Content Note

This small series (arranged alphabetically) contains a Badger family genealogy, documents relating to Carrie Badger Pittman, school records, phone books, press cards and credentials, invitations, a Paul Robeson autograph, various personal and legal documents (including re his 1945-46 divorce from Merle Nance), ephemera, and memorabilia.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Badger, Robert H. (father of Carrie Badger): Last Will & Testament
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Biographical Materials - Chronological
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Biographical Materials - Chronological
1925-1977
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Daily WorldTribute for John Pittman and Carl Winter  
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Family Bible Genealogy
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Invitations
1931-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Phone Books (4)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Pittman, Carrie Badger: Divorce from John Pittman, Sr.; Commitment to New York State Hospital
1917 , 1952
Box: 1 Folder : 8A Pittman, John: Divorce from Merle Nance Pittman
1945-1946
Box: 1 Folder : 8B Pittman, John: Medical
1947-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Press Cards and Credentials
1926-1958
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Robeson, Paul - Autograph
1966
Box: 1 Folder : 10-A Robeson, Paul - Program for Concert in Oakland, California, with William Duncan Allen
1957
Box: 1 Folder : 11 School Records
1914-1966

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Series II. Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence (most incoming), comprising one quarter of the collection, is organized into two subseries, Chronological (1925-1959) and Alphabetical (bulk 1960-1983) and contains letters from family members, friends (including fellow Morehouse alumni), U.S. and foreign Communist cadre, and African American journalists and activists, including numerous letters received in Pittman's capacity as editor of the Spokesman.Correspondents include the African American communists Marvel Cooke, Ben Davis Jr., Ishmael Flory (a lifelong friend), cartoonist Oliver Harrington, Angelo Herndon, James Jackson, William Patterson, Doxey Wilkerson, and Henry Winston; communists Herbert Aptheker, Phil Bart, Morris Childs, Eugene Dennis, Betty Gannett, Gus Hall, V.J. Jerome, Al Richmond, Art Shields, and Jessica Smith; African American newspaper editor Charlotta A. Bass and Max Yergan, both of the Council on African Affairs; Ben Burns and Metz T.P. Lochard (respectively, editor and publisher) of the  Chicago Defender; Pittman's parents Carrie Badger Pittman and John Pittman Sr., cousin Claybert Robinson, and other relatives; friends D.D. Richardson, Mason and Doris Roberson, C.V. Roman, Robert "Red" Saxon, and George A. Towns; letters from Cedric Belfrage, Frederick Vanderbilt Field, Lionel Feuchtwanger, attorneys Leo Gallagher and John T. McTernan, Benjamin E. Mays (President, Morehouse College), A. Philip Randolph, Noel Sullivan, Roy Wilkins; and, from Langston Hughes, a 1934 letter ("Dear Johnny") praising Communist-led unions for not discriminating against Negroes. Note that letters from the highlighted correspondents found in Subseries A (Chronological) may also appear in adjacent and/or other folders within this series.

Subseries A: Chronological

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence (Includes letter s from A. Philip Randolph, D.D. Richardson, C.V. Roman (M.D.), Robert "Red" Saxon; various relatives)
1926-1929
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence
ca.1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence (Includes letters from D.D. Richardson, John Pittman Sr., Ishmael Flory)
1930
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Correspondence (Includes San Francisco Spokesman)
1931
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Correspondence (Includes San Francisco Spokesman)
1932
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Correspondence (Includes San Francisco Spokesman)
1933
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Correspondence (Includes San Francisco Spokesman; letters from Roy Wilkins & Langston Hughes)
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Correspondence (Includes letters from Ben Davis Jr. & A. Philip Randolph)
1935
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Correspondence
1936-1940
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Correspondence (Includes letters from V.J. Jerome & Al Richmond)
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Correspondence (Includes letters from Angelo Herndon, V.J. Jerome, Eugene Dennis)
1943
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Correspondence (Includes letters from Lion Feuchtwanger, Marvel Cooke, Charlotta Bass, Max Yergan, Art Shields)
1944
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Correspondence (Includes letters from Doxey Wilkerson, Claude Barnett ( Associated Negro Press))
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Correspondence (Includes letters from Morris Childs, William Patterson, John T. McTernan)
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Correspondence (Includes letters from Doxey Wilkerson & Morris Childs)
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Correspondence (Includes letters from Doxey Wilkerson & Charlotta Bass)
1948-1949
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Correspondence (Includes letters from Cedric Belfrage, Charlotta Bass, Karl Nathan (Soviet Anti-Semitism)), Al Richmond, Claybert Robinson
1950-1955
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Correspondence (Includes letters from Ben Davis, Ishmael Flory, James Jackson, Herbert Aptheker)
1956-1959

Subseries B: Alphabetical

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence - Unidentified
1971-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence - A
1962-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence - Aptheker, Herbert and Bettina
1968-1975
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Correspondence - Attorneys
1953-1956
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Correspondence - B
1964-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence - Bart, Phil
1974-1978
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence - C
1965-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 7A Correspondence - Chicago Defender(Ben Burns, Metz T.P. Lochard)
1942-1947
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Correspondence - D
1967-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Correspondence- Diskin, Lou
1973-1977
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Correspondence - E
1964-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Correspondence - F
1964-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Correspondence - Field, Frederick
1946
Box: 2 Folder : 12A Flory, Ishmael
ca.1940-1980
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Correspondence - G
1967-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Correspondence - Gannett, Betty ( Political Affairs)
1967-1969
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Correspondence - H
1963-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Correspondence - Hall, Gus
1966-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Correspondence - Harrington, Oliver
1968-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Correspondence - Herndon, Angelo
1943
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Correspondence - Hughes, Langston
1934 , ca.1953
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Correspondence - I
1968-1981
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Correspondence - J
1969-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Correspondence - K
1965-1978
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Correspondence - L
1968-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Correspondence - Literary Rejections
undated , 1925
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Correspondence - Lumer, Hyman
1963-1976
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Correspondence - M
1963-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 26A Correspondence - Mays, Benjamin E. (President, Morehouse College)
1943-1947
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Correspondence - Meyers, George
1967-1976
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Correspondence - Morton, Charlie and Goldee
1967-1977
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Correspondence - N
1963-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Correspondence - O
1968-1975
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Correspondence - P
1967-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Correspondence - Passport
1954
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Correspondence - Pittman, Carol
1968-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 33A Correspondence: Pittman, Carrie - letters to John Pittman
1920s-early 1930s
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Correspondence - Pittman, Carrie - Death of
1958
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Correspondence - re: Pittman, Carrie
ca.1930-1934 , 1950-1954
Box: 2 Folder : 36 Correspondence - Pittman Family
1968 , 1971
Box: 2 Folder : 37 Correspondence - Pittman, John Jr.
1968 , 1979
Box: 2 Folder : 38 Correspondence - Pittman, John Sr.
1930 , 1931 , 1934
Box: 2 Folder : 39 Correspondence - Pittman, Margrit
1968-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 40 Correspondence - Postcards
1935-1955
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Correspondence - R
1963-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Correspondence - Richmond, Al
1968
Box: 2 Folder : 43 Correspondence - Roberson, Mason (Moke) and Doris (Dobby)
1968-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 44 Correspondence -Paul Robeson Archives of (Berlin, East Germany)
1967
Box: 2 Folder : 45 Correspondence - Robinson, Claybert ("Clay") - cousin.
1956 , 1970 , 1983
Box: 2 Folder : 46 Correspondence - S
1963-1981
Box: 2 Folder : 47 Correspondence - Shields, Art
1967-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 48 Correspondence - Smith, Jessica ( New World Review)
1975-1977
Box: 2 Folder : 48A Correspondence - Stone, I.F.
ca.1940s
Box: 2 Folder : 49 Correspondence - T
1963-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 50 Correspondence - Towns, George Alexander
1926-1931
Box: 2 Folder : 51 Correspondence - U-V
1968-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 52 Correspondence - W-Z
1966-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 53 Correspondence - Winston, Henry
1969-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 54 Correspondence - Winter, Carl and Family
1967-1979

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Series III: Political Activities

Scope and Content Note

This series (arranged alphabetically, bulk 1960-) contains Communist Party internal documents primarily re: the "Negro Question" (1930s-1980s), notes taken at several 1983 meetings of the Party's Political Bureau, Central Committee, and African-American Commission, a notebook from a 1961 trip to the USSR, materials related to a course taught at the Jefferson School of Social Science, a file of Democratic Party of California documents re the 1932 mobilization of African American voters (Pittman was an advocate of realigning the African American vote from its traditional Republican Party orientation), and clippings and ephemera relating to various events and topics.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 ABU Membership List [Bay Area Black University students??]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 African Liberation Struggles Today (Course Outline) - Jefferson School of Social Science
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 3 The African Peoples and their Struggle for Liberation (Course Evaluation) - Jefferson School of Social Science
1954
Box: 3 Folder : 4 American - European March
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Asian - African Liberation Struggles (Winter Term Syllabus) - Jefferson School of Social Science
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 China, Trip to - Journal
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 7 CIO - Texas
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Clipping File - Scheme of Classification
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Communist Party Internal Documents (Negro Question)
1930s-1960s
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Communist Party Internal Documents
1979-1983
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Communist Party Meeting Notes (Central Committee, Political Bureau, African-American Commission)
1983
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Communist Party - Twenty-first National Convention
1975
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Communist Party of the Soviet Union - Twenty-fifth Congress
1974
Box: 3 Folder : 14 The Daily World- Job Applications  
1968
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Democratic Party of California - Internal Documents re: Mobilization of Negroes
ca.1932
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Hall, Gus
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Hinds, Lennox - Speech by (International Conference of Solidarity with the Struggle of African and Arab Peoples against Imperialism and Reaction)
1978
Box: 3 Folder : 18 "Hymn to the Rising Sun - A Short Play about an African-American Soldier," by Paul Green
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 19 International Commission of Inquiry into US Crimes in Indochina
1971
Box: 3 Folder : 20 International Contacts List
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Jackson, Maurice - Afro-American Peoples Struggles (Seminar - Havana, Cuba)
1981
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Leon, Gilbert (First Lieutenant) vs. United States (Brief Amicus Curiae) - Korean War
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 23 Maran, Rene M. - Interview with
1946
Box: 3 Folder : 24 May Day: Rallies and Speech
1953
Box: 3 Folder : 25 McCarran Act Protests Reported in Press
ca.1962
Box: 3 Folder : 26 Murdock, Steve - Death of
1976
Box: 3 Folder : 27 National Lawyer's Conference
1981
Box: 3 Folder : 28 National Question - Jefferson School Typescripts
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 29 Nationalities Question - Worldwide
1979
Box: 3 Folder : 30 Negro Candidates for Election on New Party Ticket
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 31 Negro Press Circulation Figures
1943
Box: 3 Folder : 32 Nikolai Miklukho-Maclay: Fighter Against Racism - By Y.Y. Roginsky
1971
Box: 3 Folder : 33 North Korea, Trip To
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Philip Alexander Bell and the San Francisco Elevator,By John H. Telfer (San Francisco Negro and Cultural Society, California History Series, Monograph # 9)  
1966
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Pittman, John and Margarit - List of Articles Approved for The Daily Workerand  People's World
1959-1962
Box: 3 Folder : 36 Pittman, John - Work Record of (1974-1979)
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Pittman's Books - Prague to New York
1979
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Polan, Lou: Statement Before the House Un-American Activities Committee
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 39 Prague / World Marxist Review- Activities
1974
Box: 3 Folder : 40 Racism and Racial Discrimination, World Conference for Education of
1978
Box: 3 Folder : 41 Racism - World Marxist Review- Symposium
1976
Box: 3 Folder : 42 The Railroad Workers Link
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 43 Real Estate Career
1954-1958
Box: 3 Folder : 44 Record of Work Done - Time Copy
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 45 Republican Convention - By Richard Walker
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 46 Rubin, Daniel - "On the Life of Henry Winston, National Chairman, C.P.U.S.A."
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 47 San Francisco Workers School
1934
Box: 3 Folder : 48 Soviet Discussion - Letter to the Editor ( People's World)
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 49 Soviet Press Agency Translations
1970-1978
Box: 3 Folder : 50 Soviet Union, Trip to - Notebook / Journal
1961
Box: 3 Folder : 51 Speaking Engagements
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 52 The Spokesman :Articles of Co-Partnership, etc.  
1931 , 1934
Box: 3 Folder : 53 United Nations Correspondents Association (Application for Membership)
1953
Box: 3 Folder : 54 United Nations Founding Conference - San Francisco
1945
Box: 3 Folder : 55 Western Negro Statesman
undated

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Series IV. Writings

Scope and Content Note

This series is arranged alphabetically, and the bulk of it is from 1960-83. It comprises somewhat more than half of the collection and contains typescripts of radio speeches given on KSAN, journalism dispatches, newspaper column typescripts and clippings, press telegrams from Moscow, photocopies of his articles in Political Affairs, notebooks, typescripts for numerous unpublished and published articles and for several pamphlets and for papers given at conferences sponsored by  World Marxist Reviewand other communist fora. Pittman's writings were largely concerned with the problems and struggles of African Americans and of people of color worldwide, the strategy and tactics of the communist movement, and with its relationship to the capitalist powers and the developing countries.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 56 Africa Against the Axis
ca.1943
Box: 3 Folder : 57 Africa Calling: Isolate the Racists
1973
Box: 3 Folder : 58 "Aid to Africa" - Incomplete
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 59 "American Communists" - Komsomolskaya Pravda
1961
Box: 3 Folder : 60 "American Motion Pictures - A Weapon of Imperialism"
1947
Box: 3 Folder : 61 "Banning Nuclear War Propaganda"
1984
Box: 3 Folder : 62 "Behind the Iron Curtain" - 4 Part Series ( The Daily Workerand  People's World)
1946
Box: 3 Folder : 63 Book Reviews
1973-1977
Box: 3 Folder : 64 "Building the Communist Press"
1975
Box: 3 Folder : 65 "Capitalism USA, As Catholic Bishops See It"
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 66 "Capitalist Integration in the Western Hemisphere"
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 67 Colloquium - Julius Lips Institute, Karl Marx University, Berlin
1977
Box: 3 Folder : 68 "Color Blindness - A Ploy to Derail Affirmative Action" (for Black Liberation Journal)
1982
Box: 3 Folder : 69 "Combating Crisis Consequences"
1984
Box: 3 Folder : 70 "Combating Effects of the Worst Crisis"
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 71 "Coming Battle for a Military Détente"
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 72 "Communists by the Minute"
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 73 "Concerning Native Americans and Peoples from the Caribbean and Central American Areas"
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 74 Conferences and Symposia (held in the) USSR - Pittman typescripts
1979
Box: 3 Folder : 75 Conferences and Symposia ( World Marxist Review) - Pittman typescripts
1974-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 76 Conferences and Symposia, Miscellaneous ( WMR?) - Pittman typescripts
1974-1976
Box: 3 Folder : 77 "The C.P.U.S.A. and U.S. Public Opinion"
1979
Box: 3 Folder : 78 "C.P.U.S.A: Origins and Sources of the C.P.U.S.A."
1979
Box: 3 Folder : 79 "The C.P.U.S.A's 65 Year Fight for Peace"
1984
Box: 3 Folder : 80 Daily Review of Soviet Press
1961
Box: 3 Folder : 81 "The Daily Workerand Freedom of the Press"  
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 82 The Daily World, Content of - (For  Party Affairs)  
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 83 "The Daily World, In the Struggle for the Masses"  
1974
Box: 3 Folder : 84 "Davis, Angela" - Untitled ts
1975
Box: 4 Folder : 1 "DeGaulle and U.S., Mandate System, Wallace's View"
1944
Box: 4 Folder : 2 "Economic Planning" (Note cards and ts)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 3 "Equality for Afro-Americans: The Communist View" (Drafts)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 4 "The Equality of Nations - Notes on"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 5 "Existing Socialism: Its Meaning for the USA"
1979
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Fictional Writings Notebook
ca.1963
Box: 4 Folder : 7 "Focus on Racism" - (3 ts)
1973
Box: 4 Folder : 8 "For Peace, Jobs, and Equality"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 9 "From Cradle of Bourgeois Freedom to State Monopoly Capitalism"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Ganbatte- Book Review  
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 11 German Communist Party Conference (Bonn), Reports from
1976
Box: 4 Folder : 12 "Government by the People" (60th Anniversary of Russian Revolution)
1973
Box: 4 Folder : 13 "The Great October Revolution and the United States of America" (For the International Conference of World Marxist Review)
1977
Box: 4 Folder : 14 "Grim Future for Native Americans"
1981
Box: 4 Folder : 15 "How People's Democracies Emerged"
1985
Box: 4 Folder : 16 "How Polish Government is Liquidating Bigotry"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 17 "How Socialist States Help Africa and Why" ts - New Quarterly
1960
Box: 4 Folder : 18 "The Ideology of U.S. Messianism"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 19 "Imperialism's Main War Party - Then and Now"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 20 "An Impression of John Hope" (President, Morehouse College)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 21 "Impressions of Socialist Korea"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 22 "Inevitability of War in the Capitalist World"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 23 "Information for Changing the World"
1981
Box: 4 Folder : 24 "Inter-American Relations and the Export of Capital"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 25 "Jewish-Negro Relations"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 26 Journalism Dispatches
1940s
Box: 4 Folder : 27 Journalism Dispatches
1942
Box: 4 Folder : 28 Journalism Dispatches ( Daily Worker)
1945
Box: 4 Folder : 29 Journalism Dispatches ( Daily Worker, People's World, Chicago Defender)
1946
Box: 4 Folder : 30 Journalism Dispatches ( Daily Worker, People's World, Chicago Defender)
1947
Box: 4 Folder : 31 Journalism Dispatches
1948
Box: 4 Folder : 32 "Ku Klux Klan" by John Badger (aka John Pittman)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 33 "The Logic of a Life" ( Soviet Foreign Literature)
1961
Box: 4 Folder : 34 Lovejoy, E.P. - "N.S. Khrushchev's Visit Opens Way to a Significant Improvement in US - USSR Relations"
1959
Box: 4 Folder : 35 "Mandate System and World Peace" (Germany/Africa)
1936
Box: 4 Folder : 36 "Marxist - Leninist Party in the Soviet Union"
1976
Box: 4 Folder : 37 "Marxist Philosophy"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 38 "May Day Centenary"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 39 "May First: Its Origin and Significance"
1978
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Miscellaneous Writings
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 41 "Morehouse College Football Dope for 1925"
1925
Box: 4 Folder : 42 "Multi-National State Development"
1982
Box: 4 Folder : 43 "Nate Shaw: Man of the Heroic Mold (An Anatomy of the Survivals of Slavery: a Damning Indictment of Racism)"
1976
Box: 4 Folder : 44 "National Issues Before Congress Now in Session" - ( The Spokesman) By John Pierpont (aka John Pittman)
1937
Box: 4 Folder : 45 "National Questions in the USA in the 1970s"
1979
Box: 4 Folder : 46 Newspaper Columns (Clippings and Typescripts) Most by Robert Badger
undated , 1942-1945
Box: 4 Folder : 47 Newspaper Columns- The Daily Worker(Clippings)
1950
Box: 4 Folder : 48 Newspaper Columns (Typescripts)
undated , 1946-1947
Box: 4 Folder : 49 Newspaper Columns- The Daily Worker(Clippings) "Of Things to Come"
1949-1953
Box: 4 Folder : 50 Newspaper Columns (Typescripts and Clippings)
1970-1980
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Newspaper Columns (Typescripts and Clippings)
1981
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Newspaper Columns (Typescripts and Clippings)
1982-1983
Box: 5 Folder : 3 North Korea, Trip to
1969
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Notebooks (14)
ca.1931 , ca.1968-1970s
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Notebooks: International Conference on the October Revolution and the Contemporary Scene
1977
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Notebooks on Race (4)
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 7 "Oriental Labor in California" (Bibliography)
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 8 "Party Theoretical Work: Basis of Political and Ideological Struggle"
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 9 "Peaceful Coexistence" Book Review
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 10 "Permanent Commissions of the Soviets"
1978
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Pittman, Margrit, Writings re: Soviet Union
1959-1962
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Playwriting, Notes on
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 13 "Point Four - New Name for the Old Imperialism"
1950
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Political Affairs- Articles (ts)  
1973 , 1983
Box: 5 Folder : 14A Political Affairs- articles (photocopies)  
1958-1985
Box: 5 Folder : 14B Political Affairs- Margrit Pittman articles (photocopies)  
1968-1987
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Press Telegrams from Moscow
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Press Telegrams from Moscow
1959
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Press Telegrams from Moscow
Jan 1960-Jun 1960
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Press Telegrams from Moscow
Jul 1960-Dec 1960
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Press Telegrams from Moscow
Jan 1961-Jun 1961
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Press Telegrams from Moscow
Jul 1961-Dec 1961
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Press Telegrams from Moscow
1962
Box: 5 Folder : 22 "Problem of the Subjective Lag"
1979
Box: 6 Folder : 1 "Problems of an Unemployed American"
ca.1961
Box: 6 Folder : 2 "Proletarian Internationalism and the Revolutionary Process"
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 3 "Race and the Pacific"
1942
Box: 6 Folder : 4 "Racism and War" (Parts I And II.)
1976
Box: 6 Folder : 5 "Racism, Class Roots of"
1976
Box: 6 Folder : 6 "Racism, Current Problems of the Struggle Against"
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 7 "Racism: The Death Sentence for/A Death Sentence for/Is Sentenced to Death"
1970s
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Radio Broadcasts: KSAN (San Francisco)
1941
Box: 6 Folder : 8A Radio Broadcasts: KSAN (San Francisco)
1942
Box: 6 Folder : 9 "Readings from the Marxist - Leninist Classics"
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 10 "Red Heels"
1925
Box: 6 Folder : 11 "A Report on the Soviet Theory and Practice of Peaceful Coexistence"
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 12 "Robeson and the Soviet People" ( New World Review)
1961
Box: 6 Folder : 13 "The Rout of the Fascist Axis Bloc and the USA"
1985
Box: 6 Folder : 14 "Scientific and Technological Progress and the Position of the Working Class in Capitalist Countries"
1986
Box: 6 Folder : 15 "Similarities, Differences"
1979
Box: 6 Folder : 16 "Sixty Years of the Soviet Multinational State" ( The New World Review)
1982
Box: 6 Folder : 17 "Smog - How Socialism Deals with it"
1959
Box: 6 Folder : 18 "Socialism and Communism - Theory and Practice"
1981
Box: 6 Folder : 19 "Socialist Integration"
1979
Box: 6 Folder : 20 "Socialist Poland's Heroic Example"
1986
Box: 6 Folder : 21 "Some Aspects of the Life and Work of Karl Marx of Particular Significance to the People of the USA"
1978
Box: 6 Folder : 22 "Some Features of the Present Stage of the General Crisis of Capitalism in the USA"
1975
Box: 6 Folder : 23 Soviet Agriculture, Corrections of Article on
1975
Box: 6 Folder : 24 "Soviet Armenia and the Forbidden Truth"
1961
Box: 6 Folder : 25 "Soviet Foreign Policy"
1941
Box: 6 Folder : 26 "Soviet Jazz: Another Challenge" ( Mainstream)
1961
Box: 6 Folder : 27 The Soviet Path to Peace
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 28 The Soviet Path to Peace- Two Reviews of (Hy Lumer and Irene Paull)  
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 29 "The Struggle for Military Détente"
1977
Box: 6 Folder : 30 "The Struggle in the USA for the Second Front"
1975
Box: 6 Folder : 31 "Third World Non-Socialist Countries Winning Political Independence and Statehood During and After World War II" (List)
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 32 "Three Levels of Peace Activity in the USA"
1930s
Box: 6 Folder : 33 "Towards a United, Independent, Sovereign Ireland"
1979
Box: 6 Folder : 34 "Trilateralism, US Imperialism's New Scenario"
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 35 "Two Paths for America"
1953
Box: 6 Folder : 36 "Two Systems Competition"
1974
Box: 6 Folder : 37 "The United Nations and the Struggle for Détente"
1974
Box: 6 Folder : 38 Unpublished Writings
undated , 1967
Box: 6 Folder : 39 Untitled Typescript - "The Going in France is Tough, but not so Tough as Goebbels…"
ca.1944-1945
Box: 6 Folder : 40 Untitled Typescript - "Hard, Bitter Fighting Awaits our European Invasion Armies…"
ca.1943-1944
Box: 6 Folder : 41 Untitled Typescript - "We Live in an Epoch of World Revolution…"
ca.1930s
Box: 6 Folder : 42 Untitled Writings
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 43 "Upturn in US Labor's Internationalism"
1980s
Box: 6 Folder : 44 "US Communists in the Struggle Against Unemployment"
1983
Box: 6 Folder : 45 "US Constitution: A Record of Unfulfilled Promises"
ca.1987
Box: 6 Folder : 46 "USSR, An Introduction to Socialist Democracy in the"
1977
Box: 6 Folder : 47 "US Supreme Court and American Working Class Movement"
1931
Box: 6 Folder : 48 "US Workers and Latin America"
1980s
Box: 6 Folder : 49 "US Worker's Struggle"
1985
Box: 6 Folder : 50 "US Youth and the Nuclear War Threat"
1985
Box: 6 Folder : 51 "Victory and National Liberation"
1975
Box: 6 Folder : 52 "Victory and National Liberation: An Addendum" ( New World Review)
1975
Box: 6 Folder : 53 "The Victory of Poland's Trade Unions"
1986
Box: 6 Folder : 54 "Victory the Hard Way"
1942
Box: 6 Folder : 55 "The View from Soviet Estonia" ( Mainstream)
1961
Box: 6 Folder : 56 "Watergate and After"
1974
Box: 6 Folder : 57 "Watergate and Détente"
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 58 "What is America to Me?"
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 59 "What the CIA, FBI Exposés Disclose"
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 60 "Why New Economic and Information Orders?"
1985
Box: 6 Folder : 61 World Marxist Review/ Prague - Misc. Pittman Typescripts  
1975-1979
Box: 6 Folder : 62 "World Politics and Global Problems"
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 63 "The World This Week - GOP Platform, China's Celebration, South African Trends"
1944
Box: 6 Folder : 64 "World War II" [re: National Question, Colonial Issues]
ca.1942-1944
Box: 6 Folder : 65 "A Year Long Emergency for the CPUSA"
1984
Box: 6 Folder : 66 "Zionism, The True Face of"
1976

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Series V. Photographs, Graphics, Realia, ca.1890s, 1960s-1970s 1960-1975

Scope and Content Note

These visual materials and artifacts (arranged alphabetically by folder title) mostly relate to John Pittman's friends, family, professional work and travels. Most of the materials in it are photographs (mainly black and white), unless otherwise indicated. Among the photographic portraits of Pittman and his relatives and friends are a late nineteenth/early twentieth century group photograph that includes his mother, Carrie Badger Pittman, and an early twentieth-century portrait of a man with a close resemblance to Pittman, who may be Pittman's father. Images shot in the Soviet Union (including Pittman at Red Square in front of Lenin's tomb with other dignitaries, and commercial photographs of various tourist spots in Moscow at night, such as the Kremlin lit by floodlights) and in Prague were probably shot at the same time as John and Margrit Pittman's stint as Moscow correspondents for the People's World and John Pittman's time on the editorial board of  World Marxist Review. On the other hand, the small number of images from Mexico (shot by  People's World photographer Elmer Allen) do not seem to have come from any journey that Pittman himself took; similarly there are a handful of photographic images of various persons with whom (with the likely exception of Angela Davis) Pittman was not personally acquainted, ranging from Lyndon Baines Johnson to an image of Le Quang Vinh (leader of the independent Hòa Hảo army of Vietnam that fought against the Viet Minh and who was imprisoned and executed by the government of South Vietnam). Graphics and realia include a small print of a New Masses logo, and plates and mat molds for the title and accompanying photograph of Pittman for his weekly column in the  People's World, "The World This Week."

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: A006 Folder : 1 Graphics - Communist Campaign Poster from Great Britain
ca 1960s
Box: A006 Folder : 2 Graphics - Print (lithograph?) and Newspaper Clipping
ca 1930s-1940s
Box: A006 Folder : 3 Mexico - Fishers and Peasants
1963
Box: A006 Folder : 4 Portraits – John Pittman
ca 1960s-1970s
Box: A006 Folder : 5 Portraits and Snapshots - John Pittman's Friends and Relatives
ca 1880s-1970s
Box: A006 Folder : 6 Portraits of Others - United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Karl Marx, Le Quang Vinh (Vietnamese prisoner), Angela Davis
ca 1870s, 1960s-1970s
Box: A006 Folder : 7 Realia: Printing Plates and Mat Molds
ca 1920s-1930s
Box: A006 Folder : 8 Soviet Union - Moscow
ca 1959-1961
Box: A006 Folder : 9 Unidentified – Group of People Posed in front of a Monument (statue of a soldier), Location Unknown (probably in Eastern Europe)
ca 1960s
Box: A006 Folder : 10 Unidentified - Meeting in Prague; meeting in unidentified location (probably Eastern Europe)
ca 1970s - 1987

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