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Guide to the Bert Cochran Papers TAM.205

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Peter Meyer Filardo, 2005

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 22, 2014
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 Edited by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated administrative information  , July 2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cochran, Bert, 1913-1984.
Title: Bert Cochran Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1935-1978, (Bulk 1935-1955)
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1935-1955
Abstract: Bert Cochran (1916-1984) was a Trotskyist active in the Communist League of America (1934), the Workers Party of the United States (1935-37), in the Appeal Group within the Socialist Party, and in the automobile industry (1930s-40s), first in Cleveland within the Mechanics Educational Society of America, then in Detroit as head of the Socialist Workers Party Auto Fraction and as an activist in the United Automobile Workers of America. He left/was expelled from the SWP in 1954 for his leading role in the “Cochran-Clarke” faction, then helped found the magazine The American Socialist(1954-1959), and subsequently wrote seven books that covered labor and economics, and current domestic and international affairs. The collection contains correspondence, minutes, and reports relating to his labor and political activities, typescripts of speeches on various topics, and an (incomplete) untitled manuscript, a Marxist history of warfare and society.
Quantity: 2.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
Call Phrase: TAM.205