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Guide to Maurice Isserman Research Files TAM 239

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Katja Vehlow; Entered into the Archivist's Toolkit by John D. Bence

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 08, 2018

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect the incorporation of a 2016 accretion  , November 2016

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection contains oral history interviews, newspaper clippings, FBI files, and subject files compiled by Maurice Isserman for his book The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington. Oral history interviews feature prominent individuals including: William F. Buckley, Lewis Coser, Norman Dorsen, Hal Draper, Harry Fleischman, John K. Galbraith, Herbert Gans, Michael Harrington, Stephanie Harrington, Irving Howe, Irving Kristol, David McReynolds, Jack Newfield, Victor Reuther, Eugene Rostow, Andre Schiffrin, Stanley Sheinbaum, and Diana Trilling. The topical files contain background material on people, organizations, and issues. The newspaper clippings consist of articles by and about Michael Harrington. The four FOIA files were obtained by Isserman.

One folder of correspondence added to the collection in 2016 consists of photocopies of letters written by Harrington to his friends and family between 1948 and 1953. The bulk of these letters are addressed to Harrington's parents and his sister Margaret. The folder also includes several of Isserman's handwritten notes.

The collection contains several files related to Isserman's research on American Communism during World War II. These files date from 1977 to 1980 and include photocopies of Communist Party meetings between 1935 and 1940 and records related to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the Communist Party. They also contain correspondence with Joe Clark, letters related to Isserman's research on Earl Browder, and transcript of an oral history interview with Steve Nelson.


The collection is organized into two series by reserach subject. Series I has been divided into four subseries by record type, which are arranged as follows: Subseries IA: Interview transcripts (arranged alphabetically); Subseries IB: Topical files (arranged alphabetically); Subseries IC: Newspaper clippings (arranged chronologically); Subseries ID: FOIA files (arranged by file number). Research files in Series II are arranged in alphabetical order by topic.